Product Type: Bebe Confort prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Loola Up! Up! Up! Up!
Bebe Confort Loola Up
Member Name: ots1987
Bebe Confort Loola Up
Advantages: Good swivel wheels, feels sturdy, can face either way
Disadvantages: Very heavy, quite awkward to fold.
I did lots of research before buying this pram. I wanted one that was suitable from birth without the need of a separate carrycot, a small fold to fit in our Ford Fiesta, a parent facing mode and a reasonable price. I eventually chose the Loola Up, and overall I have been very pleased with it.
When it arrived, it did require quite a lot of assembling. The instructions were quite clear and it wasn't too difficult to do. Included in the box was the raincover, which I was pleased with, as buying it separately would have added quite a bit to the price.
The seat has 4 recline positions, including completely flat, which is easy to do with a lever on the back of the seat unit. It also can be turned round to face the world, or face parent. The instructions tell you that this is easy to do, but it was far from it! It was extremely stiff, and I have never been able to do it by myself, which is annoying as my husband is out at work all day so not there to help me! Luckily my baby seems to like facing me, and so do I! The handle height also has three positions, although as I like to hang my changing bag on the handle, I rarely use the higher two options as they make the bag slide down the handle. This isn't an issue as I'm only 5"1, although my 6ft husband gets frustrated when he uses it!
We live in a flat and have one flight of steps to get up. As I mentioned before, my husband is at work all day so I have to manage it by myself. The buggy weighs 15 kilos, which is quite heavy when you factor in a baby's weight and all the gear that comes with it! I found I had to take my baby indoors and lay him in his cot, and then go back out to get the buggy.
By the time my son was 7 months, it was getting cold and we needed to buy a footmuff. We went for the Maxi Cosi one as it was a perfect fit for the buggy. However once the footmuff was on the buggy, we found the straps would only just do up, and this was on a 7 month baby. The write up on it says up to age three, so I knew there must be a problem somewhere. I looked into it, and it is a common problem with the Loola and Loola Up! I emailed the company and they were fantastic. They sent out an extended harness within a couple of days of my email.
Over the summer we didn't tend to use the buggy as much, and used a lightweight stroller instead. Then when winter came round again, we needed a buggy with a decent raincover that my son (now 20 months) could not pull off easily. The raincover that comes with the buggy is perfect. It zips around the hood, which is a bit stiff and fiddly the first few times you use it, and poppers up underneath. There is no way my son (who is very strong!) can get out of it.
Summary: All in all, I am very pleased this. I would recommend to a friend (who did not live in a flat!)