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I brought the Loola pushchair for my second child and have mixed feelings on it. Firstly the price is great, it is one of the lower priced travel systems which is obviously a benefit for parents on a budget.
I used mine from birth with the carrycot and that was lovely for my winter board baby, it kept him nice and cosy. The carrycot kept him very protected from the elements and he seemed happy and settled in there having a nice long sleep when we were out walking.
I am no so keen on the fabric used for the internal sides of the carrycot, it feels rough and is an unattractive grey. However the baby doesn't really touch it and and unless you are using the carrycot with the apron off it isn't really visible so it is a minor gripe.
One of the things I loved about this pushchair was the small fold, it does fold in two pieces so not great for bus travel but ideal if you have a small car boot and both the seat and the chassis fold very small. This isn't the case with the carrycot but the pushchair comes with attachments so you can use a Maxi Cosi car seat with the base so that could provide an alternative for those with a small car boot and a young baby.
The basket is pretty spacious and will hold a medium sized nappy bag, as there are two handles it is possible to hand carrier bags on them for more shopping. I have always found the pram to be stable even with shopping bags hung on the back although obviously it is wise to be careful.
One of the other big pluses for me was the seat could face forward and backwards, it is nice to have older babies and younger toddlers rearward facing but a lot of the cheaper travel systems don't offer this and the child has to go forward facing as soon as they are out of pram mode. It is very quick and easy to swap which way the pushchair was facing. I found most of the adjustments on this pushchair quite easy to make which is always helpful.
The main thing I didn't like about this pushchair and the reason I ended up changing to a different one was the handles. They claim to be adjustable but the height adjustment is very minimal, I am 5'10 and it is too short for me on the highest setting so walking with it get uncomfortable. I also find the grips they use irritating to hold and the position of the handles makes me hands sore after walking for a while. It is also not possible to push the pushchair with one hand, making it awkward if you have other children who might need to hold your hand (crossing the road for example).
I think the pushchair is good for the price you pay but it has some little niggles that get annoying but overall it is a good useful pushchair.
Having had five children and over thirty prams I know what I love and what I don't. The Loola fits firmly in the love category. I bought the Loola when my fifth child was six months old and loved almost everything about it.
The things that I particularly loved about the Loola was that my daughter could face me and the outside world, and changing between forward and parent-facing was easy. That it was very sturdy; over time many prams become wobbly but I never found that with the Loola. I loved that it had two handles, although I realise this would be a minus point for some people but in a time when there are less and less two handle prams this is a specification I really look for. And also the fact that the material the seat was made from was very easy cleanable, a quick wipe got rid of most spills and marks, surprisingly that is a fair unusual concept in a pushchair.
For me the other pluses were that it is easy to fold and unfold. It's compact so ideal, if like us, you have either little storage space or a small boot. Had adjustable handles, particularly important if you have people of varying heights pushing the pushchair. It had four wheels that were a decent size, I know that seems a ridiculous thing to critique but I find three-wheelers less sturdy and also with the really small wheels they get caught on the bumpy pavements, but this is not the case with the Loola. And finally the seat - it is both well sized and very padded (more than the average pushchair) which means more comfort for your little one.
There was really just one thing that I really did not like about the Loola which was the weight of the pushchair, even just the frame weighed a lot. It made it difficult if we were going any where with stairs and as she got older we had to switch to a light-weight pushchair, as the weight of the Loola and my daughter (who is smaller than average) was just too much.
Other minus points for me would be the size of the basket, it was a little on the small size. Also that you could not just buy a generic parasol because of the shape of the frame, it came with an attachment that could only be used on the brands parasol, the parasol from them cost more than the generic parasols.
You can also buy add-on's like the cosy-toes, a carry-cot or add a car seat (using adaptors) straight on to the frame.
I bought this buggy for my now 6 month old daughter based what I had seen of it already. My sister had one 5 years ago for her son and used it daily, and the same buggy is now being used by my other sister for her youngest baby, and after two babies five years apart it's still going strong! I ordered mine in tango red, the main colour is really black I would say with a secondary colour of very dark almost burgundy red. A nice neutral colour scheme, and doesn't show up dirt or wear and tear, the upholstery is lovely and padded, and soft while still easily wiped clean. It has a very sturdy bar for in front of baby that's great for holding onto, hanging toys etc, and this again is very comfortably upholstered. The hood and rain cover I was likewise very impressed with, it has much more generous coverage than a lot of prams, and again just very practical. My absolute favourite thing about it though is just how easy it is to fold up and down, umbrella folding buggys are much more compact than others but usually flimsy with weak mechanisms, this buggy is strong as well as compact. Really easy to use with compatible car seats and the windoo carrycot, although the carrycot isn't necessary as this is suitable from birth. It fits easily on floor in the back of the car and in most boots. The basket isn't massive but it's a small price to pay for the convenience of this buggy.
The Product -----
I love the style of this pram i think it has a funky design and comes in some great colours! I love the fact you can adjust the handles in various positions so there comfortable for you. It has a lovely solid frame and very easy to push around it also has a good brake system.
I also realy do like the fact that you can have it facing either yourself or away from you, it also has the option to attach a carrycot so your newborn can lay totally flat and comfortable.
Good Points -----
You can use this pram for a long time from birth right up until your child no longer needs it. It looks very comfortable. Its super easy to push and comfortable because of the adjusting handles.
You can get some great extras for it, like the carrycot and can also be used with a carseat.
Bad Points -----
The only bad point i could find with this was i found it heavy when folded but other than that thats it!!
These are pretty pricy depending on where you go mine was from the good old classic Mothercare and i paid £300 and that is without the carrycot / carseat etc, The cheapest i have found online is at babys mart and they sell them for £199 so it is worth having a shop around.
Even though its a pricy pram i have to say i think its worth it, you will get a lot of use out of the pram and it has so many good points compared to its one bad!
I would say if you are going to get one i would start with one from a baby that way you get as much use out of it as you can!
The second pushchair we've experienced on our litany of loaners was the Loola. I have a few friends who've loved their Loolas, so when looking at the list of available loaners I chose the Loola so I could see what they're raving about.
I was underwhelmed. The first thing I noticed about it was the weight. I'm a small woman, and this with a 20lb baby in it is hard to even get up onto a pavement - on the way from the shop I was putting all my weight on the handles (which did not feel nice on my hands, incidentally) in an attempt to get it up onto the pavement before the lights changed and we were stranded in traffic. I can't imagine having a bigger child in there; I'd never make it out of the house! It was also very heavy to push, and even short trips were fairly hard going. I was making jokes about getting Popeye muscles when we were using it, but in reality all it gave me was backache.
It was also hard to put up and hard to put down - there's a memory system which means it's supposed to spring into the mode you had it in the last time (has three modes, including lying all the way flat, which is nice), but it seems to make it harder to get it back up, and once you've got it apparently up it sometimes collapsed back down while my back was turned to put Wee Beastie in.
It faces both in and outwards, which I like - I prefer parent facing pushchairs in general because I like to chat with the baby and see how and what she's doing. The harness is nice, and the sides come up fairly high, which is good for smaller babies. You can also remove the seat padding for cleaning, although I'm not certain about the rest of the seat because I didn't try. One thing about the harness though is that the straps are very short - we needed the extension straps and Wee Beastie was just over a year old.
The raincover is one that zips onto the hood, which I'm used to with my Stokke but other users might find a bit fiddly - probably it would be easier to put it on and fold it back before you leave the house if it looks like rain.
The shopping basket is a reasonable size, but it was blocked by the bar of the chassis so completely useless. Apparently the newer models have improved design so you can get to it easily, which is nice.
I did like that the handles were very adjustable. There's about 10 inches in height between my husband and me, but we were both able to find handle heights that worked for us.
The footmuff, available separately, is extremely cosy and warm, but makes the problem of the short straps even more significant. Again, though, the manufacturers have listened to customer feedback and will send extension straps free on request.
It's very stylish looking and had a few compliments while out and about. We had the black one, but it's also available in red and a bright patchwork (I think the patchwork is astonishingly ugly, but to each his or her own). The older version is available in black, red, pink and grey. It also comes as a travel system with the Creatis-Fix car seat and so I think this is a great one for people with newborns - you could then sell it on ebay as your babe gets bigger and buy a Quinny Zapp!
The cheapest price I've seen this for is £230 on Kiddiecare.com, it's normally around £300 (£342 with the car seat). The older model is £145 on Mothercare, but this one has the no-basket and short straps.
Suitable: 0-4 years (allegedly)
We chose this puschair after seeing and playing around with one at the baby show. I did really like it initially but towards the end couldn't wait to get rid and swop for a new lightweight maclaren , my son is now 3 years and still using the maclaren!
I have to say from birth to six months is just how long we kept it. My son was born 9 weeks early and when releasd from special care looked lost in the puschair at a meagre 3lbs 13oz, luckily we had the attaching creatis carseat which we used with the frame for really the first 3-4 months, if you have a particulary small baby the pushchair seat is wide and i had to place rolled up towels either side as my son just flopped side to side, theres no sink snugg feel. Definately had secure straps, the shopping basket it practically inaccesible and a mission to get anything in or out. I didnt think this pushchair was particulary heavy once taken apart but we had a meriva and KA and it wouldn't fit in the boot of my KA - which was fine as i had a good excuse to have the bigger car, but would be a issue for some people. It looks stylish and sturdy, great suspension and brakes, quick to fold down once mastered, and i loved the attaching carseat.
My only issue really once my son was bigger and fitted into it properly was the rain cover - i loved the zipped idea but in reality was a flipping nightmare to do quickly and for me felt a whole big saga to get it on.
The first thing I noticed when I took the Bebe Confort Loola out of the box was the weight of it. Just the chassis alone was extremely heavy to lift. The next thing I came across was how difficult it was to open, after I'd released the catches I still couldn't open it & had to more or less stand on the frame & put all my weight on it before it would open. The adjustable handles also felt very rickety & cheap.
Next I unpacked the seat unit, I decided to fit it in the rear facing position as my Daughter was fairly young and one of the main reasons I bought the Loola was so she could face me. The seat unit was fairly easy to fit & adjusting the position was quite easy although it was supposed to have 4 positions & I could onlly find 3!
The harness was nice & secure & my Daughter seemed quite comfy in it. The raincover was nice & thick, I also liked the fact it just zipped onto the hood.
My dislike of the Loola really started on my first trip out with it, It is wider than most pushchairs & I found it a little hard through some shop doors. Then I tried to put something in the shopping basket only to discover that it was more or less obscured by the frame of the pushchair & almost impossible to access.
My main problem with the Loola was when I tried to go up & down the pavement. The pushchair is so heavy you have to lean on the handles with all your body weight to tip the front wheels up the kerb, my Daughter was only 8 months old at the time so didn't weigh much, I dread to think how heavy it would be with a Toddler in it. I did speak to a friend who also had a Loola & she said she had also found this with the seat unit in the rear facing position so I tried it again the next day with it forward facing & it was a little better. This totally defeated the object of me buying the pushchair.
I only kept the Loola for a total of 2 weeks then I sold it on Ebay. The main reason being the weight was just far too heavy for me. I suffer with a bad back & struggled to lift it in & out of the car. One plus point to the Loola is that it is very sturdy due to the weight of it.
I would say this pushchair is ok if you walk everywhere & don't need to fold it much but I wouldn't recommend.
I have 3 boys and have had many pushchairs between them. With my eldest i had a graco travel system and couldnt wait to replace it with a smaller stroller, with my second son i had a silver cross 3d and loved it but found that once he was out of the pramette i couldnt see him. With my 3rd child I bought the Bebe Confort Loola. I cant tell you enough how much I LOVE it, i wish id known about them before.
Its a fantastic looking pushchair and my baby looks so snug and comfy in it. I love the fact that it is both forward and rear facing and has a number of seat positions. It has a lovely big hood which gives my baby plenty of shade when the sun is out. I find the pushchair nice and easy to push. Is reasonably light and very compact.
The pushchsir itself isnt cheap but i think its great value for money as it can be used from birth until a child is 4 years old. It can be made into a travel system with coordinating products.
The only downside i have to my loola is that the shopping basket is akward to get to - however i do know that this has been changed on the newer models.
My son is 7 months old now and has used the pushchair as part of a travel system with the creatis car seat and as a pram with the windoo carrycot.
I intend to carry on using this pushchair for as long as i can as its perfect for me.
I brought this pushchair after reading in a baby magazine that facing the parent in the pushchair was better for the baby ,helped them interact with you and is better for there development, i saw this and thought it was great in everyway it had the options of both forward facing and rear facing and it folded like an umbrella fold which was great was what i thought........................ it was very hard to fold if the baby was rear facing as the foot shelf got in the way so i couldnt flip and unlick the buggy to get it into umbrella fold mode i spent more time taking the actual seat off seperately just so i could fold it up.
Getting it in and out of the car was hard aswell as it was soo big and bulky and heavy!!
It was also very hard to stear i needed both hands on it at all times to keep it running straight --so this item wouldnt be good if you have an older child aswell!!
It never felt stable either it wobbled about as i pushed it and the ride was never smooth i always struggled to get the buggy up the curb because again its so heavy to lift.
The raincover was a nightmare to put on by the time i actually zipped it onto the hood my daughter was drenched through!!
This buggy is meant to be from birth upto 4 years but i found the harnesses were tiny i had to ring them up to get them to send out bigger ones which i think should come with as this is a common problem!!
This buggy is stylish and has some good points the fact you can change the look by simply changing the covers (pricey though) and they can also be easily taken off to wash.
It has a clip on each side of the chassis which can change the front wheels from fixed to swivel wheels in a click!!
It has all round suspension too and as i have mentioned its forward facing or rear facing which easily comes away from the buggy with one simple button on each side.
The shopping basket is very large but doesnt have any outter so i found stuff would fall out randomly but ok for a changing bag maybe!!
Designed with a ventilation system that offers your baby optimal comfort by continuously renewing the air inside the seating area.
It also has moveable handles so you can get whats comfortable for you with a click of a button which is on the side of the handle.
Near the handles on both sides there are attached parasol holders which click out and click in when not using them.
The parking brakes i also found to be very good.
When my daughter was sleeping the 1 hand reclining of this buggy was very good and i found that my daughter looked well padded and comfortable in there!!
I got this pushchair and frame when i had my daughter, she is my first child and i went in blind completely unaware f the world of pushchairs but it was something that i wanted to get crossed off the list so after my twenty week scan my husband and i went out and randomly got this. I am pleased with the choice!!!!!
Is suitable from birth to 15kg and it feels very secure even with a new born in! It has 4 position recline and it is forward and rear facing, you just take the chair part off and face it whichever way you want, this was good when little as i could make eye contact and also now she is a bit older she can see that there is a whole new world out there!! One of my friends got a pushchair that was just forward facing and replaced it as she thought that there were implications for the bond with her child!!
The strap is very safe, it is a 5 point safety harness, my daughter quickly learnt how to get her arms out of the top but i think that this would be an issue on any chair and if she is old enough to do it she is big enough to be safe just with the bottom straps!
The push chair also has lockable swivel wheels, his is a god send as occasionally I catch the wheel and it changes so they don't swivel and it makes steering a pain. It is hard enough learning to drive one of these things without tat so any help in this department is fab!
Suspension on rear wheels helps for a smoother ride but not too smooth so that the motion allows the child to snooze if that is the plan!
Other helpful parts are the roomy shopping basket and a detachable hood. I also got a rain cover and a integrated parasol holder, i'm not sure if this comes as standard or is an extra but it is really worth it!
It also is free standing when folded so if room is an issue this helps!
It can also be combined with some ar seats to make a travel system if you want.
Only thing is when baby is tiny it is hard to get up and down curbs, think that this is due to the lack of weight but as my daughter got bigger this got easier - o maybe i improved on my driving skills.
You can get a bargain on the web but high street prices are about 150 so not bad for the quality!
I bought the Bebe Confort Loola in oxygen red when my son was about 6 months old to replace a massive bulky Graco travel system that my partner had insisted on because it had a clock and thermometer on it...
I chose the Loola for the simple fact that at the time it was one of the few parent or forward facing pushchairs on the market and I liked the fact that I'd be able to chat away to my son face to face, rather than look like a maniac chatting away to a hood!
When it arrived I was really pleased with the way it looked and it hardly took any time at all to assemble the bits that needed assembling (although it took a bit of time to get the seat cover on as the poppers were very stiff, and still are to this day!)
My son looked very comfortable in it - lots of room for him to do a bit of wriggling without being unsafe and the reclines were adequate for our needs - he always slept fine fully reclined but maybe the upright position was still a bit too reclined for his inquisitiveness...
It requires 2 hands to fold the pushchair down (and a foot to hook up the bottom bit) so for use on public transport it could be a bit of a pain, but we lived in the middle of our town so that wasn't really much of a problem, and once it is folded down it takes up a relatively small footprint and stands up by itself so you don't have to lean it or hook it on anything..
The handles are height adjustable which is good for the taller parent and I liked the way you can rotate the handles to 3 different positions depending on preference.
Zipping the raincover onto the hood was tricky and couldn't be done in a hurry but once on gave good coverage and didn't look like my son didn't have enough space..
My concerns with the Loola were that the suspension felt a bit wobbly, I could rock the pushchair from side to side and I felt that it lacked a bit in sturdyness, I dont' know if that was a fault with mine or not but I thought I'd mention it...
Also It's quite a wide pushchair - navigating shops - especially closely stocked clothes shops - is really difficult and as my son got older we found that it was very heavy to push and bought a little Bruin buggy in the end.
The basket is pretty ill-designed too as there are cross bars covering it so getting a packet of nappies in can be quite a struggle.
I didn't have the carry cot or the car seat so can't comment on these...
I looked high and low for a travel system that suited my needs, when i found the bebe confort loola i was over the moon, i loved how it all came together and was so easy to use, love the fact you can choose which way you want your baby to face, the front wheels can be locked to roll straight or unlocked to free wheel.
My daughter was 4 months old when i used the pushchair, and she loves it, she can see whats going on and when she is tired the pushchair lies right back so she is really comfy while she sleeps. its a great pushchair only a couple of little problems that i can see with it, its a little on the heavy side, i have to take abit of a run to get up the kerbs and the rain cover can be quite hard and akward to zip on also the basket is quite small so you cannot fit alot in it.
Even with the downsides i still love this pushchair and i would definatly reccomend it.
i bought this stroller when my son was about 6 months old as i wanted something that would fit in the car as our big pram wa sa pain to do so. After much research i chose the loola as you could turn the seat unit either way and i wanted to be able to see my baby. We didnt use the carrycot or car seat attachment this this stroller so i cannot comment on them. He is now 21 months and i still love my loola. Its easy to fold however it is a bit heavy, but on the plus side you can hang carrier bags form it and it doesnt budge, whereas other lightweight buggys would topple. It reclines practically flat and my son seems very confortable when he is in it. The raincover zips on to the hood and fits very well. The model we have the cross bar underrneath is under the basket, i know in older models it is on top of so it makes access harder but our model is great for access. I am now 32 weeks pregnant with our second baby and i am begining to find this a strain to push, just due to the sheer weight of it with my son (who isnt heavy) in it. Overall i would recommned this stroller to anyone and i will be using it with the new baby once my son is a little older.
i currently have this pram for my baby girl and im not cmpletely sold on it to be honest.i have the red star limited edition version of this pram with the red chassi and seat frame.
when you look at it ,it should be the ideal pushchair.
it folds pretty small
its forward and rear facing
its got a big hood with window in it
comes with raincover
and you can buy lots of extras for it too
on the down side
the chassi doeasnt always clip together as it should, meaning you have to take the seat unit off to put the chassi up properly and then attach seat back onto it. which is useless if you oon your own and using public transport.
the raincovr zips onto the hood which takes ages to do and is bloomin hard too
the shoppin is erm well useless!
its nice to push but hard to get up and down pavements. when folded yes it is small but is quiet bulky!
just a bit odd really
I've had quite alot of buggies ,some i've just got bored of & some have just been so naff that they have ended up at the nearest car boot but this one has stood the test.
Its suitable from birth & the seat unit can be taken off & swivelled round so baby can face you which i found really nice although its alittle tricky at first until you get the hang of it. It has 4 recline positions which ever way the seat unit is facing.
It has quite good suspension for rougher ground but as the wheels are still quite small it's not really an off roader.
The handles are height adjustable which we found a real help as my partner is quite alot taller than me & has been hunched over alot of the others we've had.
The shopping basket is quite small in may eyes & not the strongest & not easy to get to when the seat unit is fully reclined.
I found the buggy quite light weight & folds small so easy to fit in the car or on the train.
The other really good thing about this buggy is that all the covers are removable & its recommended that they are hand washed but i've always put the in the washing machine on a light wash & they have come up perfectly.
Reclining Back (4 Positions) / Adjustable Handle Height