Product Type: Bebe Confort prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Bebe Confort Loola
Bebe Confort Loola
Member Name: SugarSpun
Bebe Confort Loola
Advantages: Looks good, travel system possible
Disadvantages: Heavy, awkward, basket inaccesible, short straps
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)
Summary: Good for smaller babies, less so for bigger ones.