As a parent to three children, I've owned a number of different pushchairs over the years. This Chicco Caddy pushchair was originally purchased way back in 2003 for my oldest son, as a replacement for an unwieldy and bulky travel system. This pushchair is the opposite end of the spectrum to its cumbersome predecessor, being incredibly light and easy to manoeuvre and store. It is a pretty basic pushchair, even for its day, being what I would call a stroller or simple buggy.
Until a couple of years ago, this had languished in our loft but was resurrected for a family holiday back in 2010. Despite its age and somewhat dated appearance, this buggy was ideal as it fit snuggly into a packed car boot and was perfect for wheeling our son (just under three years old at the time) around Butlins. We also thought that the buggy would not be a target for thieves and weren't too fussed about it getting lost or damaged. Since then, the buggy has actually been in regular active service as my middle son's pushchair. When my youngest son was born just over a year ago, I hadn't anticipated that his older brother would still need a pushchair. At three years old, he still benefited an afternoon nap so I found it easier to pop my baby in a sling and use this as a reliable runaround for the older one. For a buggy that is getting on in years, this has proved to be surprisingly robust and resilient.
The Caddy is deemed to be suitable for babies over the age of six months, as it does have a very limited reclining function. I, personally, would never use this for a baby below the age of at least a year old, and even then with reservations, as the recline is pretty minimal. There is only one setting to recline and there is very little difference between this and the totally upright position. Even for my three year old, I kept this in a permanently 'reclined' position. Adjusting the recline is pretty simple, using a zip to tighten or loosen the seating, but it really makes little difference. My youngest is now thirteen months old and I would be reluctant to place him in this (other than for a very short trip when his main pushchair has been left out in the rain!) For an older toddler/child of around two or three, this is ideal as a basic runaround but isn't comfortable, adjustable or padded enough for a young baby.
The main drawback of this design, alongside the limited recline, is that it isn't ideal for taller people. My other half is over six foot and constantly complained when pushing this, as the handles are quite low down and he was forced to stoop slightly. We both also found that we would often accidentally kick the brake bar across the bottom of the pushchair as we were walking along which was pretty irritating. The attached shopping basket is also pretty basic and small, although it does contain the folded raincover easily but not much else.
The major advantage of the Caddy is how lightweight it is, with the frame being made from aluminium. It is also very easy to fold, using a basic umbrella fold system and, once folded, it is very compact and easy to store. It is possible to fold and unfold using just one hand, if necessary. The harness is a secure five-point system which can be adjusted as needed. The harnesses had plenty of room within them to comfortably accommodate my son, even as he approached his fourth birthday. Opening and closing the harnesses is also straightforward, without being easy enough for a wily toddler to make good his escape! Despite being an old model, the brakes, wheels and the stroller itself have all continued to perform without any issues whatsoever and nothing has needed to be replaced or repaired since its initial purchase.
Back in 2003, this was a reasonably priced stroller, originally costing well under the £50 mark. This included the built-in canopy (hood) as well as a fairly decent quality rain cover and even a carry-bag, which would be handy if taking this on a plane or for storage. Given its age, it's unlikely that this particular model will still be available but it would be worth considering as a second-hand option. My experience with this cheap Chicco has certainly left me with a positive impression of the Chicco brand in general and I would consider buying a Chicco stroller if needed in the future.
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