“ Brand: Chicco / Seat Number: Single Seat / Type: Travel System „
Chicco CT0.2 Duo Travel
My husband and I were fortunate that his father offered to pay for our daughter's first pushchair. We looked at many, in several different shops. I even used a filled backpack as an imitation bay to get a feel for what pushing a baby around might feel like.
Ultimately our decision came down to this Chicco, and another one that - four years on - I have forgotten.
We had several criteria that we believed to be important when choosing a pushchair. These related to comfort, safety and practicalities. We wanted a pushchair that we could use from birth until aged four, one that would lay flat, one that would collapse easily enough and fit into the boot of our two door Yaris. Ideally it would be able to transport the car seat or have an adapter to do so. The pushchair also needed to be robust enough for travelling along bumpy footpaths as well as on city pavements.
This Chicco CTO met all these criteria and more. All of our test-driving was conducted indoors. Luckily a Mum-friend noticed that not all pushchairs have a multi-position sun-hood. Thankfully this one did. This hood has a little plastic window to check on the baby from the top.
It is easy to change chair's angle, from completely upright to flat. From memory, the car seat was very easy to click in and out of the stroller. (We haven't done this for over three years.)
There is a five point safety harness. I always ensured that our daughter had this on, even when she was lying down sleeping, as I had an unfounded fear that we'd all be hit by a car and the pushchair is what would save her. Thankfully we never got to try out my theory.
We still use this pushchair four years after the birth of our daughter, although rarely in the last year or so. We have found it to be extremely easy to use and very robust. It folds down easily enough, although not single-handedly. The folded dimensions are 110cm x 54cm x 41cm; we have had no problems getting into our small boot.
I guess that I should also mention cleaning. I usually give this pushchair a decent wipe over with a wet cloth when I think that it's needed. Other than the wheels - which seem to be some kind of modern, coated foam!! - this item looks almost new.
The only downside to this pushchair is that it is not suitable for jogging so we had to purchase a separate jogging pushchair.
This is a good quality item that I am happy to recommend. One word of caution though, is that there are many beautiful and stylish baby transporters available nowadays. Therefore, be very clear about just what you wish for your pram to do and to be.
I got the Chicco travel system for the birth of my first baby - it seemed on paper to be all that we needed and a system that could last him a good while.
This model is suitable from birth and will go parent- or forward-facing. The seat unit is a bit of a pain to swap around, but not too bad. I wouldn't want to swap it around loads of times, especially if out and about, but it's not too bad to do once or twice at home. One downside is that when parent-facing, it does not fold up very compact at all and probably would not fit in a lot of car boots. So if you don't want to mess with trying to swap the seat around all the time, I would definitely measure it.
It steers pretty nicely, but isn't great over rough terrain. I like it comes with a detachable bar to place across the two handles so you can steer one-handed.
I did use this pushchair from birth, but my baby didn't look as comfortable in it as he might in a model with a carrycot - since in a carrycot, they just lie there but in the pushchair, they are still strapped in. It did go completely flat for him to lie down, but with it this way it did seem to take up an extraordinary amount of space (especially on the bus!).
The car seat snaps straight into the pushchair, which while making it bulky & heavy, it is convenient. Honestly, we rarely used this feature, as the pushchair has to be in forward-facing mode to do it.
All in all, I found the Chicco to be passable but not great. We've gotten rid of our now, having bought another much more portable pushchair when my son was 5 months old. It has its usefullness, but overall it was too bulky and heavy for our tastes. Getting it up and down stairs was a herculean effort and the manoeuvrability was not great. About the best thing for it was the price.
I recently bought the Chicco CT0.2 Duo travel system for my fourth baby. This is only the fourth pushchair/pram/buggy I have owned and I had a long list of requirements when I went looking for the perfect set of wheels for my latest addition.
The Chicco CT0.2 Duo ticked all the boxes.
The first thing I wanted was a pushchair that was suitable from birth until I no longer needed one. I am not one to buy lots of pushchairs and buggies plus I don't have space for them. The CT0.2 has a pramette style seat that will lay completely flat and so is suitable for your newborn. I have had all my children sitting in this and even my 6 year old fitted. I would say that you can easily use this buggy for a child up to 4 without them being cramped or having their legs dangling down. The back of the seat is a solid piece and there is a small clip that you pull up to raise or lower the whole of the back of the seat. This is really easy to do and can be put down with the child in the seat and you wouldn't disturb them if they were asleep. There is a five point harness that adjusts to your Childs size and has chest pads. The leg rest also adjusts and can be folded up to form the end of a 'pram' or fold down for an older child. The whole seat unit is nicely padded and has wipe clean fabric.
I wanted the car seat to clip into the seat of the pushchair so that my newborn had the added benefits of being protected from the bad weather by the pushchair hood as well as the car seat hood. The hood is a really nice size and covers a lot of the seat to protect the baby from the sun or the rain. The hood folds back or can be removed and there is a parent viewing window so you can still see your little one.
The car seat is a group 0 seat and has a hood and newborn insert. The insert provides extra padding for a newborn and can be removed as your child grows. There is a 5 point adjustable harness with chest and buckle pads. The car seat is also colour co-ordinated to match the pushchair. The car seat has a curved base and so can also be used as a rocker.
I wanted something that I could push one handed as I have a two year old who was used to being in his pushchair and was being set free for the first time. Trying to push my umbrella fold stroller with one hand and hold onto a wilful 2 year old was almost impossible so having the ergonomic foam padded height adjustable handle on this pushchair has been a godsend. The other point I should make is that this pushchair is amazingly light and easy to push. After years of struggling with a double buggy and then a stroller with a mind of its own I hardly know I am pushing this travel system at all. The pushchair has lockable front wheels which I find useful when my children want to have a turn at pushing the baby. The handle also had a parent tray with cup holder and a covered compartment. Part of the folding mechanism is located on the parent tray with the other piece on the side of the frame.
I wanted a foot muff and rain cover to be included as these can be expensive and if you buy a universal option they don't always fit. With the CT0.2 you get an apron which fits over the pushchair in whatever seat position you are using. The rain cover that comes with it is really easy to attach and will even cover the car seat when this is in place.
As I was worried about getting anywhere with my two year old walking I needed to be able to fit my buggy board which I can easily. When my toddler is riding on the board he holds onto the unlocking mechanism on the parent tray to keep himself steady. When he is riding I do have to have the handle in its highest position so he can stand upright but other than that it's still really easy to push.
Having always had pushchairs with handles that you can hang things onto I didn't appreciate the need for a shopping basket. The basket on this pushchair is huge and can be accessed even when the seat is fully reclined.
Overall I have been really pleased with this pushchair and when I first got it I thought it was fantastic and could see myself using it for many years to come. Unfortunately there were two very important things that I had omitted from my list.
The first thing I hadn't thought about was fitting this pushchair in the boot of the car. It's folded dimensions are 110 cm x 54 cm x 41 cm. The whole thing folds flat but you do need two hands to do this; it's really simple once you get the hang of it. We had a mondeo and this travel system fitted with bags of room to spare and even though I knew we were going to be changing our car to a MPV I wasn't concerned as most of the ones I has seen has a third row of seats that folded down into the floor so you still had plenty of boot space. When we got our MPV my husband decided on a model that had two solid third row seats as he felt these were more comfortable and safer for our children. I can still get the travel system in the ridiculously small boot space but it is tight and it means that there isn't much leg room for anyone in the third row as we have to move the seats forward a click to get the travel system in. I could remove one of the seats but I have nowhere to store it and then my children would constantly be fighting over who sat on the single third row seat. This is stress I can do without!
The other thing that had not occurred to me even for a minute was the weight of the travel system. I live in a rural area and this means that my car is a necessity. I do three school runs a day and this means getting the pushchair in and out of the boot up to eight times a day. This is why I wanted a travel system for this baby, I couldn't face getting the baby in and out of the car seat and disturbing naps that many times a day. Unfortunately this travel system weighs in at a hefty 10.8kg (according to www.which.co.uk) and it feels every gram of it by the second school run of the day.
I know that once the baby is big enough to go into a group 1 car seat and doesn't need the carrier anymore I will be replacing this travel system with something much smaller and lighter. I am counting down the days until then because my muscles are aching but I am also sad because apart from those two things I really do like this pushchair and am worried that I won't find another one that is so lovely to push.
The Chicco CT0.2 Duo travel system is currently (May 10) available online from www.argos.co.uk for £229.00. Argos only stock the travel systems in Saturn which is blue but you can also get the travel system in Stone which is red and beige or cube which is grey and black.
This travel system in cube is used by ex playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson and her Husband Hank Randall Bassett for their son Hank Jnr. and has been featured in photo shoots in OK! Magazine and on the E! entertainment show Kendra.