It was a sad day a couple of weeks ago when I finally gave up my last pushchair - David, at almost four years old, hasn't used a stroller of any kind for over a year but I stubbornly kept hold of a couple as after eighteen years of sprogging I felt a little pull to keep at least one of the prams, pushchairs and strollers I've had over the years.
I bought the Chicco London when David was six months old, it's supposedly suitable from birth but personally I wouldn't have put a younger (and floppier) baby that him in it as there's not much support and I don't feel a newborn would be comfortable enough - I hate to see tiny babies lost in flat-reclined strollers and have always preferred to use a pram for the early weeks, it's personal choice though and according to Chicco themselves this can be safely used for a baby of any age.
The seat reclines through four positions from completely flat to the back of the seat being at almost a right angle to the base, this is useful when baby is sitting up by himself/herself but as they continue to grow you'll probably find you need to recline the back a little to allow them to find a comfortable sitting position. David used this stroller on and off for almost two years and at no point did I ever feel he wasn't comfortable in it, I had other strollers and pushchairs at the time so this wasn't our exclusive stroller although it did rank in my mind as one of the best.
It's easy to fold, not completely one-handed action but once you've released the clasps the stroller pretty much collapses closed - I always found it a little bulky due to the way the wheels stick out, it would fit easily in my car boot but was awkward to store upright in the house without it taking up as much room as two of my other more slimline strollers.
All the safety aspects work as they should - the stroller has an adjustable five point harness (which amazingly David NEVER managed to escape from) and the brake was solid when applied, although I never let go of the handle as I can never completely put my trust in any pram brake as they always look far too flimsy to rely solely on them keeping baby safe.
I remember my Chicco London stroller came with an accessory pack of a fleecy liner, footmuff, parasol and shopping net but I'm not sure if that is as standard or was part of a special offer - the stroller cost around £175 which I think is more than reasonable as it's gone to a new home now and I suspect the new family will keep it at least as long as we did.
I would really happily recommend the Chicco London stroller / buggy. We bought it was a more travel friendly option compared to our larger, heavier Silver Cross Linear Freeway.
I would mention that while it originally cost £100, I bought it in a half price sale then had a £20 gift voucher which I used towards it. So, having technically paid £30 I'm delighted with it's features and quality. Whether I'd feel the same if I'd paid the full £100 is perhaps more questionable!
The buggy itself it pretty sturdy and durable for what is essentially an umbrella stroller. It is really easy to pop up and down quickly on the move.
Unlike cheaper umbrella buggies, the Chicco London comes with a cosy toes / footmuff and a raincover. For me these are essential so it was good to have them included as opposed to having to buy expensive add ons. Another plus with this model is that the seat back can go up and down adjusting for comfort and can even go all the way back to allow your child to pretty much completely lie down. This stroller also has a basket underneath and I was surprised just how roomy it is. On a recent holiday we managed to keep most of our toddlers changing things in it so we didn't have to carry it all around for the day.
This buggy has been great as a lightweight alternative to our main pram. Our little boy has just turned 3 years old and he still has plenty of room in it. It's also easy to handle so when he's walking I can easily push the buggy and hold his hand at the same time.
For anyone that this is useful for, we took it on a Cal Mac ferry for 4.5hrs last year and it was fantastic. Easily fit through the doorways and light enough to pick up and carry up stairs etc.
We also took it to Florida with us this summer and it survived being put in the hold no bother (we didn't use a protective bag or anything) both going and coming home. I was also perfect for using in the theme parks when little legs got too tired!
At a Glance The lightweight Chicco London stroller is suitable from birth and comes complete with hood, raincover, shopping basket and dual-faced liner. Features and benefits for Chicco London Deluxe Stroller Suitable from birth to a maximum weight of 15kg Comes complete with hood, raincover, shopping basket, dual-faced liner Lockable front swivel wheels Mulit position reclining backrest Adjustable calf rest Want to Know More?Stylish and lightweight, the Chicco London stroller offers comfort for babies and practicality for parents. Suitable from birth, the stroller features a 4 position reclining backrest and an adjustable calf rest to ensure you child's legs are comfortably supported as they grow. The all round suspensions ensure your little one enjoys a comfortable ride, and the front swivel wheel ensure easy manoeuvrability when pushing the stroller on smooth ground and can be locked when pushing over rougher terrain.The soft, ergonomic handles ensure you remain comfortable when pushing the stroller, and when not in use the London stroller will fold easily into a compact size for storage. This stroller comes with a hood, raincover, shopping basket and a dual-faced liner - one side fleece and second side to aid keeping baby cool. (It does not come with a footmuff.)Don't Forget...Mothercare has a range of a parasols to keep your little one shaded on sunny days.