“ Brand: Chicco / Type: Pushchairs „
Having used our double buggy since our littlest man was born, we eventually needed to search for a new single stroller as our eldest was getting too big for a pushchair. We wanted one that collapsed down relatively small and was light and easy to handle, whilst still being comfortable for bubs. My sister had used a Chicco pushchair for her daughter (albeit a different style) and always had positive things to say about it, and so we decided on the Chicco Simplicity Pushchair. We bought ours from Kiddicare for around £100 but I know it's currently on offer in Argos for around £80. You can pay anything up to £150 for it, so it's worth shopping around for the best deal.
We bought the "Klabber" version (yes I know, unusual name to say the least!) which is a basically the navy blue version. They also do a "Syria" (!) which is red in colour. To look at it, it just looks like any other stroller. It doesn't look cheap like some do but it's nothing to write home about. But then as long as it's comfortable and safe for my baby, I don't really care!
It comes with a raincover, apron (footmuff to you and me) and a little zip bag that attaches to the handles with poppers. I was impressed that the raincover and apron were included in the price as other pushchairs I've purchased in the past haven't had them, so I've had to fork out more money on top. The rain cover is pretty easy to attach, as is the footmuff. The footmuff is great when it's a cooler out, and keeps little one nice and snug. The bag is something and nothing. I personally haven't even used mine as I tend to keep everything in my changing bag. I guess it could be useful for some but it wasn't a particular bonus for me.
The handle to the pram is padded for comfort and is one straight flat bar. This makes it comfortable to push but also means that you can't hook shopping bags on the end. The handle is quite low which isn't an issue for 5ft4 me, but my 6ft hubby struggles to push it without looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The handle is adjustable, which I initially thought meant in height, but it instead just adjusts the angle. I don't really understand the point, and just leave it in the normal position. Having said that it might come in useful when it comes to collapsing it if you haven't got much room in your boot. Speaking of which, it's very easy to collapse and folds up quite flat. We have a Vauxhall Meriva which has quite a sizeable boot and it fits in with ease, leaving plenty of room for shopping and others bags. The pushchair is also freestanding when it's collapsed which makes storing it indoors easy.
The seat has four different reclining positions and lies fully flat which makes the pushchair suitable from birth and great for when you're little one wants a nap! It's easy to recline, whether the baby is in there or not, using a little handle that you push upwards and recline as you need.
The seat is roomy and comfortable and is fully padded. The seat itself is padded as are the sides and head rest which is great when you're little one falls asleep and their head lolls slightly to the side. Your baby is fastened in with a reassuring 5 point harness which is fully adjustable and easy to use. The straps are also padded for extra comfort. There is a bar that goes to the front of the child to enable you to attach toys and this is fully removable which is handy for when you're getting little one in and out of the car or trying to attach the footmuff.
The pushchair boasts quite a large shopping basket which is great on first appearance but does have it's drawbacks. You can fit quite a bit into it when the seat is upright but when the baby is asleep and it's fully reclined it's difficult to get things in and out of the basket without pushing the chair upwards. Not what you want to be doing when you're baby is asleep!
The detachable hood is easy to adjust and has a sun visor which is great for those (rare) sunny days. It can also be tucked out of the way when it is not needed. The hood has a transparent panel which means that although the pushchair is forward facing you can still see your little one. There is also a panel at the back that you can unzip to allow air to circulate when it is particularly warm.
I have found it very easy to manoeuvre, due to both its light weight and the fact that each wheel has a full swivel. It turns easily which is a great advantage when you're trying to get around shops. The wheels can also be locked which makes it easier pushing over rougher surfaces such as grass. The brakes are linked so it is easy to stop the pram from rolling anywhere when you have come to a standstill. The one negative I have about that is that unless you take very small steps, your foot easily catches the brake. I don't even have a particularly large stride and I still manage to catch it!
So, to conclude, I think that this is a great little pushchair. It's not perfect but the positives far outweigh the negatives
Further info -
Suitable for children up to 15kg.
Folded size L82, W50, D28cm
The Chicco Simplicity Klabber Pushchair is great for parents on the go, with the compact fold and carry handle making it easy to carry, travelling is easy.The stroller in Klabber has an anchor device allowing you to attach the Key fit Car seat (not included)The Seat has a rigid back rest to give your child support and the recline, padded shoulder straps and crotch strap will give them maximum comfort and security.