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When my grandson was born in December I knew it wouldn't be long before Nanny would be babysitting. In readiness I acquired a pram, purchasing the base unit of the Cosatto Venture for the excellent price of £49 - this was for the brand new pram supplied with raincover, delivery included. My pram is in a bright cherry red colour (I believe it's called Chilli Red) but I rather like the Khaki one above, incidentally I do not have the car seat to turn this into a travel system but it is available separately.
The Venture is suitable from birth as the back lies down completely flat, I think babies look much more comfortable when lying flat but are more often than not forced into car seats these days. The base of this pram provides plenty of room for my grandson to stretch out and sleep comfortably, but it's also perfectly padded for both comfort and support.
As he is now over four months old he has started taking an interest in the world so I was pleased to find that the back rest will sit up in increments to suit babies of all ages. Unfortunately baby is facing away from you when using this pram without the car seat, this takes a little getting used to but just proves our over reliance on the modern travel system. Thirty years ago, when I had my children, babies were just lain down and it didn't matter is she was facing you or not - fifty percent of the time they were, but it frankly didn't matter a jot either way!
I have never liked the design of most three wheeled prams, but this is rather more compact than others I have seen. It's definitely not as long and, although fairly wide, the pram gives no impression of bulkiness whatsoever. The front wheel is lockable, personally I find the pram to be slightly smoother when having the wheel in swivel mode so rarely lock it into one position. The wheels are all exceedingly smooth and this makes the pram a real pleasure to push; since my granddaughter was born three years ago I have lost weight and can walk further distances, but having a sturdy pram such as this to push makes things easier on my poor old arthritic knees. I recall a stroller I had for my youngest granddaughter which was almost rickety in its construction, I could never have put my (not inconsiderable) weight on the handle as I do with this Cosatto pram.
The brake seems strong and it is smooth to apply, giving the pram a brief shove convinces me that the wheels will lock tight when the brake is applied but obviously try not to rely on any pram brake too much as these things do fail occasionally.
When I purchased this I remember the advertisement said it would fold up flat, unfortunately it doesn't and this may prove to be the biting point for many mothers. It doesn't matter to me as I wheel the pram straight into my outhouse and it stays there until my grandson visits again, but if I were to need to put it in the boot of the car then I think I would struggle. Not because the pram is heavy, it's actually surprisingly light, but due to the bulky nature of it.
The covers are not removable for washing, indeed Cosatto themselves recommend simply sponge cleaning the pram. This is all well and good while my grandson is so young, but as he grows into toddlerhood I envisage the seams being covered in semi-compacted Wotsits and that does make me shudder somewhat. One of my grandson's bottles leaked in the hood of the pram and I must admit sponge cleaning with a little washing up liquid did clean it up admirably, however I suspect this method will not work to keep the pram looking clean if used on a daily basis.
I was pleased to see a large and reliable shopping basket beneath the pram. Modern prams have woefully small baskets but this will hold a reasonable amount of shopping; this does not make the pram any harder to push, although you do notice a heavy load while pushing the pram up even the slightest incline. This basket sits comfortably on the frame of the pram and providing you distribute the weight of your shopping evenly it will remain in a straight position.
I really do like this pram, the handle is at the perfect height for me and I do not find myself kicking the mechanism at the back - as often happens when I push prams designed for taller people than myself. My grandson is kept safe using the fully adjustable harness and he is comfortable due to how well padded the pram is. I can tell that the pram will grow with him thanks to the way Cosatto have made it so simple to raise and lower the backrest, also as he grows the calf rest is adjustable to a small degree so he will be able to sit comfortably.
Suitable from birth. Adjustable recline and adjustable calf support.