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I bought this pushchair for my newborn and (my smaller than average) twenty-two month old. It was a lovely pushchair to look at, but it was just not practical. The first thing we noticed was that it was quite tricky to put together, taking over an hour.
The good points for me were that there was a carrycot available for newborns, although this was long and this which is fine if, like me, you have a petite baby but for anyone with a chunkier baby it would be an issue especially because the normal seats are not suitable for under six months. I liked that the seats were individual meaning that I could have one forward-facing and one parent-facing or both in one direction. The baskets were a good size and supported by wood underneath, making them stronger than the average basket. I liked that the handle was adjustable.
Now for the bad points, and unfortunately there are a lot of them. It is just too wide, is the main one. I could not get on a bus, go through some shops and or even get through the front door of my home. Every time I got home I would have to get the toddler in, take the carrycot off and put that in, take the toddlers seat off put that in, and then fold the frame and put that in. What a faff. When the pushchair was folded, it literally folded in half, this means you need a huge area to store it. It also meant that we would have to remove the chairs and the wheels to get the frame in the back of a Escort and even a Mondeo, both having fairly big boots.
It was really heavy even just the frame, but add on the seats and then the children and it just became impossible to even lift up the kerbs. This heaviness made the handle unreliable and sometimes when trying to lift the pushchair up a kerb it would give way, I found that a bit dangerous as it meant the pushchair and I were in the road for longer than needed.
The seat had its footrest inbuilt, which meant that the toddlers one got dirty very quickly (and it was not easy to clean) but also it become worn quickly too and the stitching began to give way. This is not something I would expect of such an expensive pushchair.
The small front wheels are not ideal for uncared for London pavements, they would constantly get caught on the bumps and cracks. Each time this happened the handle ended up in my stomach, which was really worrisome once I was pregnant again.
Also two small issues were the rain-covers lacked shape and also I had to carry the changing bag as the handle was just too wide for any bag.
When I found out I was pregnant a little over a year after having my very premature son, I knew I had to look about a greatvquality double pushchair. I was torn between finding ones for style, comfort and practicality. I chose the aqua blue and one side carrycot for my newborn baby girl. I used it in my dining room for the first few weeks as a little bed for my newborn during the day. Mainly to keep my toddler away from his sister. I took the whole pram out when my baby was 3 weeks old. I was complemented on it where-ever I went or rather whereever it would fit through the door! It was so wide it wouldn't fit through the doors of my bank. So unfortunately I had to sell it as it was just too unpractical. Perfect for long walks or huge shopping malls but nothing else.
I liked the fact that the pushchair and carrycot could face you so you could keep an eye on both toddler and baby. The colours are eye catching and I particularly loved the aqua blue colour I chose.
It was probably the smoothest pushchair I've ever owned and didn't feel that it weighed the massive 27kg it was. It glided round corners easily but unfortunately it was too wide as a side by side. I went on to buy a tandem as it was abit more practical. I was abit gutted as it was such a gorgeous pram.
Another disadvantage is that it is huge to take in a car and I'm not sure it would fit in a normal sized boot.
Well when I found out I was pregnant with my second son I struggled to find a double buggy that I really liked and that did what I wanted. I had a travel system for my first son and loved the carry cot (with hard base) aspect and really wanted that out of a double too. So when I saw the first wheels city twin on their website I fell in love with it straight away, so we went to the only stockist (a small shop in a neaby town, it wasn't in mothercare at the time) to look at it. I of course loved it more in real life than on the web and ordered it straight away.
Well when it arrived I unpacked it and it was huge and didn't fit through our internal or external door ways but that didn't bother me as I didn't do much walking and was using the car more.
Luckily at the time I had a Galaxy and my hubby took out the back two seats so that I could just push the buggy straight in, if I had to take the buggy apart all the time I think it would have driven me nuts.
Although this is a very easy buggy to push it is very very wide and was a nightmare in small shops plus I couldn't get in a lot of smaller shops as it wouldn't fit through the door.
It is also really heavy to get in and out of the car whilst folded and the seats are quite narrow, luckily my 2 boys were really small so it wasn't an issue for me but if you have a heavier toddler he/she would possibly be uncomfortable.
On the whole I loved the buggy whilst out walking, the carrycot was brill for our newborn and up until he was about 7months old, the fact that the seats change around is also brilliant and it was really comfy for both of mine. I probably wouldn't buy this buggy again as it didn't fit through my front door, but that would be the only reason I wouldn't buy it, the rest of the probs wouldn't put me off as it is such a gorgeous pushchair and I got some fab comments whilst out with it.
I bought a firstwheels city twin when I found out I was expecting my second child. With there only being 16 months age gap, a double was essential. I first saw the city twin online but could never have afforded it new. Luckily someone my sister knew was selling one for £100! I almost snapped her hand off at that price!
We went to pick it up and luckily didnt take our eldest, We had to take out the parcel shelf and put both back seats down just to get it in. We dont have a huge car just a hatchback but with boot space seemingly ample we didnt think we would have such an issue.
Still, me being optimistic I gave it a chance and put it up at home. The seat arrangement is fab, the option of having rear facing in a double was lovely. Seats are a good size and my eldest looked comfy. Raincovers fit snugly and the wheels are really chunky and airfilled so ride comfort looked pretty good. Gave it a push around and was pleasantly surprised by the ease of steering. Feeling happy I then tried to get it through the door, Not a chance! Not only was it too wide to fit through internal house doors but also was too wide to get through the larger front door and our front gate. So unless I wanted to load it up 1 child at a time and leave them on the street it had to go. We sold it a few weeks later before our youngest was even born.
There is no way I can see this fitting on public transport, it is very heavy to lift and far too wide to be practical. Lovely pushchair to look at and comfy but just cannot be used in day to day life.
I would recommend the firstwheels to someone who walks everywhere, has super wide doors, big muscles and a big car, other than that give it a miss.
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I first saw this pram about 2 years ago when i was pregnant with my son, we were struggling to find a nice looking double pram, and i came across this one in mothercare as soon as i saw it i fell in love with it, it looked comfortable the seats were a nice size, they had a choice of three colours, it had nice chunky wheels at the back the frame seemed sturdy and the best thing about it was finally i had found a pram that i could have a newborn baby laid down in a carrycot!
I found this quite pricey at mothercare for 499.00, and that was just for the basic two seats and the raincover, i then had to pay 159.99 for the carrycot so it is very expensive i think you can find them cheaper elsewhere online though.
First Ride Out ----
Well i was so looking forward to using the pram and taking the babys out for a walk, but i was so dissapointed with this pram.
First problem started when i tried to get out of the house i was told by the staff in Mothercare i would have no problems getting in and out of shops and that it would also fit on public transport etc, which is obviously not correct i had to take all the seats of the chassis and fold down the chassis to get out of the house which as you probably guessed is not ideal at all.
Once i was out and about it was great, the pram pushed really easily, was light to push easy to steer, and the children loved it the seats fully reclined when my daughter went to sleep which made it great because she could have a comfortable nap, the only problem then was when i got home i had to wake her up to get her out the pram as i couldnt get into the house.
And there is no way this pram would fit on public transport, it barely even fits into a boot of a car!
Unfortunately the first trip out with the pram was my last and i sold it on the same week.
I do like the pram just for the easy use of it while out and about, but i would not ever be buying it again unless i had big doors on my house and never had to get on the bus with it, i do not recommend this pram to anyone unless as said above you dont plan on keeping the pram in the house and you have a very large boot.
I bought this second hand for my newborn daughter and my 18 month old son as I was looking for a double buggy to fit them both in.
I was adamant that I wanted a proper carrycot for my new baby and wanted to be able to see her as you naturally would.
The prams I have seen on the market are all facing forwards and either tandem or side by side and I wasn't happy with any of them. I also didn't want to have her in the carseat as a travel system because its not recommended for long periods and as it turned out she was premature so especially delicate.
You can use it with 2 carrycots fo twins, 1 carrycot and seat for different ages or with 2 seats for older children both over 6 months.
I thought the chassis was quite compact for a double but slightly on the heavy side. We opted for a Galaxy so there wasn't an issue with the size of it and managed to fit the lot in the back with the 2 back seats folded down.
Its really easy to unfold and fold up again and the seats and carrycot come off to go in the car.
I thought I would use it a lot more than I do but as i have to drive to the shops I tend to use a sling most of the time and put my son in the stroller.
The times I have used it its lovely and really comfortable but I save it for long walks or leaving from home.
Its slightly wider than my front door unfortunately but the carrycot comes off and has carry handles to make it easier to bring the baby in sleeping. If you don't really use a car much then its lovely and convenient but I found it to be more effort when I was on my own and used it more when my husband was around. It does fit through most high street style doors but the occasional old fashioned/boutique shops seem to be a bit of a problem but it depends where you go.
I got the Sand colour fabric which looks nice but marks easily and the covers don't really come off for washing so its upholstery shampoo and a sponge for cleaning unfortunately. The carrycot has a seperate matress which can be washed and if you use a sleeping bag or buggysnuggle type liner you don't worry as much about the marks.
Its got air filled rear wheels so you can pump them up and have a smooth ride. The front wheels are swivel and can be fixed for rough ground. The hood and Bumper bars are detachable and the whole thing comes apart seperately so its not too heavy to manage on your own.
I would definately recommend this if you want to keep an eye on your children and talk to them on journeys.
I've noticed Mothercare online selling the 2009 model which seems to be a new sleeker style and also can be used with adaptors to use a Maxi Cosi seat which I'm not sure this one does although I think I would have used it more if I could have put the carseat on for quick trips.
I bought this double when i was expecting my second baby at first i thought it looked amazing as you can have a carry cot on one side and a puschair seat on the other side.. which was perfect as my daughter was 2 at the time and wasnt keen on walking, you can also have 2 carrycots for twins or just two pram seats its lovely to push and fab for the shopping as the baskets are nice sizes, what i also liked about it is the fact you have indivudal raincovers which is good as its such a struggle to get a raincover on my daughter.
I was over the moon with the pram when i got it.. i thought it would be good as i dont drive and use the push on buses (the woman in the shop said it would go on them no problem) but then when my baby was born we all went on a shopping trip walked onto the bus and got the pram stuck.. in the aisle the bus was not wide enough for it, also you struggle fitting it into car boots as when folded you need to take both seat units off and then fold the frame and the frame is very heavy and not one of the easiest to fold down!
If you dont use a car and you dont use a bus then the pram is great!
Features: reclining back. 6 months to 3 years, up to 15kg. Spacious wide seats both seats are adjustable in 3 reclining positions. Small front swivel wheels, ideal for around town. Larger air tyres on the back for a smooth ride.