Product Type: First Wheels prams, pushchairs and strollers
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First Wheels City Elite Twin
Member Name: technoir
First Wheels City Elite Twin
Date: 30/05/09, updated on 30/05/09 (1229 review reads)
Advantages: Carrycot for keeping an eye on baby
Disadvantages: Heavy and a bit bulky
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.
Summary: Would use this a lot more if I didn't use my car as much