Graco a world reknown company, extremely popular in America and over here as the 'budget' pushchair company, they make a wide variety of pushchairs and their travel systems are by far their best sellers.
The Graco Denver Travel System is an old name for a pushchair that Graco still make, basically its a big bulky pushchair that allows you to clip the car seat straight from the car onto the frame, sounds good??? Well actually it isn't bad if your nipping to the shops but pushing this around for the day whether it be shopping or just a day out, its like pushing a small bus, its heavy, its plasticy and just not nice at all, although baby is very comfy in the car seat. The actual pushchair seat is massive and would easily accomodate a 4 year old although it would be even worse to push with that kind of weight in.
When folded the pushchair is bulky and so heavy, I couldn't imagine lifting this pushchair out of a car boot within the first month after giving birth.
Mothercare are the biggest sellers of Graco and they also rebrand Graco pushchairs with their name. For a Graco Travel System like the Denver your looking at spending between £200-£300 brand new including car seat and raincover.
I must say Graco car seats are absolutely fantastic, they are very spacious yet comfortable and easy to fit into the car with or without car seat base.
Graco pushchairs come in a variety of colours from black to pink, red to blue. They have huge baskets which is a definite plus point but in all honesty for the price of them brand new I wouldn't bother, they feel cheap and look cheap, they do go cheaply second hand so if your set on a Graco get second hand.
Average Pushchair, would opt for another kind of travel system in the future.
I recently bought my travek system before i had gave birth to my first child and thought the idea of a travel system would be really good, as I thought most babies like to lay down and when they get older they can sit up in the pushchair. Now i have had my child i now know different.
I must say I used the system as an actual pram for about once in all the time i have had it. The most popular way that I used the system was with the car seat attached. This is the best idea..EVER. You can simply take you car seat out of the car and place it straight into the pram as it just clips in, literally in second.(Its not difficult to remove he car seat either as the base stays permanently in the car and you just press a button to release the car seat)
I am unsure about other babies but with mine, he just did not want to lay directly on his back when he was out and about and wanted to be able to see things, he got really angry when he was laid down. I started to then lay him in the pushchair but on the flatish level and slowly bring it up as he got older and older. So the fact that the system goes as a pram and and a pushchair is not really that important, in my opinion.
The awkwardness of my child and the easiness of the carseat/travel system idea was probably the reasons which i didnt use the pram mode.
Once our baby had grew out of the car seat I then had to move him into the pushchair part of the system, which he was more than happy with. So looking back, i wish i had bought the travel system which was solely for the car seat and then the pushchair as this design was cheaper and smaller.
The travel system has a bag which matches the system which hangs on the back of the system and also has a rain cover (these at extra costs) The system has a digitial monitor at the back of the pram, where you can gage the temperature and the time. This is good to have, but I did not think that the temperature is not accurate. Also when your bag is on the back of the pushchair you cannot see the writing on the display. There is a handy storage area on the pram below the digital display where you can store small things i.e. dummy's.
I did have some issues with the travel system, the shopping basket at the bottom is really difficult to get to when your baby is in pram mode, lowest pushchair mode or carseat attached mode, which makes it pretty useless. I also had issues getting this system into a small car and does not fit into a New shaped Micra, so beware if thats what you own. it will take your full boot space if you have a small family car i.e. polo etc.
The system is available in Babies 'r' us and I think we paid around £200 pounds as it was on special offer. The other system i was mentioning was smaller and was around £160.
Graco Bag - Black - £29.99 - expensive I know... for a BAG!
Graco Soft Carrycot in Caramel (to go inside the pram) - £29.99
Graco Raincover - £29.99
We bought the version of this pushchair that was sold under the Mothercare brand in November 2000. Although it is extremely useful to have the car seat element when moving a sleeping baby from the car to the chair, it's quite tricky to move the baby from the actual pushchair into the car seat, and as the seat is quite small it gets very uncomfortable for a tall child to use until he or she is the right weight for the next stage seat. The pushchair unit is extremely shoddy and despite us only using it occasionally, within 9 months it was showing severe signs of wear. The folding mechanism had worn loose, and the handle was made loose as a result, making the whole thing difficult to steer. By June 2002, with our toddler still well within the weight limit, and with the chair only being used for shopping purposes once or twice a week, the whole thing finally became unpushable, unsteerable and unstable. Following a less than satisfactory conversation with Graco's customer service department we decided to buy another pushchair, only this time we've steered well clear of all things Graco. Should be mentioned that the safety straps are too loose and despite being tightened as far as possible, our toddler can wriggle out of them and climb out of the seat. From the money we paid for it, we thought we were buying a good quality pushchair that we could use for years to come, whereas we bought a cheaply made product at a good-quality price. I would recommend spending the extra £100 or so and buying something more robust from Mamas and Papas or an alternative manufacturer. Otherwise, buy a cheaper brand and be prepared to change it a couple of times as it wears out.
We bought this travel system when we were expecting our first child. It looks very useful and a very good idea. It was nice to be able to have the baby in the car seat, facing you for the first few months and to be able to put him in the car without waking him. The pram is very easy to push and steer and baby/toddler always looked comfortable in it. However, the construction of the pushchair frame is not very good. After about 4 months we had to take it back to the shop as all the bearings had become loose and the buggy was very wobbly. They tightened it up but it was never right again. I think the problem is that I walk a lot, and it's only designed for occassional use. I walk about 2 miles every other day and just dont thin this system was up to this amount of use.
I bought a Graco Denver from a local retailer after Mothercare messed me around in purchasing a Sterling. I bought the Graco because it was recommended. For the best part it was really useful, we had been lent a pram from a family friend and used it a lot during the summer so the Graco wasn't over used. Then when my daughter was 10 months old and in the pushchair without the car seat the frame snapped. I went to the store and complained and so they chased it up and I was charged £35 to get the bar replaced even after we discovered it was a manufacturing fault. The shop I bought it from has now stopped stocking Graco as they were returning so many and all of friends that bought are now regretting it. Since that about a month ago when it was 13 months old another bar came loose and now Graco are planning charging me a further £35 to repair a product that I wish I'd never bought.
We bought this system from Mothercare for £209 and I was most annoyed to see it in Babies R Us the next week for £180! A new colour scheme had just been introduced and it is a very smart navy blue with a beige check lining. The best thing about it has got to be the car seat, which clips really easily onto the chassis and means that you don't have to wake baby when transferring from the car. The pram itself also seems quite comfortable, and although the wheels squeak and rattle, my son does not seem to mind. It also has a nice big shopping basket - although it is hard to get anything in and out of this when the seat is in the full lie back position. It has a high handle too which is useful if you or your partner are tall. The worst thing about it is that it does not fold up very easily, and the pram would be very difficult, if not impossible to take on public transport. This was not going to be a problem or so I thought when I bought it, but we are moving to a 1st floor flat and I will probably be using buses/trains etc so will be looking for a lightweight stroller and keeping the Denver for when we go out in the car. Also it will keep for when we have another child. I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you travel everywhere by car and will not be needing to use public transport at all. The car seat on it's own is quite heavy, and cannot really be used just as a carrier. I bought the universal travel system raincover from mothercare to use, this will be OK but doesn't quite fit properly, I would suggest that it would be better to buy the proper Graco Denver one (if it exists!)
A travel system means that the pram is adapted to work in four different ways. 1 Car Seat 2 Car seat attached to pram 3 Lie flat pram 4 Sit up buggy suitable for older babys and toddlers The travel system pram has been great for me, I chose this type of pram instead of the traditional type as I live in a rural area and am very dependant on my car, thus I did not want to wake a sleeping baby each time I travelled from A-B. I was lucky to buy my pram in the January sales for £100.00 but they normally retail at about £180.00. I think this is reasonable considering the car seat will do until the child is eight or nine months old. The pram is quite bulky if you have a small car boot, I would suggest measuring this before buying, as their is not enough room for grocery shopping as well as the pram. The only problem I have encountered with the travel system is that the weathershield plastic cover, which is very expensive £25.00, has broken the poppers on several occasions. Mothercare however, have changed this immediatly.
I bought this pram 2 years ago and it has served me well. It comes with a car seat, which is sturdy and attractive and has a sun canopy/hood, brilliant for shading baby in the sun! The pram itself is sturdy without being too heavy (I can push it up a steep hill without too much trouble). I has 3 positions and a 5 point harness, although the shoulder straps are perhaps a little too low down and can not be adjusted, which makes it difficult as your child grows. Also the seat is hard to adjust, so if your child falls asleep sitting up it is hard to move the seat back without jolting it. The pram comes in a range of colourways, I bought it when it was first on the market and only available in navy, but this colour hides a lot of muck! One of the main advantages is the huge basket which holds absolutley loads of shopping. The main disadvantage is the squeaky wheels, although I think this was only a problem with the early models and has since been rectified.
I brought this pram just after our Daughter was born from Mothercare. The designe on it is mainly dark blue, with yellow and lime green inner fabric. It comes with a first stage car seat, and it also has a hood on it to keep sun or wind off of your baby. The car seat also comes with a comfy head hugger, and the pads to go over the chest straps. for the pram, there is a cover that goes over the top of the play try and over the legs, it is buttoned on near the wheels and by the hood, but it does not go right under the childs legs. I thought this pram was a really good Idea, you need both a pram and car seat, so why not get one that fits together in one? It was so easy, if our daughter fell asleep, we did not have to risk waking her to transfer her to a pram, you just take the seat!! it is secured well on the play tray, and does not move. The pram itself, although can be heavy to lift, is very easy to push up curbs one handed, the handle is high up so it can take some of the strain of pushing it. It folds flat, which can be a problem if you dont have a lot of room to store it, but I really like this pram, and it is so comfortable to use. The main reason I got this pram is so when I have another baby, I already have a good, sturdy pram and car seat there. I could not get a matching cosey toes and change bag, I asked but they dont seem to do one, the rain cover for this pram is £29.99, and I have had a few probs with the poppers coming off, but mothercare have been quite helpfull so far on that. I would not recommend this to anyone who is only planning on having 1 baby, its a lot of mony, but if you are like me and want a footie team!! (not that many though!) I think it will suit you down to the ground!
Comes complete with a Group 0 (birth; 10 kg) AutoBaby car seat. Can be used as a car seat and a pushchair. Features include a Lift and Lock' technology, which allows you to lift the car seat out of the car and lock it onto the pushchair in one easy movem