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Whilst I was pregnant I was browsing on ebay and came across this Hauck Travel System with a starting price of 99p. I stuck it in my watch list and kept an eye on it over the next few days. It was also local to me so I was saving on the delivery aswell!
It had 2 bids on it with just 2 hours left and still it was only on £2.40, so refreshing my page every so often I was glad to see there wasn't a bidding war going on, with just seconds to go I put in my bid of £15.01 and hoped for the best, I wasn't being tight with my bid and I know £15 isn't much for a hardly used pram but I had about eight different ones in my watch list all at low prices so if I didn't win this one I had back ups!
I did win the auction for just £5.60! £5.60 for a hardly used travel system ~ Bargain!!!
I felt a bit embarrassed handing over £5.60 but I did win it for that amount and therefore that is all I paid!
The woman I bought it off demonstrated how to fold and unfold, how to attach the car sear etc, and that was basically it. I have read reviews saying that when bought new you need to put the wheels on yourself but as I bought it second hand this was already done.
I bought it in the same colour way as above, Winnie the Pooh and it's really cute. Everything was immaculate and the seller had been truthful in her auction listing stating it had been used 10 times if not less, the wheels still looked new and I was really pleased with my bargain.
I had done a bit of research before buying it so I knew it was suitable from birth, that is with the car seat attached or using just the pram as it has a multi position backrest.
The pram came with a footmuff, bag and raincover, the footmuff is nice and cosy and can be used with either the pram or car seat, it has a parent tray with two holes to hold drink .... But don't put anything hot in these as there's danger of scalding the baby! And a tray on the front rather than a simple bumper bar. The basket underneath is an ample size but it is a little tricky getting the shopping in when the pram is laying flat.
The car seat has a little hood which is much better than the Graco travel system I bought 10 years ago as that didn't have a hood and I was always afraid of my baby getting sunburnt as the pram hood didn't completely cover him.
There's a ditty Winnie the Pooh teddy hanging on the right side of the hood and to be honest I don't see any real purpose in at as my son takes no notice what so ever! It looks good so does act as decoration but that is it!
Fitting the car seat into the car was easy and much more simple than fitting my silvercross one. The seat belt fit's around neatly and slots into the clips on the sides.
The pram folds flat and fit's neatly into the boot of my rather compact Rover Streetwise.
Overall I find this a lovely easy pram to use and push and am very pleased with my £5.60 spend!
I bought this Hauck travel system when i was pregnant with my son as it was very attractively priced compared to some other travel systems and i wouldn't say i regret it, it is a good pram that comes in a few different designs but it does have its negatives. The pram itself is quite a bulky one so it can be difficuly manouvering it into the boot of my car. It also took me a while to figure out how to click the car seat part into the pram, but once i did figure this out it is very easy and the pram collapses easily.
The car seat that comes with the travel system though was a big let down as it does not fit securely in the car at all and seems as though it would be very unsafe so i actually had to buy another car seat. I just use the car seat part to click into the pram so i can have my son facing me. I still haven't worked out how to have the pram in the sitting up position as it doesn't seem to stay up securely, this pram can be quite tricky to work out!
There is a shopping bag part underneath the pram that you can fit one or two shopping bags into, but not many. The pram also doesn't have the type of handles that you can hang your shopping bags on, so you can't really go out by yourself with your little one in this pram and buy loads of shopping as there's just nowhere to put it! The raincover that comes with the pram is good and fully covers it so your baby won't get wet and the change bag that it comes with it is great too, it's a good size with a few different compartments to it.
This pram being a 'Shopper' system is meant to navigate well around shops but i wouldn't say it navigates that well and i sometimes find it difficult to steer and end up bumping into things. It does have a brake that you can apply to the front and back if you need to. To be honest i probably wouldn't reccomend this pram, it was very stressful to put together and just seems to have so many downsides to it.
When i was pregnant with my first baby, i didn't really know much about prams so i just went by the appearance of them. I decided on this pram, in the circle black, which cost me £170 from Littlewoods Catalogue.
It came well packaged in a big white box, inside the box was the pram, car seat, footmuff, rain cover, cup tray and a travel changing mat inside the changing bag. We had to assemble the pram ourselves, but it was fairly easy-Simply click the wheels onto the metal frame and attatch hood, attatch the basket underneath and clip on the cup tray and bar across the front.
The accesories that came with it where average, i was happy with the footmuff and rain cover- however i would of liked a few more zip compartments in the changing bag. I did find the cup holder handy at the top, i used it for drinks or my sons feeds whiles i was out and about- there is also a handy tray next to it which is great for dummies, money etc.
The car seat is brilliant, i loved the fact it had a hood on it- which made it very cosy for my son and weather proof too. To attatch the car seat to the pram you pull out two metal rods (slightly tricky at first but you get the hang of it) on the 2 front side bars of the frame- then sit the car seat on the padded bar at the front. The two rods clip into the car seat and hold it safely in place. As a travel system this pram functioned brilliantly, my son was nice and cosy and i could see him at all times- if it rained i could quickly pull the pram hood to meet the car seet hood and he would be covered up whiles i got the rain cover on (there is a see through window in the hood to see baby still).
When my son was 6 months old, we started taking him out without the car seat attatched to the pram and used it as a stroller only. He loved it, it was very warm inside the footmuff for him and the rain cover always provided protection from the weather. On the back of the pram there is a pocket, handy for purses, mobile phones etc. When using the stroller it can be reclined into many differant seating positions, you pull what i can only describe as a draw string at the back of the seat- the tighter you pull it, the more they are sat up. The shopping basket under the pram was huge, i could fit loads in it and it didnt affect the steering of the pram. To fold down the pram you put your fingers in two holes on either side of the two front bars and pull, this folds it down- it doesnt fold down really small but i always managed it.
When out and about with this pram i found it easy to push until my son was about 8 months old, as he got bigger the wheels became stiff to push- which is why i made the decision on getting a new pram. To be fare i could of managed with this pram for a while longer, but i wanted something that was easy to steer and as my son got bigger this became a problem for me with this pram.
Overall i would deffinately give this pram the thumbs up, i know it didn't last me too long but i found it great value and a brilliant little pram for the early months.
The Hauck Speed Sun - Hide N Seek Pooh is a Single Seat Umbrella.