Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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La Luna, La Luna
Mama & Papas Luna Pushchair
Member Name: nickwock
Mama & Papas Luna Pushchair
Advantages: Options to customise, easy to push, modern but lightweight
Disadvantages: Only front facing, raincover
Even before we bought the Buzz, my heart lay with the Mamas and Papas Pliko (the Buzz was hubby's choice) but with that now being out of our price range and the main selling point, (the pram conversion) quickly becoming unneccesary, I decided to search for a more lightweight, 'stroller' type buggy, but something a little more substantial, something that would suit Logan, who by now was very interested in what was going on around him, but still sleeping frequently and needing comfort. My eye was soon captured by the Mamas and Papas Luna.
Our Luna is in the 'truffle' colourway, which is brown with a slight purple tinge. There are a selection of patterned pram liners, cosy toes, strap covers and head huggers to choose from. These do change from season to season, although older colourways (and infact the new ones!) can be purchased from other online sites, such as good old ebay. These really help to jazz up the Luna, although, to be fair, there are only certain patterns which can match the colour of your pushchair.
My main reasons for purchasing the luna was for the apron and bumper bar. Both offer the comfort and protection for small babies and can also be removed when required when baby grows. Strollers and lightweight umbrella folding buggies do not usually have these, only usually larger pushchairs, such as the three in one travel systems. I also liked the style, it looks like stroller, but a bit chunkier and more substantial, but still a little more compact than a travel system. However, the Luna is capable of becoming a travel system, the Mamas and Papas Viaggio and Axton car seats both fit the Luna but must be purchased seperately, bumping up the cost by well over £100, after buying adaptors to fit the seats. Other accessories include parasols (£25) and changing bags (£40) and even a soft carrycot (£70). We paid £140 for the pushchair new, with the raincover and apron. So as you can see, perfecting and personalising your Luna may be an expensive choice!
So why the Luna?
Well, the chunky but light frame gives it a more modern and pleasing look, but keeps it fairly light (9kg).
It fully reclines, so perfect for very small babies. Although, I have to go against the M&P website who say this is a 'one handed operation' the recline function is easy to use when setting down and can easily be done one handed, but putting back up into a seating position is more tricky. The 'catch' has clips which need to be pushed in either side to relase and then slide down a strap- easy to do with thumb and fore finger, but then as those fingers are being used, tricky to push the whole catch back up the straps. You definitley need the other hand to hold the strap taut, and even then, is easier done without baby in the seat. However there are sewn markers either side to ensure you get the seating postion even.
Personalisation. Since I bought mine, the 'luna' has now become the 'luna mix' which gives you more choice to customise your pushchair, you can now choose between a three or four wheel base, a different colour hood to the main buggy body and of course there is a choice of liners and headhuggers in various colours and patterns. These liners still fit my version of the luna and as time goes on, more choices will become available as some are discontinued. Yes, you have to pay extra for these, but a liner straight off the M&P website is £18 and a head hugger with strap covers is £12. Not too bad, and if you check the M&P website regluarly, there are always offers to be had and some of the discontinued styles can be picked up cheaply from auction sites.
I find the Luna wonderful to push, fold and put in the boot. (Compared to my old Buzz!) It feels nice and easy to push and very controlled, even with just one hand. To fold, there is a catch either side, the left just needs to be pulled up about half an inch, same for the right side, although this also needs to be turned in towards the buggy at the same time. I've never had any problems with this, although my hubby struggled a little to begin with. Also when collapsed flat it catches on the right side to prevent it opening back up.
As Logan was nearly four months by the time the buggy arrived, we didn't buy a car seat or carrycot, just a liner for comfort. (The cress pattern, which I must say, goes beautifully with the truffle pushchair!) The five way harness was a little loose for such a small baby so we kept the Buzz a little longer, but by five months he was sitting stronger by himself and the liner pulls the straps higher (as the openings are higher up the back) so we feel more comfortable using it. The difference is, the Buzz seat unit can be placed rear and forward facing, but the luna is only forward. Personally this does not worry me, I think it is nice when babies are noticing things for them to see 'forward' to their surroundings, rather than just looking at Mummy, but this may be a problem for those with newborns. The seat unit is quite spacious, and can be reclined completely flat and gently lifted up at whatever angle you choose until seated, unlike the Buzz, which stays in an angled position even when reclined, not so good for babys posture. The luna also has an adujstable foot rest which can be angled down for older children.
I love it. It pushes easier than the Buzz, so much lighter and narrower. Okay, no where near as narrow as a proper stroller, but then it is much more substantial than one. It's still got that 'chunky' feeling, which makes you feel that baby is safe. I find it so easy to manouver, even one handed which makes shopping a doddle when carrying a wire basket on one arm.
Putting it in the boot is also fairly easy, we have an Astra and it fits no problem and it also fits into the boot of my mates Clio. It's not that heavy to lift either.
It wipes clean very easily, also the apron seat and bumper all come apart easily so washing in the machine is a doddle.
Handle bar has two buttons on the inside which can be depressed to lower the angle of the bar, making it more comfortable to push. It's easy to change (for me and hubby) but not so easy it can be done accidentally.
The bumper bar can be opened (gate style) or taken off completely just by pressing a small button either side.
Has a parent 'window' in the hood so you can keep a look on baby.
It has a basket and an apron included.
The raincover is a funny shape, I suppose the extra space is to fit around the car seat, but as we don't have one, it looks a little bulky at the front. It is quite easy to fit though and secures snuggly with velcro at the back and poppers at the front. Although, where the poppers are, it has started to rip, not great as I haven't had to use it that much.
Can only be forward facing unless you buy the car seat or soft carry cot seperately.
The apron is secured by a zip on the lower half, but by poppers either side at the top. The poppers are quite fiddly to do up, not good if you're outside in the rain!
Buying all these seperate accessories can be expensive.
Colourways may change at any time and you may not get accessories to match.
Basket underneath is a little shallow and can't hold much.
Summary: Mamas and papas pushchair