“ Lightweight stroller suitable from birth and for children up to 15kg.Folds down small and can be stored easily. Brilliant value for money. Comes with hood and raincover. Easy to Good design but might not be very sturdy. „
We bought this buggy to keep in the car. We also have a mamas and papas sola which we love so going for another mamas and papas pram seemed like a logical conclusion. We picked the pipi up form argos for a very reasonable £59. For this price we got the buggy, hood and raincover, we purchased a footmuff and parasol separately.
The pipi is a lightweight buggy suitable from birth to 15kg. It weighs just 6.6kg and has a carry strap so is very portable and easy to carry. The buggy lies completely flat for newborns, this is achieved by pulling a cord at the back of the buggy. It is very easy to change positions and I have no problems changing from upright to reclining with my daughter in the buggy. The buggy has a traditional 3 point harness which I personally prefer too the floating harnessing as I feel they are safer.
My daughter looks comfortable in this buggy and she will happily go in there, the seat is big enough so it will last her through to when she is walking. The shopping basket is not very big but not unreasonably small. It is big enough to fit a changing bag or a small amount of shopping in. I keep this in the car so this isn't a problem for me as we generally put the shopping straight from the trolley to the boot but if a big basket is a consideration for you then this may not be suitable.
The pipi has two black handles and is nice to push. It feels sturdy and is easy to manoeuvre. I have never had any issues turning or using it in tight spaces. The front wheels are a swivel style but can be locked if you prefer. The buggy collapses easily there is a lever to push up then a bit you stamp on and the buggy collapses in on its self. It's hard to explain but very easy to do. Once folded the buggy is very compact, we have loads of space left in out boot.
All in all while I would highly recommend this for older babies, I don't think it would be great to use from birth. You would not be able to see the baby and I find that a bit worrying. I personally prefer a proper pram for young babies. 4 out of 5 stars from me!
We held off buying a buggy for a long time - I prefer to carry little ones in a wrap, but when my first son was 2, there started to be some times when it seemed like a buggy would help. Then one day we'd parked on the Pavilion Garden's car park in Buxton and had walked over to shop in the main shopping area - a short walk if you're not carrying a toddler. My husband suggested we needed some shopping from Waitrose, and I pointed out that our chances of getting back to the car with what we'd got and our son and some supermarket shopping were limited and I insisted we finally got a buggy. Argos was the only place that end of Buxton that sold buggys at the time so that was where we headed. We have been using our Pipi since then, a period of approximately 18 months.
We purchased the Pipi because it was reduced and seemed to have a lot of features for the money. Argos seem to often have Pipis at 49.99 reduced from a retail price of 69.99 in previous year's colours.
The Pipi has an umbrella fold that folds it down quite small. It fits in the back of our Landrover whether folded or not, but to be honest, I doubt there's a buggy on the market that wouldn't fit in there. It also fits in the back of my Skoda Fabia (02 version) diagonally across the boot, but it's a bit of a tight fit. It doesn't fit if I leave the hood on, but I found that folding with the hood on meant the hood developed a slightly warped appearance anyway. The shopping basket is small but can fit in heavy items like a bottle of milk etc and then lighter items can be hung from the handles.
Use and comfort
The wheels have a swivel feature for steering that can be turned off. I found the swivel feature made it hard to steer, especially at speed. Within a couple of weeks we had given up on it and permanently turned it off. The handles were comfortable to use with adequate padding that hadn't retained dents in it or lost padding with use. They can feel a bit sticky in hot weather. When I've got my second son in the sling I sometimes wish it was a bit more pushable with one hand, but I realise that if it had a single bar rather than two handles it would not fold down so compact. My first son who mostly uses it would sleep in it when he was younger if we used it on tarmac (but not on our farm track lol!). I found I felt every tiny vibration through the handles, but again if it was better at absorbing vibrations it would have bigger wheels and not be so compact or cheap. The back rest lies almost flat and I can adjust this down (but not up, that needs two hands). I can fold the buggy with one hand and my baby in his sling, though it often requires a bit of jiggling. The buggy is allegedly suitable from newborn, but I wouldn't put the 3 month old soundly sleeping in my other arm while I write this in it, mostly because if the vibrations coming up through it.
Over the 18 months our Pipi is still fully functional. It has been stored in mostly car boots, with the odd bit in our open-ended shed come outbuilding. It has been used mostly local to where I live with frequent journeys up and down the bumpy pot-holed farm track we live down, so it's certainly been bashed around a bit! We have no problems folding or unfolding it or using it. The colour we purchased was a pale blue with coloured circles on it. This hasn't faired so well, showing dirt very obviously and not washing very well, though current colour choices may be better, and in fairness it was obvious that it wasn't a practical colour when we purchased it, so it serves us right and I have no point to moan. The only part that is showing wear is the shopping basket where the fabric round the sides has been stretched and is obviously worn, though it is still functional. My first son is now rising 4 and still just about fits it, but his head is near the top of the backrest and he is small for his age.
I would recommend it for people looking for a cheap, compact durable buggy. More suitable for a second buggy rather than from birth as it is advertised.
Mama & Papas Pipi Stroller
**WHAT IS IT**
This is a stroller which can used from birth and is suitable for children up to 15kg. It includes a small shopping basket underneath. There is a detachable hood as well as a rain cover included with your purchase. The stroller weighs 6.6kg.
This stroller has lots of extra features like a handle to carry it when it is folded up and it is lightweight to carry. In the hood of the pram there is a small pocket which is a great size to put things in (for example a purse or a dummy etc.)
There is a three point harness on it which secures your child very well. I have found that it is good as my daughter can not get out of it easily when she is strapped in.
The leg rest on this pram can be moved up or down and you can move the backrest to whatever level you want to as there is a cord at the back. This cord leaves it easy to move however sometimes I need to get someone to hold the seat upright if my daughter is in the pram when I want to adjust it.
**WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND FEATURES**
I have the older version of this pram which is the same as the new one except the design on the seat cover. Mine is pink and has swirls, line and dots which are dark pink, light pink, white and green. I have to say I think that it is pretty however it isn't anything special. I did find that over time the white colours has gotten grotty looking even though I am cleaning it. My daughter is a messy child and likes to eat in her pram but what child doesn't. Overall I would say that the colours and design are pleasing enough to look at.
The seat can be adjusted by pushing in two grey clips either side which is good depending on whether your child is sleeping or not. As my daughter is older now I have to push these down when she is sitting upright. When she was younger I never bothered with this. There is a plastic footrest underneath the child's feet for added comfort it has mamas and papas engraved into it.
The handles do not join together and have foam grips at the top. I find this handy as I hang my handbag over it when I am out shopping. There is a small mesh shopping basket at the bottom. I have to say that this is one of the reasons why I bought this pram however it doesn't hold a great pile however it does hold the essential items I need for my daughter when I am out and about.
The wheels on this pram are double ones and are rather small. The front ones can be locked or unlocked depending if you want your wheels to turn in any direction. Sometimes I find they lock by accident without me trying to and I find it hard to push the pram. I can unlock them easily so it's not a big problem but it can be irritating.
The frame is aluminium and is lightweight. On the side there is a black handle and a black clip to make sure it stays in place once it has been folded up. This on my pram has now broken which really causes me a dilemma. The stroller is easy to lift in and out of the boot and doesn't take up an awful lot of space. In my sisters car though (which is a Corsa) she can't fit it into her boot. I have a Focus which has a reasonably big boot and I have lots of spare space.
This pram is collapsed by pushing up the steel part on the back of the pram and standing on a black pedal (on the side of the pram). Its really the same as most prams about and is straightforward. I will say though make sure the footrest is flat, there is nothing in the shopping basket at the bottom and that the hood is pulled back as if these things are not done you won't get the pram down easily.
There is a rain cover included with this pram and I do have some problems with it. It does cover my daughter and make sure that she is dry (as long as I have attached it properly by using the Velcro stickies at the bottom). Sometimes my daughter kicks the rain cover and these become undone. The thing that it doesn't cover which annoys me is the hood of the pram so it gets soaked if you are out and about which means you have to dry it when you get back home. If it had been designed so it covered the hood it would have been better in my opinion.
I have mixed feelings on this stroller to be honest. If I had the chance I don't think I would buy it again. It was brilliant value for money as I got it on sale in Argos for £40.00. I think this was a very reasonable price for what I got however I wish that I went for something better made.
My daughter is a year and half and I bought this pram when she was six months. So that means that this stroller is only a year old. I don't really use it much only when I go out in the car. As I don't drive this only is really during the weekend when my husband is about or sometimes during the week when my mother has to take me somewhere. I feel that this stroller is completely ruined already.
I feel that it is ruined as it squeaks constantly when I am out and about. The hood is about to fall off any day now and they wheels lock every now and then for no reason. I find that it's starting to wobble about abit when I push it too.
The biggest issue I have with this pram is that the lock broke on it to keep is safe when the pram is collapsed. This lead to a bad accident to happen as I got my hand caught in the frame when I was lifting it out of the car. This happened six months ago and I still have the scar on my finger. I was lucky and had only hurt my hand which was sore for a while but I could of easily have broken my finger or worse. If it had of been a child it happened to it could have been worse.
The design is good with the basket and pocket in the hood but really this is all I like about this pram. If I have anymore children I will be buying a different make from mamas and papas as I really don't rate this pram highly at all.
My daughter does look like she is comfortable when she is in this pram as it is spacious however it doesn't keep her very warm on a cold or windy day. I always take her out in my big silver cross pram on these days as she looks far more comfortable and cosy in it.
I have had many pushchairs, prams and buggies over my time with my three children so I am very choosey about what I will and won't buy. So when my daughter needed a new pushchair I had a few criteria that it needed to meet.
The first was comfort - it had to be comfortable to sit in. Well I certainly get no complaints from my daughter with the Koochi Pipi. The second was cost - it had to be reasonably priced yet worth the money. Well this buggy is certainly that. It originally cost £99.99 but I managed to get it at the bargain price of £49.99 in the Argos sale. It comes with a cosy toes and a raincover so is well worth the money.
The handle is a very decent height which accomodates both myself and my 6ft 3ins husband. The shopping basket underneath is quite roomy for a buggy of this size and the fold mechanism is very easy to use - one handed is fine with a screaming baby in the other arm!
Unlike some buggies, the brakes on this buggy are in a very good position and actually work!! So when I'm bumping the buggy down steps the brakes don't get stuck on the edge of the step.
The wheels are firm plastic which wear very well, and don't get locked up very easily so the buggy is easy to push even one handed while holding the hand of my 3 year old.
The buggy is lie flat and I put my daughter in it from birth, and she seemed to enjoy the experience.
The handles are covered in the foam type stuff that most buggies these days have which on the one hand makes the handles comfortable to hold, but I have seen many buggies with this type of handle with ripped handles so we will have to see if this happens with this one.
All in all I think this buggy is going to last very well - it cleans up well, looks fab (I have a bright pink one!) and is very sturdy. I would definitely recommend this pushchair.
I bought this stroller as my daughters travel system one went up the spout and we needed one ASAP! We bought when she was 14 months and she is now 21 months and we still use it!
There are two in the range 'tutti frutti' for girls and 'Aruba' for boys, they both cost £49.99 from Argos although they were £69.99 in the old catalogue, the price varies a lot and on the mamas and papas website it is slightly more expensive.
The 'Tutti Frutti' version is a lovely bright pink colour with a wave and dotted pattern in white, green and pink (useful colour when we are always asked if she is a boy or a girl).
*** Overall Sats***
-5 point safety harness
-shopping basket (no good to man not beast)
-adjustable leg rest
-lockable front wheels
the handles are covered in rubber and have grips on.
They say the max weight for this stroller is 15 kg so as my little lady is dinky for her age it is lasting us. It is suitable from birth as it lies flat and it is multi recline, it has a drawstring mechanism to lie it back and sit it up, although this is easy enough to use once you get the hang of it.
The basket like i said is useless as it is one of the netted ones which wont hold anything although because it has 2 handles i put my shopping on them and ive never had the problem of the stroller tipping due to weight on the handles.
*** How it performed***
Taking it out of the box i was slightly dubious as because it was cheap i was not expecting much. I first noticed that when folded up it was small enough to fit in the boot of our car with shopping which is always a good thing!!
It is easy to lock it when folded down as a piece of plastic hooks over a bit of metal holding it there, when you need to open it you just flick the plastic bit off all very easy.
It has a little zip up pocket just under the two handles which you can easily fit your phone, purse etc in, I found this very useful as i didn't have to put my handbag on the handles and have to keep it open.
I put my daughter in it to sort out the straps and noticed that as they weren't placed very high they didn't dig into her legs or make her nappy bulge but fitted nicely against her tummy, I also moved the leg rest and foot rest so she didn't have to have her knees under the chin.
It was easy to fold down and also put up you can do it one handed, great when you have a child in the other hand, all you have to do is shake it so it opens out.
I found that the ride was smooth and she wasn't bumped around everywhere and just sat there watching the world go by and seemed happy in there and promptly fell asleep.
It comes with a rain cover which attaches with poppers and is easy to put on and remove, it only covers the seating area so its not covering the whole thing.
Overall this is a brilliant stroller for an amazing price and would recommend it to anyone looking for a new one, it has all the features you need and doesn't cost the earth to buy. If they sorted the whole netted basket thing out it would be perfect.It does'nt feel heavy to push and as it has lockable wheels it is easy to get around places and is also good on bumpy,grassy land.