Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Mama & Papas Pipi Stroller
Member Name: ariom
Mama & Papas Pipi Stroller
Advantages: easy to fold, small folded, durable
Disadvantages: small shopping space, lots of compromises to ensure small size like handles, wheels etc
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.
Summary: A cheap,c ompact durable buggy, ideal as a second buggy for toddlers.
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