Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Member Name: Boppy
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Advantages: Pram & Pushchair in one.
Disadvantages: Floating harness, pram has one position only.
When I was expecting my first son I had no idea about pushchairs, prams etc, it was all like a foreign language to me and I made the mistake of going for the one that looked nice for the cheapest price, I made a mistake. My second pram that I bought before my little boy was even born was the Mamas and Papas Pramette in Boston Check (now discontinued.)
I was going to put my actual thoughts at the bottom of this review but decided not to because a lot of people just want my thoughts not prices (although basic price now is from £325.) I used the pramette from the moment my son was born, it was all cosey inside, it was dark enough for him to sleep in and the actual ride was smooth and the pram was a dream to push. The downside to the pramette in pram mode is the baby isn't actually fastened in, not a problem you might think but if like me you live in a flat with no lifts and your bumping the pram up and down the stairs you have to be very careful. In pushchair mode the harness is the not so popular floating harness which basically means the harness had a lot of adjustible points for a perfect fit but baby sometimes lolls around because baby isn't properly fastened in, it isn't THAT bad though because there is a bumper bar but it does put me off the pushchair a little.
The pram part is great for tiny babies but once your baby hits the 3 month mark they become more nosey and you can't sit baby up and allow them to face you so they have to move into the main pushchair part, I think this is a bit early and I missed that interaction with my son. The pushchair for older children is fantastic, its spacious, its comfy and it lays down flat for naps. The basket underneath is huge, the handles are adjustible, it weighs 9kg, there is a cup holder on the side for parents drink and it folds down small enough for the smallest of car boots. Another thing worth mentioning is when the pushchair is folded its freestanding, which means it keeps house tidy as it can be popped into a corner!
The pramette also has a toddler step on the back for if an older child gets tired and can no longer walk, it isn't easy pushing the pushchair with a toddler on though but its there for emergencies.
Mamas and Papas are a world reknown company although better known as Peg Perego abroad and they were born in 1949 by Giuseppe Perego in a small Italian neighbourhood. Over the years Mamas and Papas have branched out to make a variety of baby goods from prams to highchairs to nursery furniture and toys.
Mamas and Papas Pliko has been around for many years although it has been altered and changed over time, the pramette was first introduced to its competitive audience around 2003, basically it was the answer to many parents problems, parents no longer had to buy a Pliko and carrycot seperately, now they had it all today under a carefully concealed zip. For around £325 it was double the price of the standard Pliko P3 but the seat had extra padding due to this being used as the pram also.
Now for how it works:-
The seat has a zip around the top, this is the important part in the transformation from pram to pushchair, you unzip the top when its in pram mode, pull the seat fabric down and join it to the zip at the bottom which is the footrest when in pushchair mode, this then zips together, the hood has reversible fittings so it simply pops off and back on to form a pushchair, the more practise you have with this the quicker it is done, it literally takes seconds to transform.
The Pliko Pramette comes complete with apron and raincover which fits on both modes, the apron is used on top of the pram and then as a 'boot' when in pushchair mode. The raincover depending on colourway you choose is either zip on underneath the hood or elasticated which slips on just over the hoods lip.
The Pramette is now £325 and available in 4 colours, all very unisex, there's City Scape which is one of Mamas and Papas best selling fabrics ever and has had a long shelf life of 3 years (Mamas and Papas change their fabrics twice a year and usually fabrics last at most 1 year.) There is also Cosmos, Polka and Famiglia (Famiglia is Mamas and Papas Luxury range, has a similar print to Louis Vuitton but the M&P printed repeatedly and is priced at £335 so £10 more on Mamas and Papas website.)
You can also get matching accessories for your pramette, there's parasols available from £25, luxury footmuffs from £55, matching changing bag from £55 and an insect shield which is £35. You can also use the Pramette as a travel system so if baby is asleep in the car and you're just popping out, simply put the pramette into pushchair mode and clip the car seat in to place, the car seat the Primo Viaggio IP is £115. To be honest if you were to buy all of the matching accessories for your pramette it would come to a hefty £610!!!
Summary: A fantastic snuggly pram for newborns, a great pushchair for toddlers.
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