Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Member Name: firasha
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Advantages: Good in the newborn mode
Disadvantages: Heavier than others in the pushchair mode
I had this pramette for my first son when he was born back in 2008 and continued using it as a buggy until he was 17 months and my second son was born, then I obviously had to move over to a double buggy but there was still plenty of life left in this and I sold it on to another mum. I had bought it secondhand myself, so as you can see the pramette lasted well with a lot of use. It was still in great condition by the time I finished with it, despite using it every day.
The reason I initially chose this pushchair was because of the lie flat newborn pram mode which it has. This appealed to me much more than just having a pushchair that lies flat, in which you can place the baby facing away from the parent and not able to see them fully while you are pushing them along. I also felt that this pram was much more padded and comfy than those type of pushchairs, even though some of them do say suitable from newborn.
I always felt my baby was quite cosy and comfy in this pram, in the newborn mode and he lasted in this until around 4 months old when he started to look a bit squashed, so at that point i turned it into the forward facing lie flat mode which gave slightly more room. However I was less keen on that mode than the newborn one, it just didn't seem quite so cosy for him. In the parent facing pram mode you can keep the pram hood either up or down (I mainly liked it up) and there is a pram apron over the top of the pram area, to give extra warmth and protection from the elements. There are no fastenings for the baby in the pram mode, so that is something to be aware about if you were going to lift the buggy up the stairs or anything like that.
My son used to love to sleep in this pram, even in the house, so he must have been comfortable.
Once your baby is about 6 months it can be used as a normal forward facing upright buggy, so that the baby can look at what is going on in the world around them while out and about. By that age I found my son was really happy to be able to see and watch everything from his place in the buggy, and was very happy in that position. There is a foot muff which can be added or removed from the front of the buggy, depending whether the child needs extra warmth or not. This was very handy for Autumn and winter and looked very comfy, it comes in a matching fabric pattern to the buggy so matches in well. (Ours was the grey polka dot one)
As a buggy it is quite a bit heavier than some of the other single buggies on the market, but not excessively heavy. I admit sometimes I did feel envious that my friends buggies were so light to lift up while mine was not so easy, but it was not so heavy that I felt I had to go and change it for another one. The lighter ones are mainly the pushchairs suitable from 6 months+ so those friends of mine had swapped their original prams in for a lighter one as the baby grew older.
The wheels of this buggy are a medium size, they are okay for going up curbs but not as good as pneumatic tyre wheels for bumping down stairs so I would say it is better to pick up and carry this buggy if you want to go up or down stairs. The good side of having these wheels instead of tyres is no punctures, but it is not as easy and comfy to push as a buggy with tyres. However the wheels are not so rickety and horrible as some of the cheap buggies that you can get!
This pushchair has 2 handles so you can not easily push it one handed, eg while holding another child's hand or talking on the phone, as it becomes quite hard to steer, but the handles are good for hanging shopping bags on.
The shopping basket underneath is of an okay size, about average to good size I would say.
Overall I liked this the most in its newborn mode and was definitely glad I got a lie flat pram like this so my baby could sleep comfortably while out and about. I got value for money as it adapted and I used it for so long although later on it was quite heavy compared to other buggies for the toddler age group.
It is a very reliable buggy and a reasonable price so not a bad choice.
Summary: Good value for money overall
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