Some people love buying pushchairs and prams and will buy many different ones over the years their children use them. I however, like to keep my money in my pocket and not waste it. My son was the lucky one, he had a brand new (albeit ex display) silver cross 3d, and a brand new (albeit end of season sale) baby jogger city mini when he outgrew the silver cross. My poor daughter had a 2nd hand silver cross 3d, and a second hand baby jogger. But it was fine because they were still in quite good condition.
However once she outgrew the silver cross we sold it on ebay and got out the baby jogger and only had one pram in the house. THEN....one fateful morning it was pouring with rain, we were running late for the school run and the front wheel fell of the baby jogger!!!! I almost screamed as I scooped my daughter out, ran the pram back to the house and then ran to the bus stop. I then had to carry my 9 month old daughter in the pouring rain the one and a half miles home. I then spent the rest of the day looking online for a new how pushchair. There weren't any sales so I was surprised just how expensive prams and pushchairs were, even second hand ones seemed expensive. I eventually stumbled upon freecycle, and it must have been fate because our local site had a pram listed. I quickly sent her an email telling her about my pram disaster and asked (nicely!!! remember manners cost nothing) if it was available and could I please be considered for it. I got a message back saying it was ours!!!! YEY!!!
the pram turned out to me a Mamas and Papas Pulse. It was a bit grubby but after a good wash and scrub it looks almost brand new.
As I got mine from freecycle I paid nothing but fuel to collect, but full price it will set you back £135. Its currently in the sale at Tesco for £85.
Its a lovely jet black colour, which means its neutral and can be used for either boy or girl, with padded head pillow and shoulder protectors, which make it comfortable for your child to sit in. It also has a 5 point harness for safety when out and about.
Its suitable from birth and can be used until your child is 15kg. The seat reclines and the leg rest can be locked up or dropped down.
There is a quite large basket underneath the seat, which is very useful for carrying things when out and about.
It is an umbrella fold pushchair and weighs just over 7kg, which is quite light and makes it easy to lift in and out of cars.
When folded it is 33cm x 29cm x 104cm, which isn't as compact as my previous baby jogger, but isn't too large.
As I said my previous pram gave up on me and I got this free so I really didn't have any choice as to which pram I got nor of colour. However I am very happy with what I got. Its easy to put up quickly, which is a MUST when I am doing the school run and we're usually short of time. The seat is quite upright which my daughter loves because she can see everything on the walk to and from school. She hasn't fallen asleep in the pram but it is easy to lay down and easy to sit back up.
Pushing the pram is easy and smooth thanks to swivel wheels, which can also be locked straight.
Putting the pram down is also easy, as with any umbrella fold pram, they can seem a bit of a faff at first but once you've done it once its easy....push a handle, pull another handle and fold in half....simple.
There are however a few downsides. Once folded I have to store it stood up. The brake bar sticks out at a 45 degree angle and as its metal it can cause a bit of pain and bruises if you walk into it. If you leave the break off the bar doesn't stick out, but it does tend to roll and fall over.
I find this pram to be a bit front heavy, but I have been used to a baby jogger which is a totally different shape. If you bump down curbs (naughty I know but sometimes necessary) you have to lift the front wheels up and bump the back wheels down, my baby jogger could go down front wheel first.
Other than that it is a great pushchair.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a pushchair for their older baby/toddler. I probably wouldn't use it for a new born, but that's personal choice and I prefer a bit more comfort for a new born. I think at full price it is a bit expensive, but at £85 its reasonable compared to other similar prices pushchairs which are a lot less padded.
I give it 4/5 stars, it loses one for the 2 small niggles.
Pulse stroller from Mamas and Papas
I recently purchased my stroller in the January sales for £70 I know they ususally cost around £100.
I like my stroller and the seat as 5 position recline on it which is very good for when my son is sleeping also with the pram able to lay flat it is also suitable for babies from birth.
The pram as a footrest which I like as it isnt always nice just to see there feet dangling and it cannot be comfy for all the time.
The stroller comes in a array of colours suitable for both girls and boys.
The stroller is light to use and push but the basket can be a little inaccessable especially when baby lying down, also the raincover is not very good as once the baby gets older it doesnt cover there feet properly. Also if the child kicks out like mine did it ripped my raincover leaving me having to complain to get another.
Overall a nice sturdy pram the downside really been the raincover. The proce isnt too bad and especially if you can get it in a sale like I did.
We bought this buggy when my daughter was about 7 or 8 months old (i.e. too big for a flat base pram) and I haven't looked back.
It cost us £100 and was worth every penny.
It's quite lightweight, although not as lightweight as some, and easy to manoeuvre especially with the swivel wheels at front (which can also be locked into position). Also easy to tip up the front onto kerbs and stuff as I know some buggies are a bit heavy and difficult to do that with.
Very easy to fold up and sling in your car boot (even one handed sometimes if you have the brake on). Just pull the lever at the back and it just concertinas down and locks into the folded position.
The brake is very good, just flick it on with your foot when you stop.
There are 5 (I think) seat positions, one which goes flat for when baby is asleep (which I presume means it can be used from birth with it having a the lay flat position).
There are 2 very handy pockets on the back for beakers & snacks etc and I also use it for my purse to save carrying a bag.
You can also have the leg section flat for when baby is small, or you can angle it downwards for when their legs get longer...
The rain cover that came with it does not cover a toddler's (mine is 18 months at the mo) feet so wellies are recommended in wet weather as well as a raincover.
The basket underneath is quite small and unaccessible when seat in reclined position.
The handle height is not adjustable and I know some of my smaller relatives feel they are too high, but they are perfect for my height (5 foot 8).
I really recommend this buggy, I've had it for nearly a year now and its not showing any signs of wear and tear (apart from on the wheels), it's even been abroad with us and survived!
So if you want to get something a little bit more expensive & durable than the cheapish buggies, but don't want to go too over the top, then this is the one for you. I fully intend to use it on my next child, and the next...
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