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Although my three year old granddaughter has been out of a pushchair for quite a long time now, I still take one out with me when we go out together - for two reasons really; if she becomes tired she can hop into it, and also I myself have mobility problems and retaining my balance whilst pushing a buggy is far nicer than having to rely on a walking stick.
My daughter passed this Mamas & Papas Beat Buggy over to me roughly three months ago, she is absolutely obsessed with buying pushchairs and has been for all three of her children - and the roundabout is likely to start once again when she has her fourth baby at the beginning of 2011.
My first impression of this buggy was the attractive design, as per usual Mamas & Papas have taken the basic pushchair and added just enough of their own flair to make it stylish and an absolute joy to be seen with. It's available in black or pink, I have the pink version you can see above and although bright it certainly is not as garish as the colour appears in most Mamas & Papas promotional photographs. Interestingly, browsing Argos a few moments ago I noticed that while the black version is priced at £99.99, the (usually more expensive) pink coloured buggy is just £49.99 - which is actually a bargain for such a good quality pushchair.
This pushchair is, apparently, suitable from birth up to 15kg - just over 2 stones in old money. Personally I wouldn't want to use it for a newborn as although the seat does recline fairly flat, it definitely would not give a comfortable enough surface for an extremely young baby to lie on. Also, with this being a forward facing buggy you would not be able to give your newborn the care and attention they need whilst pushing it. I would say this buggy would be more suited to a baby who is able to comfortable stay in some semblance of a sitting position, maybe from six months onwards by no younger. This is obviously just my opinion and the buggy is obviously safe for a newborn, just not particularly practical.
The Beat Buggy does recline through five positions, this has proved rather unnecessary for my granddaughter as at her age she wouldn't want to be in any position other than sitting ramrod straight - but having flicked through these positions out of curiosity I can see it would definitely be suitable for sitting, lounging and sleeping for your baby.
The safety harness is excellent; it will keep baby safe and snug thanks to the five point positioning, also all straps are easily adjustable so you can fit the harness comfortably for any size/shape baby. We are getting towards the very limit of the top straps for my granddaughter, however I envisage it being suitable for use as a three point harness simply by not using the shoulder straps and allowing them to hang loose.
This is a delightful buggy to push along, despite it being a rather hefty item to lift it is surprisingly light to push. It features double wheels all round, all of them are swivel wheels but they do all lock into position - ideal for people like me who sometimes struggle to push buggies in a straight line while the wheels are swivelling around, seemingly with a life of their own. It's also a rather sturdy buggy to push, coping well when used recently to transport my granddaughter (plus picnic) to the top of a steep slate lined incline in North Wales.
My only criticism regarding this buggy is the fact that, while the hood is removable, the seat itself is sponge clean only. This leads me to wonder whether the person responsible for designing it has actually ever used a buggy with a toddler. Of course, any fool can keep a newborn baby's pushchair clean - but once they get to the stage of grubby hands and finger foods, well, the covers really should be removable for machine washing. I can see visible marking and staining of the covers (especially around the seams) and this is despite my granddaughter having rarely used it, I always sponge off any mess I see her make but this hasn't kept the buggy looking as clean as I would personally like.
The brake on the Beat Buggy is excellent and very easily activated with just the flick of a foot, it appears to be extremely secure and I have experienced none of the drama I had with a recent Hauck buggy which I borrowed from a friend (the brake simply did not hold the pushchair). I am of the opinion that you should never put your trust, and your babys safety, in a simple aluminium stick however so don't tend to release the buggy from my grip even while the brake is on.
The handles are quite high and are unfortunately not adjustable. They are comfortable to hold due to the foam padding, yet for my rather short height of 5ft 1in they were higher than I would usually like. I have watched my taller daughter and son-in-law push the buggy however and it does seem ideal for them. The shopping basket is worth a mention as it's excellent, it's a non-removable mesh basket which will hold far more than you think when looking at it.
I wholly recommend this Mamas & Papas Beat Buggy; perhaps not for very young babies, but once your child has gone past the lying down stage it will make for a comfortable and secure ride for them - not to mention something for Nanny Joy to hold onto whilst walking!
This is a good quality, stylish looking buggy, I brought this after reading lots of reviews that it was fab. Really liked the silver cross pop to be honest but lots of reviews say that it falls apart after short term use! The mammas and pappas beat buggy is difficult to fault, it has an easy recline seat, padded seat cover, is light weight, easy to fold, fairly good price. A few things that are thought weren't so great, were that if you want the foot muff, bag and parasol you have to pay extra which isn't cheap at £50 (when they are on offer at Argos), The straps on the buggy do tend to twist quite a bit and don't stay flat for long, the foot muff when fitted is very cosy and padded but isn't attached to the buggy seat well and slides down quite a bit, which was a bit annoying but isn't as much of a problem now that the warmer weather is here. Compared to my previous travel system (Graco quattro deluxe) it feels a little flimsy, but most of the buggies I tryed felt the same even the McClarens that are supposed to be the bee's knee's. Another important point is that my son is quite tall for his age and unless the footrest position is down the raincover doesn't cover his feet!. Also the raincover is an apron rather than a full cover. All in all it does what it says I've had this buggy for nearly 12 mths now and its still going strong no problems and my son is so comfy in it he loves it!
Before I get into a big discussion about this buggy I would just like to let you know that I don't seem to have very much with pushchairs full stop. This has need like my 5th one in 4 years, so I thought I would use this to my advantage and write a review on the buggy as it is one that I have bought.
I was looking through the ARGOS book looking for a new buggy when I noticed that a bright pink pushchair caught my eye. It was the Mamas and Papas beat buggy that was just new out. The price said that it was £99.99 but when I went to the check out to pay for it, it came up at £79.99. It must of been in the sale, if it wasn't then who was I to turn down a bargain?
The Beat buggy comes in three colours: Beat pink, Beat black, and the new Beat Indigo Blue.
Key features include:
* Compact fold with carry handle ~ it is very easy to fold, exactly like your average buggy. I found it very handy having the carry handle on the side for when I am lifting the pushchair on the bus or in the car, it
makes it so much easier than using the plastic handles that you use to push the buggy.
* Breathable seat mesh for baby's comfort ~ I thought this was a great idea because in the summer babies get hot and stuffy and sometimes they start to sweat n thought this was great idea that the manufactures thought of.
* Adjustable back rest and foot rest ~ again normally with other buggies you only get to back rest to adjust where this one also has the foot rest which allows you to fix the comfort for your child depending on their ages or if they are asleep, it lets them be most restful while they are sitting in the buggy.
* Five point safety harness with chest pads ~ great idea because when the child grows the seating positions changes and this allows you to adjust to suit the needs of your child making it more comfortable for them.
* All round wheels suspension with large wheels ~ this allows the buggy to have a smoother feel to it rather than a bumpy ride.
* Lockable swivel wheels ~ this is great as it is up to the person that it pushing the buggy to decided if they want to have the wheels straight which I find it harder to push. Or you can have them unlocked which allow it (in my opinion) easier to push and turn corners.
Hood ~ which allows you to use for blocking your son or daughter away from the shade, wind or rain.
Rain cover ~ this is easily assembled and detached to use. It does not take long so you won't get soaked in the rain don't worry.
Shopping basket ~ I could not live without my shopping basket if I'm honest. Where I have two children they tend to drink lots of milk and let's face it, it is heavy enough. I use the shopping basket for my milk so it just goes to show how steardy it is. I've had this buggy now for over a year and It hasn't broken once.
It is suitable from birth up to 15 kg's. The size is; L 140, W 33cm, H 29.
Mamas and Papas Information:
Established in 1981 by Italian entrepreneurs David and Luisa Scacchetti, Mamas & Papas has grown as a family business to become the UK's number one nursery brand.
They have over 30 of their own stores in the UK and Ireland, as well as trading with large retailers such as Harrods, the John Lewis Partnership and Saks 5th Avenue in the USA.
The Mamas & Papas brand is unique, enabling parents all over the globe to create a beautiful world for their newborn child.
I would recommend this buggy you anybody wither you have a girl or a boy. It comes in different colours so you can have your own pick. It is easy to use, reasonably priced, and as you can see I put all my shopping on mine and it has never broken. I think I will have this buggy for a long time until my daughter starts to walk. I am going to be very gutted as how will I ever get my shopping home??
I would rate this product 10/10. It is defiantly a winner for me. I hope my review was of some use you. Thank you very much for taking the time to read it.