Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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More attractive than a walking stick!
Mamas & Papas Beat Buggy
Member Name: i_am_joy
Mamas & Papas Beat Buggy
Date: 06/08/10, updated on 06/08/10 (774 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive design, comfortable for baby, very smooth and comfortable to push
Disadvantages: I wouldn't say this buggy is particularly suitable from birth, very high handles
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!
Summary: A delightful buggy, currently reduced to under £50 in Argos.