After working in Childcare for many years me and my husband found out we were expecting our own baby. I had an idea of what we needed and wanted in a pram but still took months to decided as it here''s so much choice. For us budget was a big factor. We managed to get 30% off our mamas and papas sola by visiting the Cheshire oaks store. We bought the carry cot there and then and then waitied about a month for them to get a sola pram in the colour we wanted. Well worth the wait for the savings. We used the pram with the maxi cosi car seat and adapters. These can be a bit of a pain to get on and off ut were a great help as we often park quite far from our house. We also bought the carry cot to go with it. I love this! It lasted until our daughter was about 5 months, One of the big things that drew us to choice the sola was the fact it can be parent facing or face the world. I love the fact I can chat to my daughter when out and about and also keep and eye on her. The handle is adjustable which means it easily fits both me and my husband. Also great if you have another child who would like to help push. We out it lower so my nephew can help. The basket is a decent size, not huge but I have discovered it fits a bag for life nicely in it which makes the storage space bigger! I also use buggy clips on the handle to help carry that extra shopping. The buggy fits easily in our Astra and fit in my yaris which the back seats pushed forwards. The wheels do easily come off which one touch button. (Although took us several months to realised this!) The bumper bar is easy to remove if you can too. This is a great buggy for most terrain, not the best on cobbles or fields. But fine for parks, footpaths, even okay in delemere Forrest (if it''s not too muddy) My daughter is now 14months and has lots of growing room left. My friends tall 2.5year old has had a o in it too. And it''s still easy to push. The buggy is very easy to fold, you do have to put the seat facing forward to collapse it. But that easy to do. I love taking my daughter out in is and would recommend it. If we have another child I ink we will be reusing this or buying in another colour. We have a gorgeous purple but there are lots of others colours.
I have the purple and pink version of this pushchair and I LOVE it! Its bright, colourful, light and easy to push. It easily converts from parent to forward facing (and I find with my 7 month old that I regularly switch it back and forth depending on her mood). It can be handled with one hand and seems to be a very smooth ride for little one. It lies flat, and then at approximately a 45, and 90 degree angle. My only niggle with this is that I feel the pushchair would benefit from an additional seated position between the 45 and 90 degree settings as at times one is too far back for my little one, but the other far too upright. The cosy toes zips on, and seems to keep my daughter very cosy and warm. Its is plenty roomy to last her as she grows, and I believe I will get many years of use out of this pushchair.
After having a bulky lorry of a pushchair that used to rile me up to the point of a panic attack every time I attempted to navigate and casually slink on a bus, I was starting to get totally skeptical about pushchairs. However, this pushchair was a world apart, and comparable (or even superior) to some £600+ pushchairs I've had a test drive with.
~~~~How is it built?~~~~
First off, the chasis is totally solid in a pretty stunning brushed metal. From a good year of use, it seems to have resisted scratches from an armory of sources. The front wheels swivel in a 360 degree motion and do seem effective in achieving a smooth ride. I would definitely consider this an 'urban' pushchair rather than one that should be used in more adventurous areas - it's fine in more off-road areas, but possibly a little bumpy. The handle is best described as a foam bar (so invest in some bag clips) which is ergonomic and comfortable to steer, even with an index finger. The Sola is definitely one of the easier pushchairs to fold down by pulling two small mechanisms upwards that are either side of the chassis (about 3/4s of the way up), and are symmetrical in position. Note that one of these mechanisms requires you to push down onto a button simultaneously. The Sola folds down flat, and genuinely flat unlike some other strollers I've played around with that seem to form into an awkward triangle shape. Easy to store! Bear in mind, you will need to flip it to the forward facing mode to do this, which brings me to my next point....
~~~~It goes two ways~~~~
For those who find parent-facing pushchairs a must in the early years, you'll probably realise that the Sola is one of the cheaper pushchairs that has this feature. Absolutely pain-free to achieve; you simply pull up onto two parallel clips either side of the pushchair, and flip horizontally! There are videos on Youtube and on the M&P website showing this off a little more clearly, but it is really that simple. It goes without saying, you NEED to remove your child before you do this. Hehe. The seat also reclines fully flat, which come is very useful for tiny babies, and seems to be pretty flexible with it's reclining positions. You recline by pressing onto a mechanism on the back of the pushchair, which can be easily done with one hand.
~~~~It it a potential travel system?~~~~
Yes! You can buy a carrycot for £139, a matching car seat for £145 (you need to buy adapters for £20), and a matching footmuff for £65. Keep an eye out for these, as they tend to go down in the sales. These are rather pricey, but not must-haves.
~~~~What else should I know?~~~~
The bumper bar is fully removable,
It includes a raincover and a shopping basket (a little small - bag clips will be your friend!),
The seat is well padded, and fine for tiny babies. The harness is soft and secure,
The weather hood is certainly large enough to cover baby, although you may need to watch out for feet when reclined fully flat. It is UPF 50+,
Pushchair is pretty lightweight at only 10kg,
It currently comes in 7 colours and patterns: Black, Black Spot, Denim, Blue, Lime, Plum Petal and Red.
Age Guideline: Birth - 15kg (approx3 - 4 years old)
Size: H: 107 x W: 60 x D: 96cm approx
Folded size: H:32 x W: 60 x D: 85cm approx
Handle height: 90 - 99cm approx
Sola Weighs: 10kg approx
Got this buggy for its travel system. Used it with the maxi cosi car seat. The adaptable handle is helpful as Me and my husband are different heights. The carrycot and buggy seat fit straight onto the frame and are very easy to change over. The buggy seat straps are padded and comfortable and are fairly easy to move to different sizes. The foot muff is quite short and only just covers the legs when pulled up so I always have to use an extra blanket to cover that rest of him up. The shopping basket is an average size but quite shallow and if the rain cover is in the bottom there isn't much room for any thing else. You need two hands to fold the buggy which means you can't hold your baby and out it down at the same time. You need adaptors to use the maxi cosi car seat on the buggy base. The car seat, buggy seat and carry cot can face either way. It is easy to fold but is quite big when folded down, especially with the buggy seat attached.
I have never been able to afford an expensive designer buggy. When I was first pregnant I was utterly shocked by the price of a top end buggy. I sold my car when I got pregnant (as it was an old sports car & not baby friendly) to pay for baby goods and what I sold that for would have paid for one of these fancy pushchairs! So I started off with a very practical travel system, came with the car seat and lots of accessories but I realised very quickly that I had one of the biggest, chunkiest, heaviest buggies at every playgroup I went to. I then got a cheap stroller, I still have it as a back up but it is very long when folded, the seat support is rubbish and no shopping room.
After this I was pregnant again with just 19 months between the two so I got a tandem buggy, which I could not have done without for a few months. But now 6 months later I barely use it and its absolutely massive. We have a holiday coming up soon as I the tandem buggy takes up the whole boot space so I spent ages trying to find a small folding, light but still useful buggy. It turns out many small ones don't have a recline, or shopping space.
I just happened to come across by chance the Mamas & Papas Sola when I searched on Ebay for second hand buggies near me. This was the only one in the search results close to me and was the weight/style I wanted. I had a couple of days to do research and read reviews before the auction ended. Most of the auctions for these were ending on over £120 so I wasn't sure if I would win it as I didn't have much to spend.
I won it, I collected it, and I love it.
I have it in the Truffle design which is very unisex, I use it mainly for my 6 month old daughter and it looks very girly but also when I put my 2 year old boy in it then it seems to someone bring the boyish colours out! The main seat simply clips in and out, it can face you or face outwards. You can have your baby sitting right up or fully reclined to lying down so it can be used from birth.
The harness has padded bits for the shoulder and also where it all clips together. There are also several height positions for the harness for when your baby grows. It has a bumper bar which in my opinion is a must, its great for my toddler as it means he doesn't need to wear the harness but keeps him in place, and perfect for my baby to help her lean forward to watch the world go by and to clip toys to.
I am quite short (5ft 2") and this buggy is perfect handle wise, it has different positions and they are very comfortable. However, my husband is quite tall and he would prefer if it just went one click higher.
The hood/sunshade is fantastic, it can sit in different positions but also comes right round giving complete cover from the sun. It also has a mesh bit at the back so you can see your baby.
The shopping basket is better than anything I could have expected to get from a small buggy. My changing bag is massive with 2 childrens stuff in it, and it fits! On the photos I thought I would have to buy a smaller changing bag when out with the buggy, but I was overjoyed that my bag fitted underneath. I think this is because the chair sits quite high above the basket so there is lots of height to store the bag in.
When we collected it the lady gave it to my Husband all up in ready to use position. He got it to the car where I was waiting and I had no idea how to put it down!! Luckily very simple and I didn't look like too much of a plonker standing outside peoples houses shaking a buggy around! There are just two black levers either side of the handle bar which you lift up and the buggy collapses. The wheels collapse down under the buggy and it collapses very flat even with the seat attached. You can also fold the handle down to make it even more compact.
It is very light and I believe it weighs around 9kg. It is lovely to push, I am used to such heavy clumsy buggies that this really is a joy to use and own. The front wheels can be locked and also taken off for storage if you need it to go very flat. The footrest also has several recline positions.
The whole buggy is of very good quality, which I guess really does prove that you get what you pay for when it comes to buggies. I have learnt to love my other buggies, but since having this I realise what I have been missing. I will keep this now until my daughter is too old for it.
I bought this second hand, and in immaculate condition. Other than wear on the wheels you wouldn't be able to tell it was used. I was very lucky - I won this for £68 from eBay and that included the Sola Carrycot which in itself is a massive sturdy piece of equipment for newborns. The Sola is still a current model sold and retails for around £355 for just the buggy alone. I would never have paid this much for a buggy. I just don't have that sort of money sitting around. But if I did have that sort of money then this is a brilliant buy.
It ticks every box for me. What I really needed was a decent recline for naps, a decent size shopping basket and to be small. It does so much more than I thought I would get for my budget. The seat is easy to use and simple to change position. The shopping basket is just fantastic and its small, light compact and very stylish. It is a very good looking buggy.
I have just bought a buggy board for use with this which I have had on it for my son since the weekend. He loves it. Especially if my daughter is facing us, so to be able to get a buggy board to fit it just makes this perfect.
I would 100% recommend this buggy if your needs are like mine. Would I recommend paying new price for it? I don't know. Everyone else seems to be able to afford flash buggies, but second hand I have an immaculate buggy so if you don't mind second hand then it is definitely worth looking around. You will end up with an excellent quality used buggy rather than a new but basic one if you are on a budget.
When we were looking for a pram for our new son, we did a lot of research to try to find the best one for us. We wanted a travel system that wouldn't break the bank. We ended up purchasing the Sola in red.
The Sola is available in five colours (Denim, Green, Red, Orchid and Black) The frame is silver with black highlights. The seat can be faced forwards and rear facing. It is suitable from birth to 15 kg as the seat can be laid flat and then adjusted as the baby grows. The seat comes with a five point harness and a removable bumper bar for safety. There is a window on the rear of the hood so that when the seat is facing forward, you can still view the baby.
The frame is easily collapsible and folds flat. It can be locked in place when folded to make carrying easier. The front wheels can be locked in the forward position or can be unlocked for extra manoeuvrability. The set comes complete with a shopping basket and a raincover.
There is also a carrycot (available in black, denim and plum), a footmuff in matching colours and a car seat available in the same range. The carrycot and car seat can easily be slotted into the frame to replace the pram seat although you will need adapters for the carseat (these adapters are suitable for mamas and papas car seats but can also be used for a maxi cosi car seat) This pram is available from mamas and papas and also most pram centres. The retail is around £300 for the basic pram but deals can usually be found especially if buying the other components.
We purchased the pram, carrycot and car seat as part of a very good deal (coming to around £400 for everything) as we wanted a whole travel system. We have had good use out of it so far so in my opinion, this has been very good value for money especially when you stand it up against other travel systems which can cost around £1000. We haven't used the pram seat out yet as we have been mainly getting our use out of the carrycot and car seat while we can.
The colour of the pram is bright and gorgeous, we had a look at all the range and I can say there wasn't a colour I didn't like. I was a little bit disappointed that the carrycot didn't come in the whole range of colours though as I would have liked the whole system to match but this wasn't a major problem.
We have tried the pram seat at home to try to get our son used to it when he eventually grows too large for the carrycot. Between the soft fabric and five point harness, it looks really comfortable and even as a newborn, he sat in it really well. The adjustable seat means that when your baby grows, the pram will also grow with you and we hope to still be using this for a while yet. The fact it can be used up to 15kg means there is plenty of life still left in it! The window in the pram seat is a really good idea, meaning you can check on your baby when the seat is forward facing. In practise, it isn't the best, it's cheap clear plastic meaning it isn't the easiest to see through.
Changing the system from pram to carrycot etc was really easy. It was just a case of pushing both sides and lifting off and on. This was a plus as it means less disruption to my son when he is sleeping. The pram is also easily folded, this is just a push button and slide. It also locks in place when folded, I find this makes it easy for me to lift it into the car boot. It perhaps doesn't fold as small as I'd like, but it still fits into my boot well and as it's a really well made sturdy chassis, this doesn't bother me too much. I'd rather sacrifice space than quality!
The adjustable handle is also excellent. My partner and I are both quite tall and when test driving prams, we found that a lot of the handles were very low and we were stooping to push, hurting our backs. At it's highest this is a perfect height and ideal for tall parents. The pram manoeuvres really well and has coped with everything we have thrown at it, from country walks to city pavements. The wheels are also holding up really well and have hardly marked yet.
We had a problem with the manoeuvrability at first and were finding the pram wasn't as good at cornering as stated. After googling why this was, we found that the front wheels weren't fully unlocked. There is a lever to unlock these and even though we thought we had pulled the levers up fully, they still had to be clicked into place meaning the wheels were still locked. We found this had happened to several people and although easily remedied, could lead someone to think there was a problem with the pram if they hadn't researched this. I think a piece about this problem either in the instruction booklet or the mamas and papas website would have helped.
The system has a wide range of accessories to adapt your pram to all weather conditions including matching parasols and footmuffs, but we found these were very expensive, especially when they were part of the package of other systems. We purchased our own cheaper versions and although they say the pram is only suitable for sola accessories, these fitted very well.
I would definitely recommend this pram and would say it stacks up very well compared to the higher priced travel systems. I would say this is an excellent purchase for people who want style but at a reasonable price.
I have the sola in green grass. Being a first time mother I wasn't sure about prams but knew I wanted something stylish that didn't break the bank. After dragging my husband round many, many baby shops the sola was the one that caught my eye. The sola now comes in many different colours. Although when I bought it, it was just, green or pink. The carrycot is only available in black.
The sola is suitable from birth without the additional carrycot. The actual pushchair lies flat and is parent facing aswell as outward facing. I love this feature. My daughter is now 9 months and I love being able to interact with her while on walks. Personally I think the carrycot is unnecessary. We purchased it as I wanted the whole set but my daughter outgrew it well before the stated 6 months and she was born 13 weeks early so I can't imagine a 'normal' sized baby would fit for long.
This pram turns into a travel system with the addition of the cybex aton car seat and adaptors. A maxi cosi car seat will also fit on. One of the major plus point of this pram is the larger than usual hood. If your caught short on a walk without the rain cover this will keep baby dry.
The pram is very easy to steer and collapses using 2 sliders. Very easy. It folds very compactly, I have gotten it in the boot of a saxo and clio with no problems. All in all I think this pram offers excellent value for money, it is stylish as well as functional. It will last my daughter a long time and I absolutely love it and wasn't ridiculously priced. What more could you ask for?
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