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- Why We Bought -
We purchased the Mamas & Papas Urbo buggy in February last year after extensive research into every pushchair available! The most important factors we were looking for were a buggy that was lightweight, would fold up to a small size to fit into my Citroen C2 car boot, easy to use on public transport, suitable from birth without purchasing a carry cot, could convert into a travel system by attaching a car seat, and could be parent or outward facing. These criteria ruled out the majority of the buggies available and many more were ruled out because they were outrageously expensive. Finally we settled on the Urbo.
- Price -
This was by no means a cheap buggy but was significantly cheaper than the other option I liked, the Bugaboo Bee. The Urbo cost us £345 but we ended up splashing out on many of the additional extras. The Cybex Aton car seat cost £140, but we got a £50 discount for buying it with the buggy. There was also a 3 for 2 deal on accessories so we bought a matching change bag for £45, a foot muff and liner for £66 and therefore got the £25 adaptors (needed to attach the car seat onto the buggy frame) for free. A total spend of £546.
- The Frame -
The frame of the buggy is silver-coloured metal with the Urbo name printed on the side in black. It has four wheels which are made of very hard foam. This is good because it means you can't get a puncture as with normal tyres. The handle is a bar style which feels like leather. This means you can't hang shopping bags on it but you can easily put the changing bag strap over the handle. It is adjustable from a height of 81cm to 101cm. I am 5ft 3 and my husband is 6ft 1 and we both found the height comfortable. There is a shopping basket at the base of the frame which is a decent size, although it is shallow you can easily fit a few shopping bags, and it is still accessible once the seat is attached. There is a foot brake on both back wheels although it operates as one brake. I found this easy to use and effective at stopping the buggy from moving, although it was easier to press if I was wearing a more substantial shoe rather than a flip-flop. There is a metal foot rest which you can't adjust but I stopped using the buggy long before my son's legs reached this anyway. The frame folds with the concertina method which is easy to do, with no risk to your fingers, but unfortunately you can't do this one-handed. Once folded the frame is very compact and lightweight (10 Kg), but can't stand upright on its own unless propped up against something. There is a clip to hold it in place so it won't pop open unexpectedly.
- The Seat -
The buggy seat (we went for black) is black and grey plastic with a soft insert seat. Although you can't remove the soft insert to wash it, it does wipe clean very easily. It has a five-point harness and you can reasonably easily adjust the length of the straps. There are three slots for the top points of the harness so you can adjust this as your baby grows. I found this to be quite fiddly and certainly not easy to do when you are in a hurry to leave the house. The harness has soft pads at the top so they don't rub on your baby's neck. When my boy was born he was a tiny 6lb 6 and looked very lost in the buggy so I was pleased to have the liner to add a little extra comfort for him so I would definitely recommend buying this. A hood is included at no additional cost. This is black on the outside and light grey on the inside. You can have the hood closed, half open or fully open depending on the weather. At the top of the hood there is a material flap which is secured by magnets, if you lift the flap you can see into the buggy through a black netting window. I barely used this feature but it might be useful for some people. The back of the seat can be placed in three different positions, upright, semi-reclined, and almost flat (which we were told was suitable from birth). This is very easy to adjust on the back of the seat. I found these three positions gave enough option for the position of my baby whether he was awake or asleep and as he grew and wanted to see his surroundings. There is a foot rest attached to the seat which clicks easily into eight different positions. It is very easy and quick to attach and detach the seat to the frame but it does need both hands. You can have it parent or outward facing. There is a leather look bar which can be attached for extra security as your child gets a bit bigger. This is also very easy to attach and detach. A rain cover is also included which is easy to attach, protects baby from the rain, and can be neatly folded and kept in the shopping basket.
- The Look -
Overall the appearance of the buggy is simple, sleek, stylish, sophisticated and functional. I like that it is a compact size and looks quite similar to the Bugaboo Bee in size and style. This was important to me because where we live in London the Bugaboo seems to be the buggy of choice and I didn't want to have a buggy that looked too different from this. Mamas & Papas are a well known brand that have a good reputation so I felt happy pushing a buggy with their name on it.
- Travel system -
I loved that you could easily attach the car seat to the frame instead of the buggy seat. This was easy to do using the adaptors, and again you could have the car seat parent or outward facing. This option was brilliant when my son had fallen asleep in the car and I didn't want to wake him to put him in the buggy.
- Ease of Use -
I found everyday use of this buggy to be easy and uncomplicated. It was easy to fold up and put in my car boot where it fitted easily even though my car is tiny. It was light weight and no trouble getting on and off buses. It was small so I could maneuver it easily through the busy streets (and shops!) of London and on public transport. It was smooth and comfortable to push and handled rougher ground and pavements with ease.
- Age Range -
This buggy is suitable until your child is 15 Kg, which I think is usually age 2-3. However I only used this pushchair until my son was seven months old. This is no reflection on the Urbo, I was just keen to buy a 6 month + pushchair which is even lighter but wouldn't have been suitable for a newborn.
- Optional Extras -
The Urbo is compatible with the Urbo carry cot but I felt this was an unnecessary expense as they are usually used for such a short period of time. It is compatible with the Cybex Aton or Primo Viaggio car seats as long as you have the adaptors. Other optional extras in the same range include a foot muff, parasol, cup holder, changing bag, and mosquito net/sun protector.
- Availability -
The Urbo is available from Mamas & Papas stores or their website. I have also seen it available in some independent children's stores, although it may not have the same offers that Mamas and Papas have.
- Would I Recommend? -
In summary, I would absolutely recommend this buggy for its stylish but functional appearance, lightweight frame and small dimensions, general ease of use and comfort. I think the Urbo is reasonably priced, particularly if you look out for offers.