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This pushchair is the latest addition to my daughter's family, she seems to collect them and I have to get my head around how to use a different one every time, I am now starting to feel like quite an expert now!
This Loola is apparently an updated version of the original. The original was very popular and comes with a variety of fixtures so that it can be turned into a travel system- car seat, carry cot, footmuff etc. Seeing as it is an updated version I thought it must be much better than the original which my son had.
The pushchair is bright red which makes it stand out and it is very comfortable. The seat is well padded, you can tell just by giving it a quick feel that it has more padding in it than the majority of pushchairs so it's nice to think that you baby/toddler will be travelling around in lots of comfort. The seat is also wide enough and deep enough for your toddler to grow into and not be squashed up and growing out of too quickly. it is definitely a pushchair which will last for the whole of the toddler years.
The hood pulls down over your baby so you can shelter it from the elements and you can get a rain cover to attach to it too which I find is actually very fiddly to do so think they should have designed this better, by the time I've managed to get the rain cover on it's either stopped raining or the baby is already soaking wet!
Underneath the seat is a small shopping basket. it is only small and quite high up so it is difficult to get much in and awkward to take things in and out. I assume that the basket is designed to be so high up to stop it from dragging on the floor although having a larger and lower down shopping basket on our other pushchairs have never had this effect.
With the original Loola there was two separate handles which made it quite awkward to push, if you had to steer with one hand for a moment it was next to impossible but this one has just one long bar which does definitely make it easier. If you need to go up and down curbs it's easy to just apply some weight onto the handle bar and the pushchair lifts up easily. It also makes it more comfortable to push as you can alter the height of the bar and you can either hold it with both hands or just kind of lean on it whilst pushing it along. You can also put on clips which you can hang carrierbags off and such like so you can carry your shopping around despite not having handle bars.
There are four wheels on this pushchair, many pushchairs now seem to have 3 wheels and I actually have found the 3 wheelers to be a smoother ride and be easier to steer so I don't really rate this one. I find the wheels are only small so it seems to pick up all the bumps on the road making it a very clunky ride indeed. The wheels tend to swivel quite quickly too making it awkward again.
This pushchair is quite light so when you need to put it in your car it isn't as cumbersome as others and it folds up quite compact too. It fits into our car (honda Jazz) with ease so it should fit into most small cars. It is easy to collapse down too which is good because I tend to struggle if it's at all complicated.
The straps for this pushchair are a bit awkward. I find them hard to lengthen and even at their full stretch they aren't particularly long which isn't too bag if it's summer but during the winter months when my grandson has a big coat on I imagine it will be a tight squeeze so think that's a bit of a design flaw to it.
The pushchair can either face forwards or backwards. I always like to have my grandson facing outwards so he can see the world but it's apparently recommended to have your toddler facing you as long as possible to help with creating a bond. I really do not think it's necessary, I'm sure you can bond with your child if they are just an arms length in front of you whether they're facing you or not and you can share the sights together instead of your baby travelling backwards! It is nice to have the option though as I know some people like to alternate.
In total I will give this pushchair 3 stars. This is because I don't think it is a very smooth ride with the wheels being so small so it's quite bumpy and I can't imagine being a toddler can be very comfortable in this. I don't like the shopping basket, it may as well not be there as it's so awkward and small. The straps don't seem long enough either and the rain cover is awkward to get on and off. It isn't as smooth or as good quality feeling as the other pushchairs that we have used.
What I like about it is it is a well padded seat which will help to provide comfort despite the bumpy terrain and that it is very light compared to some others. It folds down small so it's practical to keep in your boot and to lift up as it's quite light in comparrison to others. It is quite easy to steer and the seat is big enough to house your toddler for some time.
This will set you back around £200 which is quite expensive but like i say it is the kind of pushchair you will use for years and it does have other items that you can buy to fit onto it to make it a travel system.
At a Glance Versatile pushchair with simple compact folding, reversible seat unit and the option to create a travel system or pram (with a car seat or carry cot sold separately). Features and benefits for Maxi-Cosi Loola Up Pushchair - Tango Red Suitable from birth to approx 3.5 years of age (0-15kg) Chassis weight: 7.6kg Dimensions when open: L: 101 x W: 61 x H: 95 to 105cm Dimensions when closed (without the seat unit): L: 26 x W: 35 x H: 92cm Use alone as a stroller, add the Maxi-Cosi Loola Carrycot to form a pram, or the Maxi-Cosi Pebble and CabrioFix infant car seats (all sold separately) to form a travel system 4 forward facing and 4 rearward facing seat positions with lie-flat design Suspension can be adjusted (even with one hand) to suit the age of your child, softer for newborns and firmer from 6 months Complete with hood, raincover, adapters for all Maxi-Cosi infant car seats and shopping basket Easy clip recline seat unit with a one-handed operation Telescopic 3-D compact easy fold Self-aligning front swivel wheels which can be locked from the handle Height adjustable linked handle-bar makes it easy for parents to drive Integrated parasol holder Want to know more?The Maxi-Cosi Loola Up Pushchair is just as compact as the original Loola, as easy to fold and unfold and has a new design with a one-piece handle that makes it easier to get around. Irresistible, the all new Loola Up is as elegant as it is practical and offers baby even greater comfort.The Loola Up will redefine comfort for both parent and child, it is superb to handle, lightweight yet sturdy and with its ultra compact easy fold is just perfect for when you are out and about. Use it alone as a stroller, add the Maxi-Cosi Loola Carrycot to form a pram, or the Maxi-Cosi Pebble or CabrioFix infant car seat (all sold separately) to form a travel system.The Loola Up features a reversible and fully reclinable seat (4 positions each, forward and rearward facing), with a lie-flat option for newborns, and a cosy Maxi-Cosi Baby Nest (included). The suspension is adjustable with its easy-to-drive linked handlebar.It also comes with some great added features including an integrated parasol holder, shopping basket, swivel front wheels lockable from the side of the frame, raincover and sun canopy. Don't forget...A good change bag is essential when out and about with a young child so have a look at the Mothercare range featuring classic designs and contemporary styling.