“ Brand: Mothercare / Number of Seats: Single Seat / Type: Umbrella „
After months lugging round our big, bulky buggy, we decided it was time to buy a smaller, lighter version to whizz our daughter around in as she was now nine months.
Heading to Mothercare, this was one of the cheaper options - but not too cheap as I've heard horror stories of too-cheap buggies that end up being really flimsy. It's suitable for 6 months up to a maximum weight of 15kg (33lbs), which seems a good range for the price, which was £55. The colours are red and black so it's fine for boys and girls and it's quite snazzy looking.
If you're used to having baby all cosily bundled up in their big buggy, then it's quite a shock to suddenly have them in a little stroller. The baby is much more exposed and upright, and of course you aren't facing them. It's a more rough and ready experience all round!
As with most buggies, it takes a few goes getting used to putting it up and down. This one is pretty simple, and I can now unfold it using one hand, whilst holding a clingy MissD in the other when necessary! It is more of a two-handed job to fold away though. When folded up, it's pretty small and will certainly take up less space than your bigger baby buggy. The back of the seat has a strap behind it to adjust how upright it is, although to be honest I haven't really seen any need to change this at all since buying the buggy. There is also a hugely handy net basket under the seat which is a great place for all the on-road essentials. I can even get my bulky laptop behind the seat, which is another added bonus. It is easy and comfortable to push - I'm quite tall and have no problem with handle height. There is a small removable sunshade that can simply be retracted over the buggy, and a raincover which snaps on to the top of the sunshade and can then be fixed above the wheels with a Velcro strap on each side. Again, this will seem flimsy to those who are used to more coverage, and it's kind of inevitable that baby may end up with a wet hand or foot. I must also mention that my raincover has ripped at the edges over time.
But this is the only complaint I have and this buggy has been one of my best baby buys. We use it constantly while our big buggy has been relegated to the car boot - and we even tend to swap them round now if we drive anywhere. I can whizz around easily with this, including on and off buses and trains, and it's great when I have to rush to nursery in the morning. I also like how grown up MissD seems in it - she can wiggle about at will and has a completely unobstructed view, enabling her to shout hello at birds and dogs and all the other funny things she does.
I certainly have no regrets buying this buggy, and would really recommend it to parents who are keen to get rid of the bulky buggy.
If there is anything else you need to know about the buggy, please feel free to ask as I may well have left out some vital detail! I'm more than happy to help and I'll do my best to respond!