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We had this pram bought for us as a generous gift from my in-laws when we first announced we were pregnant last year. They wanted to buy our pram but let us choose which one, and we opted for this travel system which cost around £200. At the time of writing (Feb/Mar 2014) it is available for a mere £50 in the Mothercare sale - an absolute bargain!!
As first time parents, we were unsure exactly what we wanted, and with the overwhelming choice that's available these days it was a well considered decision. This travel system includes the pram (obviously), and car seat, which is compatible with the pram so you can transport the baby to and from the car with minimal disruption if they are sleeping. It also included a rain cover, and foot muff which I was pleased about because so many people had warned me about the cost escalating once you start adding on extras which aren't included. The only thing we had to buy separately was the car seat base to fit in the car, although it's worth noting that you can actually use the car seat without this by fixing it with the seat belt.
I absolutely love this pram and compared to a lot of more expensive prams on the market, I believe this to be great value yet just as reliable. We've been using ours for four months now, and I can tell it is going to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear before we have to replace it. The only reason I am reviewing it so early is because it is likely to be discontinued due to being in the sale at such a low price - so if you're interested, grab it now!
In use, the pram is very easy to collapse and vice versa, and folds down to a really compact size. The boot of my car is tiny, and I was a bit concerned no pram would fit in, but this one does. The pram is suitable from birth, but grows with your baby, as the back reclines to different positions depending on whether you want your little one lying or sitting. This has proved very useful for us already, because our baby had reflux so we always used to have him sitting rather than lying down, to help him digest his food. The foot muff looks very cosy, and the hood keeps the baby hidden from the elements. There is a little viewing window at the top which is designed to allow you to check on baby without having to stop, but in reality only allows you to see the top of baby's head which is pretty pointless!
It has four wheels, and although the front ones do lock into place, I leave them to swivel because this makes manoeuvrability excellent, especially when dealing with corners. This might sound silly, but if you're picking a few bits up from the supermarket and are driving the pram with one hand because you have a basket in the other, the last thing you want to be doing is crashing into a supermarket display! The wheels cope well with different terrains - we live on the coast so have tested this pram on pavements, cobbles, sand and stones.
The car seat clicks on and off the pram very very easily, and is useful if you're popping into somewhere but don't want to wake your sleeping baby (NEVER wake a sleeping baby!), as you can just pop the car seat onto the pram without them even noticing. The nice thing about this is that the way it clicks on means the baby is facing you, so you can keep an eye on them, or in my case end up bumping into people because you're staring at him thinking how cute he is. The car seat looks comfortable enough although the professionals will warn you not to leave baby in it for too long as it's not good for their spine.
There is a decent sized basket underneath the pram, although it's worth noting that you can't access this if you're using the car seat on the pram, because the seat of the pram has to be in the fully reclined position and makes it tricky to get stuff in and out. This isn't too much of an issue for me because I do my food shop online, so if I pop to the shops it's usually only for bits and pieces, but if you're planning on doing a bigger shop with this pram in tow I'd be prepared to have to pile up carrier bags on the handles of the pram (which can hold a fair bit by the way). There is a useful pocket at the back of the pram, which I use to put my house keys and a few bits and pieces I need easy access to without rummaging round the ever-growing changing bag.
The only slight disappointment with the entire pram was the rain cover, which pretty much fell to pieces as soon as we started using it. It ripped and the velcro bits started to peel off. I keep meaning to check the warranty (the pram came with a 2 year warranty) to see if it's covered but in the meantime I've actually bought a universal rain cover which folds down more compactly, as the rain cover which came with the pram didn't fold down very well and used to take over the entire basket. The rain cover also doesn't fit over the car seat attachment, so if you're taking baby somewhere using the car seat on the pram, you'll have to cover baby with the two hoods (car seat hood and pram hood) which meet in the middle but keep your fingers crossed that no rain can get in at the sides.
Despite the huge number of prams and pushchairs on the market, I would still choose this one if I had to go back in time and choose again - high praise indeed.
At a Glance A lightweight travel system with a compact fold, the Mothercare Curv stroller travel system includes all the essentials you need for getting out and about with your baby. Features and benefits for Mothercare Curv Stroller Travel System - Deco Black Multi-position padded seat Removable padded bumper Foam handles for comfort Large shopping basket Easy push on/off brakes (no more scuffed shoes!) Lockable front swivel wheels Includes Mothercare Weathershield? and padded cosy toe Infant car seat (no need for extra adaptors) Folded dimensions: W30 x D50 X H95cm Weight: 10kg Suitable from birth Maximum child weight (for pushchair): 15kg Maximum child weight (for infant car seat): 13kg Free 2 year guarantee Mothercare loves...??this compact and lightweight travel system ? perfect for families who want a slim line stroller as well as the option to click a car seat on to create a travel system. Want to know more?Suitable from birth, the Mothercare Curv stroller travel system is a lightweight, compact fold stroller with the addition of a car seat that clicks quickly and easily on top to create a travel system without the need for any extra adaptors. The infant carrier includes a head support and harness pads for baby's comfort.The stroller has a multi position padded seat and a removable padded bumper bar. A generous hood provides shade for your little one as well as a viewing window so you can check on them without disturbing them. On colder days, the padded cosytoe will keep them snug and warm and the Mothercare Weathershield? will keep them dry if you get caught out in the rain.Lockable front swivel wheels give you great manoeuvrability, whether you're walking in the park or the supermarket and it's one hand fold and unfold mechanism make it simple to put up and down, even when you're holding a wriggly baby. The push on/off brakes are easy to use and are a very straightforward solution to no more scuffed shoes! Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a great range of change bags to keep all your little one's essentials in whilst out and about. Care Instructions: Wipe clean only Maximum child weight: 15.0 kg What's in the box: 1 x Pushchair 1 x Hood 1 x Shopping basket 1 x Removable bumper bar 1 x Cosytoe 1 x Infant car seat 1 x Mothercare Weathershield?