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Jive And Stroll
Mothercare Jive Stroller
Member Name: Candyperfumegirl
Mothercare Jive Stroller
Date: 13/01/13, updated on 13/01/13 (118 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, cute designs and low price
Disadvantages: I experienced problems with the wheels
When I was pregnant with my second daughter my mother in law kindly bought us a travel system style pram, it came with a car seat and could be adapted to suit the child as they grew. Whilst I did love the pram at times I found it was rather too large and bulky, even folded up it took up quite a lot of room in the little terrace house we were living in at the time. On top of that I was taking my eldest daughter back and too on the bus to school each day. Most of the time the buses were buggy style ones but on the occasions when a regular bus turned up I simply had to wait for the next as it was just far to difficult and time consuming to fold the pram up. I decided a lightweight buggy or stroller would make life so much easier, so once my daughter was six months old I began looking around for one. I did a little research online and read a few reviews before deciding on Mothercares "Jive" stroller.
Mothercares Jive stroller currently costs £32.99, and I paid around this price for it.
I headed to my nearest Mothercare store as I wanted to have a good look at the stroller before I bought it. I went to the back of the store where all the prams were located and was pleased to find the stroller I wanted †easily, as it was part of a display. There was also a tester stroller out which enabled me to have a quick go and have a really detailed look. The staff were really helpful and one of the sale assistance informed me that this was one of their most popular strollers, she also took the product to the checkout for me once I had decided to buy it. The stroller was already assembled and apart from a few tags which needing to be cut off the it was ready to use.
What first caught my eye about this stroller was the vibrant bold colours, it was very cute and girlie and I thought my daughter wouod love it. I chose the Daisy design, which is bright pink with flowers all over, there is also a pink butterfly design. There are also a couple of designs for boys which include dinosaurs and robots.†
This is a very basic stroller and this is reflected in the price. For anyone considering buying this stroller I would point out that it does not come with a hood, which in my opinion is pretty essential. A matching accessory pack can be bought seperately and costs £19.99. The pack is presented in a reusable bag and includes the hood which attaches to the handles and a rain cover. The pack I bought also came with a reversable seat cover, but this no longer seems to be included. I bought the set with the stroller as recommended by the sales assistant and I can honestly say I am glad I did as it proved to be invaluble. It kept my daughter dry in the rainy months, and the hood also worked well at keeping the sun off her head on sunnier days.
I found this to be a small and lightweight stroller, which is exactly what I had been looking for. It weights just 5.6kg and folded up it measures 30 x 18 x 102cm. It is ideal for travelling as it easily fits into most car boots, plus its convenient for buses or trains. I found folding the stroller relatively easy and once I got the hang of it I was able to do it with just one hand and my foot. To collapse it you simply press the Lock button( located at the back of the pram) down before Pushing the handles down, a plastic catch is provided to keep it all in place. I would note that the basket needs to be empty.
When opened up the stroller has a height of 96cm, at 5 2" I found this an ideal size, but my partner being much taller found it a little on the small side. I thought the moulded soft handles were a nice added touch, and made the stroller comfortable to push. This stroller is suitable from when the child is six months old, and this is the age my daughter was when we began using it. I never felt that my daughter was too small for it, she always looked comfortable and happy whilst sitting in it. †The seat can be adjusted to various positions, whilst she was younger I tended to keep it quite far back but as she got older I was able to change the position depending upon her mood. Usually I would have her sat upright as this was what she seemed to prefer, if she looked sleepy though I would often recline it so she could sleep comfortably. The 5 point safety harness is also adjustable and I found it really easy to use, it stayed in place and I never experienced the clasp coming undone.
Underneath there is a very small shopping basket, which fits a few essential items like a pack of baby wipes and a couple of small toys. Due to this being a lightweight stroller I would not recommend placing heavy shopping bags around the handles as there may be a danger of it toppling. I did put a few light shopping bags on the handles now and then though and did not experience any problems. The small shopping basket may be a negative aspect for those wanting to do more than just a light shop.
The stroller also has lockable front swivel wheels. I tended to keep the wheels in the locked position though, because on swivel it seemed they had a mind of their own and would occasionally just veer of in some random direction. Brakes are attached to the back wheels, there is a long metal bar which you simply press down to engage the brakes and push up too release them. This can be done very simply with the foot and in my experience the brakes have always worked efficiently.
I was using this stroller for around eighteen months before I began to experience a few problems with it. To begin with one of the wheels began making a clicking noise whenever it was pushed, at first the noise was quite but as time went on it began to get louder and more irritating. Then one day I was pushing the stroller along and heard a "ping" noise, next thing the wheel popped off and rolled away. Up until this point I had been more than happy with the stroller so decided to buy another. I used the second one for around two years with no problems, but it was used far less than the first as by that time I had a car.
Even though I had this problem with the wheel I was still overall happy with the stroller, which is shown in the fact that I bought another.†My daughter was always happy and comfortable in it plus it was easy to adjust as she grew. It was ideal for general day to day use as well as outings. I really feel like I got a lot of wear out of the first stroller and given its low price I felt it was good value for money.
The Jive stroller is available in a few different designs from Mothercare. It currently costs £32.99. It is available in most stores and on their website. Mothercare are currently offering free delivery on this item.
Summary: Lovely Stroller at a low price
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