“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Travel System / Number of Seats: Single „
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My eldest was born march 09 so ive owned this buggy since then, i purchased it directly from Mothercare for aprox 450.00, I didnt do much research at the time i was just so excited to be having a little boy after all of my family had girls. This was the 1st travel system buggy i saw where the carseat could be attached to the frame.
Ive since gone on to have another little boy (non 11) but purchased a bugaboo blee plus to use for him as i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it online. I did however keep this buggy for bad winters with snow (other buggy is a city buggy with small wheels) and as a spare at my parents house as my dad likes to take my boys on trecks (again, my other buggy is no good for this). So this buggy is still used at weekends by my parents and when it snows.
What steered me towards this buggy was that there was no seperate carrycot for a newborn which you would be stuck with after only a few months.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What's In The Box? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
For my 380.00 i expected the carseat to be included in the package but this had to be purchased seperately.... so i spent a total of 450.00. In the pushchair bundle i got:
carrycot with bumper bar (from newborn)
quilted pram liner
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ The MY3 ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The buggy is black with a silver frame which i prefered rather than something with colour as it tends to keep easier to clean and hide marks. I love to walk, so wanted something i could take out and not worry about it being able to stand certain grounds. The big wheels seemed perfect for this job. It also has a few added pluses of an adjustable handbar (simply press the siver button in by the mothercare label on the handle), numatic tyres, front swivel auto lock wheel, carry handle when folded, parent facing or front facing option, and quickly converts from lie flat pram to pushchair. It also has 5 pont safety haness.
The folding and unfolding is pretty simple, (1) place your foot on the botton of the buggy, (2) place your left hand on what looks like a silver dial on the left hand side and push it in, (3) and while pushing a black button down on the right hand side, located towards the botton of the handle, this will lower the handle. (4) Hold the handle with your left hand, located above the shopping basket, (5) while releasing a small black clamp with your right han, on the right hand side of your shopping basket. To set the buggy back up simply repeat steps 2 and 3 to lift the handle back up then do step 1 and pull it into place. It took my fiance and 1 a few attempts but after a while we soon got the hang of it. (They are numbered on the buggy which also helps)
The carrycot is suitable from newborn and comes with a prap apron to make it soft to lie on as well as a apron to keep baby warm. It lies completely flat for a newborn and also sits up for when baby is bigger. To change from lying down to sitting up simply place your hands under the carrycot and adjust the s strap under the feet, which will give the feet aprea support, then do the same under where your childs back would go, again providing support for your child to actually sit up, then place the bumper bar in place.
To change the seat from either facing away or facing away simply place your hands on both the side of the carrycot, you will see 2 black disks (1 either side) then just push both in at the same time and either sit the carry cot up or lie it down flat.
To change to using the carseat, its got the added onus of already having the adapters attached (it attaches to thesame adapters the carry cot uses). Simply place your hands on both of the adapters, bending them both in slighlty then just fix the caseat.
I loved using this pushchair, my little boy found it comfy with the warm cosytoes in winter and the pram liner in summer, it went over any type of path/road etc with no problems thanks to the big wheels, plenty of room in the seat and i was able to keep it clean due to it being black.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Our Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
It did have a few downsides, After using it for aprox 1 year the tyres got a puncture so new inner tubes had to be purchased as these are not covered under the warrenty, these coat around 20.00. The adjustment bit for the handle also broke after around 1 year. (im 5/1 and my fiance is 15/8, but as he worked the handle was hardly ever adjsuted). He took the casing off the adjsutment to find the wire had snapped so it wasnt something we could do ourself, the handle then had to stay at the level i used it at. Also when folded the buggy is huge! The wheels can eaily be removed tho to aid with getting into a small car. Also the 3 wheel drive made it very hard to steer if the path wasnt flat (what path is?!) so it would steer to 1 side making it very difficult. Another annoying aspect is that you cannot fold it down thn with the seat still attached.
The buggy was very comfortable for my son while in both the pram and buggy mode, and there was always plenty of space for him. The buggy was also perfect for tough weathers as its very strong and felt very sturdy, which you want in a pushchair.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Overall ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I did like the buggy when i used it with my eldest, but having tested out other buggys including the 1 i use with my youngest this now seems behind the times. Its great for going in snow, or off road, but anything other than that, id leave it. With the tubes in the tyres, handle breaking and steering to 1 side its too much hassle for an everyday buggy.
When my husband and I started looking for a pram before our baby was born we had no idea what exactly we were looking for! We looked at several prams and finally decided on the my3 after having a thorough demonstration from a member of staff and a practice run around the shop. It sounded as though it suited our needs perfectly. Great for outdoors, plenty of colours to choose from, the rain cover and footmuff was all included in the price and although it was quite bulky when folded it fit perfectly in the boot of our Renault Clio which we had at the time. Also if we purchased the maxi cosi car seat we could use this on the wheels for short stops out and about to save disturbing the baby if he fell asleep in the car.
The pram can be used from newborn until the child no longer needs to use the pushchair around 4 year old. The pram is very spacious for a newborn. My baby was a big boy weighing over 9 lb and he had plenty room until he was around 4 and a half month when he was more alert and I converted in to the seat unit. Doing this was easy.
Simple instructions advise how to do this and I never had any problems in doing this. The pram simply clips in to the wheels part of the pram either facing you or facing away, and if the baby falls asleep you can simply recline the child without disturbing.
The three wheels make it great for being outdoors. The pram has been great when we have been out and about on long walks and is incredibly easy to steer. We have been on holiday within the uk when we had snow and were still able to get about with the pram.
I did however have a few problems with the pram.
The shopping basket on the bottom is quite small and if you hang your changing bag over the handle bars it can be tricky to get to it without removing the changing bag.
When my child started teething he would chew on the bar that goes across and took a few chunks out of this so I decided to remove this and no longer use it.
After having the pram for around 9 months I started having problems removing the seat unit from the wheels and on one occasion I was in a car park for almost ten minutes before I was able to this. Mostly after the 9 month I was rarely able to remove the seat unit on my first attempt which was incredibly frustrating.
I did however have no problems removing the car seat from the wheels part of the pram and thought this aspect of the pram was great.
Overall I would say the pram is good but I would not buy it again. Having had my second child not to long after my first I had to buy a different pram and I was glad to not have to use this pram any longer.
After careful consideration, my husband and I chose the My Choice My3 travel system as we had already bought the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat and liked the fact that the car seat would fit on this chassis. I also wanted the baby to start off in a pram rather than a pushchair but found the travel systems that required a separate carry cot to be rather expensive. This seemed the perfect compromise as it is the seat unit itself that simply morphs from pram to pushchair at the push of a few buttons. It can also be parent or forward facing allowing the pushchair to be used throughout your baby's development. We chose the My3 over the My4 as we like walking and needed a pushchair that could go 'off-roading'.
We found the pushchair easy to put together and also easy to fold away. However, it is a bit of a pain having to take the seat unit off separately in order to fold the pushchair. Because of this, a relatively large boot space is needed.
For the first 4 months, my son used the pushchair in pram mode so that he could lie flat and sleep comfortably whilst we were out. However, being the nosey parker that he is, we have now changed the pushchair into it's parent facing mode as he no longer sleeps while we are out and likes to look around. The seat has 3 recline positions though, so if he does happen to fall asleep, i can simply recline his chair to make him more comfortable.
With me being 5'5" and my husband being 6'5", the adjustable height handle is a must and simply slides up and down at the push of a button.
The travel system came with a raincover, cosy-toe, tyre pump and padded pram insert and pram apron meaning that once the pushchair has been purchased, you are unlikely to need any further accessories (although I did buy a parasol separately).
As i said, even folded the pushchair is quite bulky and may be difficult to use on public transport if it were required to be folded. We recently bought a new car and it was a major consideration as to whether the pushchair would fit in the boot. We tried it in several that even the chassis just wouldn't fit in.
We have now owned the pushchair for 4 months and I have no complaints. It is used practically every day in both supermarkets and forests and we love it! I haven't even had to pump up the tyres once! I think it has been excellent value for money and proven itself to be very versatile and every bit as good as some of the more expensive brands.
Whilst pregnant with our second son i was lookng at pram systems and fell in love with the my4! After seeing and steering a model in our local store i opted to go with the 3 wheeler having decided it was much more easier for our needs. With gravel roads and no pavements in our local area i needed someting easy to steer and that was good on all terain. I opted for the red seat unit as a unisex colour seeing as we did not know the sex of our baby due.
Although it may seem quite an expensive system compared to some of the other all singing and dancing systems it was alot cheaper than most of the others. Add to this the fact you dont have to buy any extras as all the essentials are included in the price it was quite a bargain!
The main thing i wanted in a system was being able to have my child facing me rather than away and this system having either parent or forward facing was a great bonus. It converts easily from a pram to pushchair mode which was great for when our son got older and would fall asleep, with a quick press of two buttons and he was laying down!
I love the fact our son had so much space in the pram unit and compared to some of the other prams available now it was one of the largest i found!
A plus option is also the fact it is compatiable with a car seat, though i already had one from our first born this wasnt necessary for us to use, it makes the chassis into a travle system too!
The only down side to this pram is the actually size of the unit when folded. Although the seat unit comes off from the chassis and can be pushed flat the chassis itself is quite large and even with all three wheels taken off it still takes up quite a space in the boot!
I absolutly loved this pram and have had to sell mine due to our son no longer needing it and hubbi saying no more babies!! On the plus side the resale value is very good and although it had been well used and loved we were very pleased with the price we sold it for.
Would reccomend this pram to anyone expecting or looking at changing systems, it really is a great and versitile baby wheels!
This was the buggy we chose after a great deal of research before our daughter was born. We were particularly interested in a parent facing buggy that could be used from birth right up until around 3 years.
The system comes with a frame that can be folded fairly small and a carrier part that converts from pram to pushchair quite easily. There is the option to buy a car seat (the maxi cosi which is excellent) that clips on safely, though we never used this option (It's worth being aware that babies shouldn't be in a car seat for more than 2 hours at a time as it can affect their backs).
There are also accessories that come with the buggy - a cosy toe/liner, a pram liner and a rain cover. I also bought a sunshade separately.
In pram mode the buggy lies flat, as you'd expect, and has the feel of a comfortable old fashioned pram. It was lovely to push around with a newborn in! Once the baby can sit up unaided (around 6 months) you can change to pushchair mode. It's wonderful still being able to talk face to face with your child as they grow a little older, and it's been a source of huge pleasure walking around together singing and pointing things out to one another. There has been research recently regarding the benefits of parent facing pushchairs and I believe it has made a difference for us, but of course each family has to decide for themselves what works best for them.
The seat is easily removable and easy to switch between forward and parent facing but doesn't fold. When we've had to use it after a car journey it's easily taken up the whole boot. This hasn't been an issue for us but it's worth considering if you might need to take up less room in your car.
The storage under the buggy is fairly generous but is very difficult to access when parent facing in pushchair mode. I have found I've sometimes needed to recline the seat a little in order to get things in there. This aspect seems poorly planned in comparison to the storage under other parent facing buggies.
The handle is great. I've seen complains about it being too flimsy but I've found it sturdy, easy to use even one handed, and we love its adjustability. My husband's quite tall and I'm quite short so we needed one that would work for us both and it really does.
We rejected the bugaboo bee (A popular parent facing buggy) as being too lightweight to handle the Scottish winds, and on reflection I'm quite glad we've had a heaver buggy, as we have, indeed, had days that our heavy buggy has been nearly blown over or away from me. A lighter one may have been halfway down the street!
The only thing that really irritates me about this buggy, and the reason I'm not giving it 5 stars, is the tyres. They're lovely big air filled ones, which make for a comfortable ride for the wee one and a comfortable push for a parent. However we've had several flat tyres and far too many punctures for less than 18 months' use. We've now taken the tyres to Halfords (bike shop) to get them to fill them with the 'goo' that cyclists use to prevent punctures, as they cost £50 to replace each time they die!
I've really enjoyed using this buggy, and if they'd just sort out the tyres I'd recommend it heartily.
Currently (as of 10/10/10) retailing on Mothercare.com for £195.00, not including the carseat which retails for £125.00.
We bought this travel system when my son was due last year, and since he's been born we've been really pleased with it.
We bought the three wheel chassis, red seat unit and the maxi cosi cabriofix carseat that goes with it.
As a pram and a pushchair, the My3 is really easy to push. The large wheels mean that it runs well over uneven ground, and was fab in the recent snow! The movable front wheel means that it is easy to manouvre around corners and the foam covering of the single handle is comfortable to push.
One of the things that attracted us to the My3 was the fact that it could be a pram, a parent facing push chair and also a front facing push chair. My son is currently 9 weeks and has already progressed from the pram to the parent facing push chair and he just loves it! The cosy toes cover means that he stays nice and snug, but he is able to look around at his surroundings as well as look at me pushing him.
The My3 is easy to fold, and it fits well in the car boot, although it does take up quite a lot of space! The chassis and seat unit are both reasonably light when separated. However the My3 would not be ideal if you use public transport a lot as you do really need two hands to collapse it as it has to be taken apart to fold it down.
One downside of the My3 is the lack of space for shopping. There is a small space underneath, but that is it so it's not great if you're planning on doing a great deal of shopping. It is also a bit wider than many prams so can be a bit tricky to get through doorways, although we've not really had any problems with this so far.
Overall I think the My3 is great value for money and is a stylish, user friendly pram!
When looking for a pram before my baby was born I really didn't know which way to turn. The choices were never ending. From stylish and uber fashionable with the matching price tag, all singing al dancing travel systems or lightweight, cheap and sometimes a little shoddy looking.
Eventually, after several fraught trips to Mothercare, we sat down and wrote a list of all the things we needed in a pram. Firstly we wanted something that was easy to fold, relatively light and compact so that it would fit in the boot of my car. We also wanted something that was versatile, preferably a travel system, with easy interchangeable pram base and car seat. Lastly and least important, we wanted something that looked nice. We were determined not to spend more than £400; I had witnessed friends who bought the ridiculously trendy and expensive prams who late regretted selling them on for a fraction of their cost.
Armed with our 'wish list' we ventured back to Mothercare. We quickly found that many of the travel systems were incredibly bulky and quiet difficult to collapse. It was then that we stumbled onto the my3 and my4 range. We were impressed by the lightweight and attractive chassis, which came with either 3 or 4 wheels. We were even more impressed with how easily the chassis could be collapsed and how small it was - easily fitting into even smaller boots. The pram and car seat were of an excellent quality (see my review for the Mothercare Travel Tot). The pram and the car seat both fitted easily onto the chassis and we were especially impressed that the pram also converted into a pushchair. The extras of a beautiful fleecy cosy toe, weather shield, under chassis storage and hand pump for the back tyres were also impressive.
Three months on and we are still very much in love with this system. The chassis steers beautifully with both the pram and car seat. The front brakes are excellent for steering over rough surfaces such as gravel and rear brakes are easily applied with a quick stamp on the button in the centre of the chassis. My husband particularly likes the adjustable pram handle, which makes it easy to steer regardless of your height.
The one drawback is that it does not come with a parasol and because of the oval shaped chassis bars you cannot fix any universal parasol clip. We were advised by the very helpful staff at Mothercare to buy a Quinny clip (after all the my3/my4 is based on the Quinny's design) and a Bebe Confort Loola parasol. This only worked out at £22.50 more, but the parasol, whilst made from very thick material, is quite flimsy and won't stay in the position it bent into for long. That said it is a very minor detail for what is overall a fantastic travel system.
Looking in Mothercare recently they have renamed this system the 'My Choice', whereby you choose your chassis (either 3 or 4 wheels) then a colour and then you purchase the car seat separately. This now makes it more expensive, but I would still say well worth the money - if I had to replace the whole thing tomorrow I would definitely buy the My Choice system.
Being a new parent I really wasn't sure which kind of pushchair, pram or travel system to go for as everyone has different requirements. I found it really hard to make the choice. However, we finally went for this one as everything that we needed came with it and it is made by Mothercare which is a brand that I trust.
We purchased the travel system whilst I was still pregnant so i had a few weeks to practice with it first. I found it a bit difficult to use initially when using the car seat attachment on the base although this was only occasionally. However, on trying to use the seat unit in the forward facing position I found that it got stuck. Despite this Mothercare sent it away for repair and on return it was 100% improved.
The base unit is clearly numbered with the four steps to fold flat and the wheels easily come off if you need a little extra space in the boot of the car or in the house. The handle also extends easily to a range of height positions and is easy to shorten giving you a little extra room when squeezing into lifts in shopping centres! On the downside, i find the brake a little awkward to reach sometimes as the only place i can hook my son's changing bag is over the handle. The carry bag underneath is also fairly difficult to reach although no more so than on other pushchairs and this one does have the advantage of being covered over so your shopping or baby essentials don't get wet or muddy. The 3 wheel unit is really lightweight and we have had positive comments from other parents on how easy it is to manouvre around corners. However, it can be a bit unstable going up and down high kerbs if you get the angle wrong. it comes with a pump to reinflate tyres. I haven't experienced any problems although have been told by other parents that it is easy to fill the tyres with foam to prevent punctures.
The car seat is really simple to use and can be used in any car without the need for any extra base units or fittings, however, my little boy is getting a bit heavy now and i find it almost impossible to remove the car seat from the base unit with him in it anymore.
The seat unit is fantastic in that it can be positioned in both forward and rearward positions to enable you to look at your child but also to let them see what is going on when they get a little older. It is also really easy to recline if they fall asleep and when they are really small is easily used as a traditional cot. i lost count of the comments i got from the older generation because my son was in a 'proper' pram instead of some of the more modern buggies. My son is 6 months old now but has always looked comfortable in the pram and pushchair and although very big for his age there is still a huge amount of room for him in this yet.
The fabric is easily wiped clean and the travel system comes with everything that you need including a rain cover. The only extra that we have bought have been a raincover for the car seat and a sun canopy as we went walking alot during the summer when he was only a few weeks old.
Whilst this travel system isn't 100% perfect i would highly recommend it to those parents with a car after using a different type while ours was being repaired.
i wouldn't recommend it for those reliant on public transport as to fold down you need to remove the seat part leaving the buggy in two sections and then a baby to hold if you cannot guarantee being able to leave the buggy up on the bus/train.
Multi-recline seat unit - Adjustable, multi-position handle height - Suitable from birth-13kg - Weathershield included - Weight: 13.5kg - Converts easily from pram mode to pushchair