Product Type: OBaby prams, pushchairs and strollers
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OBaby Zezu Pramette & Infant Car Seat
Member Name: clairesmiffy
OBaby Zezu Pramette & Infant Car Seat
Advantages: Sturd, long lasting, versatile and brilliant colour choices
Disadvantages: Bulky when collapsed down, apron elastic doesn't last
For my 5th(and final!) baby, I decided I would like an all-in-one pushchair/carrycot combi - a pramette. My criteria for the unit was very specific - it had to have adjustable height on the handle, be easily used by my 6ft plus husband, the pushchair unit had to be able to be front or rear facing and it had to have a carrycot. As I didn't know what the sex of my baby was, the colour needed to be neutral but not boring. I didn't ever actually expect to get all of the boxes ticked on my list - but in the Obaby Zezu, I did!!
I ordered the Lime green spotty colourway - the main colour is Lime green with white and black polka dot contrast on the inner, and head hugger. The included raincovers are clear with large black polka dots - a very funky look when it is raining! There is an integrated hood and a removable apron, in lime green and the seat unit has a removable bar across the front for your toddler to hold onto.
I only used the carry-cot until my daughter was 3 months old. The pushchair seat unit also doubles up as the carrycot, with small and easy adjustments to convert from one to another. A liner is provided to cover and soften the inside of the carry-cot - this being a neutral off-white made it a more peaceful environment for the baby to sleep in. I actually put in a carry-cot mattress as well as the liner as I felt the bottom was not padded enough for baby to be comfortable in, especially on a day out, or if you were using it for baby to sleep in for a long period of time. You can use the attached D rings to put reins on the baby for safety if you wish(I did!)
When you decide to use the pushchair unit for seating, again a few small adjustments converts the carry-cot for this purpose. I had her facing me for the next several months, the pushchair has a 5 point seatbelt with padded covers on the straps, and all of these are fully adjustable. The pushchair unit can be fully reclined or nearly bolt upright, according to your baby's age and needs. This is achieved by pushing 2 buttons, on each side of the unit and tilting the seat.
If you wish to make the pushchair front facing, another set of two buttons, located again at the side of the unit need to be pressed whilst you lift the pushchait unit upwards. This is very easy and takes seconds to do. The seat merely locks onto two upward facing clips in whichever direction you choose to have it facing. The car seat also locks onto these same clips.
As I do not drive (but my hubby does) the pushchair has to cope with a fair amount of shopping, and it does so remarkably well, especially considering the shopping tray, which looks deceptively small. Although it goes into a point in the front of the pushchair, you can fit an awful lot of shopping underneath the seat, and you obviously have to choice of tying bags to the handle as well.
When it comes to collapsing the pushchair down to fit it tin the car, it still takes up quite a bit of room. When the carry-cot is being used, it needs to be taken off the base completely as it is unfeasibly large when collapsed with it on. When using the seat unit, it is better but still not brilliant. We have a large MPV car, and we often have to take the wheels off the base unit and store the seat seperately in order to maximise space when on a family day out, which is not difficult, but is inconvenient.
My only other moan is the apron which fits on as the carry-cot cover as well as on the pushchair. After a while the elastic stretches on the bottom and the bottom flaps up, allowing the cold air to get in and not protect the legs and feet of your little one. It is very frustrating to have to keep stopping and pulling it back down, only for it to keep popping off!
The one great thing about this pushchair is the ability to fit a tall toddler into it comfortably. My children are all very tall and I have had problems in the past with them being very cramped in most pushchairs. This one is long enough in the seat unit to cope with longer legs.
I have now been using this pushchair for 13 months, and other than the apron problem, it is still almost as good as new, looks very smart still and is still as sturdy as when I bought it - no mean feat considering the sheer amount of miles I walk with it every week, and the amount of shopping it has to carry!
Summary: Good value for money, a few niggles but nothing major
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