Product Type: Petite Star prams, pushchairs and strollers
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A big baby's buggy
Petite Star Zia
Member Name: KennyG5000
Petite Star Zia
Advantages: Good, wide compartment to sit your baby in, light and compact though
Disadvantages: Poor sun cover, lowering mechanism often gets stuck
I'll admit that my son is not small for his age. At 21 months he weighs in a around 3 stone, thus the need for a decent sized buggy to fit my little giant! After browsing round Mothercare with my son and wife, we realized that most of the buggies you can buy (cheap and expensive) seemed to focus heavily on compactness, and were fairly narrow as a result. Step forward the Petite Star Zia! This buggy straight away looked and felt different, being that it was nice, wide and light, and easy to steer with its three wheels. We plonked our son in it and promptly took it for a test drive round the shop. He seemed to love it, and, bear in mind this was purchased when he was around six months old, seemed to have loads of space for him to sit comfortably (and maybe even get the odd nap in!).
Great, we thought. It came with a comfortable foot cosy (which by about a year old was understandably redundant), and a decent raincover that fit over the buggy without too much trouble (and could be easily slung over the back of it without the need to remove on the rare occasions it didn't rain!). The sun cover over the top of the buggy that could be extended out looked to be a bit of an afterthought by the manufacturers as unless the sun was slap bang above the buggy there was no way this was going to offer an useful sun protection. The other thing worth mentioning is the shopping compartment at the bottom of the buggy is rather small and once your baby is sitting in the buggy there is no space to take in or out any large items if this is important to you.
The Petite Star passed its first test when we took it on holiday to Tenerife shortly after purchasing it and I've got to say it was an absolute breeze slinging it into the back of taxis and generally wheeling the little one round in the blistering heat without breaking too much of a sweat. It came back in one piece and you can obviously tell that its solidly built and going to last a while. It also conveniently doubled up as a makeshift travel cot when the little fellow wanted to take forty winks, as the back of the buggy can be lowered to give him a nice, comfy temporary bed.
So here we are still wheeling him around in the Petite Star 15 months later, and this buggy has seen a lot of use. The thing is still going strong (we briefly flirted with a Sliver Cross buggy but it was too heavy and unwieldy with our son in and had to be dropped) however the rain cover is fairly battered now (I'm getting round to replacing this) though the buggy is largely in one piece. The only trouble with it now is that the mechanism to lower the baby when he falls asleep in it frequently gets jammed (this may be in some part to his weight) meaning sometime he has to sleep upright which is a bit of a shame. Also for quite a while our son looked a bit slouched sitting in it as the backrest is not re-enforced by anything and therefore didn't look great for posture, but strangely as he's grown this has been less of a problem (probably due to weight distribution!).
So I'd wholeheartedly recommend this buggy to anyone, we've tried others and have ultimately come back to this one. It's not perfect, but if your baby is a bit on the 'big' side and you want them comfortable this one is a winner. It won't go off-road, there are other (more expensive) models that can cater for this but it is definitely durable (it has had a few tests from ourselves!). Another thing to note is the wheels are all replaceable as they are plastic and do get worn by repeat use. Just remember to purchase a sun umbrella when buying and you'll be set with everything.
Summary: A very well rounded buggy, you'll get some use out of this one
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