Product Type: Phil & Teds prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Phil & Teds Sport
Member Name: Mrs_Frank
Phil & Teds Sport
Advantages: Can accommodate two children, good off-road and on, easy to use, fairly compact and light.
Disadvantages: Expensive to start (but cheaper than buying a single buggy and then a double one!)
**Perks of Poverty/ Price**
As I've explained in previous reviews, being the poor relations of the family has saved us hundreds of pounds over the last couple of years, particularly since having Baby Frank. One of the most impressive items we have very generously been given is a Phil & Teds Sport pushchair with all the accessories. These pushchairs cost around £350 new, and then you could easily spend another £100 on accessories such as a cocoon for newborn babies and the double seat kit. I've also had a look on ebay and the second hand sport pushchairs with accessories generally sell for around £200.
**One Child or Two**
The main attraction of a Phil & Teds pushchair (they make a range of different models) is that they can easily be converted into a double pushchair by adding different seat components. They can cater for one newborn/toddler or child very well and can also accommodate a newborn AND toddler/child or TWO toddlers/children.
**You'll Be Smug Second Time**
Most of the people I know who have Phil & Teds pushchairs have bought them once they have their second child, and all say that they wish they'd bought it for the first. I'm a first-time mum and so most of my friends are also first-timers and I'm the only one with this type of pushchair. Most of the other mums have travel systems which are often tiny, and you just clip the baby car seat into the frame and off you go. I imagine that unless the mums are going to wait until their first child is around three, or maybe four years old, their initial travel system will be pretty useless once number two comes along.
The Phil & Teds Sport is a three wheeled pushchair which means it is very easy to manoevre; you can turn it round in a circle virtually on the spot. The other great thing about having three wheels is that the pushchair is very good 'off road' as well. We have taken ours onto a sandy beach, and it was much easier to push than our friend's four-wheeled stroller. The tyres are also good on a variety of terrain as they are like bike tyres. Obviously, this means they can puncture which has happened to ours, but now we have inserted very resiliant inner tubes and we haven't had any problems since.
**Transporting The Pushchair**
The pushchair is easy to fold up and put up again, and although it's not the lightest one I've tried, it is fairly compact, and I can lift it in and out of our Ford Fiesta boot without too much trouble. I do however, tend to walk around rather than drive, and I think that if I drove everywhere I would find the pushchair too heavy to keep collapsing and putting up again. We've taken it on an aeroplane and it travelled well. You can also buy a travel case to put it in, and if you are a frequent flier I would highly recommend this.
**Versatile, But Confuses The Public**
We have found that it is really adaptable to Baby Frank's changing needs. As a newborn we had a lovely little 'cocoon' to put her in, which is like a padded rectangular bag which slots into the pushchair when it is in the fully reclined position. This is absolutely brilliant, as if your baby is asleep in the cocoon, you can just lift them out of the pushchair and they do not get disturbed. Plus you have somewhere nice and cosy to put them in once you have arrived at your destination. The only bad thing about the cocoon is that it is quite hard to see your baby when they are in it, and their head is at the end which is closest to you. I have had lots of people look at the other end of the pushchair to try and have a look at the baby, only to be rather surprised not to see any sign of a baby at all. By the end of lots of just such encounters, I felt like pasting a sign on the pushchair saying 'Baby this end' and having a large arrow pointing to where Baby Frank was!
Baby Frank grew out of the cocoon at around three months and we now use the seat in a semi-reclined position. This is so easy to adjust which is brilliant for me. The pushchair now looks like the one in the picture. The five point harness is used in this position and is easy to clip together and release, although each of the straps must be released individually so it does take a little while. Baby Frank will be able to sit in the pushchair in its current position for the next couple of years (with a few breaks of course...).
**Do A Lot Of Shopping?**
The shopping carrying part of the pushchair is relatively small, but does the job for me. Because of the type of handle, you cannot hang bags off it, but I have seen some mums using special hooks for this purpose which can be bought separately. The shopping carrier will also double up as a footwell for the second passenger so I'm not sure that it'll be particularly suitable for transporting eggs around when you have a wriggly two year old on board!! The other thing about this carrier is that once the raincover is in it, there is really very little other room.
In summary, I would recommend this pushchair if you are thinking of having more than one child. I know it's a really good item which will last us many years to come, whilst some of my friends will be buying another pushchair when they have their next child. There are some awkward features but its longevity outweigh these niggles.
Summary: Brilliant if you are planning on having more than one child under four.