Product Type: Phil & Teds prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Phil & Teds Sport
Member Name: ButterflyB
Phil & Teds Sport
Advantages: Versatile, practice
Disadvantages: What do you do about a changing bag?
I am a bit of a buggy addict - there I've said it out loud!
I have several buggies as at certain points in your child's life you have different requirements from a pram or buggy. Being the shopaholic I am I felt the need to buy a new pram for the new stage. That was until I bought the Phil & Teds Sport.
I purchased the Phil & Teds Sport in the red/black colour way as I liked the bright colour. Other colour ways are navy, grey and also lime green. I have also seen royal blue/black but only once so that may have been a limited edition colour. See I told you I am buggy mad, I look at buggies and prams like other people look at cars!
When I bought it I bought a bundle as I needed some of the accessories straight away. I have the doubles kit, footmuff, rain cover and also had the cocoon, although my son soon outgrew the cocoon as he is very tall.
The package I bought with all the extra bits and bobs cost me around £400 although I am sure there are offers on if you need the extras.
Phil & Teds are widely available, we bought ours from Mothercare but other stockists include Kiddicare, and John Lewis as well as lesser known online stores. Not forgetting good old local independent retailers!
The Phil & Teds was my third pram or buggy. I really do wish that I had thought further down the line earlier on as I very quickly ended up needing a double buggy as child number 2 arrived!
I would strongly advise if you hope to have more than one child - save some money and just buy this to begin with as you will end up buying it eventually.
The pram itself is a 3 wheeler which has a lockable front swivel wheel, I always unlock the wheel as I find it makes manoeuvring much easier. The rear 2 wheels are spaced quite far apart which can be interesting in small, cluttered shops to get through. The wheels being far apart does make the buggy feel very sturdy which outweighs any negative. The rear wheels can easily be removed by pushing a button in and pulling the wheel off. This is useful if you have been on a muddy walk to stop the car boot getting muddy.
All 3 wheels are tyres which makes it great for pushing outside especially on uneven terrain and grass. I have to also say that in the heavy snow earlier this year this buggy coped really well. It was great to still be able to get out there (even just to do the school run!) I did pass many other Mums who were struggling to cut through the snow - but not with the good old P&T!
The buggy is easy to put up and take down although you do need to use both hands simultaneously, which may put some people off. I think that it is so quick to assemble it's not a problem.
There is a large foot break that goes almost the whole width of the buggy so you can do it with either foot. I still find my break to be quite stiff, although this could be a benefit as I always know that I have activated it successfully.
There is a wrist strap which I find useful especially when going downhill with 2 children the pram can pick up some speed so it's always nice to know you have a tight hold on the kiddies! It would also be really good if out running.
The shopping basket is a good size, although when using the doubles kit you do feel a bit as though the shopping is being stood on or little one has no leg room.
The rain cover is easy to remove & put on in a hurry and as a useful Velcro flap at the back so you can easily bob your and in to tend to little one (or throw in the odd rice cake!) The hood of the pram is also a good size and can easily be lifted up of clipped down into position.
The buggy can be used for 1 child, or use the doubles kit (sold separately) for 2 children or use the cocoon to enable a young baby to lay flat and an older child in the second seat. Both the main seat and the doubles kit seat recline for naps on the go!
There are a couple of downsides which are minor and surprising considering the well thought through design.
The first of these is that when folding there is not a clip to keep it in place to make it easier to take in and out of the car. So you have to hold it together to keep it flat. It's not a major drama - just a small oversight.
The other problem is I have yet to find a changing bag that doesn't keep hitting the child in the lower seat on the back of the head. You can buy panniers that go to the side of the buggy so perhaps they would be the answer.
This really is a very versatile pram and can grow with your family. It feels very sturdy and well made, I think it is good value for money.
Summary: Covers all bases for a growing family, a good investment.
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