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When buying our pram just before Bambino came along we decided wanted to get one that would be like a traditional pram when he was a newborn but could also be converted into a forward facing buggy when he got a bit older. We found a lovely Mamas and Papas pram that did just that. For the first couple of months the pram was great but when Bambino entered his third month he decided he no longer wanted to lie on his back and cried because he wanted to see what was going on. I got hubby to adjust the pram so it was forward facing but soon discovered that we couldn't recline the back, so he would have to sit upright. He's still a bit small to sit in that position, he's only 14 weeks, and so would end up in a big heap. We therefore needed something to use while he was still small but nosey. After having doing a bit of research we decided on the Safety First Tekina Stroller which we bought from Argos for £73.39 (to be exact!)
Unlike the Mamas and Papas pram which took hubby (and me very helpfully telling him he was doing it wrong) over an hour to assemble, this stroller was very easy to set up. It comes with a detachable hood and rain cover which can be added and removed as the situation requires.
The first thing we noticed was just how lightweight the stroller was. I struggled with the original pram when getting it in and out of the car on my own, but this one I have no problem with. It is very easy to collapse, it's advertised as being "two hand fold" but I have managed to put it up and collapse it again using only one hand and a foot, very handy when you've got a clingy baby permanently attached to you! It collapses down to become very streamline and flat, which makes it easy to carry about. I also struggled to fit the original pram into my tiny Ka but I find this one much easier to manage.
The only negative about assembling the stroller, is you have to remove the hood every time you collapse it. I always use the hood, it's either raining, too sunny or too windy not to, so it's a bit of a pain to have to keep taking it off and putting it back on again. Saying that though, it is very easy to do, it just attaches with Velcro and two clips.
The main selling point for us was the fact that the stroller is suitable from birth and the seat reclines into three separate positions. One is lying down, which we use when Bambino is tired and wants to sleep, the second slightly more raised so he can see what is going on, and one so he would be completely sat up. We only use the first two positions as he still ends up in a heap in the fully sat up position. Bambino loves the second position, as he can have a good old nosey at what going on and can grin at passersby.
We find it really easy to recline the headrest; simply press two buttons and the seat will recline. This can be done whether Bambino is sat in it or not. To sit it up it just simply needs pushing up until it clicks into position. The ease of this is great for when he falls asleep and wants to lie down, only to wake up and sit up again. There's no hassle whatsoever.
In terms of comfort, Bambino is fastened into a 5 point safety harness (recommended by all the safety bods). The harness has no soft covers on it as our original had and so if Bambino slips down it can be a bit rough on his skin. There is suspension on each wheel which is great when he's asleep and we have to travel over somewhere bumpy; he barely even notices. The seat of the stroller is very simplistic and I can't help thinking our original one looked much more comfortable and snug with its padded seat and head section, although I have to admit, Bambino seems unconcerned about it.
I have found it very easy to manoeuvre, due to both its light weight and the fact that each wheel has a full swivel. It turns easily which is a great advantage when you're trying to get around shops. The brakes are linked so it is easy to stop the pram from rolling anywhere when you have come to a standstill.
The basket underneath the stroller is tiny; when the seat is fully reclined I find that I can't fit anything in it at all which is a shame. Having said that, the handles to the pram are a good shape which enables me to hang my changing bag and additional shopping bags on them. An added bonus is that I've found I don't need Bambino to be in there to act as a "counterweight"; even when he's not in there and my bags are piled on, the stroller doesn't tip up.
The fact it is forward facing is great for my nosey little one who's probably sick to death of staring at my ugly mush, but I do miss being able to look down and seeing him there. I don't like not being able to see what he's doing as we're walking but I guess that is the case of any stroller/buggy of this nature.
~ Extra information ~
Suitable for weight: 0-15kg.
Folded dimensions: (L) 46, (W) 105, (D) 30cm.
Easy to recline/ sit up
Easy to collapse and assemble
Easy to manoeuvre
Not the comfiest seat
Have to remove rain hood
Despite the disadvantages I'm still giving the stroller 4/5, as the negatives are only small ones and fairly insignificant compared to the advantages.