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I've brought the silvercross 3d from mothercare via their baby payment plan. It was delivered back in September and I have to admit, when I put it up, I was in love. It was gorgeous in black with the pram part attached. Absolutely gorgeous.
My baby was born and we began using it. At first the flaws were minor. The pram part was considerably smaller then other pushchairs, which meant that at only two months old, my little boy didn't fit anymore.
As time went on, more problems arose. The frame became loose and wobbly, the brakes began to I click themselves and the wheels and folding mechanism jammed when it wanted to.
I was distraught and considerably worried about my sons safety. Mothercare told me to come in and they would look at the pram which is only three months old. After numerous arguements with them, I was informed that the guarentee issued by silvercross covered repairs only, and the replacement loner prams offered were unacceptable.
It's a complete waste of money and the guarentee doesn't protect you. Your better off with a cheaper alternative.
i thought the silvercross 3D pram sounded great but found out not so much. I bought this travel system thinking it was going to have everything in one. all the seperate pieces worked really well but when putting it together thats when i started not to like it. the car seat was great for car and mageable getting it in and out and wasnt too heavy. The actual pram was great although it was quite big and heavy and sometimes hard to get around corners. its bigger than most prams i have hard before and wasmore of a nuisance getting it in and out of the car. i have a sharan volkswagan and the boot is very small so that was hard when the pram was so big. overall i wasnt too impressed with this product and wouldnt recommend to others though some of the product was goo such as car seat.
On paper the Silvercross 3D pram sounds fantastic, in reality its rubbish. I bought this travel system thinking it was going to fulfil all my needs, from my son's birth up until he was three. The silvercross has not even been used for a full year it's that rubbish.
All the components of the pram system work well separately, but put together fall down flat in my opinion. The car seat is brilliant for in the car. But when put on the pushchair frame, so you don't have to take baby out of car seat, it becomes bulky, hard to manoeuvre and quite ugly to look at.
The actual main frame that makes up the pram/ pushchair is stylish and modern looking. However the practicality of the pram is disappointing to say the least. In order to fold it up, you have to lift two levers on the handles up and then pull the second lever under the chassis in order to fold and push down. For me this was inconvenient and complicated. It would be very difficult to hold onto a baby and be able to put this down with one hand.
The silvercross in pushchair mode was bulky compared to normal pushchairs. In my personal experience putting the Silvercross in average sized carboot took up the whole space, which again was hugely inconvenient. If you were planning on going shopping with the silver cross in the boot, you would not have any room for the shopping.
To summarise, I believe the silvercross is lovely to look at but if your anything like me and looking for practicality, then avoid it at all cost. Instead I would go for a pushchair suitable from birth and a separate car seat.
The huge benefit of buying the Silver Cross 3D Travel System is that in one fail swoop you can purchase a pram, pushchair and car seat combination which will see you through until your baby is of toddler age or weighing 15kg. (You will have to buy a new car seat when your baby is around six months old as the seat provided is not suitable for babies weighing over 9kg and will prove inappropriate once your baby can sit up due to its reclining position.
I would admit however that there are other travel systems on the market and in hindsight they may have required closer examination for their own pros and cons before I went ahead and purchased the Silver Cross version.
I was adament I wanted a Silver Cross pram because of the brand's long-standing reputation and for sentimental reasons as my own mother had a Silver Cross pram for myself and my brother.
The Silver Cross brand has moved on significantly in its style since the days when me and my brother were babies and the Silver Cross 3D pram is far removed from the big prams we associate with decades past. The brand has also recognised the need for money and space saving for parents these days by buying into the idea of a travel system.
And at a cost of £300 for the three main items along with a waterproof rain cover, a foot muff, parasol and nappy bag thrown in it is a canny buy.
At first putting the pram and later the pushchair together is a daunting task but once you learn the process it turns out to be only a few simple moves to put them up and down. In the same way it appears a complex process putting the car seat securely in the car but this too becomes far simpler after a few gos.
The pushchair folds down easily to store or put in a car boot for travel but you will need to check the width of your boot as the pushchair is too long for car boots on the smaller side.
The whole of the travel system components are significantly more bulky and heavy than others available. This works in its favour in terms of durability but the pushchair for instance can prove bulky to manipulate into and around shops and up and down steps as well as lifting into cars, while the car seat is a considerable weight even before the baby is in it.
The pushchair would not be suitable for any parent who would like a backwards facing pushchair which enables them to look at their baby as they walk as this pushchair does not have this facility, but this is not necessarily a negative as it is down to personal preferance.
In terms of appearance the Silver Cross pram and pushchair stand out as different to the others on the market as they are far more sturdy and retain a certain traditional aspect. I would say the pram is more visually appealing then the pushchair when compared to others available.
The huge downside would be when attaching the car seat to the pram base to allow you to transport your baby. The car seat does not visually fit very well onto the pram base whilst with other brands the car seat sits on very snuggly and looks like a complete unit. In the Silver Cross version it looks more make-shift like you literally have just put the car seat on the pram base to make do. You could not happily spend a whole shopping trip with the car seat attached to the pram base. It is securely fitted and perfectly safe but the pram base sticks out too far on either side of the car seat and this also seems to effect the maneouvability of the pushchair while it is on.
If you are thinking you will rely on using the car seat a lot to take your baby around do not select the Silver Cross travel system. Similarly if you are looking for a light weight travel system do not purchase Silver Cross. But if you are a traditionalist who wants something sturdy and hard wearing and slightly different to the slim, ultra modern varieties of travel system on the market, buy Silver Cross.
Being first time parents, buying our first pram was a bit of a minefield. We didn't know where to start and what we were looking for. So we took our time and looked at all the options. We wanted something that we could use for a while and would adapt as our little one got bigger. The silvercross 3D looked for us exactly what we wanted. It is easy to put up and down with little effort and folds up quiet small so you can get it in the car. It can also converts so the car seat can be fixed to the pushchair and for when they get a bit older it converts to a pushchair. To me the pram did seem a little low to push at first but the arms do adjust slightly which does help if your a little taller.We also purchased the car seat and although its not hard to fix into the car we did look at purchasing a fixed base for it to go on which stays in the car. Unfortunatley we were advised that silvercross dont do one.Overall I would say this is a good all round travel system at a reasonable price.
I bought this pram after doing all my research online. I was eight months pregnant at the time and I was really not up to going out and testing them. I did send a link to the in laws and they went and tried it out for me and to give me feedback.
We had to factor in that I have arthritis so I needed something easy to manoeuvre up and down doorway steps and the weight of the pram also had to be considered.
Once delivered I soon had the box open and mighty pleased with all the extras I had with it. It came with a nappy changing bag, cosy toes, rain cover and also as part of the offer the car seat came with it.
pram looks nice and is in a charcoal colour, which is gender neutral.
It was easy to assemble.
I put it in the pram position, rather than the pushchair position and noticed there were safety straps for when the baby is lying down. This put my mind more at ease knowing he would be more secure.
Fast forward to the baby being born and our first official road test.....
We went to register the birth in town. The pram fitted easily in the boot (will review car seat separately.)
Once there we parked in an underground car park and could not find the lift. So we were tested immediately. My partner with considerable ease lifted the pram with the baby in up the stairs.
Then I decided to push it to make sure I was comfortable venturing out by myself. At first I found it clumsy going around the corners and difficult to steer. It was then pointed out to me that i had the front wheels locked!!! Once I sorted that I can honestly say it was a total delight to push, very lightweight and easy. Easy to get through more difficult doorways and narrower spaces.
The baby looked comfortable and slept through the whole process. The weather was not great that day as well yet he was well protected from the elements.
When we were leaving town we struggled a little to put the pram down but this was more down to inexperience than the design.
The pram cost £299 and as part of a promotion the car seat was free but normally retails at £120.
My wife is past the 12 week mark of her pregnancy and now we can tell people we wanted to start buying stuff for the baby. Now as BabiesRUs are doing quite a few sales we thought we would by stuff throughout the sales over the next few months, and then in the final month anything missing we will buy at full price. This has required me to do a lot of reading or reviews to know what I want so I can just price watch.
One of the items we needed was a travel system. Originally I was looking at pram/pushchair system and a separate car seat. I wanted something that would last an age, due to some car seats specifically designed for 9 month age ranges and with prams only being useful for about 4 months until the baby would want to look around and a pushchair being needed. To me the solution for the pram pushchair was a travel system. So I was looking at prams and pushchairs that transformed into each other.
A friend of mine suggested the Silver Cross 3D travel system as it was reasonably priced and did that. So I did some research on here, all to some varied comments. So when I was in BabiesRUs I asked for a demonstration of a few models and ended up settling on the Silver Cross 3D Travel System for a huge variety of reasons, which I will go through here.
First of all one thing that is clear with all products is that over years new versions of the same model come out, with improvements, etc. And one concern I have is a lot of reviews are written after the child is in pushchair mode meaning that they are 5 months after purchase at least if not more. I am writing this the day after purchase, but before baby use. I will update this as it gets used with an additional section at the bottom. This review is therefore for the Silver Cross 3D bought on the 23/01/2011.
One of the big points for this was the offer it was on. The price for the pushchair was £299 and all it normally came with. However BabiesRUs also were giving the Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat for free with this product (worth £115). This made it a fantastic bargain, considering numerous other models more expensive than this and with less.
There are two styles of fabric for the Silver Cross a black with red line and a charcoal with swirls. As we do not know the gender we felt the charcoal would be more neutral and to be honest it did look the most stylish.
The Silver Cross comes with numerous accessories included as standard. The is a travel bag for nappies and bits etc that clearly is going to be useful and match in with the pushchair, there is also a wipe down changing mat that again will be useful. It comes with the pram body including foam mattress and cover that to keep the baby protected. The hood of the prank is also the hood of the pushchair, and there is a plastic rain cover/protector. And a foot warmer.
It was important for us that we had a pushchair that could be used as a pram initially as we knew the pram part would only last 4months until the baby would want to look around and that is the age to move to pushchair. We also knew that the pushchair must be suitable for 4 month onwards. The Silver Cross has all sections suitable from birth. We looked at some other systems and their foot print when closed down or when moving seemed very huge and clunky. This compressed when folded into a reasonable size. While heavy it was still lighter than a lot we had felt, and knowing the system was made up from clearly detachable parts meant we could customise what we wanted to take out with us when going out. The buggy was very easy to steer and had a lovely turning circle, being able to navigate the aisles at ToysRUs easily without bumping into anything.
The travel system as a whole seemed very sturdy and hard wearing, so with all these accessories, the car seat (which will click directly into the chair, giving yet another option for the baby) it seemed to be the best option, especially with the car seat for free.
On getting home I naturally had to open everything up to have a play. The car seat I will review in the appropriate section, this is for the main travel system. Unpacking was easy getting everything out of the box and separated. There are two manuals that come with it, that naked em perfect for everyone. One manual only shows picture guides, the other manual is pure text, thus ideal for those whole like to read instructions or for those who just like to look at the pictures. However everything is numbered which means you can combine the manuals and follow the text descriptions with the pictures, which is my preferred method. My first task was to see how the pram gets put together as that will be the first use. So I followed the manual, parting the push chair, then started assembling the pram mattress putting the cover on, clipping the hood on. Nice and easy. It was also noted that the chair could be folded with the mattress in, this worked perfectly, however it did not long time folding the foam would curve ( and straighten when a baby was it was put on it). As the baby is not due for 6 months still I wanted to keep things pristine so I disassembled the pram to play with the pushchair, and to wrap the pram components up to keep safe. The pushchair forms the base of the pram, so with the mattress removed the the seat pops up and you're ready to go. It has 4 seat positions and a harness. It also has support padding for while the baby is still young but in the pushchair. This padding can be removed as they grow.
Pushing the chair around was easy, attaching the extra bits was so easy they just clipped on. The brakes were easy to use, and seemed nicely secure. To fold up it was lift the handles and then turn a handle upward and just push and it collapsed into a click and was nicely compact. My only concern is the length of it, however it should fit in the wifes' car along as she doesn't have the roof down. The only other issue is the weight, however this was one of the lightest ones I picked up that was a travel system and not just a cheap lightweight pushchair.
The pushchair as mentioned has a lovely stylish design to it, and certainly seems to have plenty of space around it, however the truth will really Cooke when the baby is born and it gets full use. The concerns mentioned on here I have not experienced, apart from the one about the pushchair seat facing outwards and not towards you, but to me they all do that and it makes sense anyway, the child is in the seat because it is mosey and wants to look around, it sees the parent all the other time so let it look where it's going and not just at you :)
Overall I am very happy with this purchase, the childs travelling needs are now taken care of until 9months and then I only need to look for a car seat which will allow me to purchase a longer lasting one, at least I won't need to buy a baby seat and then upgrade now. I can't wait to get chance to use the pram and then upgrade to the pushchair.
Once that has done I will and I have live tested it, I will update this review.
Silver cross 3d pram-
Im the only one that doesnt rate this pushchair/pram any good!
My mum bought this for my daughter who is now 2 years old. She is my first and only child so far so have had no experience in prams at all.
The pram looks lovely in pram mode and you can face baby in that position but its very bulky and heavy so its a mission pushing it and trying to get it in a car takes up a good deal of space.
As soon as your child is old enough to sit in the upright position you can no longer have them facing you, and at 6 months old i wanted to see her. The hoods are made cheap so the zip on the hood broke after only having pram 6 months.
Due to squeezing the pram in the boot it bent the frame(keep in mind we have a vauxhall astra,they are not small in boot space!) which meant it needed 2 people to set it up at all times or leave it up the whole time!
I also felt silly as one wheel never touched the floor it was so bent. I was so disapointed. A few months later they bought a new silver cross that had all the features i wanted im just so disapointed that it hadnt of come out sooner and my mum hadnt wasted her money.
The pram cost us £350 and was only used 9 months as we had to then go and buy a new one!
Next time i will def be doing a road test!!hehe! : - )
I bought this travel system when i was 7month's pregnant, i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it as its quite an eye catching pushchair.
It is such an easy pushchair to use with a light frame so easy to push and get on off buses which i had to do nearly everyday.
It has a lie down carry cot for when baby is new born which you can fully remove to wash this mode lasted until my son was about 3 months. It comes with a raincover which is usable for when travel cot is in use and when using the facing forward pram. The car seat that clips onto the pram frame which is very easy and possible to do with baby asleep in the car seat, however the rain cover will not go on when using this mode but with the hood that comes with the pushchair and the hood on the car seat you can fully cover baby from wind or rain by shutting the two hoods. The car seat is very useful as i used it alot on the pram when my son grew out of the carry cot but still looked to small in the facing forward seat. The facing forward part of the pram is also very good lasts up until child is about 3years and lies flat for when baby is asleep. I loved this pushchair and found it very hard to part with when my son decided he wanted to walk everywhere. It is also a very comfy pushchair for baby as all modes are very padded and all are easy to clean. It comes in lots of different colours and styles which are good for either sex.
I also found the shopping basket underneith quite large and could fit a fare amount of stuff under there, it has adjustable handles which is handy depending on your height.
The only thing i found slightly difficult was it didnt fold down that small so was abit of a struggle to get in small boots.
Before I start my pram is exactly the same build as this but the fabric for mine is the Sophia Limited edition, not the cargo pattern. It has a faux leather trim and a jewelled embroidered flower detail on the hood. I payed £350 for my 3D which I think is very good value considering what you get for that price.
When my little girl was a tiny baby I used the £D as pram. It was a lovely proper pram whre she lay inside all cosy with the hood up facing me. The liner that goes inside is beautiful on it's own. It is white with a broderie englaise trim. There is a safety harness on the liner aswell which goes around baby's middle and through the legs. It is nicely padded and is easy to do up with a velcro fastener.
Also during this time I used the pram as a travel system. If my baby was asleep in the car seat I could just unclip her from the car and click her into the pram without waking her up or disturbing her. To do this you need to put the pram into buggy mode and lift up the fabric up on the arm rests. Underneath there is a clip on each side which you flip and up and the car seat, very easily, just locks into place.
In buggy mode there is head hugger for when they are very little babies but this just zips off when there is no need for it. There is a five point harness which also is very easy to fasten together. A lifesaver when you ahve a screaming child not wanting to go into a buggy. The wheels can be locked into fixed position or swivel mode. Personaly I find swivel mode easiest as it is impossible to turn a corner when they are fixed. The handles can be changed from a low position to a high one and they are also easy grip with rubber on them, which I found very useful when walking in rain as my hands didn't slip about so much
All in all this buggy is brilliant. Not only is it made by the prestige pram makers Silver Cross, so you know you are getting quality, but it is very easy to use. To collapse it you pull the lever on the handles towards you and the frame unlocks, then at the back of the pram in the middle there is a handle which you pull upwards and the whole thing collapses. The pram is very sturdy and I have done amny a trip with lots of bags of shopping and it has never given way. I am also impressed with the wheels as they have hardly worn down, surprising really considering the amount of miles we have walked.
If you want a buggy that will last I really would recommend this one as it is sturdy, hardwearing and very easy to use. It also provides value for money in all the different ways you can use it, unlike some travel systems which you can use as a pram without a carseat on them.
I bought this Travel System when I was 7 months pregnant, desperately seeking a system that would last more than a couple of months before our little one outgrew it. I didn't know how big she was going to be, or even if she was a boy or a girl at the time, so I was after something that could be unisex, and suit a newborn or any size.
This was the perfect system. It includes a white newborn liner, so your tiny baby can lay flat in those early couple of months. This is beautifully decorated with a lace effect trim, perfect for showing off your little one. This is compatible with the rain cover that is included in the box. When she was too large for this liner (which was after around 3 months) we started to use her Ventura car seat as the seat on her pram, which was VERY handy, as she fell asleep in her car all you needed to do was unclip the seatbelt, and clunk her on the frame of the pram; no waking her up to juggle her into another seat. only issue with this part was the included raincover is NOT COMPATIBLE with the car seat on the pram, but i do believe you can buy a cover seperately for this.
Thankfully for us, our 6 month old is now big enough to sit in the forward-facing position, which she finds very comfortable. I do have a slight issue with the padded cushions that go over the shoulder straps coming off when i lift her out, and have a fair few times dropped them in puddles as a result, but really this is something minor, and you can always do without them if need be.
the forward facing position has two positions for the shoulder straps, and means the travel system will last a lot longer in terms of fitting her in through different age ranges.
i personally like to keep the wheels on the 'swivel' mode, so they're not locked into position. i find when shopping and out on walks, it makes the tuning circle of the pram a lot tighter, and we can navigate around small spaces easier. you have to remember to lock these again to put the system in the car, otherwise they buckle underneath when you try to wheel the pram anywhere.
in all honesty, i believe i made a really good decision in purchasing this system, which at the time was far from the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for, it's top class, and i would have quite happily paid more for such a good product.
I ordered this pram system for my niece who wanted a pushchair where the baby could face towards her whilst first born then when he was older and sitting up could face forwards.
Bought from kiddiecare.com for £299.99. It's a lovely looking pushchair which is really easy to push and steer, you can either have front wheels locked or unlocked .
The pram comes with a lovely unisex liner with 3 point harness for young baby which can be removed when the baby grows older. It has a shopping basket underneath for carrying baby's daily equipment and it has a 5 point harness when used without the liner .
Its easy to fold down ,my only complaint is that even though i own a medium size car it is still a struggle to fit it into the hatchback of the car . I think you would have a real struggle to fit it into the boot /hatch of smaller cars. It would be an idea to make handles extendable on later models as this would make fitting the pram/pushchair into the car much easier
Overall a well made comfortable pram system for both baby and parent Have seen other similar prams cheaper but most come in combination with a car seat which has to be attatched to pram for very young babies (which isnt good for their spine over long periods) or the baby has to face away from you which isnt ideal with a new baby and a new mother who wants to keep check on him ideal for walking not so good for taking with you in car unless youve a large vehicle
The 3D is the complete prampushchair system - a stylish and comfortable pram, that converts effortlessly into a pushchair, that can be used as a travel system with the additional ventura plus car seat not included, that all folds up very neatly at the end of the day. Firstly - its a pram that gives you the perfect lie-flat position for your baby. Its also rear-facing so you can maintain eye contact with you baby. Secondly- a few clicks and its unique folding system transforms it into a pushchair that reclines flat, allowing your baby to sit or snooze Thirdly - with the addition of the ventura plus car seat not included, it converts into a travel system. If the above doesnt convince you that this is a perfect system then maybe the cushioned head support, its lockable swivel wheels, its lightweight frame and its design-registered pram liner that cocoons your baby safely inside will. Features Suitable from birth - toddler. Lightweight frame Rear facing in the pram position. Four position seat back recline. Removable mattress and washable liner. Swivel, self-centering and lockable wheels. Unique folding system. Freestanding once folded. Compact storage size. Carry handle. Cushioned head support. Reversible hood. Adjustable handle height. Rain cover, apron and summer canopy. Deep-padded footmuff. Matching changing bag with mat and accessories Large shopping basket.