Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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3 years and going strong!!!!!
Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: lozx1983
Silver Cross 3D
Advantages: Adaptable, comfortable, manoeuvrable. The list goes on!
Disadvantages: You can't fold it one handed and it's heavy to lift.
I have 3 lovely children and when expecting my 2nd after a 9 year age gap it was time to re-enter into the terrifying world of Pushchair buying. Having a look on the internet for ideas I have to admit, I was overwhelmed at the variety and complexity of these contraptions. So instead of battling my way through 1000's of products, I decided to drag my husband into the one stop shop for expectant mums, Mothercare.
Walking into Mothercare I didn't have a clue as to what I wanted. One with four wheels would do surely??
They say that you know your supposed to have something as soon as you see it, and in this case it was certainly true. The Silver Cross was amongst all the other brands but for me it stood out. Having had an initial demonstration from a helpful member of staff, I decided to buy it. I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and just knew it was the buggy for me. I can tell you right now this, for me personally has been an absolute diamond over the time.
I bought the full travel system including a free car seat(separate review) for the grand total of £339.00 three years ago and the price has stayed pretty consistent even up to now. The design of the pushchair is exactly the same, it is just the material pattern that changes. Mine was a deep charcoal grey with orange piping and was understated and quite elegant looking. The travel system comes with a carry cot inner, the main stroller pushchair and the carseat. As standard it includes rain cover, cosy toes, changing bag, head support and shopping basket.It is a veritable feast of accessories.
The main body of this pushchair is well thought out, it has a 4 position seat which means that it goes from completely flat to near upright by means of pulling out a flap handle on the back and is covered in a thick fabric which, for me personally the best point about is, it's completely washable. I have indeed removed this many times, stuck it in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash and then air dried. The fabric never faded, shrunk or warped and it meant that even when it got filthy, it came up as good as new time after time. The handles are also adjustable to 2 levels by the click of a button. This came in very handy for me and my husband. I am 5'11 and he's 6'3 and the height of the extended handle was perfect for us, however grandma is only 5'4 but on the lower setting had no problems pushing.
The wheels are something that often gets overlooked when buying a pushchair but they are one of the most important things. Some wheels are inflatable leading to punctures, some are plastic and are a personal hatred of mine but these wheels are a solid rubber(think a flexible scooter wheels) are substantial,have swivel or fixed settings at the front and provide a smooth ride for both you and the little one. They lasted me 3 years of being out every day for a few hours and were still as good as new when I finished using it. The brakes are also solid and reliable. Unlike some pushchairs whose breaks are fiddly these have a substantial outer for you to push down with your feet and once locked they make a clicking sound so you never make the mistake of thinking they are on when their not.
The pushchair actually folds down to be quite compact. You do this by lifting the handles by a pull mechanism and folding backwards. You then have to lift the handle that is on the back to fold all the way down. Now don't get me wrong it is very easy to fold down but you need 2 hands. This is not possible to do while holding a small baby(or a large one) in your arms. Another small downside isthe base unit is heavy. This is meant to stand the test of time and does so with no hesitation but in being so means the end result is a heavy pushchair.When your pushing it you don't feel it at all but try and lug it folded up the stairs and you are going to feel it. For storage though this does stand up on it's own and makes it convenient to store in a small cupboard(i stored mine under the stairs)
The size of the main body though means that your 2 year old is still comfortable in it rather than looking like a squashed up pumpkin and with the bar at the front being able to come undone at one side getting your baby or toddler in is a doddle.
The accessories that come with this are fabulous. The head hugger is not so much a head hugger but a head insert. This wonderful invention has a padded body that lays in the pushchair, making the whole inside a little smaller, more padded and keeping your baby at the perfect angle for the 5 point harness. My little girl was just over 6lb when she was born and with the help of the insert fit into the harness perfectly. The harness actually feeds through the slots in the insert so you cant go wrong.
It also comes with a cosy toes. Putting this on is very easy indeed. Velcro flexi strips attach at the back, the harness feeds through the slots(of which their is 2 different heights) and Hey Presto it's done. A fleecy inside, shower-proof outside keep our little one's warm and dry. I loved this and even when it was warm I would detach the outer cosy toes leaving the seat lined and warm. This is also washable but after about 12 months it did start to get a little bobbling inside. This was easily removed with one of those sticky rollers though.
For the first few weeks after birth I actually used the carry cot insert. This is fantastic and even if you don't use it on the pram you can use it elsewhere. It is like a moses basket but made from fabric and padding with a plastic insert inside the fabric to keep it's shape. The fabric inside is really soft, think a silky fleece and this actually goes onto the pram giving your baby a comfortable ride. Putting it on is easy and it means you know that your baby is in the optimal sleeping position recommended by health professionals. I have to admit I only used this on the pram for a couple of weeks, not due to anything being wrong with it but to do with the fact I preferred the car seat attachment.
However I did use the carry cot insert for weeks at my house and at friend's houses. It has a harness in as well ensuring that your baby is safe and secure. When your using this on the main pushchair you place the outer cover on which is shower proof and gives your pram a completed look. However ,you can also use the cover on the main frame by itself which is what I tended to do. My Biggest disappointment with the carry cot is that you can't fold down the unit with the carrycot placed in it. You have to take out the carry cot insert and then fold down, so if there's no room on the bus you are going to have wait for the next one.
The car seat attachment is FANTASTIC. It takes 1 minute to assemble and because the car seat has a cover and hood it's practically weatherproof. To put the car seat on you just have to lie the seat flat, open the flaps on the arm of pushchair and pull the black tabs upwards. Place the car seat in so that the car sit slots over the bumper and and recline the handle of the seat all the down until it clicks. I wanted to make sure this was fully secure and so I asked my husband to try lift the car seat out of the hooks. He lifted the car seat and guess what, the pram lifted too. Sturdy, secure and elevated I could see my baby perfectly and loved every moment my little one was in it.
I mentioned earlier that it comes with a rain cover and also a matching changing bag. Both of which are excellent. The rain cover slips on easily and fully protects the pushchair and child with no leaky points. The changing bag is big enough for me to have nappies, bottle, juice, purse, keys,mobile, change of clothes etc in and still have a little room left. The strap is adjustable and fits over the pushchair handles perfectly.
This pushchair does have a couple of small disadvantages like the weight or not being able to be folded one handed but this Silvercross was my knight in shining armour. From 7 inches of snow through to impromptu shopping trips with far too much shopping done it stood the test of time. It was easy to manoeuvre, it was as solid as a rock and more importantly my children were comfortable and content in it. What more can you possibly ask from a pushchair. It has now been handed down to a friend who is using it and it has reached the 3 year mark. I decided I was going to get a new one but am seriously thinking about asking her for it back.
With Silver Cross you know your in good hands and this pushchair is no exception.
Summary: A solid work house that will stand the test of time for your children!!!