Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
Newest Review: ... to fit in with everyone else. It lasted well but had a few problems along the way which is why at 25 and with our second child on way w... more
A dream for both Parent and Baby
Silver Cross Kensington
Member Name: Judey
Silver Cross Kensington
Advantages: A premium pram that will still be around for my grandchildren
Disadvantages: The price but bargains can be found
Most of us have probably riden in a Silver cross pram as a baby and the design is almost identical to the one in my baby photos from the 1970's although the hideous aubergine colour I had is no longer available. (Thank Goodness for that)
Silver cross have been making prams since 1877 and what a shame it isn't possible to count how many newborns have been gently placed inside one of their prams since the start.
The heritage collection has made a real come back with the second hand market on the likes of Ebay making more money on secondhand ones than they are to buy new.
The Kensington is a large roomy pram however its still foldable making it transportable. We'd all love to purchase and have the room for the larger balmoral but alas my palace just wont allow the room. The kensington for us is the best of both worlds.
For my first born I purchased a Mamas and Papas complete set, seat, carry cot and every matching extra available at only 22 I just wanted to fit in with everyone else. It lasted well but had a few problems along the way which is why at 25 and with our second child on way we went for a cheap and cheerful Mothercare pram. I didnt care so much about fitting in if it didnt hold a huge amount of shopping and be able to have a toddler hanging of the handle it wasn't the pram for us. This didn't last the course and eventually went to the skip before our daughter could walk properly. We used an even cheaper stroller for the next few months as buying another big pram seemed pointless.
Ten years on we suddenly found ourselves with a third on the way and now at 35 I dont care a hoot if I fit in with everyone else. We looked at Silver cross right from the start but at £950 for a pram I nearly passed out, so we turned to Ebay again to look at the second hand market. I watched every pram that came up for auction for weeks and lost out on one by £10. You would think that would have made me give up but no I was more determined than ever to get my dream pram. Others that came up went for £700 plus and still needed extras adding on. I started to think new was the only way I would get one.
I was determined and looked longingly at the silver cross website picturing my new baby girl all safe and happy in the kensington pram I was yet to lay my hands on.
I convinced my husband that this pram was a future investment and our grandchildren would also go onto use it. eventually he gave in and he agreed to the pram at £950 but that was it my top limit and not a penny more, I rang customer services to order one to be told each pram had a £50 white glove delivery charge and the sunshade, reins were all going to be extra again, ahhh my pram was slipping away from me yet again. Hubby had firmly put his point across and I knew there was no point pushing my luck or a divorce would be on the cards.
I wanted to cry. I started to flick around the silver cross website and found a map with local stockists, I knew they would only stock the new range modern prams but then all of a sudden I saw the logo to tell me that a shop within 35 miles of me stocked silver cross heritage prams. I clicked on through to there website and my heart sank again when it said Call for price. Everybody on this planet knows that's a bad sign for their wallets and your bank managers nerves.
I called anyway and nearly fell over when the lady gave me a price £200 cheaper than silver cross direct. I asked what it came with expecting that to be the catch, but to my suprise it came with the same as one direct from silver cross came. I quickly booked a viewing appointment and confirmed that they were indeed "real" Silver cross prams, yes they were and how happy would my husband be.
We viewed ordered and paid £750 it came with mattress, bag, bag clips, and shopping tray. I added on the sunshade and pram sheets and leather reins and managed to still get it all under budget at £850. The shop also offered free delivery. Happy mummy, happy hubby, happy baby and a reasonably happy bank manager.
If you can consider silver cross heritage, they last the course and will still be around when the occupants are having babies of their own. The ride is superb and the attention you get while pushing it is nice too. Its built the way things used to be and I know even secondhand this pram would sell well if we look after it.
My daughter now has my silver cross dolls pram that I had for my fourth birthday and its still going strong, this pram will out do the modern pram at every turn the only down point is the price, however look hard enough and bargains can be had.
Summary: Just consider it if you have the space
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