Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Silver Cross Pop
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Silver Cross Pop
Advantages: Comfy for baby and person pushing
Disadvantages: Wheels wear too quickly
One of the reasons I went for a Silver Cross pushchair was they are known to be very sturdy, plus, my parents had a Silver Cross pushchair we lasted for me, then my younger sister and then I played with it as a dolls pushchair and I remember it would take my weight when I was around 8 and was still in very good condition.
~About the Pushchair~
It's a four-wheeled buggy with swivel front wheels (which can also be fixed) and is suitable from birth, although the seat does not recline fully to flat, although it can be used in multiple positions between upright and declined. My daughter used the pushchair until she was about 3 1/2, but only occasionally and only if we went out as a family with my husband as usually she would travel on the buggy board of my son's pushchair.
Ours is black and the sport also came in red, but I have seen the ordinary "pop" buggies in many colours and recently have seen several people pushing a black one with bright pink butterflies on, which definitely wouldn't be my choose!
The seat has a five point harness, which is good for babies which can then be used as a three point harness when the child is a bit older. The harness all clips into a central point which is released by clicking down on the button and my daughter never managed to get herself out, so it seems to be quite child proof! I seem to remember it came with a head cushion for small babies, but we never used that.
The pushchair has a matching hood with a clear visor on the front and a parent viewing window on the top. I found the hood really useful for keeping the sun out, if I remember correctly it has sun protection but also to make the environment darker for when my daughter went to sleep. The hood also fits around the back of the seat, even when it is reclined. There is also a raincover which goes over the whole pushchair and is a thick durable plastic.
The pushchair also has a foot rest, which can be adjusted up or down with a push button on each side. When the child is older the foot rest can be down so they can put their feet on the foot rest.
~Using the Pushchair~
In some ways I prefer four-wheeled buggies for use on the London Underground as its easier to get them on and off escalators than three wheeled ones. I found this one really good for getting around on the underground and it's quite compact, light - its only about 7.5kg as it has an aluminium frame and easy to navigate.
It has two handles padded foam and I did really useful for hanging bags on and unlike some pushchairs which seem to tip up very easily if shopping is put on the handles, this one remains sturdy and upright. There is a basket under the chair which is quite small and a little awkward to get shopping in or out if the seat is reclined.
There is a cup holder on one of the handles which is really useful as I always carry water around with me for the kids. Obviously it comes with a warning not to put hot drinks in it.
The pushchair is very quick and easy to fold up and collapses into quite a small package which is long and thin therefore it packs nicely into cupboards and the car boot. We very rarely use it now as we bought a three-wheeled buggy for my son, but we did take it on holiday last year when we flew.
The pushchair is very cosy for the child with its multiple seat angles, hood and footrest and nice to push. It is easier to push buggies with big wheels up small curbs and over grass etc. but for town/city use this was very practical and I could easily weave in and out of crowds.
There are various extras you can get with the pushchair including a parasol, the matching nappy bag and the foot muff. We got the foot muff which we used a lot and it's quite roomy as my daughter fitted into it until she was nearly three.
~Washing the Pushchair~
I would regularly Hoover out the seat as crumbs would get into the corners, if it needed more, ie. a potty training accident I would get soapy water with a bit of detol and sponge it out, but then it would need time to dry, or occasionally I had to get the hair dryer on it, although it is wipe clean fabic so it does dry quite quickly. Being black it didn't show the stains which was very helpful. The foot muff is machine washable, which was very handy and I have continued to use the same foot muff for my son.
~Wear and Tear and Issues~
The buggy itself is is till in really good condition, what didn't fair so well was the back wheels which wore and got squashed. It is possible to buy new wheels, but they are not cheap, the back one cost about £40, which is considerable seeing as the buggy only cost about £110 in the first place. The only other grip I had was with the brakes it was great at breaking plus was a bit difficult to get off.
This is a good sturdy pushchair which I belie is really comfortable for the child and easy for the parent to push. It's good value, the only criticism I would have after the wheels don't wear we'll, which wouldn't be such a problem if they were cheap to replace, but they are not. All in all I will give it 4/5 stars, losing a point for the wheel issues.
Summary: A good quality reasonably priced buggy.
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