Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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A practical pushchair
Silver Cross Pop
Member Name: milliesmum123
Silver Cross Pop
Advantages: good lifespan
Disadvantages: brake is poor
Silver cross is a well known brand in the baby world. When we were looking for a pushchair for our baby lots of people told us that Silver Cross is the best and so we were swayed by these opinions and we bought this pushchair. It was around 3 years ago now and it cost us £120 since then I have seen it for as low as £80 so you can probably find it cheaper if you shop around. I am glad that we bought it because it has stood the test of time and been very useful.
Opening and collapsing it
One of the difficulties with pushchairs is trying to open them and close them. When you have a child waiting for you in the car and it's raining you just want to try and get the pushchair collapsed down as quickly as you can. This pushchair is very easy to fold down luckily! It involves just pressing a button with your foot and then folding it forwards and it's done! Opening it up I find easily, you just pull out a lever and the frame of the pushchair unfolds and you use your foot to snap it into place. My mother who is in her 60s seems to struggle with it a little bi but I think it is because she makes it more complicated than it really is, I can manage it with one hand. I am really pleased with how easily it can be put up and down.
This is not as comfortable as the very expensive pushchair we bought with our travel system but we found that it was so bulky it was difficult to fold down. This is still a comfortable pushchair but it's not very well padded. It is better padded than a very cheap pushchair but it hasn't got much depth really. The seat is slightly bigger than others so there's plenty of bum/leg room and there is a section which you can fold up or down to provide more room too. Your baby can be reclined so they can relax and sleep or it can be in an upright position so they can look around, it can also be positioned at various points in between so their ideal angle can be reached. This is easy enough to do. It has sides too so if your child is asleep it can rest it's head although these are not well padded it's better than nothing.
Pushing this pushchair is easy to do because it is rather light weight and the wheels turn 360 degrees so it's easy to go round corners. The wheels are not all that large so it does bump quite a bit so not the smoothest of rides. The handles are good for putting bags over them but they cannot be adjusted height wise which may be more beneficial to some. The brake is hopeless. It really doesn't work at all so do not rely on it! I have got used to this and have learnt how to position the pushchair so it won't roll away but it is a big design flaw and I think other people have mentioned this two.
Children come with so many things so having storage in a pushchair is very useful. This one has a little shopping basket under the seat. But you can't really get to it if the seat is in reclined position and if you put too much in it will jut up in your babies bum! So it is a little annoying but it's good to have! There is also a very useful little pocket in the back of the seat where I tend to put things like my phone, keys, change. It is really useful to have.
Our pushchiar came with a rain cover. It was rather difficult to put on at first, we really struggled and it was a tight fit but we managed and because it was so difficult we never took it off but folded it back on itself and secured it around the handles so it wouldn't fall down. It worked fine but it would have been useful to have had a flap in it so we could reach into our baby easier if we needed to instead of going round the sides or having to lift it up. We also found if the rain cover didn't dry out properly it would go a bit mouldy which wasn't very nice.
I was unsure if this was actually great quality as it seemed a bit flimsy when putting it up and down but considering we used this for 3 years I think it has proven that it is good quality as we used it so often. When I look at cheaper pushchairs I can see why this is a better make in terms of quality and I do think it's good that it lasted so long. It just doesn't feel all that luxurious I think.
Do I recommend?
Yes I do. If you want something that is really special and luxurious then this isn't it though! This is quite a normal looking pram although you can buy it in various colours and with patterns on it isn't a great impact on the design world of pushchairs. It is practical, it doesn't take up loads of room in my boot and I like how it's easy to put up and down. We spent £120 and to think that we used it for 3 whole years is really impressive, it has done many, many miles and still is functioning now but does look quite worse for wear! I think it's good but the brake issue is a let down and the shopping basket isn't as good as it good be.