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It is an incredibly exciting time when your wife is pregnant andvyou are preparing to become a father for the first time. Part of the excitement comes from preparing for the baby, buying things and getting the nursery sorted. The pram is sort of the major purchase and there will be lots of deliberation and advice from friends and family.
I think it was quite natural that I was clueless when it comes to prams. The only one I had heard of was a Bugaboo because they were raving about it in some magazine featuring Kate Middleton.
We went to John Lewis for advice. They told us that the Bugaboo is the most popular because of desirability and because Kate Middketon pushes little prince George around in one. But by far the best all round value for money pram is the Uppababy.
It has big chunky wheels which are rubber but but tyres (you don't want a puncture). The wheels are really big and will cope with curbs and uneven terrain. It has a shelf underneath which is very big compared to its more stylish competitors (the bugaboo and the icandy). It comes with everything in the package, the attachable cot, rain cover, undercarriage and even clip on drink holders.
It is really sturdy and well built. That said it folds down really easily and when collapsed it will easily fit snugly into the boot of a medium sized hatchback such as a VW Golf. I fully recommend this Pram, it really is the best value for money at around £550.
I think that by far the most stressful aspect of pregnancy was choosing which pram to get. There is just so much choice, and there is no one pram which is perfect for everything. We spent several hours in the local pram shop, and I spent many many hours researching on the Internet. In the end we chose the Uppababy Vista, it had absolutely brilliant reviews on Which, and it seemed that it would suit our needs.
The pram has an extendable handle, so is ideal for people of different heights to push. It is easy to get up and down kerbs, and easy to steer - you can either have the wheels locked, or unlocked for more manouverability. Although I have mostly walked on pavements, to town and back, it is also good on other surfaces such as grass and gravel. It seems to give a pretty smooth ride.
One reason for getting this travel system was that the carrycot (with mattress) was suitable for overnight sleeping. This meant that we could use it when we went away, and also have it downstairs as a bed for daytime naps. We really couldn't have coped without it. It was especially useful being able to carry it into the house with him still asleep in it after being out for a walk. I really am going to miss this so much.
Now that Cameron is 6 months old we have just removed the carrycot part, and are using it as a pushchair. This is going to take some getting used to, but I'm confident that it will work well for us. At the moment we have the seat facing me, but as he gets older he will face the world! We hope it will last until he is over 3.
Underneath there is a large basket (for changing bag, shopping etc). This has always been useful, but with the carrycot part it was quite hard to get to. Now there is more space for me to put things.
Like with any pram/pushchair, folding it has a knack, but I learnt it pretty quickly. With the pushchair on it does fold (obviously not with carrycot on) but not that small. For those with smaller car boots, the wheels do detach, but that's not really ideal - check before you buy if it will fit.
There is absolutely loads more I could say but the word limit makes it impossible to do it justice.
When we bought it the rrp was £620, which included pushchair and pram, and raincovers. However. we bought it online for £650 (I think) which also included Maxi Cosi car seat, car seat adapters (to attach to travel system, which is very useful when we are out in the car and stopping somewhere briefly), mosquito nets (!!!), a changing bag, and a suit to wear while in the pushchair. It also sells quite well second-hand!
5 out of 5 stars from me and Cameron.
Whether zipping through the urban jungle or breezing down a winding country way, the VISTA takes your child on the road in style. Part sports car, part super-utility vehicle, the VISTA is fully equipped to master any terrain. We designed the VISTA with you and your family in mind. Quality engineering and design created a truly integrated system that grows with your child. From birth through the toddler years to a second and third child, the VISTA adapts to your growing family. The system come with a one handed, 5 position recline, a reversible seat and a extendable SPF 50= Drop down sunshade. Features Easy one-step fold - with or without the seat attached One button telescopic handle with 3 height adjustments Extended seat height to accommodate taller children Smooth rolling 'no-flat / no-pump' foam and rubber wheels Push-button wheel release Shock-absorbing front and rear suspension Floating arch rear axle prevents toe stubbing Added rubber bumpers to protect the stroller handlebar in standing position Welded and formed aircraft aluminum alloy frame Elevated seat / bassinet height brings your child Closer to you and away from sidewalk grime Removable and washable bumper bar cover Large easy-access basket and convenient cell phone / stash pocket Red / Green successful attachment indicators Removable and washable fabrics Convenient zip-in weather shield and mesh bug shield included