“ Brand: Tippitoes / Type: Footmuff „
A couple of months before our baby was born, we went shopping for a buggy. We wanted one which wasn't too expensive, it had to fit into the boot of a fairly small car and one which would be suitable from birth and could be used as the baby got older too. We shopped around and ended up buying a Tippitoes Eze Pushchair and Footmuff in red for around £80 from a local nursery shop.
It is a stylish looking pushchair and also available in black, but I was very pleased to get a bright red one as I like bright colours for babies and red is fine for either a boy or a girl. All pushchairs tend to be quite big and bulky and this one is no different, but it doesn't feel too big and it isn't too heavy either. I find it easy enough to steer, to get up the kerbs and to fold away, although you will probably need a few practices before you can fold it quickly. Like anything, there is a knack to doing it, but once you have got it worked out, it is a fairly quick procedure.
We first used this pushchair when my son was a couple of weeks old and although he looked very tiny in it, it supported him well and he seemed comfortable in it. It has a multi-position back rest, so you can have it flat for sleeping or have it positioned so the baby is sitting up, as we do now he is six months old. The five-point harness supports the baby well, it feels secure and is easy to adjust and to clip in and out. My son has not managed to wriggle out of the straps yet.
My son was born in February and this pushchair was ideal for the colder weather, as it is lovely and fleecy inside, soft and warm and he never seemed to be cold or uncomfortable. In the warmer weather, we have removed the footmuff and it is cooler for him, so it is useful having this option depending on the weather. The rain cover which comes with it is also good, easy enough to put on and take off and it has kept him dry and snugly even in pouring rain. The footmuff is detachable and machine washable, though we haven't needed to do this. So far, just using a wet sponge has been adequate to clean the pushchair.
The handle height is 106cm which is fine for both me (5' 4") and my partner (just under 6ft) to push. It weighs 7.5kg, which is a little heavy for me, but not too bad. It does take up a lot of boot space in our small car, so we usually have one of the back seats reclined so the pushchair fits there, which gives us space to put our bags of shopping or suitcases if we are going away.
We often go on walks in the countryside and this pushchair is fine for walking across grass, fields and hills. It only has standard front lockable swivel wheels, but we have taken it all over the place, up steep hillsides and down rocky paths and it hasn't been a problem, it has never got stuck or fallen over or anything.
We also go to markets and car boot sales and we put the bags on the handles of the pushchair, which works well and has never unbalanced the pushchair. The only major disadvantage with this pushchair is space orientated though and that is how narrow the basket underneath it is. You could fit a few magazines under there, but it is far too small for anything else really and it is fiddly to get anything in and out. Otherwise, I am happy with the pushchair.
Another feature I like is that there is a little see-through window on top of the hood of the pushchair, so you can check your baby while pushing him. The pushchair isn't reversible, so your baby always has to be facing outwards, but at least this window means you don't have to keep popping round to the front of the buggy to check him!
The pushchair is suitable for babies from birth to 15kg. My son is six months old and around 9kg, so this will be fine for quite a while yet, which is good, as I didn't want to have to buy a different pushchair too soon, if at all. Hopefully this one will be fine until he is walking well.
Features of this pushchair are -
* Suitable from Birth to 15kg
* Reclineable seat
* Adjustable leg rest
* 5 point safety harness
* Luxury fleece lined footmuff
* Rain cover
* Removable hood
* Ergonomic foam covered handles
* Front lockable swivel wheels
* Linked rear brakes
* Umberella fold
* Carry Handle
* Removable bumper bar