Baby Pregnancy Reviews

Looking for a Lightweight Pram

Buying the right pram can be a complete minefield, there are so many to choose from and I am shocked at how much they have gone up in price since I last bought one 8 years ago for the boys. Back then it was easy as we had two young children and the Phil and Teds was the obvious choice. This time round it’s completely different, we only need a pushchair for one baby and the choice is endless.

We started to put together our wishlists of what we wanted out of a pram to start narrowing down the selection;

Me:

  • Lightweight – with my back I need to find a travel system that has a sturdy yet lightweight frame. Kg’s do make a huge difference when it comes to lifting the pushchair in and out of the boot.
  • Easy to fold – I need something that has a simple fold mechanism and that doesn’t require me to bend over at all different angles in order to collapse and put up the pushchair.
  • Stylish – obviously I want something to look nice, I’m going to be using it every day!
  • Good pram unit – I know I’m not going to be able to lift a baby and car seat onto the pushchair frame so I want a good pram unit as I know it will get a lot of use when baby is small.
  • Taller than average – anything that means I don’t have to bend down so far is great for my back and it makes it easier for me to tend to the baby.

Hubby:

  • Rugged – good tyres to go off road and handle all terrain, I’m assuming this is just incase he goes rambling or something?
  • Sturdy – it needs to pass his specifically designed ‘man’s driving test’
  • Manly – nothing girly or pink or he’s not pushing it!

So it’s clear that compromises need to be made here – more so on his part than on mine!

We headed off to Mothercare, John Lewis and Mamas and Papas to have a look at the travel systems on offer and see what we liked. This was my dream day, although I think the boys were dreading it and needed to have lots of coffee and cake to get through it without any tantrums!

Firstly it was really difficult to get advice on what travel systems would be suitable for people who have back problems and where weight is an issue, a lot of the staff we spoke too didn’t know the weight of frames and it wasn’t readily available on the in store information. I did receive some advice that maybe a stroller type of pushchair would be lighter, but they don’t have a pram, I was sure that someone must make a lightweight travel system.

There were a couple of lovely brands that I liked but had to discount purely because of the weight of the frames, the icandy was one of the heaviest that we looked at.

Here are the 4 brands that were on our consideration list;

Bugaboo

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Lovely lightweight frame with lots of options and colours to choose from. For me though this was a bit on the low side meaning I’d have to bend over further, also the buffalo model with the all terrain wheels was quite heavy and not as light as the chameleon. I also didn’t like the fact that the frame for the pram and seat unit were the same meaning that I had to make a decision when to stop using one and start using the other. I found it quite hard to find out the exact weight of the models, the buffalo is roughly 15.8kg complete and the chameleon 10.5kg.

Silver Cross Surf 2

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I really liked the design off this pushchair and the little features like the leather handle bar and air suspension. It was a bit difficult to get the hang of folding this in the shop though and the shopping basket wasn’t easy to access when in pram mode. Weight chassis 7.5kg an body 3.8kg. We had to discount this model as it didn’t pass my hubby’s vigorous push test around the store and he didn’t think it was as stable as some of the other brands.

Joolz Day

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This is a fairly new brand that I hadn’t really heard off before but was recommended by Mamas and Papas. They have a nice finish to the pushchair and I liked the fact that the seat and pram were higher than normal. The fold mechanism was a bit tricky but with practice I could do this in the shop. It was very stylish and had nice finishing touches, also you get a separate pram and seat unlike the Bugaboo. The chassis weighs 8.4kg, the pram 3.7kg and seat 3.2kg.

Stokke Xplory

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I had a look at this brand purely for the fact that the seat and pram are so easily height adjustable, which is great for me. I couldn’t quite get the hang of the way it folded but I’m sure with practice it would soon be second nature. The only thing that put me off was that to fit the carrycot on the bottom section is notched out for the long central column, I was worried this means it wouldn’t last as long. The chassis weighs 8.3kg, the pram 4.4kg and seat 3.8kg.

What did we choose?

We went with the Joolz Day for the following reasons;

  • It’s a sturdy travel system that has clearly had a lot of thought put into the design and has an excellent warranty.
  • It’s reasonably lightweight with the frame weighing 8.4kg, the only lighter one was the Bugaboo.
  • The seat and pram unit are positioned higher than most other brands so I don’t have to bend over very far to reach the baby.
  • It comes with a pram and a seat unit so when she gets a few months older I can choose whether to use the pram or recline the seat.
  • The pram unit is suitable for overnight sleeping, if we go to a friends for dinner or stay out all day I know she’s well supported in the pram.
  • If folds vertically, meaning I only have to reach to my knees in order to pick up the chassis rather than to the floor.
  • It still has heavy duty wheels, we won’t be doing the off roading my hubby thinks, but we do live by the beach and I know this will be fine on the sand in the summer.
  • It’s really easy to push and has an excellent suspension.
  • The bumper bar hinges at either side so it’s easy to get baby in and out.
  • It’s not pink – well this was the hubby’s requirement, there’s a range of neutral colours that aren’t too girly but it’s still stylish and I can accessorise with a pretty blanket.

All in all this pushchair ticked all of our boxes.

It arrived the week before Christmas and was really easy to put together. Even with my limited mobility I managed to pop on the wheels and attach the shopping basket. That was it pushchair assembled and ready to go. We’ve used this a handful of times so far but in a few months I’ll write a proper review on whether this has lived up to my expectations. So far I am very impressed with the Joolz and have had lots of comments when we go out about the lovely pram.

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25 Comments

  • Reply acornishmum

    Prams are so much more harder to choose now then when my two were small – I think because there is just so much more choice! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    January 21, 2016 at 11:54 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Stevie. I’ve found all baby equipment has come such a long way in just 7 years. Way too much choice x

      January 24, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Reply mummy and monkeys

    Oh lovely choice, I have pram envy! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    January 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thank you I am very pleased with the pram so far. X

      January 24, 2016 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Jules

    Thank you, this is really handy! I’ve just drafted a post about the utter minefield that is prams and hadn’t heard of the Joolz – it looks lovely so I’ll have to check it out when it comes to looking!

    January 19, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Reply Lisa

      We were overwhelmed by the choice of prams and some shops were so busy no one has time to serve you. John Lewis and Mamas and Papas have the Joolz it’s well worth a look. I’m really pleased with it. X

      January 24, 2016 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Alex lambandbear

    I’m really unsure about what pram to use with baby number 2. I’d love a travel system but I have similar requirements to you and want something easy to fool and lightweight. Plus I’ll have a 3 year old to drag along too! The Joolz prams look fab, I’ll have to test one out xx

    January 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      It’s tricky with 2 maybe a buggy board for little lamb? If that’s the case them definitely look for one that’s the easiest to push. Check out the Joolz I’m really impressed so far x

      January 24, 2016 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Mrs H

    Oh that Joolz Day is gorgeous and it sounds brilliant. I hope it is working out for you. It must be so hard to find s buggy when you have a back issue. But I hope that the Joolz isn’t making your back any worse. It is so super stylish. A great post and so helpful for anyone who is looking for a buggy and has similar back problems. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    January 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Lucy. Yes so far so good, it’s really easy to push you wouldn’t think it weighed anything. So just a quick lift in and out of the car but it’s not too heavy x

      January 24, 2016 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Amanda (@OurWildThings)

    Sounds like you chose a good one. We went with the Uppa Baby Vista which was perfect for us and much cheaper than the likes of bugaboo.

    January 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply lifewithpinkprincesses

    I personally really want s bugaboo donkey so it can be a one or two person pram. So expensive though!

    January 18, 2016 at 8:30 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Prams are so much, but if you are using it lots it’s worth it. Plus if you look after it well then you can often sell on second hand for a good price. Like the Bugaboo Donkey a lot x

      January 18, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Mummy Lala (Laura)

    I really love the Joolz pram you picked, that was definitely my favourite out of your options.

    We picked the Urbo 2 from Mamas and Papas and we love it. It was the only travel system we tested where the handle came up high enough. I’m 6ft and my other half is 6ft 2 so needed something high to safe our backs.

    Laura x

    January 18, 2016 at 12:14 am
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    theres a lot to choose form and i think that all of these options are great. I found a pushchair/pram which was easy to take apart as i had a car when Sylvia was a baby and didn’t need it to go long distance. I also like the style or way a pram looks too! – That important! Angela

    January 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I dont think any pram is truly lightweight. I had a Maxi Cosi Noa which was fab but it was so lightweight it was flimsy. I am a big fan of Britax though

    January 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      It always seems to be a compromise between all the features especially weight and stability to find whats best for you

      January 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    All such lovely choices! We had an Xplory, it was amazing for a year but found it too big to get around with so soon swapped it for a Maclaren which I much prefer. Super lightweight and easy to transport! x

    January 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      The Xplory looks super cool it was just the carrycot that i was worried about x

      January 18, 2016 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply life as mum

    Great choices here. I love the stoke and the look of the silver cross pram

    January 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply aliceyoung8

    Lovely prams. Hope your getting on with it ok and it’s not to hard on your back. Love the choice you finally went with 🙂

    January 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah Cantwell

    Eugh! Pram shopping is the most stressful thing EVER!! First time round I just went to the baby shoes X picked one I liked the look of. We chose a Silver Cross Freeway but then I got the baby jogger city mini gt when Rosalie was a little older. Now with baby No.2. Rosalie will only just be 2 and will still need to be in the pushchair sometimes. Do I buy a double? Or get a buggy board?! I have had sooo many sleepless nights over this. I just don’t know what to do.

    January 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      There’s 18 month between my boys and I bought a double which we used until Will was 4. If we went on a long walk he’d just sit in the second seat when he got tired. But girls seem a lot more independent and determined to walk according to my friends so maybe a Buggy board is best x

      January 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Some gorgeous prams! I got a big vintage one for going to the park, and then a pushchair from Aldi for going from A-B. (You can tell that people used to just leave the pram outside the shop, you’d never get them in through the door! 🙂 #picknmix

    January 16, 2016 at 12:57 am
  • Reply The Anxious Dragon

    Ah, I see you have already made your choice. I was going to give a shout out for This Mums Life who did a cool post about chosing a new buggy a few weeks ago. #Picknmix

    January 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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