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;
- 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.
- 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;
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.
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.
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.
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.