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anyone bought one in the last 12 months? Any recommendations/advice.
Apropos to nothing, a few years ago I was buying my first car, which cost £425. At the same time my friends were buying a pram for their baby and it was £500.
It's a good all-rounder - easy to fit in the boot of the car, converts easily from a pram to a buggy, comfy.
The world of baby buggies is a terrifying minefield, but congratulations anyway! When's yours due?
why on earth are they so expensive???
you can get them much cheaper than that, but you get what you pay for.
Had a brief look at that one but it seemed a bit heavy and I made a right pigs ear of trying to fold it up. So no complaints so far then?
It really is a minefield, so many makes and models with so many functions. The iCandy is the front runner at the moment with the Mothercare MyChoice thing a close second.
and we've had no problems with it. the folding / unfolding thing is a piece of piss after a couple of goes. we live quite close to town so we use it loads. We've got a bigger car now but it fitted in the boot of a rover 200 (leaving room for a few bags of shopping)
the iCandy / maxicosi style buggies are essentially car seats that you then clip onto a frame, right? They are much lighter and eliminate the need for an extra car seat, but you're not really supposed to leave a small baby in them for more than a couple of hours.
This is probably the most boring thread a non-parent could read.
iCandy Cherry is a buggy that is used after 6 months, an additional flat carrycot that you clip onto the frame which is used from birth and you can also attach the MaxiCosi car seat to the frame too.
most new parents spend a lot of money buying a huge, comfy buggy, before realising that it takes up the entire boot of the car and using the boneshaking McLaren instead.
Serious answer: try and get it secondhand off of friends/e-bay. The costs are so high for something that you'll only be using for a couple of years.
my kid is gna travel in STYLE:
and a Phil and Ted
Phil and Ted is great but a bit pricey, handy if you are planning another soon as you can just get the doubles kit
loola is fine, but rubbish basket
go to mothercare and try them out is my advice, think bugaboo are very popular or the mothercare/mamas and papas own make equivalent
look on kiddicare for bargains, and check the car seat you get fits your car..some don't :)
the idea of buying one that could be converted to a twin is to terrifying a prospect to even consider at the moment!
Loola is pretty expensive isn't it as are bugaboos which cost about £600-£700.
I've pushed (or broken) so many in mothercare/mamas and papas/john lewis that it's really starting to grate now.
Because I didn't know you had a nipper due.
Otherwise all I know is our friends have a Maclaren.
otherwise known as the finger snipper
it'll be the most emasuclating ezperience of your life, but we got ours from one of those places. just found a helpful shop assistant and made the choice based on a series of questions (space, likely usage, budget etc etc).
Man, times have changed since I were a nipper.
yeah been into loads of places and even approached some woman yesterday in John Lewis who had an iCandy to ask her opinion about it. I think I'm just going to convert a wheelie bin.
We initially had a Mothercare Quantum travel system, but the wife didn't like it, so we got a Loola Up (I think) one instead. It keeps breaking. We've also gone through 3 lighter strollers. I hate buggies and travel systems so fucking much.
I'd expect a monorail or moving walkway with a name like that.
I'm researching as much as possible to avoid any problems in the future
You can't fit them in your car though and it had leather strap suspension. I remember being a toddler and getting a lift on the shopping tray on the bottom.
My auntie even had one which had hoods at either end as my cousins were born a year apart.
it really amazes me actually that people have real lives and shit.
kidz? weddings? tax returns?
LOL that stuff doesn't actually happen to people.
can you please send me a list of everything you get so I can be saved the headache?
I've got my 21 week scan this Fri, I hope it co-operates so we can find out what we're having.
of all the things you'll need. You then take this list and get the items in other shops and ebay rather than John Lewis saving yourself a few hundred quid.
Hope it all goes well.
loads of people may have had babies and will loan you stuff, so don't go buying everything brand new. pretty much all the major stuff we have (cot, baby gym, stairgate etc etc) is on loan from various friends. plus people give you so much in the way of new clothes you'll be sorted for the first three months.
* i used to post as andyk79; i think we talked about church things some time ago. hi!
a baby boom recently so this could work well, plus my sister just had a baby girl so I should be able to borrow loads of stuff of her too.
My parents have insisted that they will buy the cot, but I'll be asking around for everything else.
massively overpriced. I used this place, its excellent..
alternatively if you're a bit skint try a wheelbarrow with some pillows in it.
an empty cement bag with some loft insulation inside would make an excellent footmuff for the barrow system. Good thinking sir.
of Quinny travel systems until I nearly went blind, they couldn't be beaten for price. (sounds like a jag !)
that this thread will be hijacked in the future by a buggy firm street-teamer.
With an additional point: please don't get that pram / tank with the 2 seats side by side and which take up the whole pavement, especially if the mother in control of it's direction has lost all awareness of all other human beings since the child's birth (like all those in Chelsea have done).
I'm sure she hasn't though and that you wouldn't consider doing such a thing. It just neatly allowed me to vent my anger over their ridiculous size. They're the 'Chelsea tractors' of the pavement, dontyaknow.
have bypassed the 'travel system' and gone straight for 'adaptable pushchair thing' to save £ and because we need a nippy, light, urban one that will be used on public transport rather than out of a car. All friends that have bought the bigger ones have got rid of them after 6 months - they do seem to hold their value second hand though
they're sneaky little buggers with their additional costs of the carrycot but especially the adaptors for the car seats.
which, when attached, makes it a pram for newborns
It's probably the best of a bad lot if you're transporting two nippers around, but it's still clunky and hard to control.
We've got a McLaren something or other as a pushchair which is perfectly good, but we've also got a complete travel system at home in the garage going begging. It's in perfectly good working order and I'm pretty sure we'd be happy to just give it away, get in touch if you want to know more. I'll understand if you don't.
And congrats on Zola di Canio Biscuit. Or, Bobby Moore Biscuit if it's a boy...
it's Samassi Wanchope De Boere
...same make and stuff, but a little different
the car seat thing is obviously an issue though. I'd suggest selling it on ebay and making a few quid for yourself. I certainly appreciate the offer though.
We have a three wheeled version
Its pretty manuvourable, light and very easy to collapse quickly (this last one is vital esp. if you are with baby on your own for getting on buses, into car boots etc.
Got ours from Kiddicare, was about £400 about 12 months ago, and included a car seat in the deal
(Almost wrote party in error)
entire thread, but somehow it didn't feel appropriate to mention, THANK YOU!
It's a minefield. I left it to the missus seeing as it's her who uses it most, while I'm at work. I couldn't tell you which one it is right now but baby's 3 months & it's worked a dream. If I remember, it was around the £180 mark but that was on offer at the time I think. I'll check tonight and feedback tomo if the list of suggestions isn't already too daunting.
Most of all though, congratulations & good luck!
the one we've got our eye on at the moment adds up to about £550 which seems a lot but most average about £400.
I'm going to be sooooo broke by May, and then for the next 18 or so years :(
Me mum just has an eagle eye and spotted that there was 200 quid off if we got it in grey! Crazy!