I tried to persuade Anna and Jessie this weekend that I could do without a buggy when the alien first pops out and that a wrap would work perfectly well. They weren’t convinced – I would want a buggy for shopping with; for going to the park with and playing frisbee (obvious post-maternity behaviour); so I could pop the baby down while out for coffee or lunch; so I know what car seat to get with the right adapters for the buggy; so I don’t have to go buggy shopping with a screaming infant. All valid points unfortunately.
My reticence on the buggy front is that we don’t know which to get and like all big investments, I feel paralysed by the possibility of making the wrong choice. The big problem for us is that I am going to have to face this mountain every time I enter the flat, and both the baby and the buggy are going to have to somehow get up it:
Sitting at the luxury end of the spectrum, the Uppababy Cruz:
Some people have reported issues with kids not being able to get comfortable in it and with parts breaking.
Best Buggy was generally positive about its lightness, adjustable height, storage and ease of use, but was less keen on its bulkiness when folded and seeming lack of suspension resulting in a “hard ride”.
So highly rated but almost £200 more expensive than the others…
Alternatively, the Cruz’s older brother, the Vista comes out as £630 at 11.5kg (or 12.7kg with the carrycot) but with a carrycot that can be slept overnight in (useful as a Moses basket substitute). Another plus point for the Vista is that Maria has one, and really I should give up on making decisions myself about baby stuff and should just do what Maria does – she’s much more organised about researching this stuff! But it’s even more expensive and 12.7kg is pretty heavy. Sigh.
As you might expect from something this light, issues are reported with it tipping back and you can’t balance anything on the handlebars so shopping trips would be limited to what will fit in the basket at the bottom.
Also the seat is only front facing, so you’d miss out on that face to face bonding time with your bubba once it’s out of the carrycot.
And people moan about the sunshade…
Is it just me or is it rather boring looking? It’s exclusively available via Mothercare in the UK and only in black.
There are some downsides we might also want to consider, such as the seat might be too deep for infants so the seat edge might dig into their legs and the handlebars might be a bit low for Fred at 6ft1″ so some test driving would definitely be in order.
And again, it’s only front facing so once we’ve dispensed with the carry cot, the alien will have to cope with looking at the outside world rather than my beautiful face.
Apparently it can be quite bulky when you actually try and fit it in a car, even with the detachable wheels – this might be a problem with my little Yaris.
Customer reviews complain about the chassis tipping, it being bumpy on rough surfaces, wheels getting flats easily or buckling and the adaptors for the car seat being tricky.
And these are the ones I have rejected – mostly for spurious reasons, but hey I’m pregnant, I am allowed to make emotional decisions!
Bugaboo Bee – rejected because everyone in West London seems to have a Bugaboo and I’m a free-thinking individual who can’t be doing with something everyone else has. And don’t get me started on the limited edition Andy Warhol prints…
Cossato Giggle – loves its retro tree design on lime, but too many people complaining online about it breaking and it only works with a Cossato Giggle carseat which is seatbelt only.
iCandy Strawberry – felt a bit too cool for school. Felt a bit style over substance for me.
Mamas & Papas Sola – customer reviews online complain about quality issues, especially with the wheels and backrest.
Um… The Cruz seems to be the best, but at £200 more than the others I’m baulking at the price. The Britax might work, I just have to get over how boring it looks. I think I need some more test drives…