I read an article today about buying your first pushchair (generic term I’ll use for all types of wheeled baby moving machines) and how much fun this is. 6 weeks ago this would have made me smile. Today, I nearly threw my iPad out of the window (I’m 35 weeks pregnant, I have ‘moments’).
In my experience it can be fun, but also mixed with a potentially large dose of frustration, confusion and leaves you generally feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Buying a pushchair is a classic example of where too much information and too many opinions can be a real hindrance – and you will experience both of these. The market is flooded with options and everyone has a favourite…which someone else hates and wouldn’t use if they were paid to.
When visiting Purley Way in December on a sofa buying mission (a piece of cake!), we decided to pop into Mothercare and Mamas & Papas to have a look at pushchairs. After a few minutes of simply staring overawed at all the options surrounding us, we thought best to ‘have a go’ with a couple. Number 1. Couldn’t work out how to turn the brake off. Number 2. Couldn’t get the seat off. Number 3. Didn’t like it. Hmm.
While Carl continued looking round, I made my way to the more expensive Bugaboo and Stokke pushchairs just to see if more expensive travel systems were more intuitive. Not so, I couldn’t even FIND the brake on the first I checked!
We needed help.
Luckily, at this point I was saved by a helpful assistant who gave a bit of advice on the options available and their tyre types (I.e. some are good for cities – light and small for getting on/off buses – some are good for pavements only, some are great all-rounders and so on). She also showed Carl and I how to take some of the travel systems apart…although, when she left us, collapsing one of them took us a few minutes of blank staring until we spotted the one button we hadn’t yet touched.
We both liked the Cosatto Giggle 2 3-1 travel system, but wanted to look at a range of options. Over the next few weeks, we played with more in shops, read more reviews and forums than I can count, asked for advice from everyone with prams….and, today, purchased…..the Cosatto Giggle 2 3-1 travel system, albeit in a different colour. It has a carry cot, upright seat, car seat which currently comes with it in the sale (although we have purchased a Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat and Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Easy Base 2 already*) and other bits all viewable on the website.
* Purchased for a bargain £6 from the baby/children’s charity shop Beatitudes in Dorking!
There is SO much information out there and in the end it became really draining. We were keen to find something with good reviews (obviously) but I am yet to find any pushchair or travel system that doesn’t have completely opposing reviews. Cost is not an indicator of how ‘good’ a pushchair is. One person’s perfect system is another person’s worst nightmare! I’ve found that many people go through multiple pushchairs in their time; maybe our little one will be born and we’ll decide we don’t get on with the Cosatto, but maybe – hopefully – we’ll continue loving it and find no faults.
My advice, from limited experience, is to try a few different options in shops and see what YOU like. No one else can tell you what weight/height/style will work for you. Set a budget and read a few reviews, but (unless they’re all horrendous!) take them with a pinch of salt and follow your instincts.
I’ll be back with a shorter post in the next day or so. x
Cosatto Giggle 2