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really disappointed in the oyster max

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Rhubarb78 Sun 03-Feb-13 21:44:11

saw it today in a baby show and put ds in the bottom seat, the top seat would have to be fully reclined for the new baby due in july but when it is fully reclined it is right in ds's face. I am so disappointed i really love the look of this pram and thought it was perfect until today. Now its back to the drawing board. does anyone know of a tandem where one seat can be fully reclined while giving the toddler space to breathe? I cant get a carrycot as i have a small car and it wont fit in the car so i want one where the main seat lies flat for the newborn

Tiggywunkle Sat 14-Feb-15 23:13:12

I was surprised to see this thread bumped up, so whilst I am passing, I will add that I was chatting to Babystyle yesterday, and they were telling me about the new Max seat. They have managed to do some amazing stuff to get the lower seat to fully recline, whilst making it so that the seat won't affect the balance of the pushchair, nor will it knock your shins. It sounds awesome. That means that moving forwards there will be two fully lie flat seats which will be great for twin mummies too. I saw some pics and its really exciting stuff.

babycubsmom77 Wed 11-Feb-15 22:03:46

I absolutely love the oyster max. I have used it from birth with my son and daughter who are now just 3 and nearly 2. There are so many variations to position the carrycot/car seat, tandem seat etc that it's hard to go wrong. I found the best for me was the carrycot on the bottom to begin with and the other seat forward facing but I soon started swapping as they got older to accommodate size etc. The seat units fold up so flat you could fit them almost anywhere and the carrycot is really neat and compact. As someone else mentioned defo worth a 2nd look. I'd give it 11 out of 10 any day and it was my 4th double, lol, I kept sending my hubby mad by buying them on ebay not being happy and reselling. This one ticked every box though. X

Jaynesizzle Tue 13-Jan-15 18:45:51

I am having same issues and wanted advice. I looked at the oyster max yesterday with my 9mo and I'm having another when he is 15months. I tried him in the lower seat and he could reach the wheel already ? Is this not the case with other people ? Also I have a fear that in the park dogs will come and lick/sniff him !! They already always come and check out my shopping basket. Has any owners had these issues ? Experience appreciated !

carterhouse Wed 19-Feb-14 13:09:48

I used the b dual last year for a new born and 2yr old. I was very pleased and my 2yr old was very happy in the bottom seat. If you fold the top seat leg part up for new born and parent face it worked very well. Also the bottom seat fully reclines and with the cosy toes makes a very cosy ride. Best pushchair I have ever purchased and sadly no longer needed. I have also had the Phil and teds and I thought that was great until I got the b dual

chafi Wed 01-Jan-14 12:56:15

I am thinking to do exactly like FrankieAadamsMum...I am expecting a baby in May and my oldest just turned 2.

Front seat for the toddler and car seat for the new born then use it as single after few months.

Tiggywunkle Fri 08-Nov-13 23:30:29

Ok, it is possible to have certain car seats on the bottom - I am not 100% sure but I think its the Oyster and Britax ones - so yes you can have 2 car seats on facing each other like this. It is possible to put a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix in the lower position forward facing see here HOWEVER Babystyle do not recommend this because you have to be 100% sure that the seat has been fitted correctly - the front blue side wings of the car seat hits the chassis and Babystyle were concerned about people not pushing the seat on far enough. So rather than put any child in danger, they said they preferred not to recommend it as an option.

I could only get it on facing me which meant the top of the seat was too high to have a seat on the frame above.

I'm interested that you have seen pictures of two car seats on. maybe the risers would I make a difference.

in any event the car seat was too wide to have forward facing.

hope that is useful.

FrankieAadamsMum Wed 06-Nov-13 09:42:40

If you have the tandem adapters the maxi cosi ones should fit right on and then the carseat. Ill wait until after new year to see if anything new is out, if not.. Think
The oyster max is the one ill get, hope price drops a bit to lol smile

yes we have a maxi cosi with adapters.it will fit the clips, I'm not sure about the rest of the buggy - but obv yes if you have seen it. it I'm sure I read in the instructions that you shouldn't have one down there. anyhoo I'll check anyway

FrankieAadamsMum Wed 06-Nov-13 00:58:34

A carseat can go on the bottom I've saw it
(Google pictures) and I saw it a baby store it had 2 car seats on for twins but I would only use one and the normal seat.
I'm sure you can use a oyster max car seat right on or you can buy maxi cosi adapters and use a maxi cosi carseat.

car seat cant go on the bottom. I haven't actually tried it but know you shouldn't. if you give me a few days I'll try it if you like?

I think the view from the bottom is fine. my elder dd is fine with it..

FrankieAadamsMum Tue 05-Nov-13 15:43:23

Hi, baby not due until next year.. Although cant help looking for new prams.
My son will be 2 when baby's born and really thinking ill need a double/tandem as he's a little runaway.
So far the best one I like is the oyster max and I'm thinking about buying it single with tandem lower adapters and getting a car seat. I'd also feel bad sticking my 2 year old at the back with nothing to look at after being in a quinny forward facing he wouldn't like it. Then he'd be at the top with newborn in car seat at bottom and I could keep an eye on, also then was thinking to either buy the other seat or even use it as a single pram after 6-8 months and try my
Eldest on a buggy bored (depending what he's like at the time)
Any other similar prams? Apart from Icandys (not fond) and anyone else tried this with there toddler and new born?

Cheers smile

the single carrycot does fit in single mode. in answer to the post above.

also agree with someone who commented on the op - if the reclined seat is rf it isn't near the bottom seat.

can't help on prices tho.

tripledimples Sat 21-Sep-13 10:19:49

Hi I was looking to buy the oyster max at the next baby show at olympia london on 25th oct 2013, this is my first time to a baby show. Was the oyster max available at a discounted price or are they just the same price as other retail stores. I cant seem to get it cheaper anywhere...everywhere is costs £528...does anyone know of a cheaper price.

Tiggywunkle Mon 29-Jul-13 00:12:50

No it wont in double mode. You need the specific Oyster Max carrycot.
I am not sure about single mode though.....hmmm...in theory I would think it fits (I dont know) but I suspect its not safety tested?

staceymac Sun 28-Jul-13 21:36:53

hi im expecting no 3 and no 2 will only b 13 months old, I currently have an oyster 4 him but will need a double so was wondering if the oyster carrycot will fit on the oyster max chassis

Ellie1366 Sat 06-Jul-13 00:13:13

Hi,
I have a bugaboo donkey and recently bought the oyster max.
I love both buggies for diff reasons as do my kiddies.
I found out a nifty trick with the oyster max...you can swap the seats over...meaning that you can fully recline the lower seat without affecting the other child at all! I love this feature!!!
X

angelharrisonsmummy Thu 30-May-13 19:55:28

I have the oyster max and love it,whoever is saying about height adjusters,they are not ment to be used on the seat unit at all,only the carrycot or carseat,the main seat turns parent facing and the footrest lifts up and when in this mode they full lay back of the main seat doesn't affect the lower seat x

myxidolls Fri 10-May-13 15:50:21

I've been looking at this, I have a 3 year old thats just started nursery and another girl that will be turning 2 when my 3rd (a boy) arrives! I know ill need my 2 year old in a buggy when doing nursery run, was thinking this with 2 seats if recline as dont want carrycot too expensive for short amount of time? Or should I get the graco symbio b and a buggy board or seat if there's one on the market? Realky unsure what to do as everything expensive and realise I wont need double for long? Suggestions very welcome x

Ihateparties Fri 10-May-13 13:37:34

Depends on the children and lifestyle but I have ended up using a double both more and for longer than I anticipated with 3rd baby. I do think this is partly due to dc1 being um awkward (polite description) but also speed at times etc. If your symbio has a telescopic extendable handle then you could maybe see if an easy x rider board might fit it. I had ones with a 2y1week gap and it was great as long as you don't walk huge distances. Also most children wouldn't nap on one but some might as i know at least one child who sleeps standing up on her buggyboard!

I liked the oyster max, also twone and peach blossom - all are pricey, for less cash the smyths toys dimples duo offers the same seating combinations as the oyster max for half the price. Plus the lower seat has a full recline where the max doesn't. I really liked mine and they are often discounted from the already pretty cheap 250rrp.

myxidolls Fri 10-May-13 13:22:04

I've been looking at this, I have a 3 year old thats just started nursery and another girl that will be turning 2 when my 3rd (a boy) arrives! I know ill need my 2 year old in a buggy when doing nursery run, was thinking this with 2 seats if recline as dont want carrycot too expensive for short amount of time? Or should I get the graco symbio b and a buggy board or seat if there's one on the market? Realky unsure what to do as everything expensive and realise I wont need double for long? Suggestions very welcome x

Tiggywunkle Sat 09-Feb-13 00:34:59

I honestly would give the Oyster Max another look. I have had one now for 4 months and I love it. I am pleased the basket has been improved. My only remaining niggle is that the lower seat recline is quite shallow, but with the height increasers on the front seat laid, flat, that wouldn't be so much of an issue. Its much lighter than most tandems to push.

bbface Fri 08-Feb-13 23:18:05

Sorry for all the typos. I am typing with one hand, drying my hair with the other!

bbface Fri 08-Feb-13 23:17:01

The height adjusters were about a tenner if I remember correctly, and yet they turn a decent double into a really very good one.

I can not believe how slim, light and stylish it looks. I need to spend some time looking at the instruction manual, but our first soon was definitely a success. DC2 due append of this month, and I guess that only when I have who children will I really be ale to give a useful judgement.

I love the carrycot though. So light and neat, yet so cosy for a newborn.

Added to which, everything is so easy and intuitive to operate.

Ihateparties Fri 08-Feb-13 21:53:06

If the lower seat space on the oyster max didn't seem enough for you i very much doubt that the dot will, the seats are close. Perfection is impossible hard to find in doubles smile

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