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How many pushchairs have you been through???

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Vivienne52 Fri 08-Feb-13 13:29:14

OK so I hope this is going to be the right place for this question! For DD I had a quinny buzz (09) which was good but just didn't last. The buggy board wrecked it I think. I also had a maclaren for her but the lever that locks it shut has broken and the zip on the foot muff broke (no biggy, it is still totally usable). For DS I needed a good front facing buggy and the quinny was too heavy and the seat was too relcined in forward position so I bought a sola from gumtree. New in box and after 3 months it squeeks, the straps are too short already (DS is just over average sized at only 10 MONTHS OLD!) and the footmuff covers up to his knees if that. I am totally scunnered with it. I plan to sell the sola but can I justify buying yet ANOTHER buggy. Please tell me I can. I sooooo want to BJ Versa. I so so want it!

turkeyboots Fri 08-Feb-13 13:31:39

I have 2 DC and have had 4 pushchairs. So you are the same as me so far!

Marrow Fri 08-Feb-13 13:37:41

Two children (5 year age gap) one pushchair.

WafflesandWhippedCream Fri 08-Feb-13 13:39:26

I have 2 DC, have had 3 pushchairs.
1st pushchair was used for 2.5 years with DD1, but broke when DD2 was about 6 months old.
2nd is v v lightweight but doesn't recline, used from 6 months with both DC for travelling on the bus etc, got it second hand and still going strong.
3rd is huge clunky unwieldy thing that I got second hand to replace the broken pushchair. Don't use it that often because it is heavy and annoying, but I didn't have enough money to buy a new one when the other one broke, and had to get one straight away. I really wish I had got a nice reclining lightweight one back then (I covet the baby jogger mini city one), but feel I can't justify getting another one now (but if I was in your situation with a 10 month old, I totally would get another grin - DD is 20 months, so prob will be out of the pushchair by the end of the year, so I can't justify it!.)

MotheringShites Fri 08-Feb-13 13:40:00

Three DCs (twins then singleton). Errrr......four doubles, one triple and in total four singles. DH thinks I have a wee problem!

milk Fri 08-Feb-13 15:33:09

When I first had DS1 I had the Mothercare Spin (rooky mistake)

We got the Chicco Liteway for travelling abroad.
We got the Quinny Zapp as DH only has a small car and we use it with the Maxi Cosi car seat.

When DS2 came along 18 months later we got the Baby Jogger City Select for the two of them.

When DS2 has finished day napping, I got to get the Mountain Buggy +One instead smile

BabyRoger Fri 08-Feb-13 15:37:04

Goodness, people have had so many pushchairs!

I have had one (bugaboo cameleon). DD was in it for 2.5 years. DS has now been in it for nearly 9 months. It's as good as new even though it's been used and abused.

jazzandh Fri 08-Feb-13 15:47:05

I have had two. Bugaboo frog for DS1 and DS2 (6 year difference). Used every day DS2 now 2.5yrs - as good as new.

Also bought Mclaren Techno to keep in the car but barely used really. Bugaboo much easier to handle than techno!

FurryFox Fri 08-Feb-13 15:48:18

I had ten between my first 2dc. Am expecting dc3 in 4 weeks and have got two new ones blush. I am the same about cars though, I've got issues.

We had a silver cross one, linear freeway I think, for when DD was tiny. Then I got a 2nd hand Maclaren Triumph for using on buses, or for long days out when DD was bigger. Planning to use both for DC2 when it arrives.

CecyHall Fri 08-Feb-13 15:51:18

2DC, 7 (I think) pushchairs

1st- Loola, limited choice as a really narrow boot. Liked it but a few niggles.

2nd- QuickSmart Easyfold, liked it but faulty so went back.

3rd- Quinny Zapp, hated no recline, hated the fiddly fold, hated the hood.

4th- Silvercross Pop, fell to bits just out of warranty.

5th- Loola Up, sorted the niggles that I didn't like on original Loola, loved it but is a bit of a tank.

6th- Noa, liked it but fell apart so returned

7th- BJCM- love it, love it, love it. Should have got it ages ago!

Vivienne52 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:40:58

I am loving this thread!
Do you think if I sold a nearly new baby bjorn with bjorn cover, sola and quinny (a bit of a duffer) I could justify the versa?

cathpip Fri 08-Feb-13 19:47:32

I have 2 dc's and 2 buggys, a mountain buggy single and double (the double coming from ebay secondhand and is about 7 years old now) Both still work even though they have had an absolute battering!

fraktion Fri 08-Feb-13 19:48:25

I've only even bought the BJCM and honestly it's the only one I think I'll ever NEED.

I have my brother's (from when he was a baby) McClaren at my parents just to save having to take a pushchair on the ferry/train so I can carry DS in Ergo and drag a suitcase.

I also really wanted, and DH's grandmother found me, a Silver Cross carriage pram but I don't need it and it's seriously impractical!

fraktion Fri 08-Feb-13 19:49:41

Hah my iPhone think the brand Maclaren is one of my contacts' surnames.

WaftyCrank Fri 08-Feb-13 21:01:27

4 DC and 15 pushchairs.

Maclaren Triumph, Quest and XT, Silver Cross Linear Freeway and 3D, Quinny Buzz and Zapp, M&P Sola, Urbo, Luna and Pulse, P&T Sport, Obaby twin, Dimples Duo and Nipper 360 double.

That's nothing compared to some on here though!

imaluckylady Fri 08-Feb-13 21:06:05

I have my sister's bugaboo frog bought for her dc1 2005. Her dcs 1 and 2 used it and now I am for my dc1 (14 months. I did get foam filled wheels for it rather than use the original air ones.

MinnesotaNice Fri 08-Feb-13 21:06:16

A Chicco (don't remember the name, hated it and only kept it for a few months)
BJCMD when DS2 arrived

A silver cross system, a maclaren XT, a three wheel Hauck, and then a Phil and Teds with double.

Only the two cheapest got used regularly blush I never actually used the silver cross as a pushchair at all , used it as a pram and with carseat in, then got the Maclaren.

I remember an experienced mum laughing at me choosing a pushchair before the PFB arrived and she said it doesn't matter what you buy, you will end up using a Maclaren anyway. She was totally right.

Vivienne52 Sat 09-Feb-13 10:04:01

It is just alllllll about finding the perfect one!

Meglet Sat 09-Feb-13 10:14:23

2 DC's, 2yrs apart.

1st - mothercare Urban Detour 3 wheeler. 6yrs on still going strong. Strong as an ox, will keep it for another year or so in case of emergencies.

2nd - a stroller. Hated it. Used it once and then stored it in the car and went back to the 3 wheeler. I can't walk with a stroller.

3rd - phil + teds double. Got 3yrs out of that and stopped using it before DS started school.

4th - mothercare urban detour double. I loved that one as it could take loads of shopping and the dc's looked cute sitting next to each other. Bought second hand and only used for a few months after DD was born.

maxybrown Sat 09-Feb-13 10:30:00

heck - 1 child and over 30 pushchairs/prams blush

LittleMilla Sat 09-Feb-13 10:42:11

Baby jogger city mini here. I luff it. Was recommended by many mates and MN. I've smugly been using it for almost two years and dc2 due this dc2 due this summer. Praying ds will be happier walking longer distances by then as I don't want to buy anything else.

It's taken a battering but is great. Recommended it to loads of ppl who are also happy.

iwillsleepagainsomeday Sat 09-Feb-13 10:52:39

1 travel system
1 chicco superlight

We just can't/don't wan to afford changing so many pushchairs!!

Vivienne52 Sat 09-Feb-13 10:54:15

Get a buggy board littlemilla. 30 maxybrown! Wow! What was your favourite?

Charmingbaker Sat 09-Feb-13 10:54:55

I've bought 2 for DS, got the Baby Jogger City mini, and also bought a John Lewis buggy. I've only used the JL one when on holidays abroad as Baby Jogger is too big for aeroplanes. My Baby Jogger has taken 2 1/2 years of serious abuse (I don't drive and we've got stairs up to our front door which it gets bumped up and down several times a day) but it's still going strong.

ShhBoom Sat 09-Feb-13 10:55:27

I have one 3yo DS & have had 3 pushchairs, nearly 4! I LOVE pushchair shopping!

wonkylegs Sat 09-Feb-13 10:57:40

I have 1 DS who is now 4 and is a big lad and we are ttc no 2 - I had 1 with DS and it's in near perfect condition for DC2. Bugaboo Bee original one, loved it.

ShhBoom Sat 09-Feb-13 11:00:15

I started of with a 2nd hand Mothercare travel system and hated it.

So I bought a brand new Mothercare Spin. It was good while DS was parent facing, but when he was 18 months & wanting to face the other way it was far too heavy & awkward to push.

I then decided on a 2nd hand Maclaren Techno XT as I was using buses a lot & the Spin was too big. I absolutely love it! I wouldn't use it for a newborn but its great for a toddler.

ShhBoom Sat 09-Feb-13 11:01:22

shock 30 maxi! That is impressive!

WhichIsBest Sat 09-Feb-13 11:06:18

We had a Silver Cross one for letting the baby lie flat, it looks like new still so that'll be fine for number two. It changed to rear facing sitting up so I used it until DD was about 18 months I guess? Then we moved into a more portable foldable Maclaren, which is also still perfectly fine and will be used again for number two!

maxybrown Sat 09-Feb-13 11:22:36

heck my favourite..............hard to pick and a few for different reasons. I loved my baby joggers - especially the elite..............I didn't buy them all new by the way!!! Some only cost £10

Vivienne52 Sat 09-Feb-13 11:51:10

I have been looking at the bee, too pricey but really lovely. The joggers are too big for the plane???? Boo!

We had a quinny (can't remember which one... Three wheeler, front facing) when DD1 was born and also had a quinny zapp which was great for holidays and getting into my small car.
Then when DD2 was born we got an Easy Walker Duo which we really loved. We moved around the samf time and the Quinny wasn't suited to lots of rugged outdoor walks and extreme snow so we got an Easy Walker single too then and sold the Quinny.

LittleMilla Sat 09-Feb-13 13:27:01

Vivienne- that's what I'm planning to do. Also, thinking that I can sling the newborn for ds's naps, he only kips for an hour a day now. Cannot be arsed to buy a double!

I've also taken ours on a few flights with no bother...

fraktion Sat 09-Feb-13 16:22:49

Noooo they aren't. They rock for planes. The one handed fold gets admiring glances from the stewards at the skygates and their carrying bag is brilliant, well worth it if you're a frequent flyer. Plus on airlines where they count the pram in luggage allowance do you can also take a bulky carseat it's brilliant because it's so light.

Vivienne52 Sun 10-Feb-13 14:18:55

That's good to know fraktion. I'd definitely want to to take it on hols.

DeDevilTail Sun 10-Feb-13 17:32:25

Phew...glad you posted that Fraktion as I justified buying the BJCM GT (I already had an iCandy) to be our travel pushchair as we usually fly at least twice a year. Had a moment of panic when someone posted above that it's too big for airplane travel. I have bought a travel bag for it and am looking forward to taking it on our first holiday with DD in a few months time.

fraktion Sun 10-Feb-13 17:54:17

Plus if you're going in search of sun the sunshade is brilliant. Less good in snow though...

AngelsWithSilverWings Sun 10-Feb-13 18:12:36

Two kids - 8 buggies in 6 years!

1 - folding push chair - annoyed me , too big and hard to fold

2 - cheap mother care umbrella type buggy - great until me moved to a new area where I needed/wanted to walk more.

3 Maclaren - bought second hand - brilliant until DH broke it

4 Another second hand Maclaren to replace broken one

5 Lovely new Quinny for my new DD - great for my long walks

6 Cheap mothercare in bright pink for shopping ( because Quinny too annoying to fold into the car

7 Another cheap mothercare one because the wheel fell off the other one and was more expensive to fix than to get a new buggy.

8 Another second hand Maclaren because DH reversed over the mothercare one in the car.

Thankfully my youngest is past the buggy stage now.

Vivienne52 Sun 10-Feb-13 18:12:47

God I am sooo close to ordering!

Rooneyisalwaysmoaning Sun 10-Feb-13 18:17:45

about 65. blush

Rooneyisalwaysmoaning Sun 10-Feb-13 18:19:45

Maxy do you want to be besties grin

No one else understands <sob>

Vivienne52 Sun 10-Feb-13 18:37:08

65!!!!!!!!???? Hahahha, you're my kinda gal!

Vivienne52 Sun 10-Feb-13 18:37:44

What was your favourite?

DeDevilTail Sun 10-Feb-13 18:41:16

Should have added... 1 DC, 2 pushchairs to date (iCandy Strawberry & BJCM GT). DC is only 7 months old so plenty of time to acquire more, although I think what I have is pretty much the perfect combination for us.

Rooneyisalwaysmoaning Sun 10-Feb-13 18:43:00

there are a few faves tbh.

I've still got most of those ones - MB Urban (before they changed production in 2011) in black cotton, also I liked the old fashioned urban with the fixed bar.

Emmaljunga Edge, the best bouncy baby pram I've had despite ugly fabrics!

Cosatto T4 - you can't get these any more but they were built like tanks.

I do like Maclarens, sadly as it's so dull and ubiquitous. Their fabric colours are dreadful though and hate the round buckles.

Big old London Baby Carriage - lovely in the house, but crap in actual use! That's going back a bit now. I sold it for almost nothing.

Don't like Bugaboo, there are lots I didn't like...won't write a list though smile

scottishmummy Sun 10-Feb-13 18:43:35

heehee at scunnered

bumpybecky Sun 10-Feb-13 18:45:13

1. big heavy graco thing used for about a year until...
2. maclaren umbrella fold buggy, fabby Psmile until I needed...
3. big heavy graco tanden thing as dd2 arrived smile then back to...
2 again + buggy board until the wheels wore down too much!
4. second maclaren umbrella fold buggy
1. again as dd3 arrived, but it was hopeless so
5. urban detour three wheeler from eBay until bearings went then back to
4 again until dd3 was walkign enough then...
6. quinny xl 3 wheeler from freecycle for ds

so 6 for 4dc smile only got rid of #4 about a month ago, it must have been over 10 years old and still going strong

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