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peachypetite Mon 31-Aug-20 07:22:34

I’m honestly finding it overwhelming!! Criteria
- suitable from birth ideally so I don’t have to have the faff of a separate carrycot for newborn unless anyone can tell me pros for this?
- not too heavy because I’m petite and weak.
- very easy to fold down
- lightweight because I live in London and don’t really see a time I’ll be needing something all terrain.

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Stargazer87 Mon 31-Aug-20 07:25:33

The Oyster 3 ticks all these boxes, it's amazing! I had similar criteria and tried out so many and the Oyster 3 wins hands down!

OrangeGinLemonFanta Mon 31-Aug-20 07:26:13

Baby Jogger City Mini

Rebelwithallthecause Mon 31-Aug-20 07:27:59

I love my cybex Priam

The seat goes flat so I never needed a carrycot

It’s easy to fold

It is lighter than the icandy

It is not super lightweight though

It’s a dream to manoeuvre

If you or DH is tall it’s perfect as the handlebar goes the highest of all of them and the baby seat is one of the longest available (if you might have a tall baby)

Zippy1510 Mon 31-Aug-20 07:28:17

Another vote for an oyster here. I live in a city in a small terrace and needed something compact, lightweight that manoeuvres well on a busy pavement.

BammBamm Mon 31-Aug-20 07:31:12

I'd look at the baby joggers. The mini is light, has an easy fold and is compact. We had an elite which we loved but it was heavy and quite bulky folded. We had a mini for holiday. The GT is a good middle ground. If you're bothered about parent facing there's also the premier.
My sister has just bought an icandy which is lovely but I don't think it will last too long. She has our old elite for when it's outgrown.

Bluebelltulip Mon 31-Aug-20 07:33:43

Joie chrome. I've not used it from birth as I got a carrycot in the bundle free but the pram seat can be used from birth. Can switch between parent and world facing really easily. Good sized basket.

uglyface Mon 31-Aug-20 07:33:52

I wouldn’t worry about the carrycot - not all babies like them as they’re so big (for them) and open. By the time the baby is large enough to not feel tiny in it they usually like to be slightly inclined so they can see a bit of a the world!

ilovethesmellofthesea Mon 31-Aug-20 07:34:09

I know a lot of people with the yo-yo - very small and light and good for travelling. It felt a bit to low and insubstantial to me but my husband and I are both tall so we might go for the uppababy Cruz. If you have a John Lewis nearby why don't you have a look around the baby floor? Recommendations are great but it really helps to push them and fold up and down etc.

uglyface Mon 31-Aug-20 07:35:09

Also, prioritise a large shopping basket if you live in London and will be walking a lot. We drive everywhere as rural, so prioritised being able to attach car seat to the chassis, which I guess won’t be a factor for you?

peachypetite Mon 31-Aug-20 07:37:37

@ilovethesmellofthesea the yo-yo isn’t suitable from birth without buying another attachment.
Seems a few of you like the oyster and it has good reviews.
Will definitely be visiting John Lewis but wanted to have some idea before just walking in and feeling totally confused!

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bestsquirrelinthewholehole Mon 31-Aug-20 07:38:15

I have had both the oyster, and the baby jogger, and the baby jogger was by far the best pram I'd ever had, and I had the double. Even that was light, folded easy, durable. I found the oyster kept flipping on curbs up and down. Which was a worry everytime. I do however love rural and the city was amazing for dog walks as well as city/town. The baby jogger was also far more compact on public transport, even the double!!! Was easy and quick to fold down of I needed to. Loved it. Was sad to sell it on. Plus I found on re-sale, the baby jogger kept its price, where as the oyster I really struggled to sell as thry are continually bringing out newer models.

peachypetite Mon 31-Aug-20 07:38:47

@uglyface initially I did want a travel system but thinking about it, it seems easier to leave the car seat in the car and won’t be driving everywhere like you say I can walk to a huge supermarket etc so decent basket is a must.

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bestsquirrelinthewholehole Mon 31-Aug-20 07:39:11

Live rural obvs* confused

uglyface Mon 31-Aug-20 07:43:40

@peachypetite Exactly - unless you’re like us, where everything but a small selection of village shops is a car journey away, you won’t need to worry about waking the baby up every time you need to nip to the shop or set off to meet a friend etc.

Throughabushbackwards Mon 31-Aug-20 07:44:54

Another vote for the Baby jogger city mini. We used ours from birth (with a soft newborn cocoon) to 4 years. Light, robust and with the one handed fold perfect for riding on buses and storage.

3isthemajicnumber Mon 31-Aug-20 07:45:25

Have a look at the Nina mixx and Nuba triv. Both suitable from birth with no carrycot. Nice and lightweight and a good price,

Lockdownseperation Mon 31-Aug-20 07:47:53

Light weight look at the buggo bee.

Separate carrycot can be used as a Moses basket. With DD1 I could walk her to sleep and then carry it up stairs so I could nap in bed. By DD2 there was no opportunity for daytime naps for me due to DD1.

Sunshinegirl82 Mon 31-Aug-20 07:54:52

Mamas and papas have a new urban buggy out called the strada, I saw it in store the other day and it looked really nice. I think it would fulfil your criteria.

Bugaboo bee is another popular city choice but again I think you need a carrycot to make that suitable from birth.

Just one thing to say is that I actually found it really hard to strap DS2 into a non carrycot when he was really tiny! I ended up buying the carrycot option for our double pram.

I think the strada above has a carry cot option so you could always get that once baby is here if you decide you needed it if you went for that.

Kpo58 Mon 31-Aug-20 07:57:13

I really liked having a carrycot for when my DC were newborn. It seemed so much more comfortable than being strapped into the buggy. Also it doubled as the downstairs cot for when I was at home.

The mountain buggy is certainly worth a look at.

mynameiscalypso Mon 31-Aug-20 08:00:23


I really liked having a carrycot for when my DC were newborn. It seemed so much more comfortable than being strapped into the buggy. Also it doubled as the downstairs cot for when I was at home.

The mountain buggy is certainly worth a look at.

This is exactly what I felt about having a carrycot - we used it as a Moses basket too and it also meant we could snuggle DS with blankets etc. It felt a lot easier to control the temperature than when he was strapped in to the normal bit of the pram. FWIW, we have a Bugaboo Bee and it's great. Definitely the most popular type where I am. We also have a babyzen yoyo which is great for travelling but I think less good overall

AHippoNamedBooBooButt Mon 31-Aug-20 08:06:15

Now I'll start by saying I haven't bought a pram for 5 years but I've had 2 bugaboo bee's (the first was 12years ago, sold as we were done then has a bonus baby so bought another) and honestly- best pram ever and ticks all your boxes. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again

Sunshinegirl82 Mon 31-Aug-20 08:08:36

I looked at the yo-yo but it just didn't seemed that sturdy? Plus I didn't like that it didn't have a parent facing option after the initial stage. Both mine have liked being parent facing for a long time, DS2 is 16 months and still much happier parent facing.

I'd go bee over yo-yo personally!

FoxtrotSkarloey Mon 31-Aug-20 08:08:47

I wouldn't rule out having at least a soft carry cot, even if you don't go for a full bassinet attachment. Prams suitable from birth don't tend to allow parent facing (although there are some exceptions) and the seats tend to be lower down. I'm sure they are perfectly safe and there will be people happy to use them with brand newborns, but personally I'd find that position far too exposed and vulnerable for a newborn without the protection of a carry cot, especially in a busy city setting.

MobLife Mon 31-Aug-20 08:10:39

Bugaboo Bee with the soft cocoon

It's the only pram I've ever had and has seen me through 2 children from birth to toddlerhood. Perfect for London and you can easily carry it up a flight of stairs

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