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need advice on what to buy(7 Posts)
Hi,i am due in Jan and have just started to panic about getting a pram/buggy.
I particularly like the oyster with the carrycot but when trying it today i realised that you have to take off the seat unit to fold it.I know that i will have to do it with the carrycot but at least thats not for long.Cn anyone suggest an alternative which folds up better.I would like a carry cot or one that converts but the pramette style ones seem very small and also seem to lean back so the baby is tilted head down. Also are there any big pram centres near me(cheltenham) thanks.
Hey, I'm due 03/03 and had same dilemma. fell in love with the silvercross surf. Although you still have to take of the seat unit to fold i dont see a prob with this as it folds so neatly. Carrycot not required as it folds totally flat for a newborn and comes with a lovely snuggly nest.
Tiny shopping basket but you can buy a bigger one
so hard isnt it?I bought a big fab pram with dd 8 but it wouldnt fit into my car boot so am determined to choose carefully this time.
Don't for goodness sake buy a Quinny Buzz. Big, bulky, unwidely, ricetty, unstable.
Ok wont do.May just nick a shopping trolley and line it.Some of them are nearly a hundred nicker.Are they mad? You could buy a small car.
Some are nearly £1000!
Do you have a John Lewis near you? I know that might sound nuts if you're trying to save money, but our buggy broke four times, and every time they gave us a great quality courtesy buggy, no questions asked while they fixed it (and were nice to us!). It meant it was only a minor annoyance rather than a total disaster.
Compare that to the recent debacle when a mumsnetter tried to get Mothercare to do something about her broken pushchair. They were rude to her and worse than useless, leaving her with no buggy - see this thread.
We spend about £200 on ours and it lasted about a year and a half (with repairs). We recently got our next one from a cheap shop (I got railroaded into it - don't ask! ) for £80 on special offer. 4 weeks later and it's so broken it's unusable! DP is going to try to take it back today. keeping my fingers crossed but I'll be absolutely amazed if he comes away with a courtesy McLarren (sp?) or even a promise to fix/replace it without a lot of argument!
The prices might seem mental, but it's something you'll be using a lot, and you'll get to know it's weaknesses very quickly! A good buggy does make life a lot easier.
One way to save money we found was to buy a separate car seat. You can't leave a baby in the carry-bit that comes with a travel system for long anyway (not good for their backs). We got one instead that had a detachable crib bit for when DS was small. This doubled up as a kind of moses basket and worked well for us. I t didn't matter that you had to take it off the buggy because often DS was asleep in it and it was a good way to carry him about without waking him up. When he got bigger it worked as a push chair without the crib bit.
Also have you thought about a sling? I didn't come to these until quite late, and I wish I'd found them earlier. In fact you probably don't even need a buggy at first if you've got a sling. For a lot of journeys (e.g. anything with stairs) they're much less faff than a buggy. Plus having your baby close to you helps to regulate his / her breathing, and it's lovely to have your baby close and snuggly to you. I'd recommend the wrap around ones best, or an ergo-baby (avoid the baby-bjorn types. Although very popular they're not ergonomically designed, and not as good at distributing weight so not as good - or comfortable - for you or your baby).
"May just nick a shopping trolley and line it." Like it
That's my baby are in Swindon so not too far from you and they are excellent! I have a micralite which I love and have had for almost 4 years but they are not for everybodys taste!
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