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I have had my first initial look at prams/pushchairs etc today in Mothercare and the Mclaren Techno XLR stood out to me as the best buy for what I need/want, i.e.
- very light weight (I have a prolapsed disc) - easy to fold - reasonably priced - can be used from newborn - can be used with a carry cot or car seat without having to take everything off the chassi first (although I probably won't have the car seat as I don't want to have to lug it in and out of the car with my back and the baby can only stay in it for 2 hours at a time anyway so will probably go for a combined fixed car seat instead that can be used front and rear facing) - looks nice and cosy and well made. - it comes with a lifetime guarantee
I would be really grateful for any views/comments/suggestions from other MNs about this buggy before I take the plunge!
It's great, although it felt a bit strange in the beginning with few eeks old DD in it (she had a huge pram for first few weeks, gift from family we couldn't refuse)- I felt like she wasn't protected enough iyswim.
But it's good, easy to push, fold, it's big but cosy, good footmuff etc.
I bought Volo for the summer, as much lighter, but may revert to Techno for the winter as it's more covered.
I've used it from birth for dc3 (having bought into the whole idea of spending ££ for a travel system with the older two) - and so far am very happy with it.
It has a head-hugger and nb can lie flat although tbh I used a sling in the very first few weeks. Didn't bother with the carrycot as it is very small and just wrapping dc up and using the rain cover has been enough to keep him snug - but he was a summer baby and maybe you would want something cosier for winter. Maybe if it was going to double up as a moses basket I would have considered it.
It is not as lightweight as the xt and I think the wheels are different. We have the car seat but imo it's a pita getting in and out of the isofix base so it resides in the car.
it is nice the bigger seat for older toddlers. but you have to offset this against the weight and size..it is heavy and can be unweildy to lift/store etc. Nice push tho, and the liner is nice and thick it comes with!!
I've used mine everyday for 2 and a half years although DD wasn't a newborn when we got it she was 8 months or so. It's brilliant and she fits in it fine even now as a tall 3 year old. It's definately stood the test of time considering I walk everywhere and hang all sorts of stuff and shopping off the back. It lies back totally flat too which often don't get on any stroller, newborn or not. The cosy toe lasted til last winter when DD was 2. I've never found it too heavy at all.
I'm buying a new one for DC2 when they are born next summer. Can't be arsed with a "proper" pram. Our current one is still standing but oh so knackered!