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Mamas & Papas Sola Pushchair-opinions pls?

(9 Posts)
apples82 Sun 21-Aug-11 17:56:28

Well we finally took the plunge this weekend and went out test-driving pushchairs.

We've settled on our favourite being the Mamas & Papas Sola pushchair:

www.mamasandpapas.com/product-sola-2-in-1-grass/103511100/type-i/

Does anyone have one of these already and have any opinions/comments?

I've read the mumsnet review and googled for some, but some real-life feedback would be appreciated smile

Tabitha8 Sun 21-Aug-11 17:58:22

I found that the hood didn't give much protection from the sunshine.

WorrisomeHeart Sun 21-Aug-11 18:08:06

We have one for DS. So far it's been fine, has it's pros and cons but I don't think it's any better or worse than others on the market. Agree re the sunshade - we bought a shade-a-babe as DS is really fair and I worried about him burning so that helped. Its easy to push and DS seems comfy in it though. We had the carrycot as well as DS was a winter baby and that was good although possibly not worth the money (ours was a gift). I've taken it on and off lots of public transport and it's been fine to manouevre.

Erac Sun 21-Aug-11 22:50:59

We bought ours used on eBay and it's been a great primary pushchair for using in the neighbourhood. I agree re the sun, especially if baby is sleeping and it's reclined fully. We bought a Koodi sun and sleep shade to address that. Other points:

Pros:
-Baby is comfy.
-The parent facing feature is so nice, probably more for parent than baby.
-You can get loads of shopping in the basket.
-You can use with a maxi-cosi car seat if you get the adapters.
-It looks pretty

Cons:
-It's quite big and heavy. I wouldn't get it as your primary pushchair if you use public transport every day. For those occasions where you have to carry it up/down stairs, it can be quite a burden. Also it doesn't fit down the aisle of every bus. I sometimes have to ask the driver if I can go in through the back door, which can be a pain.
-It takes up a lot of room in the car boot and also in our flat.
-The accessories are rather expensive (£25 for the car seat adapters. £65 for footmuff)

HTH.

WorrisomeHeart Mon 22-Aug-11 09:59:33

Agree re the expensive accessories and tbh I would say don't bother with the M&P footmuff, just get a universal one - it's an odd length and doesn't really fit that well.

Tabitha8 Mon 22-Aug-11 16:21:23

Sorry, I didn't point out what I saw as the pros. blush
Very easy to switch the seat around.
Very easy to fold and unfold the chassis.
Liked the gate-opening bumper bar and adjustable calf support.

It was ok on public footpaths across fields providing the ground was hard rather than muddy. (This was for a toddler, not a baby).

apples82 Tue 23-Aug-11 07:54:54

Thanks all for replying, am I right in thinking that you can fold the buggy when the seat is attached forward facing only?

WorrisomeHeart Tue 23-Aug-11 09:50:09

Yep, that's right, but it's very easy to flip the seat around to fold it if necessary. Actually, the fold/unfold is great, very easy and quick.

apples82 Tue 23-Aug-11 10:27:59

That's what I thought WorrisomeHeart, I remember the switching position mechanism being very easy, so although i'll start with the rear-facing position for newborn- when folding i'll switch it to front-facing.

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