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Pushchair for toddler that faces both ways and easy on my wrists

(19 Posts)
sunnysunnyshine Wed 24-Aug-11 12:18:32

I'm having problems with my wrists and now elbows (I think RSI) because of the strain of pushing the buggy. I walk loads and have a cheap kiddicare model that isn't at all smooth to push and really jolts.
I'm after one that faces both ways and I guess quite lightweight, but mainly smooth to push & turn.
Also something that isn't toooo expensive. Any recommendations pls?

codandchipstwice Wed 24-Aug-11 13:12:30

Howq old is your toddler? What do you use it for? Do you get it in and out of cars? Public transfer? need a bit basket to carry stuff? Pavements only or off-road too?

And finally - how much have you and do you want new or used?

Not that I have the answers just these questions help narrow things down a bit grin

b*

PS - FWIW if your toddler isn't too big/old I would get a bugaboo frog off ebay for approx £120 - I loved by frogs and was so sad to get rid of them - and a total bargain for what they did as fitted on bus lovely

Tiggywunkle Wed 24-Aug-11 14:16:14

I would head you towards a secondhand Bugaboo too. The Bumbleride Flyer goes both ways but it would be an import job and may be too much money.

4madboys Wed 24-Aug-11 14:22:58

i would say bugaboo as well, ihave one, got it when ds2 was a toddler, used it for him, ds3 and ds4 and now for dd, its fab, lightweight and a breeze to push and faces both ways.

sunnysunnyshine Wed 24-Aug-11 14:39:05

thanks all!

Ds is 14 months (quite small). It won't be going in the car much or on public transport - mainly just walking (pavements). Would be handy to have space for shopping as I would use it for sainsburies. I'm happy to buy second hand if it's too much new and they're around on ebay...
I'd be able to spend up to about £300 max for the right one as I'm hoping to have at least one more child so it would get used.

Looks like the Bugaboo is getting good reviews. So it's easy to push? That's the main issue really. I tried an icandy of a friends (no idea what model) and it was like pushing air! But I think the icandys are all V expensive...

Gonna go look at Bugaboos smile

codandchipstwice Wed 24-Aug-11 14:57:37

OMG I've just re-read my post and all those typos - can you tell I'm at work blush

They're really light to push, the lightest I've found to be honest - even with a buggy board, and so easy one handed. Could fit loads in the basket too.

I may be odd but I preferred my frog to the cameleon, even though it doesn't have an adjustable handle - just seemed neater and easier to push (not that the cam is hard mind!)

b*

4madboys Wed 24-Aug-11 15:14:17

my bugaboo has lasted brilliantly, its a frog and has a good battering but covers wash up as new! AND if you have another baby you can get the bugaboo buggy board to attach on smile

suzie38 Wed 24-Aug-11 15:24:55

The Frog pushes easier than the Cameleon...I've had both...Easiest by far is the Donkey but it'll be years before it's in the £300 price range!!! Vigours are very easy to push as well especially the original models with air tyres.

Graciescotland Wed 24-Aug-11 15:41:21

There always seem to be lots of icandys on Gumtree local. A quick look at mine came up with these.

Top of your budget http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/icandy-apple-full-package-and-extras/86546309

Cheaper but had a harder life http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/icandy-apple-pushchair/86577959

Neither of these ads are mine btw. Have a look at your local gumtree, save loads on courier fees smile

Graciescotland Wed 24-Aug-11 15:42:03

Top of your budget www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/icandy-apple-full-package-and-extras/86546309

Cheaper but had a harder life www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/icandy-apple-pushchair/86577959

Sorry...

sunnysunnyshine Wed 24-Aug-11 20:23:39

Thanks so much! You've all been really helpful. Im going to get a bugaboo frog - hopefully soon from eBay or gumtree...

Dialsmavis Wed 24-Aug-11 21:42:22

I have an old Ebay Frog and I love it! I got mine for £150 and it is perfect.

aswellasyou Wed 24-Aug-11 22:30:23

I also agree about getting a Bugaboo. I bought a Gecko (very similar to the Frog) on eBay and I love it. It really is amazingly easy to push and goes up and down kerbs without any bother.

MonkeysPunk Thu 25-Aug-11 14:06:44

over-budget but if you find one second hand the Uppababy Vista is excellent for pushing a toddler ff or rf and is very very light to push - even with my 3y old.
It comes with separate carry-cot - which is also suitable for overnight sleeping.

redheadbedhead Sat 27-Aug-11 08:31:40

does the Gecko face both ways too?

suzie38 Sat 27-Aug-11 08:49:19

Yes it does...Just a more basic version of a Frog.

Tiggywunkle Sat 27-Aug-11 11:20:27

....basic version of the Cameleon smile It's basically got a smaller basket and no bumper bar so I was told!

suzie38 Sat 27-Aug-11 11:22:48

And i think it might be narrower.

PrincessScrumpy Sat 27-Aug-11 22:28:36

I had an ICandy Cherry and loved it - very light and dd was very comfy in it. I walked lots with it and loved the fact the hood could come completely forward to block the sun. Was looking forward to using it again this time but I'm expecting twins. There seem to be a number on Ebay.

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