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Farmer needs a pram... maxicosi mura, oyster, M+P sola, uppababy vista or what?
Hi everyone. Am expecting 1st baby this spring so am new to all this. Am completely baffled by the hundreds of prams out there! Please help me get some idea of what's good/bad. Here's what I need:
- Big wheels that will cope with any terrain, farmyard, long country walks, also nipping into town and pavement. - carry cot that can be used for daytime naps - lie flat seat (not where the whole seat tips back, that so many prams seem to have where child's feet end up sticking up into the air!) - must fit maxi cosi cabriofix car seat - folded size not so important as I have a rather ancient car with huge boot - hoping to get second hand to save a few ££ but no set budget yet - am liking the idea of 4 wheels rather than 3. Sis in law has a quinny buzz 3 which I hate - very tippy when parent facing, front wheel sticks sideways, seat doesn't lie flat, very wide back wheels which get stuck going through doors... I could go on! - other sis in law has just got an uppababy vista and loves it, but the seat doesn't lie flat.
So, not being too specific eh?! Ones I like the look of at the moment are Maxi cosi Mura, Babystyle oyster, Mamas and Papas Sola (although it seems to get only bad reviews!) and Uppababy vista. What can all you experienced pram users recommend? Thanks in advance
The vista is almost as wide as the buzz. I thought the oyster was rubbish on the poor pavements we have here so I don't hold out a lot of hope for using it on terrain. Same goes for the sola although I did actually like it. The Mura could be okay, I've never pushed one.
So you're looking for 4 wheels, lie flat not bucket seat, suitable for terrain. Stuff that springs to mind : Concord wanderer Tfk x4 Britax b motion Erm....
Nipper.. Although it's 3 wheels it's nothing like the buzz to push..
I know you say no 3 wheelers but have you looked at the Nipper Sport, the Baby Jogger Summit X3, or checked out eBay for a pre 2010 model mountain buggy terrain? . I live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and own spaniels, I ordered the mountain buggy terrain when I was expecting my first after working for a family that owned a Landrover buggy (now no longer made). I brought it in 2008, I am on my third child due in the spring and it is the only buggy I have owned. Fields, bridle paths, snow, mud, gravel, cattle grids and long grass have not stopped me. My friend has the nipper sport and I must say it's not expensive, you can get all the attachments that you need and it is just as good as mine off road. Hope this helps.
You need a selection of carriers! Search up your local sling library on Facebook and have a look at the different types.
If I ever have a 2nd I'd get a wrap for the early months then carry on with my Ergo from about 5 months (because it has a pocket big enough for a small pack of wipes and a couple of disposable nappies), but other brands are prettier.
I used a Buzz (which, for info, is rubbish on rough ground and sand) from 0-5 months then bought the Ergo and haven't used the buggy since.
DS is nearly 3 and I still use the carrier.
(And, I'd get one of those car seats that go flat - Janeway I think!)
I recommend a landrover pushchair (in green) Look on eBay as they are not available new anymore and if you are lucky they did a carrycot to go on it. Then get a bog standard buggy to do the clean stuff with. You will get odd looks going for coffee with a cow pat smelling buggy covered in mud and even worse wheeling it into a doctors surgery :-)
The M&P sola is fantastic. I live in the country & love everything about it. It's so light easy to move, easy to fold, easy to clean. I'm now looking for a double & gutted there's not a double version.
I have a Maxi- Cosi Mura and really like it. We live in the country and wanted something sturdy. It lies flat properly with no feet in the air! Parent and forward facing. It is a 'three wheeler' but actually it's has 4 wheels as the middle front one is actually two wheels together which solves the going up pavement scenario and I have not encountered any tipping with it. Have a Maxi-Cosi Pebble seat which goes with it and I bought a carrycot brand new, cheap, off eBay which I have just re-sold on eBay at a profit. Wheels come off easily for cleaning. Really pleased with it.
I have a Mura 3 and it has done stables/farm/hills/fields etc. It was brilliant, I like the parent facing option, we had carrycot, car seat and the traditional seat. It has been muddy and hosed down may times and all the moving bits still work brilliantly.