With two DC aged 5 and 2, plus a newborn, any buggy for our family ideally needed to be able to transport two children, have plenty of storage space for a changing bag and general toddler gubbins, be easy to use one handed, be a comfortable ride and ideally not take up the entire boot of my car.
I was invited to try out the new 2015 Phil and Teds Dash. The dash can be configured to seat: 1 x baby, 1 x toddler, 1 x baby AND 1 x toddler and finally 2 x toddlers.
1 x toddler
Prior to DS arrival, DD2 happily used this as a single seat toddler buggy. She was very happy in there, thanks to the wonderfully padded main seat and the suspension. I’m not entirely sure of all the technical info, but the wheels are (I believe) puncture proof and the whole thing felt so smooth to push, so I can only imagine it was beautifully smooth as a rider. DD certainly didn’t moan, which for a child who is known for her grumbles about anything is saying something. The storage basket underneath was plenty big enough for all her and her brother’s paraphernalia. The main seat reclines and the canopy almost comes all the way round - you won’t get someone moaning about the sun being in their eyes in this! A super storm cover is also included.
1 x baby (newborn) and 1 x toddler
DS arrival meant a re-jig was in order and as we still needed to transport DD2, we chose not to purchase a carry-cot, but to use the Dash in a baby+toddler mode. This meant that the new baby went in a space under the main seat (it is a proper seat!). Despite my reservations about popping a wee baby underneath, the whole thing works well and means you don’t have a really wide buggy; it’s just as narrow as a single. For a double this is a huge plus. The only thing I didn’t like was it was tricky to see his face, but to be honest with more than 2 children my days of walks gazing at a sleeping newborn in a pram are long gone: we are constantly late rushing everywhere!
1 x baby
Whilst we didn’t purchase the carrycot, we did purchase adaptors for our Maxi Cosi Pebble, for about £30 (direct from Phil & Teds). This transformed the buggy into a travel system so if it was just DS and I, I could quickly pop his car seat onto the buggy and whiz out.
•Beautifully smooth ride and very nice padded fabrics
•Decent storage basket
•Brake is on the handle – I LOVED this (tragically). It’s just so much easier to use especially when you’ve got two children in the buggy
•So easy to steer with one hand
•Fantastic set up for two children
•Narrow for a tandem – seats are above each other, not side by side. This is a real plus for transporting two chldren
•But it is big for a single buggy
•Not the smallest when folded (we have a ford C max and once this is in the boot we could only fit a scooter and a few bags of shopping).
DS is now 3 months and will soon be out of the newborn spot. I’ll update when I’ve got the two children sititing in toddler seats.