Written on: 08/08/2011 by pinkpoppins
I decided to write this review as I had been through a number of pushchairs. I am a nanny and take my daughter to work with me, as she likes to sleep alot in the day I needed a pram that was light, lay flat, was easy to get in and out of the car in seconds with other children around and that a raincover fit over fast and easily in a rain storm.
I have to say, my list of prams are, a 10 year old silver cross, Phil and Teds sport, Britax B Smart, Maclaren XT, A Nipper 360 single and double and a £19 stroller from Argos. All of which broke with in 6 months other than the Maclaren XTand the single and double nippers, my main prams, my husband has the Mclaren his car.
I am rather an expert on prams, having 19 years in childcare and my own I soon realised what was important in a pram. That is, a seat that is fixed but the back has a seperate strap to lay the child compleatly flat, the prams with fixed swival seats out grow a child fast and you will need to replace an expensive pram after a year. Also my importance was that the hood had no sun mesh in the rear when the child was asleep and that I could hang a bag or bags on the pushchair with out it toppling. Also that is fit in the car in seconds, no taking things apart.
Well, being a nanny the main stroller I have used is a Mclaren, they seem ok, but always tip when you remove a child if you have any weight of shopping on the back what so ever, so hence even though Maclaren are light, what is the use of a stroller that tips as soon as you remove the child, you need to be able to put shopping on a stroller, also if you do have a new born in a Mclaren you can not put anything on the buggy, it was 6 months before I could use an xt for my child, a 61b baby and shopping on back = tip.
I ended up buying this argos fixed seat buggy for £19, when my daughter was 2 years old, it was a little heavy, but as it has swival wheels it did the job, but then !! on a day out a nanny friend had a petit star zia +, she had just bought one with her mum for her own work use and for the mum to use for the grand child, at first look I thought it looked terrible in design and that it may tip, she let me test it out. Well OH MY GOODNESS, the company deserve the awards they get for this pushchair, its the most amasing thing I have ever used, and for me thats saying something.
So in the day I have a child I have to take around all over to please other parents, so she can not always have cot sleeps and being small gets tired easily, I have school runs, nursery runs, play date drop offs, shopping trips, I needed to get it in the front door of my bosses house both up and down, I work in a wealthy town house area, parents are not that happy with mega prams in the house, this just ticked every box.
Pros of this pram
A fully reclinable seat that will sleep a 2 and a half year old very comfortable due to the design for 2 hours. I also use a koo di shade that fits perfectly !!!
Folds up very small and is as light as a feather.
Folds flat and flips out on 1 second
So light you do not know you are pushing it
You can place a full heavy nappy bag, and 4 shopping bags (lightish)or a large picnic hamper and a bag, take out your child and it stays perfectly up right and solid and you can push it with no feeling of it tipping.
The only con is that the petit star zia soft cocoon technically is not aloud to be used in this and has not been tested for it. I have had an indepth chat with the company about it, they said they would never recommend the black cocoon for this pram, its not designed for it and not safe. I personally would use it, I feel the buggy is stable enough but thats personal choice, and as I have a Nipper 3 wheeler it would mean the cocoon would fit in both.
I can see why people would think this would have stability problems, don't forget you are choosing something very light weight, it has passed safety standard checks and has won awards so it can not have issues. I would say as a nanny, allot of problems come from children and simply the parents needing to be a bit stricter and teaching them they can not do some things as it would not be safe, this includes how you sit in a stroller safely !!!!! any pram will be dangerious if a child is aloud to lean forward or hang out of it!!!!!!!!!!!
This pram gets 10 out of 10 and once this one goes I will be buying another and another. Never will I go back to an umbrella fold buggy again, thank you Petit Star. Oh and just to say, the expensive Quinny that is like this is not a patch, that does tip back with the slightest bag on if the child is removed and does not recline like this. The Quinny is unstable and very low for tall people.