Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:17 am
Post subject: Prams/buggies/travel systems... - any tips?
Our first baby is due in early Feb and we are planning to travel to Australia for 5 weeks in early April to visit family. This trip will be a factor in our choice of pushchair/ carrycot/ car seat/etc etc etc. We live in a semi-rural area so need something that works on rough paths, will be v easy to get in/out of car but is also easy for trips to shops/on trains etc. Any tips on what will work best? Any recommendations for what to get, what to look out for or what to avoid? Initial research seems to show a lot of choice and even more potential confusion and expense!
Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:20 pm
Post subject: Travel systems
Im also due in Feb and need a travel system not for the same reasons but due to the fact i will spend a lot of time in the car and lugging a pram around visting family throughout the UK.
I have been in TOY R US and have taken a fancy to the Graco Quattro travel system, seems not to bulky, very modern and compact pram, pushchair, car seat. Its only £259 to which is a bargain. Maybe worth having a look at.
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:59 pm
we took elliott to Aus when he was 9 months so was slightly older.
We took a Quinny Speedi and got one of those luggage straps you put around suitcase and put it around the Quinny.
It survived without a scratch. The reason we got it is because we live in a rural area. And it is fantastic. We didn't take the carrycot with us so can not help you on that, But at home it was excellent when he was little.
There are several companies in Oz who you can hire from and they will deliver to your address inot in rural Oz, Outback.
As foot note, three wheelers are big, so make sure it get into your car.
Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:53 am
we've gone for the Jane Slalom - it was the only decent 3 wheeler system that fits into the boot of a Corsa!!
Also got a mega bargain - would seriously recommend having a look at the stuff this guy sells. He's got a eBay shop, but also has a shop in Bristol (did free delivery to us in South Devon).
Really excellent service and goods - fast delivery, the stuff isn't seconds or anything, he is definitely the cheapest around for the big name stuff - plus when hubby was putting the frame together he had a couple of questions, so rang the guy - he was really helpful, talked him through the very odd procedure for tightening the front wheel set up (the disk brakes make it odd) - and also said that anytime we needed to to pop in to Bristol to his shop, as he also does basic servicing and so on for customers. Definitely recommend
Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:56 am
ooo word of advice through - pick the make/system you want from a shop where you can see them. The difference in quality is HUGE. We spent a couple of days research in Mama's and papas, mothercare and local baby kit shops having a go with all the different brands before deciding. In terms of how robust the frames and wheels are, its well worth a few extra quid IMO. Some of them are really really flimsy.