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We brought this pushchair for my daughter for Christmas as any little girl she really loves dolls and although she has had other pushchairs I liked the style of this one and at £35 I decided to buy it for her. It is available from all large toy stores and also a lot of the supermarkets too.
Setting it up
When you receive the set it is flat packed and you do need to add the wheels to the pram but this really only takes a few minutes and even with all the other toys we had to put together ready for the morning this was not a hassle and really was one of the easiest to set up. Then you just open the pram up from the folding position and the pram and it is ready to go. The cover also needs to be added with pop buttons but it is great that it can come on and off as it means it can be washed which I have done and they did not shrink or lose any of its colour meaning they looked as good as new again. You do not need any tools to set this up you just push the wheels on until they click and pop the covers on.
The pram comes in different colours we have the poppy red version which is red with white dots on it and really is lovely and bright. The pram is made up of the carry cot and chassis and the pram lies completely flat just like the prams I had for my children and I am sure this is why my daughter favours this one. It is a good size and can fit a large doll in their easily my daughter often puts her baby Annabel in there as I am sure it is surgically attached to her arm and her favourite doll and this fits perfectly.The hood can be lifted up or pushed down so when my daughters doll is ‘sleeping’ she can cover her up and when she has woken up she pulls it back down so she can check she is ok. The cover can be popped off and then re added once the doll in the pushchair but my daughter tends to leave this fastened and just slip the doll into it. This is very easy to do and my daughter manages this herself with no problems at all.There is a storage tray that sits on the bottom of the pram and this is a fair size so it can hold my daughters other toys or sometimes rather than hanging the changing bag on the pram or carrying it on her arm she will put this underneath.The wheels are nice and large and made of plastic they fit the size of the pram well and give it a good base height, as they are made from plastic they are really durable and suited for outdoor use as well as in.You also receive a changing bag with this pram which matches in colour and again has popper buttons to seal it closed. This is a fantastic addition to the pushchair it is the perfect size to actually be practical and my daughter often empties my changing bag into hers and it easily holds nappies baby wipes and a spare change of clothes. It is made from the same high quality material as the pram and it really is the perfect accessory to fuel my daughter’s imagination and makes her feel like her pram is even more like mummy’s.
The pushchair is a good size it is recommended from 3 years to 7 years and as the handles can be adjusted with the push of two buttons so this seems fairly correct although I do think it will be two small for anyone over the age of 5 or 6 but I suppose that depends on the child and how tall they are.The pram although large in size is actually really light meaning little one can push it around with ease but it does not tip over at the slightest touch either which I was a little worried about as my children have a tendency of knowing things over as they are clumsy just like their mother.The handle is a good size for her to hold and although the foam padding has now come off after 5 months of use the handle is curved and still comfortable to use. The large wheels make it easy to push around and it can be turned around corners very easily. When we have used it outside we found the large wheels help give the pram a little suspension and it is just as easy to push around outside as it is in and my daughter has no problems at all even over stones and grass. The wheels have shown no wear from being used on tougher surfaces and they look as good as new with a wipe down.
It is perfect for pushing around just about anywhere and the durability of the pram shines through apart from one small problem this pram has been pushed in to things bashed off walls and had a lot of play and it still works perfectly. My son has tried to climb in to the pram a few times and although I have got him out straight away it still held his weight a few times without any ripping or stitching coming loose.The tray that sits at the bottom of the pram does not attach and does just sit there so if the pram receives a knock or goes over a bump it just falls out but this does not cause too much annoyance and if we are taking the pram out with us we just leave this at home to stop us having to pick it up every 2 seconds.
What we like is that the push chair can be folded down so when we go out for the day if my daughter wants to bring it along with us it takes less than a minute to fold down and it is compact. This also means that if you are short on space in the house you can fold the pram down and it takes up minimal space.From my point of view the pram is very well made looks lovely and I know it can grow with my daughter as she gets bigger the pram can be adjusted to suit her needs and I think this is great. I was a little worried as I am with all toys that fold down that there may be a chance of her working out how to do it and trapping her fingers but the metal clips are easy enough for me to fold the pram down but too stiff for my daughter to manage it no matter how much she tries so I know there is no way she can trap her fingers while playing.
My daughter adores her pram she uses it each and every day without fail sometimes she will only use it for short amounts of time but on the whole it receives a great deal of use. She loves that her dolls big and small can fit in there and that it is just like mummy’s more so than any of the other prams that she has owned.She really would give it 10 out of 10 and although the padding on the handle coming off ruins it a little for me it is still very well made and the main body is durable yet light I love it too just for the fact that each time my daughter uses it I can see her enjoying herself and she is always smiling.
The foam on the bar of the pushchair has completely come off now at first my son had just picked a small hole in the foam but as the pushchair was being used this became ripped and really messy so I removed it completely. The pram is still usable and it does not look to bad without the foam handle it just gives little one less of a grip and is not as soft on their hands.
We knew as this was made by silver cross it would be well made and although it retails anything up to £50 it would be worth it for the durability of the pram. Although we were a little disappointed that the foam came away from the handle so easily this has in no way stopped my little girl from using it and she really does use it every single day. It is easy to clean can be used in doors and out and overall is a fantastic pram for any young girl, as the pram can be adjusted in height I know it will last her a few more years and with washable covers it is extremely easy to keep clean. I would recommend this pram to anyone we have owned a few but they have just not lived up to be what we hoped whereas this pram has passed our expectations and really is one of my daughters favourite toys.