Thank you to the guys over at iCandy for the Peach pushchair and carrycot.
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There are a considerable amount of pushchairs on the market, and to be honest, it’s a bit of a whirlwind experience when you pop into Mothercare to be greeted by a whole host of pushchairs. Above all, with added features, you didn’t even know existed, and price tags you didn’t think would be humanly possible unless you were in a car showroom.
On our first “spin” around Mothercare, Beard left feeling light headed and queazy whilst claiming that the baby will be pushed around in a wheelbarrow. Apparently, it’s functional and soft on the bank balance.
In retrospect, I think he was actually serious… because I later opened his laptop and he was on the Selco website.
Later, we took the Peach Pram for a spin, and as this was one of the buggies we had been looking at, we jumped at the chance. iCandy are a well-known company that seem to be a bit of a Rolls Royce when it comes to the 4 wheeled transporter for little people; the style is big and the price tag is bigger.
When first looking at the iCandy, like I said before, it is significant. Bloody hell, it’s tremendous and chunky. Despite its size, this is counterbalanced by what appears to be an exceptionally sturdy pram. Furthermore, exactly what we need for where we live; our driveway is gravel so those chunky tyres will be perfect for ploughing from the pavement to our front door. Plus, at the end of our road, we are surrounded by woodland where we regularly walk the dog, so a sturdy frame and a bit of suspension is a must. The iCandy has all of these features.
One thing Beard looks for in a buggy is how it drives. Our first ever carriage for our precious firstborn was a German prototype that had motorbike suspension wheels. In other words, you would steer the pram left, and as it turned, the entire frame and seat would lean as if on hydraulics – it was very bizarre, ludicrously expensive and got lots of comments. However, when it came to practicality, it was useless as it would rarely fit through a standard door frame particularly easily.
But on the other hand, if a buggy could be sexy, this particular one was literally sex on wheels. It would make people drool at its sheer beauty.
The iCandy however, according to the expert (Beard) is not quite as sexy but endearing, very smooth and easy to turn with one finger – and that is a great thing for when you are pushing the buggy with your pinky.
So he has told me.
I mean, how many people push a pram with one single finger I don’t know, but he claims it is when he is eating ice cream.
For reference – our child is due in December…
Well, thumbs up, it turns out he was right. Austyn is here and you can see just how smooth the ride is here:
We love the way you can interchange between the carrycot, the toddler seat and the car seat – it makes the frame really versatile and something that will take us from birth all the way up to toddler as well as serve us well when travelling as it folds really quite flat for a big piece of equipment, plus the wheels remove AND it has a handy over shoulder carry handle.
It took us approximately half an hour to work out exactly how you collapse the thing, but once you get the knack – you’re off and it’s easy peasy.
The downside is its heavy. But in our opinion, it has to be if it’s going to withstand daily abuse and transform into the many variations of travel solutions you need when having one pushchair suitable from newborn all the way through to a toddler.
It’s also paramount for when travelling and getting shoved onto an airplane with no care whatsoever.
iCandy also sells a fabulous carry bag so you can keep the system compact and safe whilst in the load. It makes it easy to carry and ensures nothing is going to get snagged, snapped or pinged off as it flies through the air.
All round, we really rate this buggy system. Austyn always looks comfortable and safe, which are the two things you want. Therefore the weight and the size reiterate that my angel is safe and sound in this brand.