Tuesday, 26 January 2016

OUR PRAM: MOTHERCARE ORB PRAM & PUSHCHAIR



One of the biggest things you have to buy when having a baby is, of course, their pram. You want one that's good quality, long lasting with a guarantee (just in case) and, preferably, one that is a travel system so you're not having to buy the individual bits and bobs on top of the cost of the pram. 
 
Looking at prams has to have been one of the most stressful things I have done throughout my pregnancy (it just misses out on the stressful top spot which, hands down, goes to looking into baby bottle brands!) as there are so many options out there, so many customisations you can make but once you settle on your pram, you will feel so much relief!

After much deliberation, reading of online reviews and window shopping in stores, we finally decided on the Mothercare Orb. I feel, sometimes, people overlook Mothercare's own products when there are so many more well known brands in store but Mothercare do have a great range. We got the Orb in the colour Cyber Liqourice and it's all black, handles and all which is fine by us. I do wish they had a better range of colours for the Orb; they did have a berry and teal available as well at some point but I can't seem to find them on their website anymore. More colour variety and even some patterns I think would really make the difference for some parents (c'mon, who doesn't want to have a pretty pram?)

The main thing to note, however, about the Orb is that it isn't a travel system, which is a shame but it's a niggley fact I got over fairly quickly; I was, and still am, too in love with it, too care that it isn't a travel system. For those of you who don't know what a travel system is (don't worry if this is you, I didn't have a clue what it meant until I got pregnant) it is basically a pram that, not only grows with baby, but generally has all the bits and pieces you will need. So, for example, you may get a pram that grows with baby (so it goes from a pram to pushchair) but it also comes with a compatible car seat. It's basically ideal because you can get your essentials all in one package.

This particular pram does grow with baby. It has all the fixtures for you to adjust carrycot part of the pram, into a seat when baby isn't much of a baby anymore and can sit up, etc, on their own. So, we will get a few years, minimum, out of this pram/pushchair. The car seat, however, was not something that came as part of the package but my lovely Mum was brilliant enough to buy that for us. You can use two brands of car seats with the Mothercare Orb; Cybex and Maxi-Cosi but you do need to buy seperate adapters (which are around £30) for these to connect to the chassis. I personally feel that if they aren't going to offer the Orb as a travel system themselves that the adapters for the car seat should just be included but that's just my opinion.

The Mothercare Orb includes the combined pram/pushchair unit, hood, removeable bumper bar (which makes getting baby in and out much easier), quilted pram liner, cosytoe, harness pads and weather shield. I personally love the maneuverability and flexibility of this pram as, with a few twists and turns, you can put it into various different positions, it folds down neatly and with minimal effort and it has adjustable handle height which is handy for Rob, whose a bit taller than me. 

What pram did you choose, or are going to choose, for your little one? 

Interested in how I've been feeling throughout pregnancy? You can read my entire pregnancy series.

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