Tried and Tested: Baby Weavers Citi Pushchair – A Walk In The Park
I’m a buggy addict. Addison is now three and since she was born she’s had six pushchairs. We’ve done travel systems, designer buggies, umbrella fold compact buggies and cheap and cheerful, no name buggies. All of which have had their problems.
When I was asked to review the Baby Weavers Citi Pushchair from Kiddicare it came at a really good time as my latest non-brand buggy, which admittedly cost me £20, had just given up the ghost. To date, this had been the best buggy in the three years for Addison as it was really easy to carry around being so lightweight, easy to collapse and she was comfortable in it. The big drawbacks with it were that there was no rain cover, no hood and no footmuff so pretty basic and not that great for the Autumn/Winter.
My biggest buggy hates are:
- Too heavy to push around once your toddler or baby is in them
- Too big to fit into an average family car
- Too hard to close down when you’ve a wriggling baby and an arm full of shopping
Bearing the above in mind, the Baby Weavers pushchair had a lot to live up to.
This is what the Baby Weavers Citi promises on the Kiddicare website.
This lightweight stroller is suitable for children from birth and has a four position back rest and adjustable leg support. The pushchair comes complete with a net shopping basket and also has a zipped pocket in the rear of the hood with viewing window. A coordinating footmuff, changing bag and rain cover is included.
When I unpacked it from the box I loved the design of the pushchair. It was very unisex which is important to me, as I hate to stereotype into pink and blue for boys and girls. From a mum’s point of view, if you are looking to sell your buggy on afterwards I would definitely be aware of what colour you choose. The buggy was easy to assemble and the parts were really sturdy; the frame was lightweight and I could comfortably lift the buggy by the handy carry handle with one hand.
The buggy was easy to fold down and, even better, folded completely flat. The handles were sturdy and at a good height that was comfortable for me being 5’ 4” and my husband who is over 6ft. The other thing we really liked is that when pushing the pushchair, there was ample clearance for a tall adult such as my husband to push the pushchair without hitting his knees or feet on the back of the buggy every other step. Despite being lightweight there is nothing flimsy about the frame and it comfortably dealt with steps, bumps and ramps on our journey around town. The fact that it offers a full recline position as well as upright seating means that even when Addison wants to nod off when we are out and about, we can lay her down comfortably.
The seat is well padded and the fabric soft and the five point harness, unlike some others, is quick to adjust and the clip is easy to manage, even when I was wearing gloves.
The best thing about the pushchair is the fact it comes with a gorgeous changing bag, raincover and footmuff – handy items that many other manufacturers charge extortionate prices for. The footmuff is really warm, according to Addison, and the changing bag is a handy addition. Even though she’s three years old, I was using it to throw a collection of Addison’s things in for our outings. The changing bag comes with poppers on the outside so that you can shorten the strap when it is on the handle meaning it isn’t bouncing aimlessly around at the back of the buggy or dragging close to the wheels. Simple concept, but absolutely genius design.
The other really clever piece of design is the buggy bar. On every buggy I have had the bar has been rigid. This is massively annoying. You try positioning your kicking screaming baby behind a rigid bar when they won’t put their legs through. With the Baby Weavers Citi Pushchair, the bar is a flexible bar and can be easily unclipped and moved out the way. Even when not in use, the buggy doesn’t look weird without it on.
The shopping basket is a good size and easily accessible even when the pushchair is in full recline and the seat back adjusters, which are also located at the bottom of the pushchair unit, are also easy to get to if you need to adjust your baby or toddler whilst on the move. You do need both hands to fully recline the buggy but I haven’t found a system yet where you don’t need to depress on both sides to make this happen….well not in my price range anyway!
The wheels are well made and we tried it on concrete, grass, pebbles and sand and used both the swivel and locking wheels with ease. The pushchair was easy to manoeuvre around small corner shops and up and down steps. For the first time in three years, when folded down the Citi actually fitted in both our Ford Focus and Audi A3, something no other buggy or pushchair has done without having to remove essential parts such as wheels or handles.
This is actually a really good pushchair from a brand I hadn’t heard of before now. It comes with everything a new baby and toddler need in terms of a safe and secure pushchair. For parents, it is excellent value for money thanks to the accessory bundle and that it can be used from birth right through the early toddler years.
Walk In The Park….absolutely with this buggy.