Last month a lovely email arrived in my inbox. Noah and I had been lucky enough to be offered the chance to review the Chicco Urban Pushchair and our choice of colour pack. We gratefully accepted and it felt like the countdown to Christmas waiting for it's arrival.
Here is a little background on the Urban-
"Urban is an innovative, stylish and top quality stroller that offers an extremely versatile solution with many different configurations and features that can be personalised as mums and dads wish. It is both lightweight and versatile as the seat transforms into a pram without the use of an extra carrycot, making it ideal for the modern family. The seat also easily converts from parent facing to forward facing and offers various recline positions. Suitable from birth up to three years of age, Urban can be also be fully customized by purchasing one of the additional bright or neutral colour packs meaning parents can change the look of their stroller without the expense of buying a brand new one. Other added features include a soft internal lining and a spacious basket."
What's in the box?
- Alloy chassis
- Black seat unit
- Soft padded reducer
- Pram seat cover
- Rain cover
- 5 point harness
- Shopping basket
- Instructions (Although these were not needed, at all. Very straight forward to assemble)
We have been using the Urban for a few weeks now and I have gotten a really good feel from it. It's been a great pushchair and has suited our needs well. I find it to be the perfect pushchair for going shopping with as the pram is narrow enough to fit through cramped rows in the shops. I have found this a major problem in the past with our other pushchairs as they have simply been too wide. One pram doesn't even fit through out back door because the back wheels are too big! So kudos to Chicco on that one!
The pushchair is parent and forward facing. Noah has days where he wants to be facing out into the world but others where he want's the security of seeing his Mummy so that function is invaluable to us.
The seat has multiple recline options and the back and leg rests are also adjustable.
The seat magically transforms into a bassinet which I haven't seen on a pushchair before. Not having to pay extra for a bassinet or carry around another part to the pram is fantastic. Although Noah is too big for a bassinet now it's something I will be using when we decide to have another baby. Simply genius.
Comfort. When Noah is in the pram you can see that he is happy and comfortable. I like how the pram supports him and he doesn't just look comfy but he is secure too.
The extendable handlebar is another feature I look for in a pushchair as both my partner and I are tall. There are 4 adjustment positions and having that added height on the handlebar helps my posture and makes maneuvering the pram a lot easier.
The Urban has a wide hood and a large shopping basket. When it comes to these two elements, the bigger the better! The hood has to be one of my favourite features on the pram.
The bumper bar is removable which makes the job of putting a wriggly baby into the seat a lot easier.
The pushchair also has fantastic front swivel wheels with shock absorbers on both back and front wheels.
Maneuverability. Although the front wheels spin I find the back wheels to be fairly rigid. It took me a while to get the hang of steering it as it did feel a little stiff compared to my regular pram but I soon got used to it.
The need to remove the seat to fold the pram can be a little impracticable at times.
It takes two hands to fold up the pushchair which isn't really a problem but it isn't always feasible when you are hold of the baby. Especially when you need to remove the seat first and then fold the chassis with both hands. Sometimes you have nowhere to put the baby!
The seat/leg cover has no buttons on the underneath so when it was on Noah soon learned he could just keep kicking it up.
Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are my own.