Let’s face facts, we all know that the Pushchair is a very essential accessory when you become a parent, but what most people don’t realise is also how long you end up using it for and the importance it still plays with your growing toddler which is why we love our Quinny!
Since having Harry 8 years ago, we’ve had a total of 3 pushchairs which is probably more than most families with two children however it would have been two in total, if I hadn’t have left one on the pavement and driven off after loading a baby Harry into the car. But then on the other hand, some people have a certain item they love to buy NEW every child they have, like maybe a nice new blanket/ new cot etc… Not my friend. Nope. She ALWAYS wanted a new pushchair for every new baby! That was her ‘thing’. Did I also mention she actually has 6 children; so it was quite an expense to say the very least as she had a total of 13 pushchairs since having her 16year old teenager.
Stanley has just recently turned 3 and even now I STILL very much need a pushchair. I’m all for encouraging toddlers to walk when and where they can, because after all it’s a vital part of their development and encourages independence. I also know from experience that little legs get tired. Very tired. And when you’re running around town with a toddler, the last thing you want to be doing is carrying them on your hip- which happens often.
We recently got sent the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus for Stanley having seen it and been so impressed at the launch party. Stan spent a good half an hour sitting in one that afternoon ‘trying it out’ and I couldn’t quite believe how easy it was to push and similarly collapse. As pushchairs go, it is extremely smooth riding, aesthetically pleasing and easy to manage.
I’ve particularly found the one-handed pushbar such a great feature because you can very effortlessly steer it with a single hand even despite its 4 large wheels. Having gone from a stroller with two handlebars to this Quinny, the one thing I did miss was being able to hang a million shopping bags from the handles (vital design necessity in my books)! So I did have to rush out and purchase a couple of buggy clips to enable me to do just that. Collapsing the pushchair is relatively straight forward and can be done in 3 simple steps and once folded is quite compact, although the large wheels add a little extra to the dimensions. It is these wheels though that I think make the strolling a lot smoother, especially when you’re on bumpier terrain, but equally through town and on and off buses which we do frequently.
If I had one gripe, I’ve found the shopping basket underneath the seat to be a little impractical in comparison to other models I’ve had in the past. Because of the way the chassis is designed, you are restricted to access due to the central T’bar running up the back. There are a limited amount of things you can squish in there, which I have to say is a design feature that I’ve now gotten over and accept, because everything else far outweighs this.
We use our Quinny Zapp Flex Plus every day because Stanley and I don’t often have use of our car while Harry is at school, and although Stan no longer naps in the daytime now, I don’t like to be caught short without it when he needs to rest his legs. He’s also not yet in nursery, so it’s great for him to jump in and out of it whilst running our daily chores! It’s also so important for when we go away on weekends and with our upcoming holiday, it’s essential for our travelling needs.
We love this model and I’ve had so many compliments since using it. I certainly would not trade it for anything else and I know that we will still be using it for an additional year or so because it serves us very well.
Check out the full range on their website here, where you can also customise your pushchair given the vast range of colours and additional options available.
by laura xx