I'm 32 and I live in North London with my husband and son. We moved here after living in East London for 8 years, our flat was a bit too small for a baby! But I loved living in the east end and enjoyed all it had to offer, mainly its restaurants, art galleries, parks and shops! I have worked for the NHS since 2008 and I've mainly been working as a Practice Nurse in a GP surgery. It's also nice living a bit nearer to my family who live nearby and in MK. I didn't know anyone in our new neighbourhood, having a baby and joining some groups has meant I've met lots of lovely new people and now I'm enjoying London with a baby! But just a bit less partying!
I found the initial set up slightly difficult I'm afraid! but I think that's reasonably common when using a new buggy you're not familiar with.
The instructions aren't actually that clear, I think the pictures they provide make it a bit more confusing to see what you need to do. However, putting the wheels on is really easy - they just click in, and once you've had a practice it gets easier, again, I think the pictures make it more confusing for some reason. Operating it initially isn't that intuitive, it takes quite a long time to realise what you need to do to get it up and running, so it's even more important that the instructions are really clear - which they are not. Hence the video of me setting it up is about 15 minutes long! It was a very hot day though so maybe that added to my goofiness!
I think the quality of the fabric is really excellent, everything feels lovely, especially the inside of the carrycot, this is really snug. Rory is getting to the stage where he won't fit in it for much longer, but he seemed comfortable and the shade does a really good job of covering. We've had a really hot weekend and I didn't need to worry too much about him being exposed to the sun
You need to remove the shade from the seat to attach it to the carrycot, again, with a few goes this isn't difficult, but the pictures they provide for instructions seem to make it more confusing than it actually is! It slides off easily and un-clicks from the bottom half.
I had to make quite a long journey to a 7 year old's birthday party, which involved a bus journey and a tube ride, and a few wrong turns! In 30 degree heat! On my own! So I'd say the best thing about that journey was the new stroller! It is really smooth to push and easy to do with one hand, using google maps in the other hand! And holding on to my hat with my third hand! (windiest and hottest day of the year apparently!) I got lots of compliments on the Zapp X when I arrived! But honestly it was super easy pushing it on and off buses, up and down uneven pavements, on the tube etc.
We also took it in the car to visit friends today and it folds up nicely and is smaller than our original buggy which is a plus.
We went off roading! Well, a walk in a local park with friends but it was very muddy and the Quinny coped pretty well considering the terrain was uneven. I had to clean the wheels when I got home as they were caked in mud. They click off really easily though which makes this mucky job much easier.
7th June 2017
My changing bag arrived! I really like this, I'm not really into flowery patterns so the black suits me and is really chic I think! It has a changing mat, two pouches (one of which is insulated) and a water proof bag. You can also wear it as a rucksack which is so useful if I'm taking the baby somewhere in the carrier. Again, the material is really good quality and durable. Plus it fits a load of stuff in and doesn't bang against my shins! Winning!
23rd June 2017
So, this week I was away on the south coast with family, and it turned into a heatwave! The Quinny folds up quite small, which makes stuffing it into an already packed boot quite easy. My parents picked me up on route and they don't believe in packing light! It was so hot whilst we were away, which meant the hood was down all the time. When unzipped it comes really far down which provides lots of sun protection, especially when the seat is in the upright position. If it's reclined, it doesn't cover his legs, but that's easily sorted with a blanket or another cover.
I don't walk on cobbled streets much and there isn't an awful lot of suspension on the Quinny, so I do think he felt every bump! But both grandparents thought it was very easy to push, which was good for me!
We took the Quinny Zapp to Mallorca a few weeks ago, you can see from
the video that it folds up neatly and fit into its carry case. I'm not
sure how I managed to film that whilst holding a baby and the changing
bag on 3 hours sleep.... anyway!
The things that worked well on the stroller for the holiday: the hood comes down quite far, so provides quite a bit of shade, especially when the seat is upright. It's lightweight, which made hauling it about easy. The travel bag is handy, but very smug, no room in there for any other sneaky bits and bobs!
For me, the basket is too small, it doesn't hold much at all, I walk mostly, so struggle to fit any shopping etc underneath. This wasn't a huge problem on holiday, but for general life it's too small!
21st July 2017
We went off roading this week! Visited a local park with some friends and it happened to coincide with a huge thunderstorm. I was impressed with how the Zapp X coped with the uneven terrain of the park, lots of mud and tree roots to roll over.
So although it isn't particular designed for all terrain it worked really well! I had to take the wheels off when I got home to clean them, this is really easy to do because they unclick really smoothly. Washing the wheels was successful and there isn't any annoying grooves to try and get mud out of!
We've had some epic rain today, so the rain cover was put to the test! I had to head into town which meant ditching the car and heading to the station. So we headed out in the downpour. Pushchair, bag full of baby stuff, baby and world's biggest golf umbrella because I couldn't find my normal sized brolly! So chic! Anyway, the raincover is fine! Keeps him nice and snug and looks pretty snazzy. It doesn't cover the changing bag.... I'm not sure if any rain covers do, so I wore the Quinny bag as a rucksack. The bag is definitely my favourite bit of kit. I have to mention the brakes this week because they are driving me a bit potty. They require brute force to lock and unlock and involve furious stamping in public places, but perhaps it's just me!