The stroller arrived at 1pm today in 3 boxes. The largest box contained the frame, wheels and stroller seat unit. The next box contained the carrycot and the final box had the accessories (changing bag, car seat adaptors and height extenders).
I got out the frame and attached the 2 larger wheels to the rear and the 2 smaller ones to the front. No force was needed as they clicked in smoothly, this was the only assembly required (I felt extremely smug that I managed this without assistance from my husband).
As Harper is only 4.5 months old I left the stroller seat unit in
the box and assembled the carrycot. All I had to do was pull 2 tabs
inside the carry cot to pop up the frame. The hood was already attached.
The carrycot attached either directly on to the frame or there is the option of using the height extenders.
I was surprised at how easy it was to assemble. I think it took me longer to remove the packaging than it did to assemble the Hybrid Stroller. Babystyle have a very useful YouTube station with assembly videos which I watched prior to the stroller being delivered, these definitely helped me feel confident in assembling the stroller.
The stroller is bigger than it appears on images. I was impressed by the sturdy construction of the wheels and suspensions. I was shocked to find the handle isn't genuine leather but is in fact styled to have a leather appearance, which I feel makes the product feel less luxurious, especially on a close inspection. I loved the size of the carrycot, as although Harper is a small baby (9th percentile for height), there was ample room for a bigger baby.
I'm looking forward to using the stroller to see how it performs on the go.
My first trip out with the stroller was the school run. The walk to
school is up hill and about a mile. I found pushing the stroller, on the
pavements smooth as the built in suspension absorbed any bumps I
encountered. When pushing uphill I didn't feel that the stroller was too
It was a hot sunny day and I loved that the hood on the carrycot has a vent which can be lifted to allow air flow whilst using the hood to shield any from the sun. There is also a good extension built in which you can pull pull out to give additional protection from the sun. I love this design feature, but I do feel the silver material, which this part of the hood is made from, looks quite cheap and has a plastic appearance, whereas the rest of the carrycot is either finished in fabric or a leather effect finish.
On the journey Harper was very comfortable in the stroller and fell to sleep after been in there for about 30 minutes.
The basket under the stroller was large enough to accommodate a large school bag.
I hadn't managed to change my bag to use the Hybrid changing bag so I used my changing bag. I felt it fitted well and the clips on the handle, to stop bags slipping down towards the carrycot, are another nice design feature and mean you could use any changing bag with this pram.
15th July 2017
We are currently using the carry cot on the Hybrid stroller frame as Harper is only 5 months old. Harper is quite a small baby (25th percentile for weight and 9th for height currently wearing 0-3 clothing). The carrycot is spacious and she really enjoys travelling in it. We also own an Egg Stroller, on this pram even though Harper is a small baby she is struggling to fit in the carrycot, which should last up to 6 months.
This photo shows Harper on the left in the Egg carrycot and on the right in the Hybrid carrycot. The photographs were taken in the same week and clearly illustrate how much more spacious the Hybrid is, she has about 4 inches of space above her head.
The other design features which we love are the carrycot are (1) the air flow vent on the hood. This is brilliant on hot days when I have the hood up to shield Harper from the sun as it still allows air to circulate to keep her cool.
(2) The hood extender - this is a piece of fabric which you pull from inside the hood of the pram to give extra sun protection. Although I really love this design feature, I do not like the look/appearance of the fabric which has been used. The fabric easily creases and marks and in my opinion looks cheap compared to the other materials used on the stroller.
We have now done walks, both outside and inside and Harper is very happy travelling in the carrycot. When the airflow vent is open she uses this to look out of which keeps her entertained throughout the journey. I find the mattress quite firm so I tend to put a fleecy blanket underneath her for comfort, we also do this in the Egg stroller.
21st July 2017
Well this week the Hybrid has been put to the test off roading. We
attended a charity event at a national trust venue called Clumber Park.
It was a really hot day and Harper was very comfortable laying in the
carrycot with the rear air vent open. The suspension preformed really
well when pushing the stroller over bumpy paths and grass. Harper was
taking a nap during the walk from the car to the event field and did not
wake up. We were setting up camp for the day and therefore had to
transport lots of items with us from the car. The ample size basket
under the stroller helped with this as I hung the nappy bag on the
handles. The handle has handy stoppers which keep any changing bag from
slipping down too low. A few people approached me throughout the day and
commented how nice my pram looked.
The next off road experience for the stroller was a walk in a community woodland. The paths here were very rough, I would describe them as covered in hardcore. Again the suspension and wheels took the force of any bumps in the road and Harper was happy throughout the journey
We walked up and down some extremely steep hills on this journey.
Although I did get tired pushing the pram I think this was more to do
with how unfit I am after my pregnancy. The pram was light to push up
On both days the extending sun visor was brilliant at giving Harper additional shade from the sun.
One thing I feel could be improved is the material which covers the
handle. At first glance it appears to be leather but on closer
inspection it is a printed plastic which gives a leather appearance. On
hot days when my hands are hot and sweaty there is limited grip. The
handle on my egg stroller is leather and this is comfier to hold/push
for longer periods of time.
You will notice on my photographs that the apron of the carrycot is never on, this is because Harper is super nosy and likes to have a clear line of sight out of the pram.
Before I had a baby I was in the camp that prams and strollers should be banned from shopping centres as they get in the way. Now Harper is here I have reassessed this view and Meadowhall (our local indoor shopping center) is our go to place for a walk and coffee if the weather is bad due to the brilliant parent and child facilities. I decided the Hybrid needed to go on a trip with us to Meadowhall to see how it preformed. I love how easy the Hybrid is to assemble, the frame folds out when the release clip is pulled and the carrycot clips on to the frame.
Once inside it felt easy to push the stroller on the marble floors and it was light to push in the sections of the center with a slight incline. I went for breakfast and Harper happily slept in the carrycot while I ate. The stroller fitted across the end of a standard size table, and as the handles are highly adjustable I collapsed them in by releasing the 2 clips on either side of the handle section.
Once I had eaten and Harper had woken up and been fed we went for a walk around. The stroller was easy to push around tight corners and shop displays. I am struggling with the brake pedal, which is situated to the right between the back 2 wheels, as I am used to this pedal being in the centre on my egg stroller. Once I locate where the pedal is situated, it's easy to press and release. The basket under the stroller is large enough to hold about 3 standard size clothing shopping bags and you don't feel a difference in the weight of the stroller or handling when the basket is full.
Overall I was very impressed with how the stroller performed and I feel it was "nippy" enough not to get in the way of other shoppers.