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My week started off with an exciting text from Silver Cross to let
me know that my pushchair would be delivered the next day. I received a
further text the following morning giving me an hour time slot for when
the Reflex would arrive, to say I was excited would be an
When it arrived I was actually surprised at how tall the box was and how heavy it felt.
box contained : the chassis, reversible seat liner, bumper bar, harness
pads, raincover, car seat adaptors, hood and front wheels.
Layla was just as excited as me, as I was unpacking the box she kept saying "buggy".
reflex was extremely easy to put together. First job, clicking on the
front wheels. Then to unfold the pushchair. There is a clip either side
which needs unlatching and then unfolding is like any other umbrella
folding stroller, simple. The hood attaches by sliding clips over the
allocated brackets and doing up a popper either side of the frame. A
completely stress free process that took around 5 minutes. I did read
the instructions but I'm pretty sure I could have done it without them.
took it out for a quick spin on the playschool run and I think it was
love at first push, it is lightweight, the swivel wheels made for easy
steering and best of all, Layla was happy!!
first impressions go, I don't think it could have gone any better, the
Silver Cross Reflex looks vibrant and modern and there is more to it
than meets the eye. I cannot wait to try all of its many features
including the LED lights, the extending hood, the one hand silent
recline and the adjustable handles. Let the testing begin.
May the 14th 2014
And we're off, first official outing with the Silver Cross Reflex. I
needed a couple of bits for dinner so we took a stroll round to
Morrisons. The pushchair moved round the aisles with ease, the wheels
didn't get stuck on the floor at all and with the seat in an upright
position, I could easily access the basket to pop my shopping bag in.
May the 15th 2014
Ok so anyone that knows me will know that I have a slight pushchair
addiction and this may have been passed on to my children. My 4 year old
Gracie caught sight of the new buggy in the house this morning and was
desperate to try it out. I was quite surprised to find that she sat in
it quite comfortably, I would say she is probably more the size of a 3
year old but good to know that the pushchair will last as Layla gets
May the 20th 2014
Today was nannie's turn to test out the new wheels. My mum is a teeny
tiny 4ft 11 and she found the handles a little bit too high for her, she
struggled slightly when it came to pushing the Reflex up hill. Would be
nice if the handles could be turned in slightly to make them a bit
May the 23rd 2014
Aaaaa so we've had a lot of rain today, I mean heavy downpours!!!!
However this did give me an excuse to try out the rain cover. It poppers
onto the hood and elasticates around the bottom of the pushchair,
extremely easy to put on and I love the material at the bottom rather
than it being all plastic. The only annoying part is that it doesn't
cover all of the hood which meant it got soaked but it did dry out
rather quickly so not all doom and gloom.
May the 29th 2014
Today we took a trip to Chessington World of Adventures and as much as
Layla wanted to be running about with her sisters, the Reflex did come
in handy when she was tired. Being able to lay it back fully when she
fell asleep ment that she napped peacefully whilst the girls went on
some of the rides.
May the 30th 2014
Justin hasn't had much opportunity to use the pushchair yet because of
being at work but as you can see from the photo with the adjustable
handles, he was able to push the Reflex easily, no need to slouch down
at all. This pushchair is definitely a good one for taller people.
June the 5th 2014
One great thing about the Reflex is that it lays flat. And because of
the silent recline I was able to lay Layla down when she fell asleep
without disturbing her. She was obviously comfy because she stayed
asleep for almost 2 hours!!
June the 11th 2014
Well unfortunately we have been stuck indoors for a few days because my 4
year old has caught chicken pox. My lovely mum came down today so that
Laya and I could get out of the house for a couple of hours, so I popped
her in the Reflex and off we went. The bumper bar came in handy as I
was able to hang toys and books on it, this kept Layla entertained
whilst I window shopped.
June the 22nd 2014
I've been away most of this week so my mum has been in charge of the
children. My mum actually suffers from arthritis especially in her
hands, so holding on to things can sometimes be a struggle. She has been
pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the handles even though they
were a bit high up for her. The material on the handles definitely has a
non slip feel to them.
June the 26th 2014
Unfortunately the Reflex has been left unused again this week, Layla has
been struck down with chicken pox and we have been unable to leave the
house. Hoping to be able to dust off the stroller on Monday and get it
back out on the paths!!!
July the 2nd 2014
It has been nice and sunny this week and this means that the extendable
hood has come in to play. One thing that I love about the hood is that
even when it is fully extended fact, I can always keep an eye on layla
because of the mesh insert.
July the 3rd 2014
Whilst Layla was asleep in the pushchair today, I thought it would be a
good time to get pictures and show you exactly what the hood looks like
when fully extended. As you can see, it offers great coverage and
because of the mesh panels, it is fully breathable. Much better than
using a parasol!!
July the 14th 2014
I have to say I love how easy the
rain cover is to put on the Reflex, especially when you get caught in an
unexpected rain shower!! Reflex 1 - Rain 0
July the 18th 2014
I keep another stroller in the car
boot and I completely forgot we had the buggy tug attached to it. Well I
remembered today so we attached the buggy tug to the Reflex, this made
it a lot easier for Gracie to hold on and of course left both of my
hands free to push the pushchair.
July the 23rd 2014
Today was beautifully sunny so we
decided to go to the beach. We took my mum as well and this meant having
all 7 seats up in the Zafira, this meant not a lot of boot space.
However because of the Reflex's umbrella fold, it remains quite slim
when folded and we were just about able to get it in the boot, hooray :)
July the 25th 2014
Impromptu trip to Blue Water. The
Reflex was so easy to push around all the busy shops and the basket is
actually quite deceiving in size as we managed to put 3 bags of shopping
in there, including some lovely new Converse trainers for me!!
August the 3rd 2014
One thing I really love about the
Reflex is how upright the seat can go. Layla is quite happy to sit in
there because she can fully see what is going on around her. Just today
we were all sat watching the fountain in the middle of town and in our
other pushchair, Layla would have been crying to get out and you can see
from the photo, there were no tears today.
August the 6th 2014
to walk up to my mum's today and I have to admit I found it a bit of a
struggle. We had to walk up two steep hills to get to my mum's and where
the handles can't be adjusted to go any lower, I found my arms were
aching by the end of our journey. However on the flipside I think it
would have been a lot harder if the stroller was heavier, it did show
just how lightweight the Reflex is.
August the 14th 2014
Well today I added another child
to my brood, my 6 year old had a friend round to play and sleepover. The
basket on the reflex was big enough to fit all of her friends bits and
pieces, including the food for their midnight snack!!
August the 17th 2014
noticed that the Reflex has developed a squeak, not quite sure where it
is coming from yet but I have to say I was getting quite annoyed by the
sound when pushing the stroller today!!
August the 23rd 2014
Bank holiday weekend and it's
typical British weather, rain!! So pleased that I had left the rain
cover in the basket. This is the first rain cover that Layla will
tolerate having on a pushchair, I think because she can still fully see
what's going on around her.
August the 31st 2014
So this week we have been busy
moving into my mum's house, this has meant that the poor Reflex has been
somewhat neglected but it did get to go on a nice trip up to Dover
Castle today. The castle wasn't the ideal place to take the stroller
because there are a lot of stairs but Justin managed to carry it up many
of them proving just how light the stroller is, considering there was a 2
year old toddler in there too.
September the 4th 2014
Today whilst the eldest two
were at school my mum and I took the youngest two and my cousin to the
park. We just about managed to get the Reflex in the boot of my mum's
car, it could have done with being a tad shorter when folded. Whilst up
the park my 3 year old nephew decided to have a nap in the pushchair, ok
he had to curl up a bit to get comfy but it was surprising just how
much room there was in the seat.
September the 8th 2014
Layla gets herself into some
weird and wonderful positions in the Reflex. Her favourite has to be the
legs of the side though. Doesn't matter how many times I move them
back, she slides them right back over again.
September the 12th 2014
With Gracie only doing part
time at school at the moment, I decided to treat her and Layla to lunch
at Morrisons. Typically Layla fell asleep before we got there. The size
of the Reflex meant that it slotted in nicely next to the table that we
sat at, meaning I could still keep and eye on her nicely without getting
in the way of other people.
September the 22nd 2014
One problem I've had with the
Reflex is getting it up stairs. My normal method is to go backwards and
bump the pushchair up, however the brakes on the Reflex get in the way
and make this task slightly difficult and unfortunately this has meant
the brakes have got worn down slightly.
October the 1st 2014
I have to say the Reflex has
become a lifesaver when it comes to getting Layla to nap. It seems to be
a guaranteed way to get her to go to sleep. I think the only problem
I've found is that she ends up slouching in the seat .
October the 8th 2014
I have been grateful for the
raincover on the reflex this week, with the torrential rain we've
suddenly been having, although Layla has been reluctant to have it on
the stroller, once on because she has full view of everything she has
stopped fussing almost immediately.
October the 10th 2014
Layla has been trying her hardest to
escape the pushchair these past couple of days but I'm pleased to say
that she is unable to undo the harness, it is securely fastened!!
October the 18th 2014
Ok I admit it, I let Layla eat
in the buggy and I immediately regretted it when she managed to spill
some juice over the fabric. But fear not, the covers are machine
washable and came up sparkly clean after a spin in the washing machine,
no fading to colour either.
October the 22nd 2014
One thing that I love about the
Reflex is the size of the basket. With Layla recently potty trained I
needed to get a travel potty. I opted for the My Carry Potty and I was
pleasantly surprised that it fit in the basket of the stroller easily
with room to spare.
October the 31st 2014
Sadly I have nothing to report
for this week. Someone not naming names, husband *cough*, forgot to put
the pushchair in the boot when we went away!!
November the 2nd 2014
November has arrived and it has
bought the cold weather with it. This was good in a way as it has given
me a chance to test out the footmuff on the stroller. Easy to fit,
poppering onto the sides and I like that it has magnetic clasps on the
front to stop it from slipping off the bumper bar.
November the 5th 2014
Caught in a thunder storm.
Thankfully the raincover fits snuggly over the top of the footmuff so
Layla stay snug as a bug and dry at the same time.
November the 15th 2014
Even with the footmuff and the raincover still attached to the stroller,
it still folds down and locks closed. This makes it a lot easier to
transport about in the winter months.
November the 20th 2014
I've been waiting a long time to test the light feature out on the
reflex. There is a light either side of the frame that has three modes,
solid or flashing sequences. It came in really handy the other day it
was not only dark but raining too and it allowed for both pedestrians
and drivers to see the buggy coming. I have a feeling these lights will
be used a lot as it gets darker quicker in the afternoons.
After 6 months of using the Silver Cross Reflex I have to say I
love it just as much as when I first received it. The size and ability
to transform to rearward facing makes it suitable for both babies and
toddlers. Its included accessories and clever features make it stand
out from other strollers. Easy to use raincover. Lights make it suitable
for all year round use, even in the dark and poor weather. The silent
recline is perfect for when your child decides to nap and the footmuff
is big enough to accomodate even the tallest of toddlers.
complaints; I wish the handles were more adjustable for us shorter
people. The brake got in the way when walking sometimes and when bumping
up stairs. Lastly the harness came in two parts on each side and it
had a habit of popping open when trying to clip it into the centre part
but I will say that once done up, the harness was very secure.
Overall a stylish and well designed stroller that certainly stands out from others on the market.