Hi, I'm Chrissy! I am a full time Nursery Teacher from Oldham. I live with my husband Pete and I'm a mummy to a 2 year old daughter called Nieve and 4 month old son called Lucas. We enjoy spending time as a family although at times it can be a bit hectic, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy a little blogging in my spare time and love trying out new products with the family, so I'm really excited to be joining the living with team. I hope that you enjoy reading about how we get on with the Stokke® Crusi™ and how it slots into our already hectic family life!
The Stokke® Crusi™ I will be testing arrived this week. I received the chassis, main seat and extra sibling seat in the lovely Deep Blue that I had chosen.
I made the decision to just assemble the chassis with the main seat as I will focus on using the sibling seat in a later post. So armed with the boxes for the chassis and main seat I excitedly opened the packaging.
Opening the chassis box first, it contained the frame, 2 front and 2 back wheels and instruction manual. The chassis opened out in a simple motion and the wheels easily clipped in place making it ready for the main seat.
The main seat was a bit trickier as it came in more parts. The most difficult thing was attaching the foot rest as the instructions weren't too clear but eventually it was all assembled. This then simply clipped onto the main chassis and hey presto, the Crusi™ was ready to roll.
When assembled, the Crusi™ is bigger than I thought it would be but I love the height at which the seat sits at – great for little ones who want to see the world. I'm amazed at the huge shopping basket and I like the colour of the fabrics. I'm looking forward to taking it out for its first test run.
Lucas had his first outing in the Stokke® Crusi™ this week. I fitted the padded baby insert into the main seat as I felt Lucas needed it with him not sitting upright on his own. This seemed to add a bit more support and comfort for him than with just the seat alone - he certainly looked cosy sat in there!
Pushing the Stokke® Crusi™ was easy and it mastered the kerbs well which is a big plus for me. I was able to manoeuvre one handed at times and Lucas loved being high in his seat so he could have a good nose at his surroundings as we walked by. It coped well with will the uneven pavements, enough so that Lucas actually fell asleep – something he refused to do in our old pushchair so it's definitely got the Lucas seal of approval up to now!
October the 17th 2014
Over the last couple of weeks, we've been using the Stokke® Crusi™ for various shopping trips. First was a quick trip to Asda in the rain, meaning we had a chance to test the rain-cover. It was a great fit over the main seat, really easy to put on (once I'd figured out which way it went!) and has a clever middle zip and flap compartment that you can open up meaning you don't have to take the whole cover off when it stops raining.
I wasn't disappointed. I only went for a few bits ... half an hour later and I have a full Stokke® Crusi™ basket!
It did feel a lot heavier with all the shopping in the basket which made getting up and down kerbs a bit tougher but the ride still seemed OK and Lucas was still happy.
Up to now, I've only found a few niggles with the Stokke® Crusi™ - one being the mud guards on the rear wheels. They have a habit of pushing against the wheels making a tapping noise when pushing, but a quick adjustment of them and it goes away until re-adjustment is needed again – generally after the pushchair has been collapsed for storage. Also, it can be quite cumbersome taking the main seat on and off the main frame but that's just my opinion as I know to others this might not be an issue. But there are much more positives than negatives for me!
On to more adventures with the Stokke® Crusi™....
Check out our video of us walking to and from the supermarket:
Now that we are getting used to using the Stokke® Crusi™ as our main pushchair, we are getting more adventurous with where we take it. This past week I decided to take Lucas into Manchester town centre but instead of taking the car, we took the tram and of course the Stokke® Crusi™.
We got on the tram with no problems and I was able to easily manoeuvre the Stokke® Crusi™ to a space out of everyone's way. Lucas enjoyed being nice and high as he was able to have a nosey at the other passengers as well as out of the window. Being on the tram also put the brake into full force and I must admit to using the pushchair to help me from toppling over as I stood with it so the brake did its job well. Putting on the brake is really easy as you just place your foot on the red lever at the bottom of the chassis and flick it back up to take it off. We have however found that the wheels can click for a short time after releasing the brake.
Getting around Manchester was great with the Stokke® Crusi™ and Lucas enjoyed his first taste of the busy town centre hustle and bustle as he was able to see everything from the Stokke® seat. I really love how easy it is to manoeuvre the Stokke® Crusi™ when out and about and although it isn't the smallest of pushchairs, I find it a breeze to push and can easily do it one handed – I just have to now get used to the width of the pushchair as it is quite a wide based chassis. It's fair to say that it did well on the tram but trams have lots of room to manoeuvre (when not too busy), I think a bus journey would be the real test of public transport for the Stokke® Crusi™ and I think that may be a future test in itself!
Now that we had mastered the Stokke® Crusi™ in single mode, we thought it was time for us to try it as a double. We were visiting Diggerland as part of Nieve's birthday celebrations and thought it was best to have a try then as we knew she wasn't the best walker once she got tired.
In order for the Stokke® Crusi™ to become a double pushchair, all you need is the sibling seat pack which contained the extra sibling seat (which is different that the main seat) and the special adaptors needed to attach to the chassis. Now the downside to this is that the main seat and chassis were already taking up the whole boot space of my Ford Focus, so the extra sibling seat had to be put on the back seat in between Lucas' and Nieve's car seats. This wasn't a problem for our outing but it may be if you are out shopping and needed some storage space for purchases.
Setting up seemed relatively easy
– the hubby had no problems attaching the adaptors to the chassis underneath
the main seat and then slotting the sibling seat onto them.
The only thing that we found quite tricky was attaching the foot rest to the base of the chassis. It was like the holes that the screws went into didn't align up properly but we eventually sorted it and decided to leave the foot rest as a permanent feature as we didn't want to have to try to attach it all over again. We also found adjusting the sibling seat harness a bit of a struggle but got there eventually!
Nieve seemed to love the novelty
of being in a pushchair again and didn't seem phased by being underneath her
Alas sitting in for the whole of five minute was all that Nieve would do and walked for the rest of the day! So we used the sibling seat for storage as once it is in place, the lovely large shopping basket disappears which is another downside for the Stokke® Crusi™ being in double mode. Hopefully Nieve will allow us to actually push the Stokke® Crusi™ in double mode sometime soon so keep checking back for updates!
January the 30th 2015
Well we finally got Nieve to try the Stokke® Crusi™ in double pram mode (it's only taken a few months!) After deciding that we would go and see a fireworks display near our home, we thought that taking the pram would be the easier option rather than drive. As Nieve had been in nursery all day, we knew that she wouldn't be able to cope with the walk to and from the display and the hubby didn't like the thought of having to carry her all the way home so it was decided that it was time to try the Stokke® Crusi™ with Nieve actually in the sibling seat underneath Lucas.
Nieve seemed much more
comfortable this time round with being put underneath Lucas. She was excited to
be in the seat and to be pushed by daddy as she doesn't often go in a pram
anymore with her being a more confident walker. Hubby found it easier this time
round to attach the seat underneath and we managed to adjust the straps to fit
Nieve more comfortably. I do actually prefer the harness and clasp of the
sibling seat to that of the main seat – it seems much more secure and a better
Now with both of them in the Stokke® Crusi™ I will say that it was much harder to push with the extra weight of Nieve. Going up and down kerbs was more challenging although it was still easy to manoeuvre around corners and with the seats being on top of each other rather than side by side, we were still able to get through small gaps relatively easier (like when in single pram mode).
We were able to manoeuvre through the crowds relatively easily and they both seemed comfortable and content being pushed around in the Stokke® Crusi™. It is a bit tricky getting Nieve out from underneath Lucas as you have to put her in and pull her out from the top of the seat as that's where the main bit of space for movement is, but this was fine with her and didn't seem to bother her in the slightest. Lucas was happy watching the firework display from the Stokke® Crusi™ and as I keep saying throughout my trial, the seat height is one of the big pluses to this pram and one that has made Lucas very happy and comfortable being pushed around in it. Happy baby = happy mummy!
We now have the double pram mode
bug! After our first try of the Stokke® Crusi™ as a double pram, we were
impressed at how easy it was to convert for both our children to use, as well as
the practicality of having the option of being able to have a pram to push both
Nieve and Lucas together. When I found out I was pregnant with Lucas, I was
adamant we didn't need a double pram and that we would cope without one. By
trialling the Stokke® Crusi™, it has
highlighted to us that it is nice to have the option of having a pram for Nieve
when going out on longer walks or to places we knew she would find hard to walk
With a relatively simple set of kit (the sibling seat and two brackets), we could convert the Stokke® Crusi™ to hold both Nieve and Lucas in a matter of seconds. Granted it meant storing another seat in the car (which is currently stuck between both the car seats in the rear of our Ford Focus), but it is definitely a handy option for us and one we never thought we would use as often as we have done.
What to expect with the Stokke® Crusi™ in double pram mode:
• Easy to put together with
just the sibling seat and two brackets to attach to the main chassis and off
• Great option to have when you have a young baby and a toddler who isn't a confident walker for long distances and as it's not a permanent feature, you can decide when and where you want to make the Stokke® Crusi™ a double or a single pram.
• Comfortable sibling seat which is a good size and fits our average size 3 year old, although no rain cover is provided in the sibling seat set. You also need to consider where you will store the extra seat as if you have a small car, you may struggle to fit all the kit in with having the two seats and the chassis.
• The Stokke® Crusi™ does get more difficult to push with the extra weight of another child but this is to be expected with all double prams and I only found it an issue when going up and down kerbs.
• The sibling seat takes up the whole storage basket so in double pram mode, the Stokke® Crusi™ has very little shopping storage.
• Some may find putting the child in the sibling seat a little fiddly, particularly if they are taller than the average size child due to only be able to access it from the top of the seat due to the main seat already being fixed on top. You could overcome this by putting the child in the sibling seat first then attaching the main seat afterwards but we liked to sort Lucas out first (with him being the youngest) and then put Nieve in last as she was older.
The Stokke® Crusi™ is definitely a pram to consider if you are not too sure if you need a double pram or not as it gives you the best of both worlds in a relatively simple and easy to manage way!
We've been carrying on with making use of our last few weeks testing out the Stokke® Crusi™ and I will say that I will definitely be sad to see it leave us! We've been using it in and around town, mainly in single mode as Nieve has tended to walk on our short trips out. As it's been quite rainy weather, we have got to test out the rain cover quite a bit and my mum had a go pushing Lucas around shopping.
I think she enjoyed pushing it as much as I do and if she likes it then it must be good!March the 11th 2015
I thought that as we have had quite a few updates with the Stokke® Crusi™ being used, we would make our final posts about the practical side of using the pram. I thought I would start with how large the Stokke® Crusi™ is as I have mentioned previously that it isn't the smallest of prams and this is definitely something to consider if you are short on space to store it. We have had it in the boot of our 2008 Ford Focus and it literally takes up the whole boot space. This has made shopping trips a bit difficult as it means I have struggled with storing the shopping in the car along with both children as I am unable to really use the boot space.March the 20th 2015
Although the Stokke® Crusi™ is on the large side, it is comfortable and well made. I love the main seat as it is spacious and Lucas always looks comfortable in it. I could also see it lasting well into the toddler years, making it a good investment if you are wanting to use it for when your little ones get older. The 5 point harness is easy to use on the main seat and seems safe and secure as well as easily adjustable for most sizes of children. The covers are easily washable and come off via a range of zips and press studs, which for me is a big plus as I am a bit of a clean freak when it comes to my prams! The small downside is that you cannot collapse the pram without taking off the main seat so you have to store both the chassis and main seat separately, and if you are wanting to use it in double pram mode then further space is needed for the sibling seat.
Now for my last post I am going to do a video of how easy the Stokke® Crusi™ is to set up and point out some of the key features it has so please be kind as I am a bit new to the world of video making! Make sure to catch my final update!
As my very final update, I thought I would finish by showing a video of how easy the Stokke® Crusi™ is to set up. The video shows how the chassis and main seat are put together to form the Stokke® Crusi™ in single pushchair mode (please excuse my quiet babbling, I'm very camera conscious!):
One thing I forgot to add to my video review was that the Stokke® Crusi™ can be parent or forward facing. By just turning the main seat the opposite way, little one can be outward facing which is great if you have a nosey little one who likes to see everything around them. And lastly....
The Stokke® Crusi™ in double pushchair mode
I haven't hidden the fact that I have been pleasantly surprised by the option of the Stokke® Crusi™ being transformed into a double pram with relative ease.
The only downsides are the
requirement to store an additional seat and the fact that once the sibling seat
is attached, you virtually have no storage space on the pram making it
difficult if you need both at the same time.
It's a great option to have though, particularly if like us you have a toddler who's not quite ready to walk long distances but doesn't require a pushchair all the time.
I think I've covered everything that I think that you would need to know about the Stokke® Crusi™ pushchair. My very last post will be a round up of my whole experience and what I thought about the Stokke® Crusi™ overall.
Well the time has come for us to end out adventure with the Stokke® Crusi™. We have been pleasantly surprised by how much we have used the Stokke® Crusi™ in double pushchair mode and it has been a great feature to have as it has fitted our needs perfectly. The Stokke® Crusi™ is quite a bulky pram, coming in two parts (main seat and chassis) so wouldn't suit anyone looking for a compact pushchair, but it is comfortable and a dream to push. I have loved having Lucas nice and high in the Stokke® Crusi™ main seat and he has enjoyed being able to see all around him with ease. It has coped well with the everyday hustle and bustle and has been a comfortable pushchair for both Lucas and Nieve to use as well as Mummy, Daddy and Nanna to push!
My detailed pros after trialling the Stokke® Crusi™:
Spacious main seat that can be attached to the main chassis to give forward and parent facing modes as well as three different seating angles.
Option for having it as a single or double pushchair which can be converted with relative ease.
The handling of the Stokke® Crusi™ is good, allowing it to be pushed with one hand easily and manoeuvrability has been great.
My detailed cons after trialling the Stokke® Crusi™: