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The parcel arrived by courier over the weekend in a very large and rather heavy box.
decided I'd brave it and build while the children were about, which
proved a little tricky at times as they kept wanting to get involved!
picture-only instructions were fairly easy to follow. The wheels, seat
unit, bumper bar and hood clipped into place very easily, although I
initially struggled to get the pushchair to stay in the upright
It took just 15 minutes to assemble it and thats including the children trying to help and somewhat getting in the way!
got the Ruby pushchair which is a lovely deep, dark red colour. The
seat & hood fabric look luxurious. Overall the pushchair looks
great, but I do wonder if I'm going to have problems with the rather
high, unadjustable handle bar height, being only 5ft 4.
rain cover came with the pushchair but on contacting Pushchair Expert, they
advised it was already on its way. These are usually sold separately.
Once it arrives, we'll be getting it out & about.
December the 16th 2014
Took the pushchair on it's first outing today, as we've been holed up
for the last week with a poorly little Nellie. It was only on the
nursery run which is a short walk from home, but it gave us the chance to
trial the pushchair. Nellie seems very comfortable,
but I just wonder how this pushchair would suit a 3 to 4yr old (as stated in
the instruction manual), as she has only just turned 1, and takes up a great deal of the seat - her head is also pretty close to the hood.
a piece of mesh within the hood that can be unzipped to provide more
cover to the baby in sunny weather, while this is zipped in place it
touched her head, as it dangles. She was rather distracted by it &
played with it.
The handle bar feels quite unstable, almost like it may come loose, as there is a lot of movement in it.
Nice and smooth to push otherwise, with no problem on the smooth pavements of our walk & it handled curbs well.
December the 28th 2014
Another ride out for Nellie in the Smart Lux, and for some reason the
left back wheel seems to be clicking. I took it off and put it back on, but it had stopped by the time we finished our walk. At this
point I noticed that the pushchair really is quite noisy when pushed.
The two thin brake bars seem to have a lot of movement in them. Saying
that, it is easy and smooth to push, and seems to handle lumps and bumps
So we've been for a lovely long walk, just me & Nellie now that Jude is
back to nursery & Daddy back to work. We were out for 1.5hrs in the local
area, to blow away the cobwebs after a terrible nights sleep.
freezing day, so Nellie was wrapped up super cosy in her down jacket
& with a big fleecy blanket around her legs. She was still very
comfy in the pushchair & babbled away as we wandered. We tackled some
pretty bumpy & cracked pavements with ease. Loving the pushchair
January the 15th 2015
A few more trips out with the pushchair
this week, school runs & a stroll to the cafe in the snow.
discovered the safety strap on the handle bar (meant to be grabbed if
the pushchair rolls away according to the advice on it), but he quite
likes to hold onto it while we walk. Considering the very light amount of
snow on the ground while we were out, the pushchair wasn't as easy to
push as it usually is. It felt as though the wheels were slipping on the snow,
instead of rotating, making the pushchair feel heavier than normal.
rain cover was needed at one point & was very easy to put on. The
only problem I found was that as soon as Nellie moved her legs, the
cover popped off the bottom of the seat. She did have a blanket around
her, but I think it might do the same regardless.
January the 28th 2015
More snow & a poorly babe again, so not been out much. When we did
go out there was quite a bit of snow. Unfortunately the pushchairs front
wheels really aren't keen on snow, and clog up, making them stop
rolling, so they skid, making the pushchair feel heavy. This makes
for hard work and a bit of a shock as the pushchair is so light in normal
circumstances. I had to knock the accumulating snow off every few
minutes to keep the wheels going. I do wonder if there was a higher arch
this problem would be solved?
Nellie still appears to love being out in
it, and looks very comfy.
The brake on the pushchair is very easy to use, even with my clumpy snowy weather boots on.
February the 4th 2015
Had to collapse the pushchair a couple of times in the last few days to
make more room to store other things in the garage. Wow, my fingers
hurt - the clip you have to use to collapse the pushchair is right in the
centre of the handle bar I think it's nigh on impossible to not catch
yourself. We're so close to school and our local amenities that we don't
often use the car day to day, but I've realised just how big the pushchair is when folded, I think it would take up an amount of boot
space - I'll try it over the
February the 10th 2015
the pushchair on the bus for the first time yesterday. It was super easy
to get on the bus & manoeuvre the pushchair in the pretty small
amount of space you have to do so. It turns incredibly easy in a circle,
using only one hand.
also decided to have the seat parent facing for the first time, it was
really simple to do, by pushing down on the small catches where the seat
unit is attached to the frame, but does have to be done two handed.
first on the outing was the need to open up the extra piece of the
hood, as although it was very chilly, the sun was glaring & Nellie
wasn't covered by the hood in its standard mode. It didn't quite take
all of the sun off her with the extra piece, due to it being mesh, but
it certainly made a difference and seemed happy with the extra cover.
one down side to use again over this week is that the back left wheel
has started clicking again, it really is quite annoying!
February the 28th 2015
So the pushchair got a ride out in the car this week, on a family shopping trip.
fold of the pushchair is very long & as a result it wouldn't fit in
the way our other pushchair did. Instead we had to put it in length
ways & right to the back as it didn't sit right towards the front as
the boot is not quite as wide. It took up a fair amount of space in our
people carrier, I really don't think we'd have a chance of it fitting
with 6 seats in use, let alone the full 7 the car has.
the first time my tall (6ft 5) Hubby used the pushchair & he really
liked pushing it. The handle height was fine, although I do feel if it
was adjustable it would be better. The wheel is still clicking, Tim
said it was down to the brake being on, I disagreed. It was that the
brake was partly on, but as soon as we went over any bumps ie those to
mark a road crossing, the bumps made the brake go on ever so slightly
again. So I'm constantly having to push it off again at the moment.
did a fair amount of shopping, the basket was great at storing a lot of
this, although we do have a buggy clip on the handle to allow for
The pushchair has been folded up in the garage most of this week, as
Nellie is quite liking to walk the school run at the moment, and we've
not really been out otherwise as Daddy badly hurt his foot last weekend
and has needed someone to fetch and carry for him. Anyway, I did go out
shopping one day and for the life of me I could not get the pushchair to
unfold for around 20mins. I tried several times and found myself getting
very frustrated, especially as it's been so easy to do until now, by
simply pushing down on the catch on the handlebar and lifting the bar
up. I ended up having to walk away and go back to it, when it seemed to
be fine again, and unfolded on my first attempt.
Other than that
little glitch it was a breeze as usual on the paths of the shopping
park. Nellie is evidently very comfortable as she usually falls asleep
while out in it.
March the 12th 2015
Had a week of doing very little but the school run, as Nellie has been
poorly with a particularly bad ear infection, Jude's not been great
either, and Daddy's been working away. We had a walk to a local
restaurant for tea last night. Jude as usual held onto the strap he
thinks is for him.
Nellie's head seems to be getting close the the
hood, especially when it's folded back, which seems to be how she likes
it at the moment. At only just 15months old I wonder how much space/how
comfortable a child 18months older would be in it.
We got the
pushchair in the restaurant very easily, as Jude was very helpful and
held the door open. It had rather a narrow aisle to he table, but the
pushchair fit through easily. We then parked it behind our table once
we'd sat down and there was still space for someone to get through to
the table behind if needed. Although it was very quiet as it was early.
Nothing else to report at the moment.
March the 25th 2015
I've not used the pushchair for a couple of weeks as the noise it's making is rather annoying. I can see
the issue is the brake clicking itself back on slightly, so I've oiled it, but thats not helped. I think
the problem is more internal. Sadly I managed to trap my hand in
it the last time I collapsed it and had a pretty achey
hand for a few days. I'm unsure if it's the way I'm folding or the
design, but my husband has exactly the same problem and is now refusing
to fold it. Not that he did it much anyway.
We went into
town on the bus this morning for a wander around as its been a nice day.
To stop the clicking I constantly felt the need to try and disengage the brake,
but it only lasts a few steps and the noise returns. It's putting
me off wanting to use it, which is a real shame as it really is a very nice pushchair.
love that you can place the straps fully open on the frame ready to put
in your little person, the hoods extra piece again came in very handy
today in the sunshine, while Nellie was going to sleep.
Nellie is comfy,
whether she's sat up or reclined and has snoozed in it several times
lately. I've resorted to popping her in & pushing to get her to
nod off while she had a bad ear infection this week - no amount of
cuddles were working, but the click on the pushchair did. Perhaps she finds
the noise soothing!
April the 15th 2015
We've had a very busy couple of weeks with the Easter holidays &
Jude being off pre-school. We've had numerous visitors come and stay and
the kids have just got a climbing frame, so that's mean't a lot of
staying at home. The weathers not been great here, so we've not been out
further afield a great deal. Although we've had the odd day out to a
lovely local cobbled village, the pushchair really wasn't great with the
surface, the front wheels stopped turning and it was almost like you'd
tip the pushchair forward if you continued to push. Hubby ended up
pushing, as I was really struggling with it.
We also had a lovely
day out at a local farm where we got to see new lambs & calves. The pushchair was great on the uneven dried mud, but struggled where
it was wet.
I think it'll be rather quiet from us for the next week or so, as the littlest has broken out in chicken pox last night.
On the back of my last update, Pushchair Expert had phil & teds get
in contact with me regarding the wheel clicking. The lady I initially
spoke to advised she was certain there was a quick fix for the problem,
but would need someone who knew what this was to contact me.
I received a
call the following day and the man advised that there was a wire running
from the left wheel across the bottom of the frame, along a bar near the
shopping basket and that there is a small long hexagonal piece that can
be twisted to tighten and slacken off the brake. On loosening this a bit,
the prong that comes from the wheel hub that has been causing the
clicking slid back into the hub, so that it wasn't visable.
the clicking has gone!
It does look like this piece should
be tightened though as it appears loose when you look at it. I'll keep an eye
We've only done school runs this week, but it certainly is nicer to push!
June the 1st 2015
The pushchair has spent 3 weeks in the garage, as we've had a camping trip & a holiday in Spain. The pushchair is simply too big folded for these kind of trips, so the dinky umbrella fold stroller is favoured for boot space.
On our return, it has been used lots for trips to the shops, back & forth to school & for a day out at the farm. I love it so much more now the clicking has gone. It is a breeze to push, and despite Nellie still gaining weight, it still feels incredibly light to push.
It handled the lumps and bumps of the farm fairly well, it helped that the ground isn't too rutted at the moment, as it doesn't cope as well when the ground is hard & rugged.
I'm sad that the 6 month test period is almost done.
June the 16th 2015
Done a bit of getting out & about this last couple of weeks. Its been rather warm & sunny, although when awake Nellie isn't keen on having the hood up, but it's been fantastic when she's nodded off with the extra piece unzipped, for total shade.
Firstly I went shopping, the pushchair was in the boot of the car. When I tried to put it up I had trouble, similar to that I had a few moths ago. On laying it down & trying again I discovered that the shopping basket part had caught on the inner part of the wheel housing & once unhooked it went up with its usual ease. I think it was as I had the rain cover stored in it at the time.
Other than that, it was a breeze to push again & Nellie seemed comfortable in it, although she seems to be really growing & really doesn't have very much head room at all now. She's just turned 18months. Even baby Anabelle came for a ride & enjoyed it ;-)
We were out & about at a fair over the weekend. My Mum was mainly pushing Nellie & on putting something in the shopping basket noticed that the piece that twists over the brake cable had totally unwound itself. It didn't cause any problems, but she was worried this mean't the brake wouldn't work as it was. It did & I just tightened it up again a little, but not too much in order to avoid the return of the wheel click.
Nellie enjoyed an ice lolly in the pushchair, as it was a glorious day. By the time we left the fair the basket was full to the brim with goodies we'd picked up. It really is a fab sized basket.
June the 29th 2015
Lots of shopping done with the pushchair this last week. The roomy basket is brilliant for carrying quite a bit of shopping, but I have had to use a buggy clip to hang a bag or two on when buying more.
I had the car this week too & was reminded just how big the pushchair is folded. Despite our huge car boot, it takes up quite abit of space although, because of how it rests in there, you can get a bit under the seat part.
Loving using it again. Nellie seems to love that the seat sits quite high, as she loves to have a good nosey around. She is getting quite tall now & the hood is definitely irritating her. I have to keep pulling it right back out of her way, as it catches on her head. She's become quite the dab hand at opening the fastenings on her high chair lately, and keeps trying to do the pushchair one too. However as it has an extra catch (red button) on the front of the fastening which must be pressed to release the strap buckles, she thankfully can't do this. Great feature for me.
Overall I've found this pushchair to be a really nice smooth push, it's
easy to maneouver, even in small spaces & while pushing one handed
(the biggest babe often wants to hold my hand).
Nellie has been extremely comfortable in it, often nodding off while in there.
the glitches with the clicking wheel that we finally resolved, we've favoured using this pushchair over the
stroller we have.
The single seat feature of seat unit/bassinet in
one is brilliant, although I think while in bassinet mode, a fully
fitting cover would be a bonus.
The additional button on the fastenings is good for keeping our little escape artist safely fastened in.
is a shame the pushchair is so large when folded. I feel it would be a
struggle for anyone with a small car, as it takes up a lot of space even
in my large car boot.
It is easy to recline & switch the seat between world
& parent facing, although it would be great if the pushchair could
be folded in either position.