I'm Rachel & part of a very soon to be family of 5, at the moment there is Myself, My Husband Paul, my son Izaak (5) & Xavier (3), new baby is imminent. Both me & Paul work at a well known insurance/life pensions company & have been there many years.
We live down south in Sunny Bournemouth, where beach trips are a must regardless of weather.
Izaak is at school so we have the school run every
morning & then a dash to town for shopping,
Pushchair maneuverability will be put to the test, usually this
will be via bus, which gives the opportunity to test out ease of use on public
I'm looking forward to testing the Silvercross reflex pushchair as I have had many other brands in the past & of course will be looking to see if it what I will be looking for myself.
I'm very excited about this opportunity to be a tester.
So today is the day, after a few anxious days wait the Silvercross
Reflex is here, delivered by DPD I knew it was the pushchair as I
have had all my other deliveries arrive already :)
The narrow yet tall box get carried into my house by the driver due to my massive baby bump being in the way.
In anticipation I open the box (like a child at Christmas) to find it all neatly & compactly placed in there & there was a few pieces too, I just pick the box up from the unopened end & slide the pushchair out. Only a few parts to assemble such as the hood, front swivel wheels & bumper bar, which was so easy I didn't need to look at the instructions.
The padded seat liner comes unattached so gives an indication that it can be laundered.
The pushchair was together in no time & my 3 yr old was kind enough to sit in the pushchair to give us an idea of size & space & there is plenty of room at both head & leg end, it is so very light that even taking him for a stroll around the house it was easy to push and turn.
The harness it is a lot easier to use regards threading through liners as it all comes apart at the clip, the only negative is that you need to re-thread the crotch padding when getting child in & out.
In a separate box came the baby nest (would be a separate purchase), I removed the hood & liner from the main pushchair & spread out the straps as per the instructions, the baby nest lays flat on top of the reclined seat unit & the head end has a pocket in which you place the calf rest in to keep secure. The baby nest has its own harness. There is a separate hood which attaches to the bumper bar clips & separate apron, you can also add the pushchair apron for extra warmth.
Overall I'm impressed with this pushchair, I've not had a Silver Cross before as always gone for the other popular well known brand, I'm hoping this lives up to expectation as I will be hoping to invest in a decent pushchair for my baby when I downgrade from a pram. :)
All I need to do now is wait for the most important delivery, however I still have a week or so.
I'll keep you posted.
Well its been a week since I got the reflex delivered & I'm still
waiting for my little one to arrive (due in 4 days now). Whilst waiting I
did get an additional delivery from Silver Cross for the newborn pack
& now I have the rain cover which is suitable also to use when the
pushchair is used as a travel system with the car seat.
Well I have since fitted it to the pushchair in newborn mode & it's a good fit, just one niggle though is that it's tricky to figure out as there are no instructions with it other than a diagram on the package. Once on its quite obvious how it goes as there are 2 holes/slits in the sides which go over the handles & down the frame, which then suitably covers the whole pushchair.
May the 31st 2014
So my new addition finally arrived on May 28th. Today we decided to go
for a little walk to the shop to get some fresh air. Baby Maia looks
quite dinky in the newborn nest & is very comfortable. She is very
secure in the straps.
The walk to the shop was a dream, the pushchair was very light to push & it was nice to see my baby as I was pushing her along unlike my Maclaren XT, which is only forward facing when laid flat for newborn.
My 3yr old son also had a go at pushing the pushchair & managed quite well as it was light & agile enough.
The basket was handy to store the 2 pts of Milk, Apples, 2 packs of biscuits & 3 drinks. Also the rain cover is folded in there, to make it easy to access there is elastic areas on the basket so you can continue to use it when in newborn mode, very handy.
I can't wait to take it out again, watch this space.
June the 11th 2014
Today we decided to go to the beach as the weather was glorious. We
decided to use public transport today so we were able to test the reflex
on the bus.
Well as expected the pushchair fit quite snugly in the buggy space on the bus & there was even room for 2 more prams.
When we got to town we headed to the beach via the gardens, we had a few admiring looks from other mums & one mum even commented on how she liked my unique pushchair. Once we get to the beach we proceed to the sand, as expected though it is a case of turning your back to the the pushchair and dragging it across the sand as the wheels just aren't made for the sand as they are too small, however as the reflex is very light it was no problem pulling it along. We proceeded to have a lovely time on the beach today.
June the 22nd 2014
Since my last update we have converted to stroller mode due to Maia preferring to be slightly reclined. On this occasion we went out to the paddle park and we took the reflex as it is roomier than the bulky pram & was ideal for a hot day.
At the park there was no shade to speak of so we got the chance to use the canopy of the Reflex. As per the picture the canopy is ample & sufficiently covers the baby & also has mesh panels to allow for circulation. Maia seemed happy & content in there & managed a good sleep in the hot conditions.
July the 24th 2014
August the 11th 2014
We have just taken a quick walk to the shop before it rains. Maia is sat in the partial recline position. She likes to be sat up & the straps are on the first height setting which fits lovely, however the waist strap can be a bit fiddly as you need to thread it through the padding before doing up which maybe a pain with a wriggly baby/toddler. Plenty of room in the basket for the groceries with easy access behind the seat when semi reclined.
August the 13th 2014
August the 22nd 2014
August the 26th 2014
Hooray for rain..... Finally we get to test the Reflex raincover, whilst were out it decided to rain... a lot, so out came the raincover & it didn't disappoint. Unlike the Maclaren raincover it fastens to the hood with a snap popper (Maclaren cover has pegs on the hood & button holes to pop over said pegs) & at the bottom of the pushchair below the foot strap is a peg on each side for the bottom of the cover to attach to via elastic hooks, very quick & easy to attach to the pushchair. I can't say for now whether the feet/legs stay dry as we really didn't stay in the rain long enough for the water to penetrate through, this was a problem with the Maclaren cover, the rain would soak through the grey panel & soak my sons legs... What would be nice would be if the raincover come in a co-ordinating colour to the pushchair.
September the 23rd 2014
Today I removed the covers on pushchair seat to give them a freshen up. It was pretty straight forward as the harness comes apart at the front meaning I don't have to fiddle around the back of the seat trying to push the harness anchor through a tiny hole. I washed the seat liner & chest pads in the machine at 30' and only after realised it should be hand washed, no damage was caused, I'll be sure to wash by hand next time. Overall nice & easy to clean.
September the 25th 2014
Apologies firstly for not updating in a while, my baby definitely prefers to be facing me and while she is still so young I like to keep an eye on her so have been using our primary pram for the majority if the time.We took the Reflex out for a stroll to the local shops & finally got a chance to use the footmuff. The footmuff is useful as it keeps the cold & wind off babys legs & also saves the blanket from falling to the floor.
We used the raincover as it was raining and this fits perfectly over the footmuff, I also like to keep an eye on little one when the hood is up via the little waterproof viewing window.
When removing the footmuff once we got home I noticed that there was a bit of fraying at the popper for the hood, now I have only removed the hood once when I washed it and it doesn't appear that the poppers will last very long on the material if that is how it looks after 1 unpoppering.
After using the Reflex I go to fold to put away only to find that the footmuff needs to be removed for it to fold properly, bit of a pain but I can live with it.
Firstly apologies for no recent updates, I have been busy with work and children, however I have a update today. On Saturday we went to a firework display, the weather had been poor so the ground was a bit wet/muddy, however the Reflex coped very well with the uneven ground. I had put the swivel lock on the front wheels to make pushing it easier. I used the little lights on the pushchair to help my sons find us if they strayed a little too far (handy little feature) also the lights helped my husband to find us when exiting in the crowd.
I enjoyed using the Silver Cross Reflex, it's a bit sturdier than other strollers I've used, however for the early days of my baby I did prefer the use of my pram purely due to baby being higher off the ground & within reach. Other than that its a good lightweight alternative. I would recommend this stroller to someone who wishes to use a stroller from birth.