I am Vicki Brown, partner to Johnny, mother to Milo (aged 5)
and newborn Effie, living in Cheltenham with our mischievous cat Miggins.
Currently I'm on maternity leave but when I'm not I'm a self employed crafter and knit and crochet pattern designer. We are generally a very crafty family and you will find us all getting involved with paper, paint and glue on a regular basis.
Living in a town, we like to spend our free time out and about, shopping, going for coffee and long lunches with the children or visiting the great parks we have at our disposal.
Despite a slight hiccup at the beginning, our first impressions of
the Smart Lux have been great. Was really easy to assemble and Effie
looks so cosy and happy inside. Love how the seat cleverly transforms to
a pram like base from a toddler style seat. It's light weight and
really easy to manoeuvre. Really loving using it so far!
We've been really enjoying using the Smart Lux. I really love how easy
it is to manoeuvre, Milo especially loves pushing his sister around.
I've found it particularly useful for Christmas shopping, it's slender enough to make getting through doors a breeze.
I had to make an unexpected bus journey today, not something I usually enjoy doing with a pushchair, however I found it easy to get on and off and the ease at which it spins around made getting it in to position no problem.
The basket space underneath is also proving incredibly useful.
We've been out and about with the Smart Lux lots since we returned from our Christmas holidays. Love how much I can store in the basket underneath, which makes carrying the shopping home much easier! Still using the cot version of the seat but thinking of switching to the seated version as Effie is becoming more alert and interested in what's going on. I really like the way the seat changes from cot to seat without it needing to be a completely separate piece, looking forward to trying it out.
January the 13th 2015
Had to use the raincover for the first time on Monday.
Was completely unaware it was even raining until we left the house,
late for Effie's immunisations. Fortunately the cover was really quick
and easy to pop on and works with the seat in pram mode as well as
upright position. So Effie was lovely and dry and cosy, I on the other
hand got soaked!
January the 26th 2014
We've been using the pushchair lots recently as we've been spending more time out and about, visiting friends and taking Milo to the park. I've started to have a few problems. The main one for me at the moment is the noise the wheels make; one back wheel has started making a clicking sound. I've fiddled about with it but can't seem to stop the clicking. They are also quite squeaky but hoping a little bit of oil will fix that.
I've also yet to discover a way in which I can collapse the pushchair without trapping my fingers between the hood of the chair and the handle bar, I expect there's a knack to it that just haven't quite got the hang of yet. Fortunately as we don't drive and have space in the house to keep the chair up it isn't something I have to do regularly.
I am however loving the ease with which the chair moves from pram style to seat style. Especially as Effie is at that in between stage. So if we go out in the chair version, but as we go to leave our destination I think she might go to sleep it's really easy to change back to pram. I can even do it one handed (just about) now! The seat is moved up and down using a little lever on the hood end, then the seat bit simply unclips from underneath and is then pushed back into the flat position.
Back to using the pushchair last week after a week away, where I decided not to take it with me. I missed having it in a lot of ways.
We went away for the weekend and for the first time took the pushchair
on the train with us. I was really happy with how easy it was to
manoeuvre around the stations, changing platforms etc ... at one stop we
boarded the train in a hurry and got on the wrong carriage! The train
was already pulling out so we were unable to get off and back on again.
However I was really surprised to find the pushchair fit easily through
the aisles and there was only one small corner section where we needed
to lift the pushchair over some seats.
We did have an issue getting on and off the train because the gaps and drop between train and platform were huge, but really that's to be expected. I was with my other half so this was easy enough to manage. Though in my previous experience of travelling alone I know how helpful people generally are in that situation.
Loving using the pushchair this week in the gorgeous sunshine. The hood comes down really far so is great for keeping the sun out of Effie's face, especially with the extender unzipped. Only problem is it's a little too big! So she can't see much with it all the way down. Great for when I'm trying to get her to sleep though.
April the 27th 2015
I did the supermarket shopping with both the children today. I find it
tricky to carry the shopping basket and push the pushchair, but
fortunately my 6 year old was on hand to help with the pushing. I put the locks on the front wheels for him, otherwise he would have struggled to
keep it straight - but he did a great job helping me out once I had done that.
I find the under seat basket so handy for carrying home the shopping and can fit a surprisingly large amount in it.
Been putting the raincover to good use this last week! Really like how it comes with a bag that attaches to the chair, so I always have it with me if I unexpectedly need it. It's also really quick and easy to pop on. My only complaint with it, is that once it's on there's no way of getting to your child easily. A zip added across the top of the hood area would be amazing. Just so I could retrieve Effie's hat from over her eyes once in a while, without having to pop my arm up and under the cover at a weird angle.
May the 19th 2015
Eeeek! Got a puncture in one of the back wheels. I was hoping it was just a bit of a flat when I noticed it and that it would just require pumping. However, we must have punctured it well, as within 5 minutes (not even being used) it was flat again! Not being especially good at these sorts of things, I shall be taking it to my local bike shop to mend. Fortunately the wheel comes off really easily, so I won't need to take the whole pushchair in. I just need to remember to take it out with me when I go into town! I'm missing the pushchair so much, I'm using the sling in the meantime but I really do miss it loads.
Finally got around to having the puncture fixed. We're lucky to have a bicycle shop nearby who also deal in pushchairs, so they fixed it no problem.The push to finally have it fixed came when I was going away for the weekend and I didn't think my partner would want to spend the whole weekend using the sling.
He took both the children up to a local food festival and had no problem using the chair up on the grass.
It's been really nice to have the pushchair back in use, especially as the weather is turning so much nicer and it's much too hot to wear the sling the whole time.
Still using the chair facing me, I'm just not ready to turn her round where I can't see her yet, but I love how easy it is to change it if I wanted to.
June the 26th 2015
June the 30th 2015
We're currently in the throes of moving house, which means lots of trips to the charity shop to drop off all the clutter we've obtained through the years. I'm finding the under basket really useful for carrying these bags out of the house. The basket is definitely much bigger than it at first appears. The only thing is the chair does seem to struggle somewhat under too much weight. I guess that is to be expected, but Effie herself, although 9 months, is quite a little wee thing. Manoeuvring up and down pavements and steps with any additional weight is tricky. This may be the placement of the weight in the basket and if it was Effie herself providing the weight up in the chair I guess the balance may be better.
I have fixed the clicking sound! It was actually really simple to do - on the brake cable there is a little clasp type thing, I simply unscrewed it a bit and could see where the break was sticking out before, move back inside the axis (I took the wheel off whilst I was doing this). It was so nice using the pushchair without the clicking noise. However it was only a temporary fix as about half way through our day it started clicking again. Unscrewing fixed it again.
July the 13th 2015
The end to the clicking sound appears to be permanent now, hooray! It's stopped coming back after a little while, which is so nice.