'GREAT BUT IS 3 WHEELS ON A TANDEM EVER A GOOD IDEA?'
Strengths: It's very lightweight compared to the other double pushchairs I tried when I was expecting. Front seat reclines enough to let a toddler sleep comfortably. Quite compact for a tandem once your baby can sit properly in the back. Can be used with an infant carrier to make a travel system for a baby and toddler on the front or back seat and with two infant carriers to make it suitable for twins. The hand brake. A couple of people have had a chuckle about this asking me when i would ever need a disk brake on a pushchair however i have to say for me it is actually a godsend. Living somewhere that is supposedly flat (norfolk) i have a surprising amount of hills near my house...I grant you that they are not mountains but when you load up two small kids and all thier kit into a pushchair thats never going to be as light as a single (and then you add onto that another baby bump) you will silently thank whoever put it there. It saves me jogging after a front heavy pram - that is far too much like strenuous exercise.
Weaknesses: Have had a couple of near accidents when 'dismounting' kerbs. At first it felt like it pulled a bit to one side if my toddler nodded off in the front and leaned but I very quickly got used to this and after a couple of weeks didn't notice anymore. If you use the infant carrier on the back seat you can't recline the front and it comes out quite far so depending how tall your toddler is may dig in a bit. PNEUMATIC TYRES...arrrrgh...i 'slimed' mine to avoid any puncture related mishaps and it wasn't as cheap as i'd have hoped but the idea of repairing punctures in the middle of the street with 2 children under 2 years old was enough to give me palpitations!!! (am still wondering when they will make foam filled tyres)
Overall: If you want a practical, lightweight (considering what it will have to put up with when raising 2 under 2 and then adding another before your second is 1)and stylish tandem pushchair that can cope with the demands of being used day in day out and climbed on by mini tarzan then i'd say this is a pretty good bet. I will be honest and say that it was a hard desicision for me between this, and icandy pear and a phil and teds but now i look back i feel this is much more practical. Yes you do add some length but you also add the ability to get to both your children very quickly and easily should you need to and the ability to fold your pram without having to take bits off (unless of course it's being used with the infant carrier) also BOTH seats are spacious enough to accomodate toddlers and it fits in the boot of our car easily and we don't have a people carrier (yet) or even an estate. For all these reasons I love this pram... However the one flaw for me is the fact that its a 3 wheeler and has been known to almost tip to the side if i was trying to be a bit too hasty getting down the taller kerbs. I looked at a twin two (the 4 wheel alternative) but didn't really feel like adding about half a foot onto my pram. If they could somehow make a cross between the powertwin's length, adjustable handlebar and weight and the twintwo's frame (oh and make the matrix cup compatible at the same time) i feel it'd be a major improvement and would make this almost perfect pram, perfect...until that day i have absolutely no regrets about buying this pram at all, it was well worth the (rather hefty) price and I would recommend it to anyone.
Weaknesses: Mine went wrong after 28 days (and i look after my buggies) took it back and we had a loan buggy for 3 weeks which was dirty and also falling to bits they got my buggy back saying it had been fixed and wasn't even touched
Overall: I loved this buggy until it went wrong but wouldn't buy ANYTHING else from M&P as in my experience they are only bothered about your money and no customer service.
Strengths: Nice blue baby light Talk back (good for scaring toddlers into bed without going into the room) Light display If the baby unit turns of and alarm sounds, if the parent unit is switched off baby unit turns itself off
Weaknesses: I get alot of interferance. Monitor cuts in and out when it feels like it unless i use battries. My light display sometimes doesn't work when my baby is crying
Overall: I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone as we've had so many problems with it.
Strengths: They are made out of natural materials. They have just started putting stretchier sides on They don't leave those horrible 'nappy crystals' round your babys bum!
Weaknesses: They claim they are biodegradable but unless you put them in a biodegradable nappy sack in the bin or compost them they are no different to throwing out a normal disposable as the nappy bag acts as a barrier. They are quite pricey. If you have a heavy wetter like us they don't really do the job. Because they are only sold in certain shops if they sold out of your size in the shop you were in it wouldn't be better for the enviroment if if you jumped in the car on a nappy hunt!
Overall: I found they were good as a back up to my re-usables incase i ran out of clean nappies but i wouldn't use them all the time.
Strengths: velco tabs so no pinning. Dry very quick. I found them reasonably cheap and like the fact you can buy a trial or in stages if you dont want to risk spending alot of money at the start
Weaknesses: I found my son hit in betweeny stages quite often as he is very light for his age and the wraps were often too big round the waist or too small round the bum.
Overall: I found they were ok on a newborn but became alot more fiddly when my baby became active. I didn't find they contained breastfed poo very well! I found bog-standard terries and nappy nippas just as easy if not more and they were alot cheaper.