“ Brand: Bruin / Age: 6 months+ / Single seat / Weight: 5.8 kg „
An ideal stroller for travelling. I think it is exclusive to ToysRus. I got mine for £50 and it is well worth every penny. It is currently on offer for 340
It comes with a raincover and it has a shopping basket. It is very easy to manoeuvre, and it folds in easily. I didn't have a big boot space before and this was ideal- as it hardly takes any space. It is light weight, so easy to lift it in and out of the boot. It weighs just 5.8 kgs. It is suitable from 6 months+ and i am still using it for my kid who is nearly 15 kgs.
Both the front and back wheels have brakes when compared to my older one. The seat is comfortable to sit for my little one and the adjustable seat position is handy especially when he falls asleep.
I am not sure if it is washable but I have washed it with tap water and soap and the quality is still good.
For £40 it is very reasonable. But only problem is that it is available only in one colour- at least as far i know i have seen it only in black. It was fine by me as I didn't care much about the colour as long as it is suitable for my boy. But I do know some people who love the prams to be colourful.
I would have loved a cup holder in this though- if it isn't too much to ask for £40!!!
The Bruin hoppa push chair is a very small and light weight push chair which I bought to replace my Graco travel system as my son was getting older and wanted a more convenient and a smaller model.
I bought this push chair at a very reasonable price I think around £40 from babies 'r' us in our toys 'r' us store, it is black so fine for a girl or a boy and doesn't look cheap like a lot of cheaper push chairs do. It also comes with a rain cover which for the price is very good value.
There is a hood which attaches with clips and Velcro which can be a bit fiddly but I found it doesn't come very far forward so isn't a lot of use. There is also a small mesh basket underneath which wont fit much in but is still a useful feature.
There are two seating positions which are adjusted by using a strap at the back of the pram, this is easy enough to use. It is very easy to fold up and let down again and is very small when folded because of the umbrella mechanism.
The foam handles are not very high which is fine for me as I am only five foot four but not the best for my husband is six foot.
This review is also on ciao.
As regular subscribers to my rambles will know I have a rather large Graco travel system buggy. I wanted a smaller stroller thing to use when I'm just running the older one into school, quickly nipping in somewhere or doing a shop that requires more room in the boot. I liked the look of the some of the regularly seen brands but they were stupidly priced!
I was wondering around Toys R Us one day in search of a game for my elder boyand I saw the Babies R Us area and nipped over for a look. I noticed a rather sleek looking all black stroller on the top shelf. I managed (with great difficulty because of the lack of staff) to get the stroller down. The baby had fallen asleep so I gave the stroller a good test push up and down the aisle. It was all black and had a little bear face on it which was sweet. I made my way back to the display area and started looking for a price tag. I cast my eyes at every tag there and none of them matched the name on the stroller which was typical! I marched over to the catalogue area at the end of the row and managed to find it easily ... £44.99! That made it £56 cheaper then the last one I had looked at and this one came with a raincover ... BONUS!
According to the catalogue this stroller was the Toys/Babies R Us own brand so I figured if something goes wrong with it at least I can bring it right back to the source.
When I first got the stroller home it came out the box all put together so I was happy with that. The only thing I had to put on was the hood. The instructions weren't overly easy but common sense helped as I wasn't going to put it where his feet go now was I! On the big buggy I can pull the hood all the way in front of the little man if the sun is on the attack and with strollers that isn't an option so I find that at times irritating but that's the same with any stroller.
The Bruin folds up on itself and I'm sure it would fit in any size car. My mum has a Suzuki Alto and it fits in there no problem. There's netting at the bottom to keep shopping even though for us it stored the raincover and a rain poncho for me. I leave it there so I have it at all times. Thankfully the stroller still folds up with that under there. When you fold down the stroller there are two little locks on the back to undo and then once you have lowered the stroller it has a lock on the side that clicks itself into place. Then easy peasy grab the side handle and chuck it in the boot.
I took the stroller out for its first outing and went into town. My first stop as I was only there for a wonder was to the coffee shop. I thought why not have a little treat! I got my coffee and then proceeded to try and push the stroller one handed out the shop. I have figured out the art of doing this now but for a while it was near impossible. The Graco had a single handle bar and cup holders so it was no issue. I had found the first flaw! This problem had to be sorted. I jumped onto Amazon and found the Sunshine Kids Buggy Stroller Organiser for about £7. It fits on perfectly and only takes a second to take off or put on (can't fold up stroller with it on). Ha, this is turning out to be a review for all sorts of things now!
The seat reclines but only a very small bit so don't think you can get away with giving a baby a bottle and that they can do it themselves from there. If your child isn't old enough or figured out how to hold a bottle up as the milk goes down you will either have to walk around with the buggy tipped backwards or sit there and hold it for them.
The raincover on the Graco is the most confusing thing I have ever come across. I'm never sure if it's even the right way around! I've never used it because it makes my head hurt just thinking about it. The raincover on the Bruin is thankfully much simpler! Click it onto the snaps on the hood and then snap the bottom around the stroller legs. As it is starting to rain more it has come in handy.
The handle height is 105cm and is perfect for little 5ft tall me (5"1' on a good day), but my other half who is 6"3' looks as if he has to bend a bit. I mentioned it and he shrugged saying he hadn't noticed but I have. Speaking of the handles they have foam grips which have peeved me off a bit but I am able to ignore it for the most part. The foam grips ever so slowly slide down. Only a couple of cm but still irritating when I become aware of it. I usually grab hold of them and twist left and right and they get back into place. At the end of the handles there are (for lack of a better name to describe them) pole caps. Like the ones you'd get on the end of tent posts. Well anyway ... one of them had gone missing! I went into the shop and showed a member of staff and besides the fact she couldn't have looked less interested she looked through the computer to see if it was available as a spare part. We couldn't think what to call it and in the end I said thanks for looking I'll send a photo via e-mail to the parts department and see if they can suss it out for me. I got an e-mail back a few weeks later saying something along the lines of that they weren't aware of that part being available as a spare and also that they haven't got the details of the manufacturer to chase it up. You what now!?!?! The manufacturer is YOU and even if it wasn't surely you should know where your products are coming from!!!! I sent an e-mail back saying this (in nice wording obviously) but am still 1 month on awaiting a response. Maybe I'll send it again.
Another thing with the handle which has only just started to happen and I'm hopeful it doesn't get any worse is that the handle has split a tiny bit wear my hand usually is. It's only on one handle and I guess could be that I am always twisting the foam bit back up but it's hardly noticeable so whatever.
There is only one other thing that has started happening only the other day and that is that the front left wheel every now and again gets stuck and the only way to get it to behave is to tip back the stroller and thus lifting the front up and the wheel falls back into place. My other half finds it irritating and can't seem to just sort it and be quiet so I don't let him push the stroller much. That way I don't have to listen to him having a go at it. It doesn't happen every day and it's nothing really but for some reason to him it's important.
As with many buggies there is a lock on the rear wheels which is usually quite easy but I found out today that Ugg boots make putting the brake on rather tricky.
Cleaning the stroller is really easy and quick which lets face it is the most useful part! I took a wet, soapy sponge and ran it over the seat and then wiped it dry with a dish cloth. That was it! The material used is perfect.
I spent the extra £19 and bought the black and grey foot muff that is made to fit the stroller. It's really cute! Black and apparently weather proof on the outside and soft (fleece lined) medium grey with the bear logo on the inside. It straps on easily and even has a little hole to attach a toy to. My son got cookie all over the outside of it the other week but thankfully it was easy to wipe down and I noticed whilst it was off the stroller that it is washing machine friendly which is good to know.
This stroller is suitable from 6 months onwards. You can get like mine one that is all black and has a white logo or one the same but the logo is in lime green. For some reason the lime one is £5 cheaper.
Maybe I've gotten used to the smooth ride of the big buggy but I tend to avoid uneven floors as the stroller gives a rather bumpy journey but that being said I still love it as my spare lightweight stroller. It looks like the expensive ones but didn't hurt the bank.
Oh and by the way if you go onto the Babies R us website there is an advert on the side for a cup/bottle holder and you would think as they are advertising it that it would fit well on the stroller but don't be fooled!!! It only fits after a bit of struggle and the moment you put a drink in it ... oh dear, too heavy ... drop! I have put it onto the big buggy and its fine but the bars on the stroller are just that little bit too small. I tightened it so much that I cracked the grip a bit!
Seat facing direction: Forward facing
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