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Whilst I was pregnant with my fourth baby I was on the look out for a pram different to one I had already had, this was a bit of a challenge as I have owned a few over the years.
I was browsing on ebay and came across a Graco Mosaic travel system for under £10 and local to me for ease of collection, so I looked it up online and decided that I did like it and it all seemed good so I decided to place a bid. I think I won the auction for around £15 or just under and I collected it the same day.
I really liked the colour way which was a grey material with a duck egg blue and grey circle outlines, it looked clean and tidy and just like the previous owner had told me, the pram itself had had very little use but the car seat had been used more but still looked immaculate.
As I also purchased a silver cross pram I chose to use that but then it broke and I remembered I had this stored in my mums attic!
I got it down and stripped it down ready to wash, it was fairly simply just required unscrewing in certain places, I would recommend taking step by step photos to enable you to put the pram back together if your anything like me!
It washed up brilliantly and when put back together, apart from a little wear on the wheels looked brand new.
The car seat slotted onto the frame easily enough but it was a little worried it may ruin the fabric on the bumper bar but that was unnecessary as it is fine.
The pram is a decent height and is comfortable to push, my little one seemed comfortable in the car seat and also seems just as comfy when using the travel system as a pram.
As I am a bit of a pram-aholic I tend to vary my prams but this one has had plenty of use through the winter months as it has a nice warm foot muff.
I know I had a bargain but I think the normal retail price of about £150 (ish) is really good for a nice sturdy pram too.
I like that the frame looks quite funky with it's curved lines and although maybe a bit basic looking it is a stylish pram.
Overall it's a decent pram that has held out better than a silver cross and also a baby weavers which completely broke whilst out shopping.... the handle bar snapped away totally!
The Mosaic isn't a light-weight pram but it isn't overly heavy either.
A pram or pushchair is one of the biggest and most important buys when it comes to having children. You want something affordable but reliable, not so cheap that the wheels fall off after a few miles, but then not so expensive you need to take a bank loan out for. It's one of the most important things you buy as your going to be using it pretty much every day for at least a year, depending on how long you can make it last, believe me I know people who've had more prams than hot dinners.
I spent at least a few weeks shopping around trying out various prams, travel systems, pushchairs to be honest it was quite overwhelming there really is too much to choose from. After talking to friends and family, I finally decided I wanted a Graco Travel system, they are a well known brand and I was after an all in one system that would suit me from the birth of Freya up until she was a toddler hopefully. Then it was just down to what style I wanted, I shopped around online and came across the Graco Mosaic on Tesco Direct, I thought to myself I could use some of my clubcard vouchers and earn a shed load of points for buying it from them, so I did.
The Graco Mosaic was just shy of £225 on the Tesco Direct website, I had £30 of unused Clubcard vouchers so it cost me just under £200 in the end which I thought was a bargain, looking online today it seems I could have bought it for a hell of a lot cheaper, but hey ho.
Assembly of the travel system was quick and simple, it arrived all neatly boxed up from Tesco Direct, all we had to do was click a few parts together, stick on the wheels and it was done. The travel system was just as described and looked lovely when it was put together, it's quite a compact system when it's all put together. The only difference from the picture on Tesco Direct was that ours had a star pattern on part of the car seat/baby carrier and on the inside of the hood on the pushchair.
The Graco Travel system is suitable from birth up until your little one isn't so little anymore at around 15kg, by which time they will probably be walking and won't want to sit in a push chair. The travel system itself weighs around 10kg so it is very lightweight which is down to it's aluminium frame, it is one of the easiest prams I have picked up and packed away.
Folding the travel system up and away couldn't be easier, its a 1 hand fold you simply pull and twist the handle at the rear of the pram, pull a white ring and fold down. It folds away like an umbrella and a lock clicks into place at the side of the pram enabling you to lift it up and put it away without it opening up again. It fits neatly into most boots leaving plenty of room for shopping and other baby stuff. The only downside to the pram is you need to remove raincovers and such before folding the pram away as with a rain cover on it doesn't lock into place on closing, meaning that it could re open whilst your picking it up or you could trap your fingers. When your putting the travel system back up, you simply unclip the lock at the side pull up the handles and place your hand/foot on the back clip and push down which locks the pram into place and off you go.
The car seat is just as simple to attach and remove from the travel system, just one click and it is attached to the pram itself, to remove it you simply pull underneath the car seat on the red handle and it comes undone from the travel system. There is a removeable head rest inside the car seat and you can adjust the seatbelts on the inside of it to coincide with your growing baby. Fixing the car seat into your car is another simple task, the cars seatbelt goes securely across your little ones lap and around the back of the seat in-between the safety latches and clicks into the cars seat belt holder. The car seat handle can be adjusted by pressing onto the red buttons on either side and then pulling the handle forward or backwards depending on where you want it. There is also a hood on the car seat to keep your little one shaded from the sun.
The Graco travel system has a storage net/basket underneath which snuggly fits in Freya's bag which has all of her nappies and bottles in, plus a little bit of shopping but it's certainly not going to fit your weekly shop underneath it.
I have yet to use the actual pram part - i.e have Freya sat up in the actual seat, as she is too small at the moment so she still sits in the car seat when we're out and about but I'm guessing that it is still going to be just as simple and easy to use as everything else on the travel system.
One of the most important parts I should probably talk about is moving the travel system around. Well it is pretty effortless really, because of its lightweight frame it is quick and easy to move around with it. The front wheels have clips to enable you to have "4 wheel drive" which enables you to push the pram around like a rally driver! It's brilliant. The brakes click on and off quickly and smoothly by simply pressing the button down with your foot. Last but no means least the travel system comes with a sun hood which has a viewing window on the back of it to see your little one through, it also has a pocket which is good for keeping dummies safe or popping in your mobile phone.
Yet another mammoth review from me it seems but there really was a lot to talk about when it comes to the Graco Travel system. I'd give it 5/5 it's an absolutely flawless system and I'd recommend any mum to invest in a Graco product to suit you, it's a well known and trusted brand which hasn't faulted me yet. We walk at least a mile or so each day and the wheels are still in brilliant condition. You get a lot for your money, and accessories are easy to buy - like footmuffs, rain covers etc. Overall it is an amazing travel system which I will never regret buying.
My parents purchased this travel system for us just before our first child was born. She is now 3 and and we are using this system again for our baby boy who is almost 6 months now.
It requires minimal assembly and the majority of the instructions come in picture form. It is from what I remeber pretty straight forward and mainly consisted of attaching the wheels to the actual buggy.
The car seat is amazingly good, well padded and seems very comfortable. I also have no worries over the safety of it. It simply clips on to the pushchair body, however you do need to recline the seat to do this. This is simply done but does render the shopping basket useless.
The pushchair itself is also well made and seems comfortable. My 3 year old loved sitting in it around the shops and still asks for a ride if she gets tired. The wheels turn easily and the steering is great.
The brakes are basically a button on the back right which you push down to lock and push again to release. Easily done and especially useful on the public transport round here.
The pushchair is easy to collapse and put up. You simply loop one finger through the plastic hoop at the back and then turn the handle, pulling them both up to collapse the chair. To put it back up you basically under the side clasp and lift the top of the buggy, pushing down the bar at the back. This has gotten caught on the material for the basket a couple of times but it is simple to remedy.
The basket is quite large and is mainly used for carrying bulky or heavy items home from the local shops. I also use it to store the raincover on those days when you are threatened with itermitant showers.
The raincover and footmuff are great, the foot muff looks lovely and warm and the raincover is well designed. It has two vents on the sides which mean your child is not sat in a condensation bubble.
I love this travel system and think that it is a great economy buggy. Yes there are better more expensive versions on the market, but for us, this is ideal.
Highly recommended to people who want to save money for the really important things.
I bought the Graco Mosaic travel system back in December 2009, from the Next sale for the bargain price of £100 (reduced from £200) - ready for my impending bundle (who has since arrived safely!).
It arrived in a massive box and required minimal assembly (wheels attaching, etc), but I have to say the instruction manual that came with the system was laughable. It was quite a sizable booklet, catering for many languages, but the English instructions were a series of pictures which we could not make head or tail off - they were simply useless!
We eventually got it assembled, and were quite impressed with the system, and this remained until little-one had arrived and we had to actually use it.
The car seat is fantastic - very padded and it looks extremely comfortable. Little-one enjoys sitting in it, and has done since birth. It attaches easily to the main pushchair, and sits nicely on top of it. It is heavily and bulky, but we expected this of a car seat as it is required to protect the baby.
The pushchair though, we were not so fond of. We found it incredibly hard to steer, particular in certain shops as the front wheels simply would not go in the direction we wanted and would often 'stick' in the wrong position, making it incredibly hard to move.
Getting the pushchair up and down is a nightmare, and you are certainly not able to do this one-handed (unless you are Wonder Woman, which quite frankly, I am not!). When folded down, it is rather large and certainly wouldn't fit in a lot of car boots!
The basket is quite big underneath, but when using the car seat it is impossible to access it, due to the pushchair seat having to be reclined fully back to fit the car seat on. When using the full system, any shopping has to be put over the handles - then you have to be careful not to overload as it makes the pushchair 'back-heavy' and threatens to tip up.
The brakes on our system were generally good, but did have a habit of being a little temperamental when trying to release the brake - we did eventually realise it was us though, trying to push too soon before the brake had properly released.
The raincover is good, and has air-vents at either side of it. It is a bit of a nightmare to put on the first time, but it does get a lot easier with practice.
For me, this travel system just did not work. I have since moved onto the Baby Jogger City Stroller which I am much happier with. We still use the car seat, on the rare occasions we go in one (we personally don't have a car!), but overall I was not impressed with the Graco Mosaic. A shame when it was such a bargain!
I got this pram second hand for my girl who is know 7 months. It looked as new except for the wheels which where some what worn. The prior said she had minimal use 1-2 short trips weekly for a few months.
It is a very good looking pram the farbic colours are brilliant, shiny brown. I like it very much. A few other people i know have commented on it's unusual colour and the fact that they like it.
I wased the fabric rigousouly as it was a used item. The outer sides of the actual seat fabric unfortunately have sort of peeled off (there is a plastic film) and it'sfaded a little. It still looks ok though. Therefore it's best to just wipe clean these parts.
Cosy toes are fine washed. I find they slide down small velcro strap doesn't hold them in place. I have to adjust them each time i put babe in.
Mounorability is decent. The brake button is good. It have a nice folding mechanism, i can just about fold it one handed a bonus! the straps on the pushchair seem like they won't be big enough when my girl is about 2! (previos owner hadn't used the footrest and said her son had out grown te pushchair!)
Car seat goes nicely into it. A little heavy to carry. It's the standard version.
We got the Graco Mosaic One last year from Mothercare and paid £159.99 reduced by £20. We were told it was at a reduced price because Graco had stopped making them. I know that they are still available at different stores though so not sure of the truth in that. It seems to still be availabel of the Graco website, so I guess there is no truth in it. Anyway, Its available in a few colour themes; blackjack, chocolate brown and butterscotch and lime. We opted for the chocolate brown.
The Travel System (TS) consists of a pushchair, a car seat, a rain cover and a cozytoe footmuff.
We have now been using the travel system since October last year when our son was born and are really happy with it. I do drive and am often out and about in the car and regularly use the TS. We go for a walk most days, to the local park or across the road to the shops; on all sorts of terrain. The wheels certainly look worn but a still in good condition and sturdy.
It is really easy to click the car seat into the pushchair and this means that the child can be facing the parent whilst out walking, which is highly recommended during the childs early months. We bought a seperate car seat base, which was around £30 - £35, again from Mothercare.
** Its what I would call BONUS features are**
The pushchair itself is really lightweight and folds down small, its compact. It has a one-hand fold mechanism which is really easy to use, particularly when you have one heavy sprog stuck to your hip!
The seat pad is removeable and washable - which is a bit of a godsend at the moment; grubby little things babies!
It has antilock front swivel wheels which makes maneouvering around corners easy peasy.
And easy on-off brake pad located behind the back right wheel.
**The one NON-BONUS feature**
The large basket is not so large. Its okay for a few bits but is really difficult to access when the car seat is in situ on the pushchair.
I really like this Travel System and if I am blessed enough to have more children in the future then I would not hesitate in using another one of these by Graco.
Review also published on ciao July 2009 - theshinyone
We bought this travel system last year from Mothercare, in Chocolate brown fabric (appropriate for me!), and started using it in March this year when our son was born.
Initially I did not want to go for a Graco pushchair. Although I had nothing against them - and had previously worked as a pushchair inspector for a well known Baby department, so knew the ins and outs of Graco pushchairs - I preferred the designs of some of the more expensive brands, such as Mamas and Papas. However the Mosaic appealed to me due to it's lightweight frame. I am also a big fan of the Graco Autobaby car seats, which this system somes with.
The car seat has indeed been great. We have the base as well, and using it could not be easier. As well as ease of use and safety, the seat is comfortable and well padded. It is also one of the only places that my son will nap during the day! It has two positions for the harness straps, so that you can continue to use it as baby gets older, though it will generally be too small by the time baby is 9 months old.
The car seat clips on easily to the Mosaic pushchair, which has also been used almost daily. I usually use the pushchair on smooth surfaces, such as pavements, and it has performed well. It's easy to push and swivel wheels make turning light. I have also used the pushchair on the moors, and it was fine, though needed a clean afterwards, and the wheels became a little squeaky. The wheels themselves are pretty small, I would perhaps prefer larger ones.
The frame is easy to put up and down and contrary to other reviews, I found it quite light, but then I have the benefit of being able to compare it to other Graco pushchairs which are much heavier. It doesn't quite fit into our boot (Mazda 2), though will go in if propped up at one end. We find it easier to put one of our back seats down and lay it parallel to the car doors - this means we can get a full food shop in as well!
Basket underneath is pretty small, not much will fit in. The footmuff is warm and cosy, and the raincover easy to fit.
In essence, this is a good buy! After initial worries after purchase, mainly to do with the boot space, I have been pleased with the performance of this system. I prefer the ease with which the car seat clips onto the frame, rather than having to swap between car seat and pushchair seat. Recommended for those who want a good, light (believe me, compared to other Gracos it is!), basic travel system with excellent car seat. Possibly not if you want to go out jogging with it (but that's not on my agenda!)
As a final hint, if your pushchair (any pushchair) starts squeaking, use duck oil or silicone spray to lubricate, not WD40 or other oil. Oil will just clog it up, whereas silicone spray won't. There, got that off my chest!
I have only ever used one pushchair for my daughter from birth to her present 2 years - the Graco Mosaic.
The Graco Mosaic is fairly nice to look at, sturdily built and reasonably priced. I am not one for different buggies for different stages/events/situations, I needed just one and this fit the bill perfectly.
In the early months I used the push chair with the car seat fitted on it. Kept baby nice and cosy during those winter months as it's much more enclosed that way. Plus I didn't have to wake her up if she'd fallen asleep in the car seat when we'd arrived at our destination, just clip on and go!
If you use public transport or have a small car this is not for you. The buggy isn't lightweight and it takes a fair bit of boot space as well. The frame is very sturdy and has performed admirably with the fair bit of walking that I do everyday. The basket at the bottom cannot hold a lot, but it can take a fair amount of shopping on it's handles due to it's robust frame.
hi i bought the graco mosiac from babies are r us as i thought it was light weight and looked a lovely travel system .i also bought the car seat base as its really easy 2 take the car seat our of the car and it just clips in the base much easier and no messy about ever time. as for the pushchair its a lovely pushchair to push .not as light weight as i thought it would be. car seat just clips on really easy system to work.the break cap came of after using a few times so no top on the top of the break now was diapointed and also the changing bag that came with the systemthe clip pn the inside of the front has fallen of within 3 weeks of having it.rang babies r rus but because i bought this when i was 4 and 1/2 months pregnant the 6 month guarntee has run out so cannot claim on it.would buy pushchair and car seat again as they are lovely and well made.i love graco products.
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