Choosing the right pushchair when you’re expecting is such a daunting task. You don’t know what life will be like once the baby arrives and a travel system is one of the most important pieces of equipment. We love our Urbo, it’s light, easy to manoeuvre and looks great!
I’m going to start by saying how stress free this travel system is. With our previous pushchair I felt like pulling my hair out almost every day. The Mamas and Papas Urbo is so easy to use.
The Urbo has a two handed fold. It’s very easy to use. You have a catch on each side of the frame, one of which has a safety button on. I love the safety button feature, I know that even if one of the catches gets knocked or lifted accidentally, the frame will remain in the upright position.
With one had you push the safety button and pull the catch, and with the other hand you simply pull the catch up and the pushchair drops down flat. You hear a click when the the frame locks into place.
You can fold the chassis down with the seat unit attached. We have a small car so need to remove it but I can happily say that the whole system fits into the boot of our Ford KA. If you’ve ever seen the boot of a Ford KA, you’ll know this is quite impressive. Most Mamas and Papas stores will happily provide you with a fitting service, so our advice is to always check that a pushchair fits into you’re car before you buy.
To unfold the chassis, you pull the locking mechanism and lift the handle, again there is a very noticeable click when the frame locks into place.
The handle is great. Comfy to hold. We get a little bit of static from it in certain shops, but in all it’s great. You can extend the handle quite far. As there are catches on the side there are no set heights, you can find the position that is best for you and lock it into place. I’m slightly taller than K so it’s great we can move it easily.
The Urbo is very sturdy. I feel our little Monkey is completely safe when in this pushchair. Our old system used to have a slight wobble and I dreaded using it.
There is a 3 point safety harness. I must admit, it is a little stiff to lock together and does require two hands to click it in to place, but I would much rather have a harness that won’t easily come apart, especially when Monkey begins to work out how to get himself out of the pushchair.
I have a little issue with the break, I find it quite hard to get both sides to lock into place but K loves it and hasn’t had the same issue, it might just be how I’m applying it. It’s personal preference. Once I get the brake on its very strong, where we live is quite hilly and it holds very well. We have had no issues with it failing.
The swivel wheels at the front make the pushchair very easy to manoeuvre. You can lock the swivel wheels easily if you are going over muddy paths or gravel. Living in the country side we often have to do this, but that will be the same with most travel systems. The wheels are small which is always a plus when you’re in a small shop. You won’t bash into every stand.
The seat unit can be used from birth as it lies completely flat. There is no need to buy a Carry Cot if you have limited space but you can purchase one if you wish.
When Monkey gets tired he drifts happily off to sleep in it without any fuss. There is an easy clip at the back of the seat unit, which you lift and the backrest will easily move up and down.
You can have baby facing you or away. Personally we love to talk to Monkey so haven’t turned it away from us yet. It’s very easy to remove from the chassis to turn it. I have not had any issues when getting it back in either. It’s a great design.
The hood is fantastic, it extends quite far down and covers Monkey very well. It also comes in a range of colours which you can find on the Mamas and Papas website. We think our little Monkey looks very stylish in his Urbo.
In all we think the Mamas and Papas Urbo is a fantastic travel system. It’s affordable, retailing at £399.00 which includes the rain cover, which is extremely easy to attach.
It’s How We Roll 😉
*We received the Urbo Pushchair for free of charge due to our involvement in the Urbo How We Roll Campaign. All views and opinions are our own.