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Pushchairs

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ed Selley, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. Ed Selley

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    I'm hoping that the parents on the forum might shed some light on this for me.

    Why are pushchairs now so big? A lady attempted to board my rush hour tube this morning with a device of a size that suggested it had an engine. The three (fixed hence laughably ungainly) huge wheels were smothered in tyres reminiscent of a mountain bike and the rear end was smothered in webbing containing provisons suggesting that the mother was out for a week. I am sure the child it contained was actually a normal sized kid but it looked like an embryo contained within this land battleship.

    I've just checked with my Dad and my pushchair was indeed a folding Mclaren job that appears to be about one eighth the size of the huge object I saw this morning but although I have no personal memories of moving around in it, seemed to do the job fine. So why have people traded them in for these huge, hard to handle monsters that don't really seem able to carry anymore children or child paraphenalia? Is this a diminutive take on the apparent desire of parents to surround their children with the largest object possible irrespective of practicality or indeed sense?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. hornydragon

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    You best the man at Landrover Mayfair as he is the push chair specialist
     
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    Its why people buy 4x4 / SUV's.......bigger is better.....
     
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    The three wheelers are designer non-sense. They prey on the belief of some gullible parents that unless they buy nothing but the top of the range for their kids they are somehow unworthy. Same thing that drives them to put 80quid trainers on a 1 year old.

    In the real world they are heavy , bulky and a pain in the proverbials.

    On a lighter note. Having two kids 11 months apart meant we had to get a twin buggy. After extensive research by my wife she decided on a Mclaren tandem ( side by side rather than the inline versions which are ridiculously heavy).

    She gets it home and surprise surprise it won't fit through the porch unless folded.

    This is where it gets interesting. Rather than take the buggy back and get a different one I end up spending out for a new porch. I still haven't figured out how my wife got me to agree with this as at the time it seemed to make sense for some strange reason.

    So cost of buggy...250quid.
    Cost of porch ....1750quid.

    total cost of new buggy....2000quid.

    I could have bought them a nice little runaround for that let alone a s****y 3 wheel baby humvee.
     
  5. Bristol Pete

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    Child hood obesity perhaps??? :)
     
  6. lee789

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    We bought one of those behemoths.

    We bought ours because a baby can't go in a small pushchair as they don't lie flat. You need a pram, and if you look at old fashioned prams (Silver Cross), they are quite big also.

    After 6 months or 9 months you can start using a smaller pushchair, which are upright.

    However, these new contraptions are prams / pushchairs so you don't have to throw the pram away after 6 months, you can still use it for a couple of years. They convert into many positions. The big wheels were for us very important, as those small ones are hopeless on grass.

    We have subsequently bought a smaller buggy, which is easier to stick in the car etc. Our kids can now walk so it is only for occisional use.

    I agree though , they are too big in a sense, becuase you can't take them round busy shops without getting a wee bit stressed. They could probably make them smaller, at the time we looked there weren't many small ones around.

    They do have quite a range of 3 wheelers now which can be smaller.

    I can't believe I've just typed all that. AV is my escape from all that kind of stuff. Next it will be nappy talk......
     

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