As a mother who doesn't drive and frequently travels the width and length of the country to see family and friends, a pram is a whole heap of hassle. The likelihood of getting the wheelchair/pushchair space on a train or bus is slim to none, especially during rush hour, and Harrie loves to walk and run everywhere, so I sometimes found myself pushing an empty pram whilst chasing a toddler. Not ideal.
Then one day I came across compact strollers and they are a dream! Originally I managed to get the Quicksmart Easyfold Stroller from eBay for super cheap but it was just too big - I thought it was the Quicksmart Backpack Stroller as it was labelled that way, so I sold it on and my search continued (I don't think this pram is available to buy new anymore in this country).
When I first came across the Pockit Stroller I couldn't justify paying £130 for our third pram, especially knowing it wouldn't get a whole heap of use as the whole point was that I was able to carry it around for 'just in case'. I popped into Mothercare for a test drive and instantly loved it. I can't believe how small it folds up - H34xW14xD32cm to be exact. It comes with a fairly nice and easy to use shoulder bag, but I knew that wouldn't work for me so I set about finding a backpack big enough for it. Super simple - I found this cabin size backpack for £12! Then I accumulated a few discount vouchers and shopping vouchers and off I went to buy the stroller, and we walked out with Harrie strapped in and no packaging to dispose off - thank you to Mothercare Birmingham City Centre for that!
(two minutes after purchase!)
(in the backpack, still plenty of room and the pram isn't at it's most compact)
So, the review. Overall, I love it, It is perfect for us, Harrie goes to London twice a month to visit her Dad and we can fit the stroller and all her clothes and other paraphernalia in the backpack and it isn't too heavy. We no longer have to sit in the wheelchair bay on the bus or train, which means we don't have to wait ages for a bus with a free spot. It is easy to manoeuvre, and as a fairly short woman (5ft3) I have no issues with the height. Her father, who is an avid complainer, has not mentioned any problems with the height either and he is around 6ft. I can't unfold it one handed but I'm sure it is possible but you need to give it a good flick of the wrist. I can fold it down in about 15 seconds with ease, though there is a more compact fold with the wheels folded in more, that takes me a couple of minutes and two hands. Harrie seems comfortable in it and although it doesn't recline she has slept very well in it when she has tired herself out (and me) running around.
(a picture for scale) (folded, but the wheels can still fold down more)
I have seen online that most people purchase this as a holiday/travel stroller and I agree that it is perfect for that due to the compact size. However, for us it is used much more frequently - if we go to the supermarket I can let Harrie walk there and then whip the pram out to control her little fingers grabbing everything in sight! As it is compact there is limited storage space and you MUST NOT hang bags on the back of it. I know most prams say this but I really think it would snap this pram and your child could end up injured. My solution for this is the handy backpack that is empty once Harrie is strapped in - I fill it with my shopping!
These are a few of the specs from Mothercare.com that I thought are the most useful to know:
- Suitable from 6 months to a maximum weight of 15kg
- Can easily fit into an airplane's overhead compartment or store under a seat on public transport
- Stroller Folded Dimensions: H34xW14xD32cm
- Stroller Unfolded Dimensions: D75xW44.5xH99cm
- Stroller Weight 3.9kg
- Free 2 year guarantee
That is something I forgot actually - it is so light! It also only comes in one design at the moment, which is a quite subtle grey and black leopard print - not at all offensive luckily! It is exclusive to Mothercare right now, though it does say online it would be available elsewhere from Spring 2016.