It’s easy to spot the first time pram buyer in a baby shop. Sometimes alone but often accompanied by an equally bewildered partner.
Yep, it’s a jungle out there, especially when it comes to choosing the right pram for your beloved bundle of joy. After all, you want to get it right. Unlike that plug-in wipes warmer that Fran from HR randomly bestowed upon you, the pram is one baby item that really gets put through its paces.
Whether you’re a Lorna Jane wearing sporty mama, planning daily power strolls around the park or an urban dweller whose walking plans extend as far as the nearest coffee shop, it’s safe to say that most parents will use their pram daily, often multiple times.
Finding your golden goose is tricky but thankfully not impossible thanks to the clever people at baby gear purveyors like phil&teds who just seem to ‘get’ what it is that the modern day mama (and papa) need in their set of wheels.
Here’s our top 4 reasons why the phil&teds Smart Buggy (RRP $499) should be at the top of your test drive list.
1. The Word ‘Smart’ in the Title isn’t an Exaggeration
Short of rocking your baby to sleep for you, the phil&teds Smart Buggy thinks about almost everything else and features the niftiest folding mechanism on the market. If you’ve never wrestled with a clunky-to-fold pram, then you won’t know the pain of the failed collapse. Add in a tired baby and a line of cars waiting for your parking spot and it’s safe to say that it can be one of life’s little nightmares. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. The phil&teds Smart Buggy uses a super simple foot fold that folds the pram in on itself instantly. No tabs to release or handles to find. Push, fold and you’re away. Genius.
2. It’s Compact Without Compromising on the Essentials
A super slim 57cm width paired with one of the smallest folds on the market (leaving plenty of boot space, even in a smaller sedan) may make the Smart Buggy compact (perfect for narrow supermarket aisles and cute coffee shops) but it doesn’t compromise on all the essentials for making everyday life with baby that little bit easier. With a completely adjustable handlebar, light-to-touch hand brake, puncture proof 10” tires and all wheel suspension, the functionality of the Smart Buggy makes pushing a breeze. Add in the deep yet easily accessible parcel tray (which can hold up to 10kgs of baby gear) and the oversized, SPF50+ sun hood and you’re ticking all the boxes without even trying.
3. There’s No Need for ‘Extras’
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of buying a buggy then finding out that it’s not going to be suitable for your newborn without a whole bunch of extra accessories. Not so the Smart Buggy. Featuring a lie-flat sling, the Smart Buggy can be used from Day Dot with even the tiniest new baby, without the need for an extra bassinet or carry cot attachment. For parents who do want to use the pram as a travel system, it’s completely compatible with the Alpha Infant car seat. There’s also the optional phil&teds parent facing soft shelled cocoon carrycot which allows the pram to be customised to your own seating alignment and preferences.
4. It’ll Even Make Your Latte For You
Sadly we can’t confirm that this one is true BUT we can tell you that the Smart Buggy comes in a range of 4 gorgeous colour ways that will fit the décor of your favourite café perfectly.
We put the phil&teds Smart Buggy through its paces and it got an A+ report card. We especially loved:
- The fold mechanism: So easy you could do it in your sleep. Or perhaps even teach your toddler to do it themselves (now that’s an idea).
- The super narrow chassis: Perfect for tight city spaces and supermarket aisles.
- The extra roomy parcel tray: It has the perfect depth for stashing all your essentials.
- The oversized hood: Keeps the sun completely off your little rider.
- Fail Safe Tyres: No more punctures, ever!
- The kerb ‘poppability’: Making city expeditions so much easier.
- The centrally located brake: No hunting around or trying to find it beneath the pram.
- The colour choice: Need we say anymore?
Want to get your hands on your very own phil&teds Smart Buggy to put through its paces? Do toddlers like to paint with nappy cream? In other words, what a silly question! Of course you do! To check one of these babies out in person (in the colour of your choice (cyan, cherry, graphite or raspberry) and with an included cocoon in black) all you need to do is complete the entry form below in full, comment and tell us what you love about the Smart Buggy and you could be our winner!