Way back before Rex was born, we were kindly sent the iCandy Peach carrycot and pushchair set in Claret. Grace and I really enjoyed unpacking it and, items like this, added to the excitement of our impending arrival.
So far we have only had the opportunity to try out the pushchair base coupled with either the carrycot or the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size car seat which fixes on easily with adaptors. Our opinion on the pushchair will follow but, for now, I wanted to express our thoughts on the carrycot and base.
The Peach Pushchair chassis
One of the things that both Ross and I love about the iCandy Peach is the chassis or base. It is so easy to put up and down. With the release of a small hook on the side of the base and pulling up the handle, the base clicks into place. See the video below for a full explanation:
To put it back down again, all you need to make sure the brake is on, squeeze the button in on the handle and push down. This pushes the whole bar down and into the wheels. Then you replace the hook on the side of the base. On top of the spacious shopping basket is a handy shoulder strap to make the base easy to carry. This is something that we have made use of on many occasions – mainly because we are constantly taking the base in and out of the car as we use it inside as well as out.
As I said above, we use the pushchair base inside on a regular basis. This is because Rex sleeps in the carrycot downstairs during the day (that is, when he actually lets me put him down!).
The carrycot is beautifully lined with a removable mattress and linings which can be unzipped and washed easily. The hood is sturdy and strong and doubles up as the hood for the pushchair.
The carrycot clicks easily onto the base of the pushchair and there is a circular button on the side of the carrycot to adjust or release. The inner circle allows you to tilt the carrycot easily. This is something we use regularly as Rex prefers to sleep on an angle. The outer circle releases the carrycot from the base.
The carrycot for comfort
I have already touched on the fact that Rex rarely lets us put him down. He is one of those babies who seems to want continuous attention (not that I am complaining!). But on the odd occasion that he does let us put him down for a sleep, the place he seems to settle best is the carrycot. This is very useful during the day as (and I am doing this as I type this post) he sleeps in the carrycot and I am able to rock him back and forth with my foot on the pushchair base!
When he is awake and settled, we tend to put the bar across the carrycot and fix to this his favourite musical crab which seems to catch his attention for a little while.
The sides are padded with a handy zip around the top so that the lining can be removed for easy cleaning. The mattress cover can also be removed – this is a little more tricky – and slips on and off.
Ease of Use
I can’t even begin to tell you how much Ross and I – and Grace, of course – love the chassis of this pushchair. It is extremely easy to manoeuvre, easy to put up and down and is very light to push. You can fix the front, smaller wheels so that they either swivel or are fixed. The brake is applied and released with the flick of your foot. Getting in and out of small spaces and going up and down pavements is simple and, on top of all of this, the whole system looks classy and stylish.
The fact that we have the carrycot indoors fixed to the base means that it is easy to get out for a walk locally without any major preparation. Then, when we want to travel further afield, we place the base in the car and use the car seat as the travel system.
I have to admit that I initially thought that we would not have much use for the carrycot because of the car seat and the pushchair. I am very happy to admit that I am wrong. The carrycot has added an extra dimension to how we deal with daytime naps and local walks and I wouldn’t be without it.
Disclosure: Thank you to the lovely people at iCandy for all their support and for sending us the iCandy Peach travel system. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog. They have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.