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5 pushchairs


The 5 pushchairs in our parenthood journey

When I was pregnant with Charley I couldn’t wait to go pushchair shopping. After a few years of trying to conceive and watching the new mums push their shiny new prams around towns and parks I couldn’t wait to choose my own. Little did I know how much of a minefield it would be. Did I want one for going around towns, the countryside, forward facing, rear facing? Did I need a cot, one that would fit a car seat?

5 pushchairs

Fast forward 4 years and we’ve had 5 pushchairs, and most have been much loved at various stages of our parenthood journey.

It feels like we are coming to the end of our pushchair journey and our very first pram/pushchair that Charley was gently pushed around in has now been sold on to new parents.

So I thought I’d put together my list of pushchairs we’ve owned over the last few years, many special memories accompany each one!

Mamas and papas Mpx travel system

First pushchair

The first pushchair I fell in love with. After a few visits to various baby shops and looking at pushchairs/prams we finally decided that this would be the one. I loved the colour, the way it manoeuvred, the size. It was a tad expensive but we both really took to it.

My pre- baby dreams of going for long walks with Charley in our lovely new pushchair didn’t materialise. I thought I’d be walking into our local town daily, but the truth was it was too bulky to lift up and down the stairs to our front door and as Charley fed for such long periods of time (and it took me 6 months to feel comfortable breastfeeding in public) it was a quick dash out in the car into town rather than the long, leisurely walk!

Out n About nipper (single)

Second pushchair

This was the pushchair that I thought was quite ugly to look at and had no desire for a three-wheeler when I was pregnant. However, only 3 or so months after Charleys birth we decided that an off-roader was required for walks around woods and getting down/up the steps to our front door.

Although, definitely not my first choice, this pushchair has been my absolute favourite. It has been so easy to manoeuvre, lightweight, the children have always been happy in it and it works well in towns and off-road.

McLaren techno

Third pushchair

When Charley was 6 months old we had our first holiday abroad to Spain. Our research on travelling with a little one made us think we needed a pushchair that did the umbrella fold. I’m not sure this is correct now but we ended up going for a McLaren as it seemed like a good travel pushchair. It reclined all the way back so the children have always been able to have naps in it and have always seemed comfortable in it. It’s had a lot of use as it’s so quick and easy to get in and out of the car.

Phil and Teds double

Fourth pushchair

After more pushchair shopping when I was pregnant with Bodhi we finally decided on a Phil and Teds double. Although looking lovely and compact I never really got on with this one. I found it too heavy to push, especially when they were both in it and heavy to lift in and out of the car. I really wanted to like it but it just wasn’t for me, maybe I’m a weakling!

Out n About (double)

Fifth pushchair

With Charleys diagnosis of Juvenile Arthritis not long after the birth of Bodhi we needed a double pushchair so we sold the Phil and Teds and went for a double Out ‘n’ About. This was just fab and it has also been well used due to it’s lightness and easy manoeuvring.

I’ve loved my times with our various pushchairs, such great carriers for shopping too. I’m not quite sure how my arms will cope when I no longer have an excuse to use one!

How many pushchairs have you had?

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Charley first outing


My Captured Moment – First baby outings

I was going through old photos the other day and came across the photos of Charleys first outing as a newborn, when she was a teeny, tiny (crying) baby! She looks so tiny in her new cardigan that she is yet to grow into. It was 6 days after her birth that we managed our first trip out. I remember asking the midwife if it was ok to take her out, that there was no amount of time she had to stay indoors for. I think she thought I was a bit mad. I can’t remember where we walked to but it probably wasn’t far as she fed constantly when she a newborn. I know I was very glad to get out and have some fresh air. 6 days couped up, not sure how I’d cope doing that now!

Charley first outing

6 days after birth

First trip out in the pram

First trip out in the pram

I couldn’t leave out Bodhi’s first outing. This was a trip to The Devils Punch Bowl and it looks like he didn’t even have the comfort of being in a pram. How things change for the second baby! This time it was day 4, a bit quicker than with Charley.  With little sleep on the Friday night after Bodhi was born I was wondering how we’d cope with a newborn and a demanding toddler over the weekend. But by Tuesday I was ready to have our first trip out as a family of four. I can’t say it was very comfortable walking! but it was much needed again. So different from out first venture out with Charley when we were anxious about how she was in the pram – too hot, too cold, comfortable etc.

He looks so tiny as a baby as well, even though he was a fair size when born. I love how cheeky Charley looks in this!

Body first trip out

What are your memories of your first outings with your newborns?

Running in Lavender
Sleeping baby


My captured moments – Sleepy babies

I thought I’d link up to Running in Lavender after just discovering their fab blog. Love this idea of having a “Captured Moment” in pictures.

Bodhi fell asleep in the car today and carried on sleeping when I got him out, which never happens, so I managed to sneak a shot before putting him down in his cot. I love the way they look all peaceful and cosy when asleep on mums and dads.

Sleeping baby

Charley was always falling asleep on me when she was feeding but I think this one is when she was a little bit poorly one day, still looking cute though.

Sleeping baby

Running in Lavender
Walking nearly

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I’ll walk when I’m ready Mummy!!

Its been over a month now since Bodhi did his first footsteps by himself (not that he knew) so I was sure that it would only be a matter of days before he started walking by himself. No, I was wrong. Still not walking and not showing much sign of trying to, at least not by himself.

Walking nearly

I know it’s fine, really I do but I really, really want him to walk. Now, today. I can’t wait. I want to be able to say to people he’s walking when they ask. I wanted him to be walking at 12 months. That’s terrible isn’t it. And with him being the second you’d think I’d be more patient, but I’m less patient. Yes, he’ll do it in his own time, when he’s ready. I know that. The thing is I think he can do it if he tried and I think he’d enjoy it so much too. He’s pretty capable of getting around by crawling, cruising and holding our hands but by himself he could get everywhere, and even away from big sis when she is pestering him.

Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on him, but I just try to encourage him.

I’m sure it won’t be long now??????

What age were your little ones walking?