When I was pregnant with Bubs I knew straight away I wanted to buy a Silver Cross Pram. With Little Man we had a Graco and whilst I liked it I didn’t Love it.
I always had my eye on the Silver Cross Linear Freeway and as soon as I knew I was expecting my 2nd we went to order it. I was only about 12 weeks pregnant when we ordered it so I had 6 months of waiting to use it. Trust me that’s a long time to wait when you’re so excited about something, especially a pram.
A couple of weeks before Bubs arrived we built it up and it was fairly easy to build. I looked at the pram almost every day with excitement. Picturing my newborn baby in it and pushing it about.
A few weeks later Bubs arrived and we took him home from hospital in the Silver Cross car seat we had also purchased. I loved it and it was great. Bubs looked so comfy and cosy in it, especially with the lovely cover that came with it too. HOWEVER try not to have a big baby as you will never be able to carry them. The car seat is just about manageable without a baby in it. So just make sure you have a small baby and you will be fine.
It wasn’t long before we used the buggy and at first we used it with the carry cot white part inside. The first few times we used it both of us loved it. It wasn’t long after that I started to dislike it and the more I used it I started to hate it and really regret my decision. All of the excitement of buying the Silver Cross buggy had been smashed and I was really quite upset about it. So where shall I start.
When you want to put the hood up or down it makes such an awful clicking noise. If your baby is asleep in the buggy and you need to pull the hood up or down…DONT!! Leave the hood or you will wake your baby up and no new mum wants to wake her sleeping baby. If you are in a quiet place (doctors waiting room) and you need to put the hood up or down… DONT, everyone will look at you like you just unloaded an automatic machine gun. Trust me if you’re in a quiet place or you baby is asleep then leave the hood where it is. This is also the same with the car seat.
THE HOOD PART 2…
The main part of the hood has no structure to it at all. So when the hood is fully-out there is nothing in the hood to make it keep its shape. So what this means is… DONT go out on a windy day. Whilst there is no wind the hood is fine. If there is wind then forget it, the hood blows right in either onto babies head if he/she is sitting up or right over their face if laying flat in the buggy. Neither is ideal really, so either stay inside if it’s windy or keep the hood flat and not open. Hummmm bit silly as wind is what you want to keep off your baby so also not ideal to keep the hood closed. There is a plastic feeling rod in the hood which is attached to nothing and just moves around in the hood. No point to it at all so no idea why it is there.
I waited until we had a windy day to show how the hood blows in. Here is the outside…
Here is what it looks like on the inside and this isn’t the worst it been when windy. It blows in even more than this if really windy. As you can see comes right down to his face.
THE HOOD AND CARRYCOT…
If baby is laying flat and you have the hood fully extended right around the edge is a massive gap. I don’t know about you but when my baby is laying down asleep I like him to be warm and not laying in a draft. Really there should be a couple of poppers on the hood to press on the side of the carrycot. There are 2 poppers on the back but this makes no difference to the sides where you can easily see daylight if looking from the inside out. The way the hood pops onto the carrycot is stupid, if you want to sit baby up from laying you have to open the poppers or the hood just looks stupid.
On a cold or windy day your baby will get a draft. This is the same both sides.
THE HOOD AND SEATING POSITION…
Why the hell is the hood so low??? Silver Cross what were you thinking when you made this buggy. People know Silver Cross for its quality name. Well this time I think you have got it so wrong. So when Bubs is sitting in the buggy, I can pull the hood over him so the sun is just about off him. If the sun is behind us then the hood needs to be pulled further over him, so rather than it going up more and coming over it just goes straight down. Long story short… He can’t see anything and I can’t see him. Do I pulled the hood over him so he can’t see anything and I can’t see him or do I leave the sun in his eyes????
Cant see my baby at all. Do I let the sun be in his eyes or do I settle for not seeing him?
Low down picture showing Bubs cant see out at all. Silver cross clearly think that to keep the sun out of babies eyes they need to not be able to see at all.
He is 9 months old and head almost touches the top already. How this will work when he’s another year older I have no idea. His head here is about 2 inches from the top IF that.
DONT TAKE THIS BUGGY SHOPPING…
I say don’t take this buggy shopping as you really DO NOT want it loaded with anything more than needs be. It’s already so heavy to push let alone when its loaded down with shopping.
Overall all I feel massively let down and absolutely gutted with this buggy. After saving up and having so much excitement about this buggy It’s all ended as disaster. I really can’t say how excited I was to use this buggy, Now I am reverting back to my old Graco buggy as this Silver Cross buggy really is that bad. I totally trusted in the Silver Cross name, now I have nothing positive to say which isn’t how I wanted to feel after being so excited.
All I would say is… If you looking at getting this buggy then please don’t. You will regret it and you will be disappointed. Silver Cross may well be known as the quality brand however this buggy lets the whole name down.
Do you have this buggy? What do you think of it?