With the huge choice of pushchairs out there, I do sometimes wonder how designers can keep improving them.
It is true that I’ve never yet managed to find ‘the perfect pushchair’ – there’s always one little niggle or another – but there are some that come pretty close.
So is it possible to bring out a new pushchair that ticks all the boxes and introduces some new ones too?
The Nuna IVVI might just have done that. It’s been thoughtfully designed with both the comfort of the baby and the needs of the parent taken into consideration – something which shows in the smooth operation and little ‘extra’ features that make it not just any old baby chariot.
It’s available in two neutral colours (black and safari), both of which look stylish alongside the chunky frame. It’s suitable from birth, with a carrycot option for the first six months which is then replaced with the parent or forward facing, multi-position seat unit which should carry little ones throughout their pushchair using years. (it’s got a weight limit of 18kg which is a bit higher than a lot of other pushchairs).
The carrycot is reasonably spacious and has two features which I really liked – the integrated storage area at the bottom which can be used to store keys, wallet phone etc (little babies never use all the room in the carrycot at first so it’s great to be able to utilise that space!). Once the space is needed, the bag can be removed and used in it’s own right instead.
The carrycot and Nuna Pipi car seat (which, along with Maxi Cosi seats can be used to form a travel system using the included car seat adaptors) both also have a really useful integrated canopy which is fastened with magnets to form a useful breathable sun or sleep shade.
The handle is extendable, although probably one of the features that I was least keen on – it just goes up and up rather than rotating into position, meaning that the footprint of the pushchair is quite large when it’s fully extended. It’s also not the most compact of pushchairs when it’s folded (which can be done with or without the seat attached) – although this is something that can be addressed by removing the quick release wheels, if you happen to have a boot of the smaller variety for example. And it’s free standing when folded, as well as having a handle so you can pull it along easily a bit like a trolley case, which is a bonus!
The hood is massive and provides really good coverage – great scope for some games of peekaboo as well as shelter from the elements when at some point you get caught without your raincover (which is included with the pushchair, although if you’re like me that doesn’t mean you’ll always remember to take it out with you!).
All in all, the Nuna IVVI looks like a great pushchair – and it’s out mid-December, available exclusively at Kiddicare. We can’t wait to go along and have another little go with it on their test track!