On Friday Little M and I were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of BabyStyle’s brand spanking new Hybrid Stroller. We had a long journey to get there but oh boy, was it worth it! I’m not sure it’s possible to be in love with an inanimate object but the Hybrid Stroller comes pretty close. Have you seen the range of colours? Swoon!
Anyway, I’ll pull myself together a bit and tell you a bit about the Hybrid Stroller and what’s got me so excited. What makes it a hybrid? I hear you ask. Well, it’s essentially three prams in one. The standard-wheeled model, the BabyStyle Hybrid Edge, has your usual set up of small wheels at the front and larger ones at the back. Fab. Although if you’re anything like me, you might find those big wheels get in the way sometimes when you’re in the city.
Fortunately, I tend to bash into shop fittings more frequently than people (sorry that man in M&S). But it would still be useful, and make my day run more smoothly, to have smaller wheels on the back, too. Enter the BabyStyle Hybrid City. What? Another pushchair? Au contraire, for £40 you can purchase the City axle, which in just a few clicks replaces the large-wheeled rear axle of the Edge. Suddenly, you have a stroller that’s perfect for a quick whizz around the shops without taking off a chunk of anyone’s ankles. Bonus!
Then, if you decide to expand your family and have a second child (or have two at once), you can again switch out the rear axle for the Tandem axle, allowing you to use both the carrycot and seat together. Alternatively, it’s possible to have two carrycots or two seat units. Amazing! Especially given how light the whole system is.
Apologies, I’m starting to sound a bit like an advert. But I’m genuinely impressed with this pram on first view I’d better say something negative to balance it up. The only negative I can think of is to do with the straps. Again, they’re a brilliant idea. They come in the form of a car seat-style five point harness, which you clip together and then pull the seat strap to adjust. So no faffing with buckles and adjusters. However, the strap itself is quite narrow, and sometimes twists inside the padding. That’s it. The one negative I could think of! I doubt most people would find it an issue, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist that way.
I can overlook that minor detail though, as the Hybrid Stroller looks gorgeous and drives beautifully (in the shop, anyway). The colours are really stylish and unusual, from the Autumnal Lava Red to the trendy Pistachio.
I’m really excited to get my hands on one for Little M and test drive it in the New Year!
Disclosure: I am being provided with a Hybrid Stroller in exchange for my honest review. However, all opinions are my own.