After lots of umming and ahhing, we eventually decided on an Uppababy Vista as our choice of pushchair. However, Hubby has always been very superstitious. He won’t let me put new shoes on a table, won’t walk past me on the stairs and will never under any circumstances walk over a triple drain. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when his
idiot friend told him that it’s bad luck to get out the pram before the baby arrives.
His other, infinitely more sensible, friend had advised him to get the travel system out and practice, practice, practice putting it up, down, adding bits on, taking bits off etc as he claimed that you should never underestimate how simple functions can be a complete mystery when you’re sleep deprived (He claims he once spent ten minutes just standing, staring at his son’s pushchair with no clue what to do, or even any clue of what it was he even wanted to do…).
So the other night I decided that despite my husband’s protestations, I would be taking the Uppababy Vista out of its box, seeing what was what and what we would be needing straight away and what could go back in the box for later. I also wanted a reminder of how the whole lot worked…they make it look so easy in the shop, don’t they?!
When trying to decide which travel system to buy, I found it really helpful to read and watch various ‘What’s in the box?’ blogs and vlogs, but never came across one for the Uppababy Vista, our eventual choice, so I thought I’d write a little post myself.
Upon opening the box you first set eyes on a rather swanky black bag. This contains the toddler seat and the carrycot. Personally, I’ve found this bag really useful for stashing all of the bits we don’t need yet; i.e. the toddler seat and all of the related paraphernalia.
Here’s what’s in the box:
As you can see, there’s a lot included with the Uppbaby Vista. Pictured is the entire contents which includes:
I’m particularly impressed with the inclusion of car seat adapters as these were an additional extra cost with a lot of the pushchairs that we looked at. Here it is with the car seat in situ:
Check out the size of that basket! I have to admit, this was one of the main selling features for us. Some pushchairs come with such small baskets and I didn’t want to be laden down with bags and maneuvering a pushchair! The car seat clips into the stroller frame pretty easily, but I did find it a bit of a challenge to release and lift at the same time. I’m sure I’ll find it easier with practice, though!
Here is it with the carrycot instead of the car seat:
One of the things I really like about the carrycot is the built in sun shade (the silver thing you can see inside the carrycot canopy). It also has a ventilation panel at the back of the canopy that you can lift up and magnet in place to look smart. The carrycot is also sleep safe, meaning that we won’t have to take an additional bassinet down to Somerset when we go to our friend’s wedding in the summer. The carrycot is also really easy to click into and remove from the stroller frame; it has a button on the top of the handle which you just release and lift off. Easy!
Overall, my first impressions are really positive. We were a bit concerned about how bulky the Uppababy Vista looked when we first put it together, but I wheeled it around the nursery a bit and it wheeled easily through the bedroom door, so I’m fairly confident that we shouldn’t have too much trouble getting it in and out of shops etc. I just can’t wait for little one to be here now so that we can start using it! This time next week…!