We as a family are always traveling and going on family days out with our two toddlers in tow. This means there are numerous occasions, each week, where we need a reliable pushchair to help tow not only our children but all our necessities too. Having had two babies back to back and a period that they both were needing one in the middle, I have road tested my fair share of pushchairs. The iCandy Raspberry has came into our lives at a perfect time where B is now too big to be pushed around but MM still needs one that she can take naps in if we are out all day. Gone are our days of the double stroller thankfully.
I have heard about iCandy numerous times from other mothers in play groups and seen them out on the town strolling cute little babies, happily. They are notorious for their uber cool, vibrant seat/hood colors (which you get free with pushchair) and a quality brand you can trust. They back all their pushchairs with a guarantee. iCandy really do have a parent’s mind set when designing their pushchairs as I think they have really thought of everything when creating the Raspberry so let’s dive into the goodies of it.
At two years old some pushchair seats are far too small already for MM or the hood doesn’t go high enough and hits her head as she is tall for her age. My initial thought on the iCandy Raspberry after the cooing over the stunning sunflower yellow color and black chassis was that it would last us for awhile still. The harness isn’t at the highest level for her yet and she has plenty of leg room way before she is dragging her feet. That plush yellow seat liner is the softest, most comfortable feeling seat liner I have ever seen, hands down. I even wanted to lay on it when I took it out of the box. The silky hood easily glides open and shut to block out that light for a good snooze or keep the rays off your little one. The matching harness pads are just as cozy as the seat liner. The padding is amazing and is no wonder MM always falls asleep in this pushchair on days out. I think the sunflower and solid black chassis are so stylish together.
Three position reclining: I think this is a must with little ones as sometimes they are reluctant to go to sleep and want to watch the world go by for awhile before drifting off. Straight recline is great for fun strolls to the park and stopping for a quick snack break. Laying all the way down is definitely a must for little nappers to catch some zzz’s. MM sleeps beautifully in this pushchair. I only wish I had it when we stayed in the states for two months as we were out almost every day.
Free Standing when folded: I love this feature I was so sick of our old stroller lying on the hallway floor, always in the way. It always annoyed me that none of our strollers stood up. It makes perfect sense for space, accessibility and to keep the stroller from getting battered too.
Large basket & storage pod:The basket is perfect to fit my large diaper bag in with no problem Holds up to 5kg of all your necessities. I absolutely love the idea of a secret storage pod. Your rain cover comes nicely folded inside but also you could store your keys, phone or purse in here at the park or on days out and it will be safe, dry, and hidden. I love it. It’s a fantastic idea.
Car seat compatible: With car seat adaptors the Raspberry can be used with Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, Pebble and Pebble plus car seats, as well as BeSafe IziGo car seats. I loved when I first had B and realized I could get adaptors and put the car seat right onto my stroller. Who wants to wake a sleeping baby?
Independent front and rear suspension: A bit technical but just means a smooth ride through the city for your baby while he/she snoozes or enjoys their day. I really could feel the difference in the wheels when I pushed this stroller compared to others I have had in the past. It glides so smoothly down the foot path, I promise you.
Five point padded harness: The Raspberry has matching pads for the harness and they are well cushioned for your baby’s comfort and safety too. The five point harness keeps your baby secure. I liked how easy it is to undo the harness as I have weak wrists and have struggled with other latches in the past too.
Other Information: Suitable from birth to 25kg. Pushchair weighs 6.6kg For me, I love that you can have one pushchair from birth right through (unless you are stroller happy like we are). However, the weight for me was the only thing I was a little disappointed in. For a urban city pushchair I was hoping it would be extremely light, it feels alot heavier to me than 6.6kg. I have to give it a good heave when I lift it into my SUV as it’s high off the ground, even though it does class itself as a light weight pushchair. Maybe I just need to get back to the kettlebell workouts.
I think MM is a curious soul but there are times when she isn’t well, or is having an off day that she prefers to face me. I let her decide and it’s nice to have a chat with her as we stroll. I have always loved the option to turn the seat either way. It’s handy having her parent/rear facing when I am splitting a snack with her and her brother or giving her something to drink on the go. I prefer to have her parent/rear facing when I recline her for her naps. It keeps her focus on sleeping rather than watching the intriguing people around her.
As much as she loves her momma and her snacks she is a nosy little thing and she usually chooses to face forward so she can see the world go by. She can grab at things as we go through the shops, and wave at people on the train, or watch her brother ride his bike up ahead. She likes to know what’s going on around her too. I have her forward facing when we go to places like the zoo and circus.
We usually use our iCandy Raspberry for our daily trips to the park or the shop to grab bread or milk. We stroll through the mall while B is in school now, and it’s just the two of us. I love our one on one time together and our girlie outings in our iCandy. MM is in love with her iCandy Raspberry too. Often times she will pull the hood half way and ask me to recline her in it while we walk to the park. I peak in to her to see what she is doing and catch her staring up at the clouds and watching them float overhead. I think she goes to her little happy place when she does this. She is just as pensive as she is nosy which is a funny combination. She always seems deep in thought as we walk.
Sleeping is a must for us while we are out. If we don’t have a comfortable or suitable pushchair to aid us into clouds of fluff we have a problem. Both my kids are sleepers and if they don’t get their daily naps it’s a tough afternoon for all of us but having said that I never wanted it to keep us locked down at home. From the time they were born I always tried to get them used to sleeping in various pushchairs, play pens, car seats and friend’s houses. For the most part we have been good so far. I have noticed though MM goes to sleep far faster in our iCandy than she ever did our most recent pushchair. I think it’s a combination of the extra cushioning the iCandy has in the seat liner and the deeper seat so when she is laid back it forms like a bucket seat for her which is more comfortable than a completely flat seat. It contours with her body and in all that cozy cushion who wouldn’t fall fast asleep?
So how do I rate the iCandy Raspberry… 0 (no feelings) to 10 (outstanding)… I give it an 8.5. That’s only because I did struggle a little bit getting used to opening and closing it. I am not going to lie, it took me a few handfuls of tries just to figure it out then get used to it. Now it’s easy peasy. Then a little mark down for being heavier than expected and struggling to lift it into my car which is high off the ground. Although than that I can’t fault it and I may have to give a bonus point for being sold in the most gorgeous yellow I have ever seen.
So how does MM rate the iCandy Raspberry… “I like my yellow seat.” was all that she would give me than begged to go for a walk to the park in it. Off we go…
Our iCandy Raspberry family fun adventures in the park
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