When I realised the second-hand pushchair Dylan and Xander both used was too worn out for yet another child, it was time to get a new one for Amelie. Having seen plenty of their strollers on the school run, I was keen to try something from the Quinny range so was delighted when they answered my request favourably. They sent me a Quinny Moodd which Amelie and I have been putting through its paces for the past few weeks.
My first impressions were good. It was easy to assemble and was ready for use within ten minutes. Using gas-lift technology, it pops up into position as soon as a clasp is removed, while the wheels and seat just need to be pushed in place, where they remain locked. It’s easy to collapse too and can be flattened down in under a minute. It’s the done thing, of course, to take it for a test drive around the house and it proved simple to steer, negotiating our cluttered front room with ease. I also liked the fact that it is so streamlined – there’s nothing bulky about it, which is especially useful as space is at a premium in our home.
Out and about
One minor concern I had as a result of this design though was that it looked a little lightweight for the awful weather we’ve had. It more than held its own though. On one of our first outings, we went to an event on Eastbourne seafront; it was incredibly windy and we couldn’t have been much more exposed to the elements, but it handled as well as it usually does and, thanks to the baby cocoon which is made of nice, soft material, Amelie stayed cosy and blissfully oblivious. The sun shade did a good job of shielding her from the wind while the rain cover was effective when needed.
As you can see from the pictures, we have only used the Moodd fully flat so far, but it’s worth pointing out that the reclining seat can be adjusted to different positions, both forward and rearward facing. The frame of the pushchair can also accommodate a Maxi-Cosi car seat, making it quick and easy to tackle the often tricky challenge of getting a baby out of a vehicle without waking them!
Wheels and brakes
Having had inflatable tyres on our last pushchair, I was pleased to discover that the Moodd has hard, plastic wheels. This eliminates two eternally irritating problems – punctures and cleaning. We had no end of problems with replacing inner tubes and getting dirt out of the treads was a nightmare too. There are no such problems here; the wheels are strong and durable and only need pushing through a puddle to clean as the treads are fairly shallow. This doesn’t impact on their grip though – the pushchair didn’t veer off course even in strong winds.
The intuitive braking system is also worthy of a mention as it gets right what most other pushchairs I’ve used have got wrong. There are two pedals – one next to each of the back wheels – the red one on the right applies the brake and the grey on the left releases it. Simple but effective.
I’ve continued to be impressed by the Quinny Moodd. It’s obviously very comfortable for babies and I’m confident that Amelie is going to be happy in it until she no longer needs a pushchair. It’s easy to navigate and maintain, doesn’t take up too much space even when unfolded and looks great too. I’m very happy to recommend it.
The Quinny Moodd is available at various retailers from around £465.
Disclosure: I was provided with a Quinny Moodd for the purposes of this review.