One of those big ‘Parent-to-be’ decisions and investments, we’ve been really pleased with our pram. It’s sturdy, cosy and ideal for walking the dogs. However, with these positives also come a few negatives. It’s bulky, a challenge to fold down, and takes it up a lot of space.
Now Harry is one, we started to wonder if something a little more lightweight might come in handy. Not as a replacement for our pram, but as an addition.
Unsure where to start looking, we were excited to hear from Dionio, who had a brand new super-compact stroller they wanted us to put through it’s paces. Perfect timing!
That was a few weeks ago now, so I thought I’d fill you in on how we’ve been getting on….
First and foremost, not to sound shallow, but I absolutely love the colour! A beautiful sunflower yellow, the Diono Traverze Stroller is perfect for the sunny months. I also feel as though cars are more likely to spot us, which I have to admit is a bit of a concern with our dark navy pram. Since having Harry I’m even more cautious crossing the road, so this extra level of visibility is a bonus for me.
With our Summer holidays coming up, we were keen to see how compact a ‘Super-compact’ stroller really is… Turns out it is really compact, small enough to fit in most over-head cabins!
Comparably half the size of our pram when folded down, the stroller easily fits in our boot, with plenty of room to spare.
As well as being compact, it’s also light, and easy to carry. Not that you need to of course, as it also has a pull along handle for when it’s folded down. (They really have thought of everything!)
Folding down couldn’t be simpler, and it really is as easy it seems in this video. While plenty of strollers claim to be easy to fold, it isn’t quite always the case. Especially is you are holding onto a fidgety toddler with the other hand.
Definitely my favourite feature, being easy to collapse makes it less of chore to put away when you’ve finished using it for the day. Up to now, our pram has been taking up space in the lounge, as it’s so much of a faff to fold down. Using the stroller and relegating the pram to the shed has meant we get that extra living space back!
A complete convert to our Summer stroller, I could go on and on about the positives, but I’ll just quickly mention them… I love how securely Harry is fastened in, how I can use the brake comfortably wearing flip flops, (Almost impossible with the pram) how the sun shade keeps him cool, how it has a little storage pocket for a few of my essentials, how roomy the shopping basket is, how easy it is to steer, how it reclines so Harry can I have a comfy snooze… I really could continue. Basically, I’m a little bit in love with it!
We’re heading for our first trip abroad in September, and now we’ve got our stroller ready and waiting, the prospect of an airport with a toddler in tow doesn’t seem quite so daunting. I’ll be sure to write an update, letting you know how we get on, with any tips we pick up along the way!