Claire Brown 'Living With' the Tippitoes Fuse
My name is Claire, I'm 34 and I live in a small town in Scotland with my partner of 14 years, our 19mnth old daughter Leia and our 5 pet ferrets. I asked for a puppy but was blessed with a positive pregnancy test instead! We have recently returned to college as mature students and I make and sell baby clothes at craft fayres and charity sales. We are pretty hard on our pushchairs as we don't drive but are very outdoorsy, we go to country fairs all over Scotland when we can. We have (as have most parents it appears!) have had a fleet of prams and buggies and never been just happy enough to keep what we have!
Living With Review
The greatly awaited Fuse got delivered yesterday and the box has been glaring at me like a long awaited Christmas pressie! Finally I get to open it and was met with quite a tall pram body which pleased me as Leia at 19 months can stand shoulder to shoulder with 2yr olds and I would hate to see her looking squished and too big in it. I pulled out all the bits and had a browse of the fairly simple instructions and got torn in only to find the hood a bit complicated and I'm still not sure it's on correctly as the clips are partially behind the frame. We also find the rubber footplate where the childs feet are supposed to rest is too far back for Leia and her legs just seem to dangle which makes her look even taller!
The overall look of the Fuse is very angular and basic, missing that "wow factor" that i have when I'm pram spotting, very modern says my mum. I took it for a whizz around the carpet in the lounge and it seems nice and light to push, not too sure of the handles but time will tell eh?
Our first time getting to grips with the Tippitoes Fuse proved a little fraught, Carrying her in one hand and the pushchair in the other down the close it was a little bulky but nice and light, Leia shot off down the car park as I opened it for the first time (however it is now quite easy). I got her clipped in with what is a very basic plastic 5 point clip and off we went to the local shops. I will need to try to adjust my walking style as for every step I take I kick the wheels. Wow bumping it up the pavements is quite difficult as the handles are right over the centre of gravity and there is nowhere to push off from around the wheels. Leia didn't look too uncomfortable and sat with her hands on the nicely padded bumper bar ready for action.
June the 13th 2012
Took the Fuse on the bus today, everything went nice and smoothly. We have found if we put the leg rest up it holds her legs in a nicer position and she seems to "dangle" less. She happily snacked in at and napped round the supermarket which she usually hates as mischief is always on her mind.
June the 14th 2012
Hit a snag today, my dad drives a Mitsubishi Colt and the Fuse doesn't fit in the boot, even when we took the wheels off. It ended up in the back beside me which was made a rather uncomfortable trip! So glad it was a short one.
June the 17th 2012
Usual short trips up and down to the local shops have proved a doddle for the Fuse. I am finding it a bit cumbersome to carry it a toddler and a bag of shopping.
June the 23rd 2012
Was working at a craft market today but the family came too. The Fuse stored itself nicely behind my table whilst they walked around. I like the fact that the brakes can go on in the folded position. Next week we are going to a country fair in the middle of a field!
June the 29th 2012
At a country fair this weekend and sadly the Fuse has met it's nemesis, Mud! It didn't cope well at all in the boggy grass today but did hose down well at the hotel and dried quite quickly overnight in the hotel room.
June the 30th 2012
Botherations! Yet another boot that the Fuse wont fit in. It's scrunched up in the back with the three of us again, thank goodness it's clean!
Mother nature has again foiled the Fuse as it rained today, torrential rain to be honest and the pathetic rain cover would not go on for love nor money no matter which way we put it and when we got it on of a fashion Leia's sodden feet hung out the bottom.
July the 10th 2012
A routine trip to the park for us and I realise that I have adjusted my buggy pushing walking style to accommodate the Fuse and I hardly kick it any more. It copes OK with the dry gravel path.
July the 14th 2012
Nipped to the local shops for a few essentials with a very sleepy toddler. Once the stroller is lying flat you can't get underneath and I had to haul a napping child up and down to put things under as I didn't want to tip it by hanging things from the handles.
July the 19th 2012
Did a bit of pram spotting when passing the local nursery today and saw a few that looked like the Fuse but not an actual Tippitoes Fuse.
July the 23rd 2012
My darling daughter has now found out she can lift the bumper bar over her head, she finds it funny and I find it rather frustrating as she whines if it gets stuck.
July the 26th 2012
We were on an older style bus today that didn't have the air suspension thing and there as nobody to help me and the sleeping one off of the bus so I braved bumping it off and due to not being able to tilt it easily it made an awful racket and now we have a squeaky wheel.
On a mini family holiday and the Fuse came too. No cars apart from taxis to worry about as we went by train. The Fuse is easy to manoeuvre along platforms, corridors and lifts but definitely a two man job getting it on and off trains with a sleeping toddler in it.
August the 5th 2012
It's been raining quite a bit so when it does the Fuse is left forlornly in the caravan and Leia is carried in her raincoat and wellies.
August the 10th 2012
Had a fleeting trip to the beach today and wheeled the pushchair folded along the damp sand and it was super duper. However as expected the dry sand was a pick up by the handy handle job.
August the 11th 2012
Home safe and sound from our break and the Fuse is getting another valet as it's gathered sand in every crevice. Should be dry again for our next excursion.
The Fuse taking up the whole boot!
September the 12th 2012
Had a very uneventful week with the fuse, just the daily trips to college and dropping her off at the nursery. Nothing to remark and nothing exciting to report except the stupid squeaky wheel!
Due to a wee spate of poor physical health my mum has been taking Leia a lot and has been using the Fuse. Sorry to say she's come across the same problems we have with the handles and the centre of gravity, My dad fixed the squeaky wheel (yay!) and has now solved the slumping problem by taking off the shoulder straps so she can move around a
bit, maybe a floating harness would be good? She is STILL messing around with the bumper bar and it gets taken off now. Mostly now the need for the pram is big journeys for napping in as she is such an independant so and so! Typical Scottish weather is hampering with the
usage too as the rain cover is still not easy to use or to keep her dry.
November the 10th 2012
We had a day trip to Edinburgh and the Fuse came too... Fitted in the luggage front.