Jade Brookes 'Living With' the UPPAbaby Cruz
Hi, my name is Jade, I'm 22 and from West Yorkshire. I'm a mum to a beautiful 14 month old girl called Scarlett-Rose and we are currently expecting a little boy due 22nd may 2014 (or whenever he decides to appear). I also work part time as a customer advisor in a bank. On our days off and when the weather allows we love taking Scarlett out for some fresh air as we are very lucky to live near a lot of beautiful places and countryside but on more miserable days like today pyjamas and sofa snuggles will do.
Living With Review
I've been (impatiently) waiting for the Cruz to arrive and so far I'm pretty
I had two boxes delivered, one with the pushchair and one with the carrycot.
In the pushchair box there was the frame with seat and basket already attached, hood, four wheels, rain cover and insect net.
Once I'd got everything out I did something which I never do and read the instructions!! Although there really was no need, the frame easily came undone by removing a catch on the side then the wheels and hood just popped into place and we were ready to go. It feels really light and easy to manoeuvre, even when my 16 month old is in it. Another thing I noticed is how huge the basket is, one thing I dislike is having to hang bits of shopping off the handles of pushchairs. I also LOVE the colour. I chose Sydney yellow which is really striking but in a good way.
In the carrycot box there was the carrycot with hood and lining attached, mattress which has a really soft removable cover, apron, rain cover and insect net. Again it was super simple to put up, just had to pull two straps. To attach it to the pram I needed to remove the pushchair seat, which just means pushing two grey buttons on the side and it lifts straight off, then just click the carrycot into place. It does look quite roomy in there but I'll have to wait for the chief carrycot tester to arrive (hopefully sometime in the next five weeks).
It does only come in black, which I'm happy with as it's not used for long and can always be used for more babies as its gender neutral.
My only concern so far is that the Cruz is said to be a 'compact' stroller
and it looks pretty big - as in long not bulky - but I will have to take it out
for a test drive as looks can be deceiving and I may be proved wrong.
This week we've had some lovely weather so I took the Cruz out for its first spin to the park with my daughter. I absolutely LOVE it so far, I just hope the rain stays away so I can take it out more. The seat is a good size and seems well built almost like a proper little chair so my daughter looks really comfy and supported in it. She even slept in it which surprised me although I did find she prefers to sleep with the seat only slightly reclined rather than right back. It also drives like a dream, feels very light and just glides wherever you want it to go. The hood is a great size and I'm sure it would do a great job of protecting Scarlett from the sun if she didn't insist on playing 'peekaboo' with it!!
April the 27th 2014
Today we used the Cruz in the car for the first time. Considering our boot is tiny (we have a 3 door Peugeot 206) and it's full of 'car junk' the pram fits very well. I did remove the rear wheels (done very easily just by pushing up the silver latch on each side then the wheel pops off) more for ease of getting the frame in and out as if I'd left them on it would have taken more time to manoeuvre the frame in. Also you can fold the Cruz with the pushchair seat facing forward but it's slightly bulkier than removing the seat and placing it on top as I have done so I could fit the shopping in as well.
June the 17th 2014
We've been away for a couple of weeks and the Cruz came traveling with us. The first thing we did was attempt to fit the pram frame and carrycot in the boot, we can (just), so we did have to fold it down to be able to fit all our other bags and things in too. It's fine to do this for longer journeys but would be a bit of a pain if you had to do this every time so before buying I'd definitely recommend checking it will fit in the boot.
For shorter journeys I've decided to buy the maxi cosi car seat adapters for the Cruz I'm waiting for them to arrive but imagine my life will be made a whole lot easier especially when I need to fill the boot with shopping.
When the Cruz first arrived it came as standard with the rain cover which is a breeze to put on the carry cot, its elasticated so just pops on over the top and has a little flap for the carrycot handle. It also came with an insect net. With my daughter being a winter baby I'd never had the need for one before so did wonder if it would ever get used. I seem to have used it loads recently, mainly for evening strolls to keep the bugs away but also just when sat out in the garden.
June the 30th 2014
My car seat adapters have arrived and for only £32.99 I must say they are worth every penny!!
They are clearly marked left and right so you know which side to slot them onto so really simple to use. I do still prefer the carrycot but for short trips the car seat is much easier and would definitely recommend if you want to use the Cruz as a full travel system.
July the 7th 2014
This evening I got a bit of a shock when I put Freddie in the carrycot, at only 7 weeks old he's almost outgrown it!
I'd say he has another two weeks in there at most, which is a shame as its supposed to be used until 6 months. This isn't something that causes a problem when he's sleeping but when he's awake he manages to push his feet on the end which makes him slide up and get his head wedged at the top, this also happens when going downhill with the pram. I'm not sure whether straps would help but it would definitely put my mind at rest if they were an option.
July the 28th 2014
We haven't really used the Cruz for a good few weeks now - I'll list a few reasons why:
1. The weather has been soo hot and I feel the black carrycot is a bit like an oven with it attracting the sun, Freddie gets far too warm in there even with the apron removed.
2. He's now only 10 weeks and has completely outgrown the carrycot which is disappointing. I feel he is still too small for the pushchair part though and find the straps to be massive on him even when tightened as much as they can. I had heard about the snug seat by UPPAbaby which you can fasten in to make it suitable from newborn but it doesn't say it can be used with the Cruz.
3. I can no longer use the pushchair for my daughter. She does tend to walk most places now but even if she wanted to use the pushchair, at just 20 months, she's growing out of it.
I hope as the weather cools down and Freddie gets a bit bigger to be able to use it more but right now its just not suitable.