Kitty Westwood 'Living With' the Maxi-Cosi Streety Plus
Hi I’m Kitty and I am 22. I live with my partner Mark, our son Joel (8 months) and my step-son Dylan who is 11. I work two days a week as a Dental Assistant and fill the rest of my week full of activities with both of the kids. Joel’s favorites are swimming and going for walks. I try and make the most of family weekends by getting out and about visiting new places. I love crafts and cooking but can’t wait to start my new 6 month hobby testing the Maxi-Cosi Streety Plus Mix and Match.
Living With Review
My Streety Plus Mix and Match arrived today at 11:30, and by 12 it was all set up, figured out, drove round the kitchen and packaging in the garage. It arrived in two boxes, one for the pushchair and one for the colour pack. In my excitement I chose to set up the Streety without using the instructions, which proved a little tricky when it came to testing folding the pushchair. Once assembled, I was surprised to find it looked larger and sturdier than I had previously imagined.
Love that the Maxi-Cosi car seat adaptors are included as standard, as these can be an expensive extra. Parasol clip, shopping basket and rain cover are also part of the package. Having to add the colour pack to the seat unit is basically all the construction you need to do.
At first glance what really stands out is how padded and comfortable the seat unit looks, and Joel appears very relaxed while having our first little test trip down the park. Can’t wait to find out what else the Streety can do!
13th July 2013
We headed out for lunch today and Joel made it clear he needed a nap. We quickly transfered him from high chair to the Steety and he was asleep in seconds. Im not surprised really, the seat unit insert is probally an inch thick with padding! Think I might have to take it out as he grows though as it might get a bit tight on space.
19th July 2013
A quick trip to sainsburys with Joel. He was fast asleep in the car so I put my Cabriofix car seat onto the streety frame using the included adaptors. Very easy to use, although I did put them on the wrong way round first! I really love that this folds like a basic stroller but can be used as a proper travel system.
23rd July 2013
The handle bar is one height only. I am 5 foot 6" and the height is comfortable for me, but my mum in law who is shorter would prefer if it could be a little lower. You can hang your change bag off the hooks on the inside of the handle. These are made to be used with the Maxi-Cosi flexibag but luckily my change bag fits them too, it is a bit of a faff to place it on though. It's also difficult to hang my change bag by the strap over the handle bar as it just keeps sliding down.
25th July 2013
Brake system is really easy, grey for go and red for stop. I do have to give it a good firm push down to get the brake on as a first I was just giving it a quick tap and it wasn't properly on. I think this is more user error though!
31st July 2013
Im not getting along with the stroller hood. It clips on either side of the seat unit for its main support but keeps popping off. At the moment it is happeneing each time I open or close it. While its only a small issue, it is frustrating when I'm in a rush!
Been doing alot out and about with the car recently and its been helpful to have a pushchair that opens and folds quickly with the seat unit on (forward facing). I have a ford fiesta, so not the largest car, but can fit the pushchair in the boot easily with a little room left for other stuff.
8th August 2013
Ive finally worked out the easiest way to get the streety
plus up kerbs and over large bumps in the path. You need to push down on
the handle bar and at the same time push on the leaver inbetween the
breaks, (the one which helps open up the pram). This may sound like I
should've realised this right away, but I did struggle at first.
10th August 2013
We had a trip to the garden centre today with Great Grandma. She loves to push Joel around and she definatley got on with the Streety. Her top comment was that it was light and easy to push, which I think is quite something coming from an eighty-one year old! She also thought the apperance was lovely.
12th August 2013
Today we took Joel and the Streety to family fun day at wolverhampton Racecourse. He was very snug and I think I caught a few people checking it out! We managed to fit nearly all of our picnic stuff in the shopping basket which was handy and Joel was happy to eat his portion while sat in the pushchair.
16th August 2013
A bit of retail therapy today at our local shopping centre. Although Joel now loves being forward facing and having a good look around, there are still times like today when parent facing is easiest to keep him entertained. The shopping basket has to be accessed from behind Joel when the pushchair is parent facing, but thats not really an issue. I think its a great feature to have on hand, even for just occasional use for older babies.
17th August 2013
22nd August 2013
a full week at work this week as a one off to cover holidays, so the
Streety is getting lots of Nanna time! Both Grandmas are impressed by
how padded the seat unit is and thinks it looks really comfy. They were
also pretty happy with pushing it around. I've learnt Nan's can be fussy
(even more so than me) with the features they want on a pushchair, so
the fact this ticks their boxes is a definite bonus.
28th August 2013
I'm still having some trouble with the hood of the pushchair popping off, but this really only happens when I'm folding the pushchair or trying to lift it in or out of the boot. You can see the corner of the hood in this photo and this is where the clip pushes into to clip onto the frame. The light colour button in the picture is number 2 of the three step folding system. When opening up the pushchair this part clicks into place. I find I have to really make sure I've clicked it in properly as sometimes its a bit stiff. Once its all together though its a good sturdy frame.
September the 3rd 2013
Took Joel for a walk today round the park and then to the pub. He was very comfy in the Streety and likes grabbing the bumper bar and leaning forward to get a good look at everything. When we reached the pub I used the pushchair as a highchair and he had a bit of lunch. Once he was stuffed he happily had a long nap. Still notice the hood keeps popping off though, managed to get a good picture of where the clip comes loose.
September the 11th 2013
The cold weather is setting in and today was particuarly gloomy and wet. Joel and I had to pop down to our local doctors which is just a short walk away. It was the first time that I had really needed to use the rain cover. I was very impressed. The fit was perfect and it was simple to pop over the pushchair. I could also tell that it was very secure and if it had been windy there would have been no chance of it blowing off. The two air vents were right at the top of the cover so no chance of them getting squashed down. Will be happy to use the Streety in the rain again!
September the 15th 2013
We've all been full of colds this week so the Streety has been shut away in the cupboard for most of the time. One thing I havent mentioned yet is the wheels and how funky I think they are. The white ring really makes them stand out from the crowd. On a more practical note all four wheels are solid so no chance of punctures, or the need to carry a pump around.
September the 22nd 2013
The bumper bar on the streety is very easy to use. It is bendy, so that when you fold the pushchair it folds with it. But what I really like is how smooth it is to unclip and swing out of the way. It hangs down the side of the pushchair, right out of the way. When it is fully attached it moves up and down, and this has proved to be a fab pass time for Joel!
September the 30th 2013A quick shopping trip today, and we went over and few bumps in the footpath. Luckily the Streety has good suspension either side of the rear wheels. I am still really enjoying using the Streety Plus Mix and Match and the past few days I haven't had any trouble with the sun canopy popping off. Hurray! Maybe I was being a bit rough with it, but I've been very pleased. Joel had a few snacks while sat in his pushchair today, he was happy enough and his back always looks supported.
When I get home after a taking a walk I like to be able to store my pushchair away neatly or at least be able to leave it in the hallway without it taking up all of the space!
So I was very happy to discover that I could squeeze the Streety in our narrow cupboard by the front door.
If the front wheels are locked the pushchair will support itself so you can have it free standing and out of the way.
I find it to be a lot less bulky than other travel systems when folded.
Another successful week with the Streety. Still have no real complaints after nearly 3 months of usage. If I had purchased this pushchair myself I would feel as if I had got value for money. The frame still feels sturdy and the fabrics are wearing well. Joel has put on a couple of pounds since we first started using it but he still fits in the seat unit without looking squash, even with that super padded seat liner.
October the 20th 2013
I have noticed that sometimes the catch that keeps the pushchair together comes undone easily but its only really a problem when getting it in and out of the car. If the pushchair has started to unfold in the boot of the car it can be difficult to get it out.
October the 25th 2013
Joel is getting bigger but he still fits in the seat unit lovely. I had originally thought that all the comfy padding made the seat a little shallow, but it is definatley good for my little man. The seat belt padding is very soft on his shoulders too
I have taken the padded seat insert and the shoulder pads out of the pushchair temporarily to give them a good wash. Joels messy hands had left a few stains and it was looking like it needed a good freshen up. The fabrics are very easy to wash, just pop them in the machine at 30 degrees and then let them dry naturally. Whilst all that comfy padding was off, I did still have to use the pushchair and there were no problems. The basic seat unit is still padded enough for it to be nice and snug.
November the 11th 2013
After I finally got round to washing the seat padding (my washer never seems to be free) I can say I am very happy with the result. Machine wash at 30 and it looks as good as new. I did have to reshape some of the padding afterwards, but it all went back to the original shape with very little effort.
November the 15th 2013
Have started to use the pushchair a little less as Joel can walk unaided now and gets very frustrated being stuck in his pram. The best thing now about the Streety is how little boot space it takes up. It's handy just to keep it in the car so that I can just run and grab it if Joel starts to get tired.
November the 24th 2013
We have had a very poorly little man the past week and unfortunately the Streety has had to stay in the house. Sadly this means there is not much to report to you, other than that I can’t wait to get out and use it again!
After nearly two weeks of being poorly, Joel and the Streety finally got to leave the house again. We had a trip to the shopping centre to do a bit of Christmas shopping. I've taken the shoulder straps off at the moment as I noticed they were a bit dirty so I wanted to give them a wash. It made no difference to Joel. He was still very comfy and the straps didn’t dig in (he did have a chunky jacket on though). It was good to be reunited with the Streety!
December the 7th 2013
Today was a very exciting day as we were going to see Santa on the Severn Valley Railway. Being a steam train we had to fold the pushchair up and have it put in the luggage carriage of the train before we boarded ourselves. I was very pleased that the pushchair folded as one, as others had to go searching for the separate parts after getting off. The shopping basket really did its job today, it held all of our supplies for the day plus two bags of presents off.
December the 16th 2013
The cold weather is really setting in and I am starting to miss the luxury of having a footmuff as part of the collection available with the Streety. I have checked the Maxi-Cosi website and the only optional accessories available to purchase are the FlexiBag and the parasol. I’m sure I could find a universal footmuff which would fit on, but I do have a thing for matching gear when it comes to pushchairs. Perhaps a cosy blanket and a few extra layers will have to do for now.
As we come to the end of our time testing the Streety I take it for one last spin around kiddicare. It still looks modern and stylish even alongside all the brand new pushchairs in store, and has proven to be a really good pushchair for its price tag, with some very practical features. I would recommend this pushchair to friends, especially those buying on a budget as I think this is very good value for money.