Best All Rounder!
Bruin Metro Stroller
Pros: The proof of the pudding is in the pushing, and while the Bruin Metro might pack a couple more pounds than the Jive and the Juniors, (the weight isn’t stated but it definitely feels heavier), what it lacks in featherweight, it makes up for in convenience. Firstly, it has a fully reclining function and the footrest flips up, creating a cosy bed for a teeny snoozing bubba (it’s suitable for tiny babies). But, it’s also big enough for strapping toddlers too. Secondly, it has a built in shopping basket – and a great sunshade which has an additional large pocket on the back to carry extra bottles/nappies/mobile (what a good idea!). If your tot is getting some much-needed shut-eye, the shade has a clear window you can peep through to check on their progress. And, if you’re off to wet and windy Europe this summer, the Bruin Metro also has a detachable rain cover for damp excursions. In short, it’s a fully functional stroller, that’s also great for travelling with.
Cons: It’s slightly heavier and bulkier than the other two models – and more expensive. The safely straps are also a bit of a faff to do up until you’ve got the hang of them.
Dhs449, Toys R Us, Dubai Festival City, 04 206 6564.
Pros: At a featherweight 3kgs, the Juniors travel buggy is the lightest fold-up pushchair in its extremely bargainous price range. Thankfully, light and inexpensive doesn’t equal flimsy, because this buggy really does have a robust feel about it. We particularly liked the padded, canvas seat, which is firm but comfortable, and perfect for a large baby (from nine months) because the upright position allows bubba a good view. Meanwhile, the seat back is quite high, so even a tall three-year-old can relax their head against the back of the chair and enjoy the ride. The built-in sunshade is super useful too. If you’re indoors, just undo the Velcro tabs and flip it backwards behind the handles so that it’s safely out of the way. Like more expensive versions, the Juniors model has lockable front wheels for rough surfaces and a good handle height (even tall dads will find it easy to push). You can also fold it one-handed.
Cons: It’s not suitable for a young baby. Your child will need to be at the sitting stage, as the safety straps are only across the waist, and the chair is upright. It doesn’t recline to allow little ‘uns to take that much needed snooze often required while traveling.
Dhs115, Babyshop, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8878.
Jive Mothercare stroller
Pros: Little girls have a choice of two pink designs, while little boys get the very appropriate dinosaur print version. At 3.5kgs, it is slightly heavier than the Juniors model, but it also feels very secure and well made. We liked the fact that it’s slightly reclined and adjustable, with a padded seat that is rigid and supportive. The four-point safety straps secure bubba at the shoulders and waist, making it suitable for infants from six months, and your little ‘un can comfortably sit back and take a snooze, should the urge take them. The Mothercare Stroller has fairly large, chunky wheels, which lock at the front, and make it super easy to push should you decide to take it off-road. We also loved the built-in basket – super handy for chucking in all manner of travel bumph, from flip flops, to drink bottles, a blanket or the changing bag.
Cons: There is no sunshade – although you can purchase one separately. The back of the pushchair isn’t very high, so a tall tot won’t be able to relax their head against it to get some shut-eye. Folding it up is a little more complicated than the Juniors, as you have to use two hands; one to press the release mechanism, and one to release the safety catch, while folding at the same time.
Dhs275, Mothercare, Dubai Mall, 04 339 9812.