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Britax B-SMART Pushchair

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PRODUCT: Britax B-SMART Pushchair ( B-Smart Travel System

DESCRIPTION: A 3-wheel or 4-wheel pushchair which is part of a complete travel system, suitable from birth to approximately 4 years (15kg). Features include a lightweight aluminium frame, automatic fold lock, rearward and forward facing seat with multi-position recline, adjustable height handle, lockable front-swivel wheels, 5-point harness, bumper bar, detachable apron, showerproof hood, and shopping basket. Available in Atomic Denim, Aurora Green, Neon Black, Purple Rain and Venetian Red.

Folded pushchair: 44 x 93 x 62 cm
Unfolded: H115 x W62 x D98 cm
Weight: 11.7kg

ASSEMBLY: The pushchair requires some very basic assembly prior to use, however this is very easy to complete using the detailed instructions manual provided. The wheels simply push into the front and rear wheel mounts, and the fixation prongs of the pushchair seat (or infant carrier) click into the corresponding fixation slots on either side of the pushchair frame. The bumper bar can be easily attached and removed as required using the locking buttons provided, and the hood can be quickly inserted into the appropriate mounts and fastened to the pushchair seat via snaps and Velcro fastenings.

Britax B-Smart Travel System GOOD POINTS: The Britax B-SMART Pushchair is an excellent first purchase for new parents or anyone that is short on space. Not only does it form part of a multifunctional travel system for use with the Britax BABY-SAFE Sleeper, Britax carrycot and Britax BABY-SAFE infant carriers (see our review of the BABY-SAFE plus SHR II infant carrier), but it also has a compact and simple-to-operate folding system (with automatic locking mechanism) which, along with its lightweight aluminium chassis, makes it easy to stow and transport in the boot of a car. The pushchair is practical yet stylish in appearance, and is available in five colours in either a three-wheel sporty or four-wheel urban design.

The pushchair requires some simple initial assembly, and once unfolded, the main pushchair seat (or infant carrier) can be quickly and easily attached to the pushchair frame using CLICK & GO® integrated adaptors, enabling them to be interchanged as required.

The main pushchair seat is comfortable and padded, and can be used in a forwards as well as rearwards facing position to enable you to maintain eye contact with your child. Regardless of the direction in which the seat is facing, it can be adjusted to three reclining positions via an adjustment handle on the top of the backrest, and its lay-flat position makes it particularly suitable for younger babies and sleeping toddlers.

For more mobile babies and toddlers, the pushchair has a secure and fully adjustable five-point safety harness with padded shoulder straps, as well as a bumper bar to give extra security and provide a useful attachment for toys. The bumper bar can be attached and detached as required, or alternatively can be swung open on one side to allow your child easy access into and out of the seat. In addition, the pushchair seat has an integrated leg/calf support which can be adjusted upwards or downwards to accommodate your growing child, and the main pushchair chassis also has a sturdy footrest for older and taller children.

The B-SMART pushchair seat comes with a wonderfully durable showerproof hood which is easy to fit and remove, and can be folded back if not required or pushed down to provide shade from the sun. A great feature of the hood is a viewing window which can be accessed via a double zip around the centre of the hood. This is effectively a large mesh panel which not only enables you to check on your child without disturbing them (particularly when the pushchair seat is in the forward facing position), but extends the hood down further which provides some additional shelter for your child from the outside world! A good quality apron is also provided with the pushchair, which simply slips over the leg rest and attaches round the bumper bar to keep your child warm and snug. A B-SMART Cosytoes can be purchased separately if required.

The pushchair has a substantial easy-grip handle bar, which can be cleverly adjusted to cater for parent height by rotating the bar downwards for shorter people and upwards for taller ones. A large removable shopping basket which attaches under the seat surface to the pushchair frame is easily accessible, and spacious enough to hold all your essentials....and more!

In terms of steering, the pushchair is very easy to control and maneouvre thanks to all round suspension and swivel action front wheels, which can be locked into place if required. A simple yet effective brake system on the rear wheels is very easy to operate, with a single pedal to both brake and release, complete with corresponding red and green colour coded indicator window. Substantially made puncture resistant rubber wheels mean that you'll never have to stop for repairs!

In our opinion, this is an attractive, comfortable and very practical pushchair, which is compatible with a range of Britax travel items and will easily outlast you child's travelling needs. Its well thought-out and compact design makes it the perfect choice for a day out with baby.

BAD POINTS: This product does not include a raincover which must be purchased separately. Folding down the pushchair is a two-handed operation, which is not always convenient if you have your hands already full! As with all travel systems, the chassis is fairly heavy to carry. The seat covers are not machine washable, although can be sponge cleaned.

PRICE: Approx. £275


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