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Eclipse i-Size Travel System with Mercury Car Seat and Isofix Base from Ickle Bubba Review
Eclipse i-Size Travel System with Mercury Car Seat and Isofix Base from Ickle Bubba at a glance:
Superior in style and practicality the Eclipse bundle is the ideal pushchair set, featuring a carrycot, pushchair, i-size car seat and Isofix base. This luxury i-size travel system will appeal to those who want to future proof their pushchair, for their next little one or parents with a pre-schooler and a newborn baby on the way. The Bubba Board can accommodate up to a 20kg child standing on the built-in board, whilst your baby is safely snuggled up on the carrycot, pushchair, or car seat. The chrome chassis contrasts beautifully with the leatherette detailing and beautifully soft fabrics.
1. Eclipse i-Size Travel System with Mercury Car Seat and Isofix Base from Ickle Bubba
We spoke to these real parent testers to get their review...
How did this product make your life easier?
Antoinette said: "The design is what really draws me to this product. Easy to clean fabrics in bold, standout colours – no more worries about yoghurt stains on the fabric as it can just be wiped off. The seat design is really inspired, allowing your toddler to sit upright at a good height to allow them to be a part of the world around them. The best thing about the seat is that with one push of a button, there is a smooth reclining feature and your toddler can lay flat with their legs supported without waking them up in the process. My daughter absolutely loves having naps in the pram and it’s comfy enough that you don’t feel you have to take her out of it when you arrive home. When combining the newborn with a toddler, the inbuilt buggy board is just perfect to get everyone to where you need to be quickly and safely. Easy to fold down the pram with one hand and also to change seat to being inwards or world facing. The size of the storage basket is just amazing and makes like far easier."
Tammie said: "The school run is much quicker with the buggy board, it makes it that little bit less stressful on those early morning rushes. My little boy loved the buggy board, it made him feel part of our new journey with a newborn baby. The carry cot can be used for occasional overnight sleeping, making weekend trips a bit easier with one less thing to pack!."
Charlotte said: "The pram is very easy to fold up (with one hand) and unfold. The under pram basket is very spacious. But in addition to this, the change bag that comes with the pram is also huge and attaches neatly on the back. Easy to access both the change bag and basket on the go. The pram is very stable- even with a full change bag attached to the back, it did not tip when my toddler was stood up in the seat. This is much better than our other pram and is very reassuring. It is very easy to push and manoeuvre, even with one hand. The wheels are big so don’t often get stuck on things like gravel etc. We even took it on the beach and it was great! Tilting the seat back for nap-time is the easiest I’ve seen on a pram- just push in the buttons and tilt! No straps to grapple with or material to gather up. He found it very comfortable to sleep in as unlike other prams the whole seat tilts which means his legs weren’t left hanging over the end of the pram."
Would you recommend this to other parents?
Lavanya said : "I would definitely recommend this to another parent as the product was very easy to assemble. The materials meant I could easily wipe clean with a damp cloth which is perfect if you have a messy baby like mine. It can be folded down with one hand and small enough to fit in the boot of a standard car."
Michele said: "I would definitely recommend this product to other parents because it comes as a complete package and you really don't need to buy anything else. It is so easy to change between the carrycot/pushchair and car seat and the fact that you can choose either parent or front facing is brilliant. As my daughter is getting older she much prefers to see what is going on in front of her than to look at me! Mostly I would recommend this product because it is an absolute dream to push and steer. It is so easy and lightweight to get up and down curbs and my daughter sleeps beautifully in it. With my older children I have always had a main pushchair and a lightweight one for travelling, with this one I don't need to as it ticks all the boxes."
Elizabeth said : "I would recommend this travel system for its design, functionality, ease of use and price. The vast majority are a lot more expensive and cheaper ones I’ve seen look just that, cheap! This looks expensive without the price tag but it also meets up to expectation and gives you what you want from a travel system. I particularly loved how much shade coverage my baby got and how smooth the hood is going up and down, it didn’t click and wake my sleeping baby!! I also love that the carrycot part is collapsable and therefore easy to store."
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
Louise said: "The little extra design features make this stand out for me. I loved the pattern on the inside of the hood which kept little one entertained once he became more aware. It is easy to lift the baby in and out of. The sunshade which comes with it gave excellent coverage so you don't have to constantly keep checking or use various different items to ensure baby is in the shade."
Charlotte said: "The Everyday 3-in-1 stroller is amazing value for money. For the price, you get so much all at a great quality. This product sees your little one from birth through to toddler. I loved that the stroller also came with every accessory you could need including a changing bag for mum complete with changing mat, cup holder and bag hooks for the pushchair. The pushchair has been designed clearly by mums and dads who know what they need to make life easier!"
Antoinett said: "Positives about this product are definitely the sturdy well-made frame, beautiful fabrics used (with easy to wipe surfaces which is so important with a toddler), large storage space, easy to manoeuvre wheels and very smooth ride. I love how easy it is to fold down and the interchangeable seat height and built-in buggy board. The fact that they thought of that and don’t make you spend more money having it as an add-on is a massive bonus. The pram feels like a real luxury to have and for the price compared to others it seems brilliant!"
What changes would you make to this product?
Tammie said: "I would add a cup holder to the pram to make those long walks a little easier. When the carrycot is in its lowest position (when you are able to use the buggy board) it is really hard to get things in and out of the shopping basket. The car seat is really heavy compared to other car seats, especially after a C Section"
Charlotte said : "If I could change one thing it would be to have a handlebar brake. This would be useful as when you have a baby and a toddler on board the pram is heavy and it would feel more reassuring to have this when you’re walking downhill. The only other very small thing was I received an extra car seat cover in the box which did not fit the car seat I was given (already had a built-in cover). I wasted approx. 20mins trying to figure this out but in the end contacted Ickle Bubba via their Facebook Group and received an instant message within 2 mins confirming what the cover was for."
Lavanya said: "A change I would make to the product would be to make it more lightweight as it was quite heavy to carry. I would also have an adjustable foot rest so as she grows her foot would not hang past the bottom of the seat and it will offer more support to the child. Overall, I think the product needs very little changes."
6 modes straight from the box enabling you to use the system for a single child, or 2 children with the use of the built-in Bubba Board for your toddler
Suitable from birth up to 22kgs (approx. 4 years)
Seating Recline positions: 3
Shopping basket capacity: 5kg
Weight: 8.6kgs (chassis with wheels)
Lockable front 360° swivel wheels
Interchangeable UPF 50+ extendable hood fits both the carrycot and seat unit
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Customer servise 5*
Items are nice, however i got a card from a postman to pay for a postage even when I ordered above the price for free shopping. Contacted customer servise and they were so helpful and sent me a replacement order with next day delivery. Did not think it will be so quick. Thanks.
Date of experience : 23 October 2023
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Amazing support team.
Amazing support team. Had an issue with our pram wheels no longer roataijg an the brakes bar getting stuck. In less than 24 hour I have a replacement on its way an sending back the pram with the issue. Thier staff where very friendly an supportive and this issue has been resolved much faster than I anticipated. A lovely company to deal with.
Date of experience : 07 November 2023
Can't comment on delivery as i have…
Can't comment on delivery as i have just pre-ordered a pram but the customer service so far as been amazing. I was able to price match my order very easily and received a discounted price, a customer service advisor helped me do this and paitemntly changed my order when i made an error. Prompt responses and really helpful.
Date of experience : 06 November 2023
Very professional & extremely helpful
I had a buggy completely damaged by an airline during a flight. When I made a complaint & held the airline responsible they made it very hard to resolve & requesed info & invoices from Ickle Bubba in realtion to the product. When I contacted customer care I dealt with Francesca who was extremely professional & helpful. She helped me with everything I needed & I felt went the extra mile for me as a customer. I found her to be very pleasant to deal with & it was nice that it was always her who responded to each mail.
Date of experience : 01 November 2023
Loved our Ickle bubba pram!
Absolutely love our bassinet and soon to be stroller. Cant believe we nearly bought another brand for 3 times the price. Highly reccomend Ickle bubba. First time parents but i work with children so lots of pram talk. We met one of the designers at the london baby show last year and the Ickle bubba stand and she was amazing. We had never heard about the brand until then.
Date of experience : 03 November 2023
Excellent service Ordered one day came the next.kept informed where driver was perfect
Date of experience : 02 November 2023
Excellent Customer Service! Bought an ickle bubba travel system for…
Bought an ickle bubba travel system for my son and unfortunately the frame was stolen from our home. Got onto the WhatsApp chat and enquired about buying the frame. An invoice was raised, paid and delivery instructions were instructed within an hour. Will receive the frame tomorrow so I can get on with life. Excellent customer service. I actually bought from ickle bubba in the first place because of their good customer service reviews. Now I know they’re true. Nothing worse than a fussy, unhelpful and inefficient baby product company. Well; there are, but you know what I mean.
Date of experience : 30 October 2023
Absolutely amazing service
Absolutely amazing service, price matched with ease on a 5 in 1 system and perfect throughout!
Date of experience : 26 October 2023
I love my ickle bubba double Venus pram…
I love my ickle bubba double Venus pram for my Twins. It's super convenient and easy to fold down and pop in the boot. It's smooth to steer and love that it will grow with the kids :) I spoke to customer service to amend something on my order and they were fab in helping me sort it out! Would 100% recommend:)
Date of experience : 04 November 2023
Aries prime is a fantastic travel stroller
Pre ordered the new Aries prime stroller and it arrived prior to the date expected. We purchased this stroller to take on our holidays and it is fantastic! So lightweight, easy to put together, auto fold and can’t rate it more! Very happy customer so far!
Date of experience : 13 October 2023
Very prompt delivery
Very prompt delivery. Purchase well packaged. Excellent product, child car seat.
Date of experience : 24 October 2023
Ickle bubba comet 2 in 1
My mum brought the ickle bubba comet 2 in 1 pram/pushchair as a gift not knowing anything was wrong with it and it has nearly collapsed whilst my baby has been in the pram! This has happened a few times and I had to lock it so my the pram wouldn't completely fall down and so my baby didn't fall out! This usually happens if the pavement is a tiny bit raised and so you have to slightly lift the pram everytime, but if you're in a rush and the pavement isn't that High up, you're not going to think of constantly lifting the pram over the pavement!
Date of experience : 19 October 2023
Reply from Ickle Bubba
Hi, I'm sorry there has been an issue with your purchase. Unfortunately, with just the initial showing on this review I'm unable to see if you have been in touch with our Customer Service team regarding this. We'd love the opportunity to help resolve this for you, you can reach us via email at [email protected] or via Whatsapp messenger, the details of which are on the Contact us page from our website. Thanks Team Bubba
Great customer support
The customer service team was excellent with handling my query. Very happy with the outcome.
Date of experience : 31 October 2023
I had one of the clips fall off my pram and couldn’t find it anywhere. Contacted Ickle Bubba which was really easy to do, they was super helpful and offered to send me out a new part. Speedy response and got the problem resolved with no issue at all. Recommend Ickle Bubba to anyone and I will be using their products again in future!
Good products, speedy delivery
Ordered and received items in under 24 hours. Good value and speedy delivery. Consistently good quality and will continue to purchase their products.
The client service was excellent
The client service was excellent! They answered quickly and were solution oriented. I wanted to buy a Luxe stroller, which was out of stock. When i contacted Ickle Bubba they found me a solution. They told me the product would arrive on October 30, and it did. All in all i am very satisfied.
Date of experience : 01 October 2023
NOT DURABLE - lasted 6 months before breaking.
Ordered the Aston Rose pram through Online4Baby. The wheel sheared off after just over 6 months. How can this possibly be classed as durable?? Ickle Bubba have offered no support as it was ordered through Online4Baby. I have now been left with a 6 month old baby, no pram and £500 out of pocket
Date of experience : 28 October 2023
Good morning, I'm sorry you are having an issue with your Aston Rose pram. Since May 2021, Online4Baby have sold that product on an exclusive basis and are responsible for the after sales service and warranty. I can't see that you have been in contact with our Customer Service team solely based on the name on this review (Anonymous) however if you would like to get us in touch with our team via email on [email protected], we'd be happy to liaise with them on your behalf to try and resolve this issue for you. Thanks Team Bubba
Great customer service!!!
Lahara at Ickle Bubba customer services team was a great help in letting me know which replacement wheel to purchase for my pram. I was having so many problems in finding one as it was an older model. They even kindly sent me another one to match!! Amazing.
Brilliant Customer Service!
I unfortunately ordered the wrong bumper bar due to the image being of the bumper bar I was after. However after contacting customer services I was sent the correct bar and given a link to return the wrong one.
Date of experience : 25 October 2023
My experience was great!
My experience was great. I just received my Stompe Luxe all in one and I had a concern. I found their whatsapp on the Ickle bubba website and they help me with my query in no time. Great customer service! Thank you!
Ickle Bubba Aston Rose travel system review
- Tara Manning
In a nutshell
A comprehensive travel system bundle that exudes great value combining a premium, statement style with excellent safety
What we tested
- Hand-operated brake, luxurious materials, reversible handlebar, extendable shopping basket
- Carrycot cover leaves small gaps, carrycot and seat use same frame
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Ickle Bubba are a British brand formed in 2013 who produce affordable high-end travel systems designed with modern family life in mind.
Its Aston Rose travel system, a MFM Awards 2020 bronze winner , has a luxury look and feel and while it’s created by Ickle Bubba, it’s branded as simply ‘Aston Rose’ on the pram itself, with beautiful gold detailing. It stands out aesthetically, with immaculate style and good-quality materials. The Aston Rose also boasts other innovative and useful features, such as the hand-operated brake and reversible handlebar.
The Aston Rose is available as an 8-piece travel system – without the car seat and isofix base – for £699, or as a 10-piece travel system for £899, making this a luxury-looking pushchair with a very reasonable price tag.
Currently on maternity leave, I live with my husband and our 2 daughters, aged 4 months and 3 years. I tested the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose when out shopping, at the park and on woodland walks.
What were your first impressions of the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The first thing I noticed about this travel system was the design and quality. I thought the gold detailing, faux leather touches and matching accessories looked very stylish and I loved the silky lining of the carrycot.
How is the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose different to the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4?
There are some similarities in the design of the Aston Rose and the Stomp V4 (£599 on Amazon ), and I think this comes down to the signature style of Ickle Bubba – the shape of the seat and carrycot and look of the chassis are very alike. However, there are numerous differences and overall, I’d say the Aston Rose is more lavish than the Stomp V4. Their differences include:
- The Aston Rose has a more premium feel – I loved the the silky lining in the carrycot, soft cushioning inside the footmuff/seat liner and gold detailing throughout.
- There is a hand-operated brake on the Aston Rose, as opposed to the foot-operated one on the Stomp V4.
- The Aston Rose has a reversible handlebar, which doesn’t feature on the Stomp V4.
- The handlebar on the Aston Rose doesn’t tilt as it does on the Stomp V4, but it is able to be pushed a lot further down for storing – handy if you’re trying to tuck your pushchair into a small space.
- The ‘ultra compact fold’ as it is described by Ickle Bubba is different to the concertina fold of the Stomp V4.
- The extendable shopping basket is larger than the basket on the Stomp V4.
- The Aston Rose travel system comes with a Mercury i-Size car seat and isofix base, which complies with i-Size regulations and comes with a memory foam newborn insert unlike the Galaxy 0+ car seat (£151.99 on Amazon ) that’s included with the Stomp V4.
How does the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose compare to other pushchairs you have tried?
Compared to my Quinny Buzz , there was a lot more wow factor with the Aston Rose and I did receive a number of compliments about how smart it looked.
The brake is easier to apply, simply by pushing the small gold lever up, and released again with the push of a button. This was a welcome change from the stiff foot brake of my Quinny, which often needs a couple of goes before working. Another big contrast was the large shopping basket on the Aston Rose versus the small one I was used to.
It is safe to say I was completely won over by the Aston Rose when compared to my beloved Quinny Buzz. That said, I did find the Quinny Buzz lighter to handle, although the Aston Rose was still easy to push and steer one-handed over normal terrain.
I also marginally prefer the fold of the Quinny Buzz, which auto-unfolds when you release the catch, though the chassis cannot be folded one handed as you can with the Aston Rose.
What age is the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose suitable for?
The Ickle Bubba Aston Rose is suitable from newborn to approximately 3 years (15kg). The carrycot can be used from 0-6 months (or until baby is sitting up, whichever comes first) and the seat can be used from 6 months onwards.
The carrycot is ventilated with a silky lining and a firm mattress that looks very comfortable for a newborn. The only problem is the carrycot cover, which would almost entirely cover a newborn if they were placed in the ‘feet-to-foot’ position (as recommended for safe sleeping). This is easily resolved by rolling the cover down and I would likely remove it entirely if I used this carrycot for overnight sleeping.
I tested the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose pushchair seat with my 2.5 year old nephew who is on the small side for his age. There was plenty of room left in the harness even with a winter coat on, but my guess is that 3 years is probably about right as an upper age limit in terms of the harness.
The sun canopy didn’t leave much headroom for my nephew, so it might not be the best choice for taller toddlers, although my little tester seemed happy and said it was “very comfy”.
Is the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping?
Yes, the Aston Rose comes with its own carrycot that is fully ventilated and suitable for overnight sleeping. As aforementioned, it has a silk lining that gives it a sense of luxury, and my baby did seem to gravitate towards this each time.
The mattress feels very comfortable and firm as confirmed by my mini tester who always fell asleep within minutes of being pushed in the carrycot. The bumper bar attaches to the carrycot which would be useful for hanging toys from.
The cover that comes with the carrycot is my only gripe; it feels well made, but I found after it was attached to the carrycot, there was a small gap between the cover and the bumper bar, which resulted in the wind blowing underneath and into the carrycot on windy days.
The cover also makes it difficult to view your baby and I found I often turned the top of the cover down below the bumper bar to get around this. I did find it useful though when I wanted to provide a darker environment so that my baby would sleep, so there were plus points to it.
Combined with the sun canopy, most of the windy weather was kept off, and since I wouldn’t rely on a cover alone (I always dress baby for the weather) this was not a deal breaker for me, just an observation. A raincover with a velcro window is included for the carrycot which also works very well.
Is the seat unit comfortable and spacious enough for your child?
The Ickle Bubba Aston Rose seat unit uses the same frame as the carrycot, so once your baby has outgrown the carrycot, you need to remove the lining from the frame and attach the seat fabric. This is slightly fiddly but not difficult.
The seat unit is firm, supportive and comfortable with a 5-point harness for added safety that is easily adjusted. There is a gate opening bumper bar for added support. My 2.5-year-old nephew had plenty of growing room in the harness and seemed very comfortable. He didn’t have much head room left with the sun canopy pulled down, but I do think he would easily make it to the 3 year upper limit, though he is on the small side.
With the seat liner and footmuff in situ the seat looked cosy and cushioned, and felt very soft which my nephew loved.
What’s the recline like on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose seat unit?
The seat has 3 recline positions that I felt were spot on. It reclines back fully to what would be a lie flat position if it were not a bucket seat. This is very easy to do one-handed using a lever on the back of the unit.
How is interacting with your child when in the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The seat unit can be parent or world facing and the canopy has a mesh window, so interacting with your child in either mode is easily done.
Talking to my baby in the carrycot was difficult to do with the cover on as I could not see her while pushing without leaning over; I got around this by folding the cover under the bumper bar. It is worth noting that I am short at 5ft 2in, but my 6ft husband had the same problem.
MFM tester Lois praised how easy it was to interact with her child in the Aston Rose: "My baby is at a much better height level than in other buggies which is firstly a back saver when lifting them in and out and also, for older babies it is handy for stopping for a meal or a quick drink as they are more level with the adult."
How effective is the hood on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The hood is used for both the carrycot and the seat unit, and it does provide excellent cover as it can be extended further by unzipping an extra section of fabric.
MFM tester, Lois, also agreed and said, "The hood of the buggy is brilliant is comes right down to completely cover baby which is perfect for when little one is sleepy, there is even a little window to check on them."
It is ventilated with a mesh window and covers a significant portion of the seat. Combined with the footmuff and seat lining, it offers a great shield from the elements. It’s also dark, so great for napping.
How easy is the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose to fold?
To fold the Ickle Bubba Bubba frame is relatively quick and easy.
- First you remove the seat unit, then you push the handlebar all the way down.
- Place one foot on the bottom bar behind the shopping basket and pull upwards on the handlebar so that the chassis folds in.
- You can then turn the front wheels inwards to make them flatter.
You can also fold the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose with the seat attached, although not as compactly.
How compact is the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose when folded?
Ickle Bubba describe the fold as ‘ultra compact’ and it is compact, in relative terms, for a complete travel system, though I didn’t find it much smaller than my old Quinny Buzz. Even so, there was plenty of room to fit the chassis in the boot of my Nissan Pulsar along with my children’s wellies and coats, and that was without removing the wheels or flattening the carrycot.
MFM tester Lois found the pushchair to be "very large and bulky" when folded with the seat attached, so it's worth removing the seat if you have a smaller car boot or storage space.
I found flattening the carrycot could be a little tricky, but this would give you extra space if needed. As I was predominantly using the carrycot, I kept the seat fabric and any extras stored at home, which is easy to do as there is no extra frame to store.
How easy is it to push and steer the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
On first use the Ickle Bubba Bubba didn’t feel as light as my old Quinny Buzz, but that’s not to say it didn’t handle well – it could easily be pushed and manoeuvred one handed and was simple to lift up and down kerbs. I did find it quite light to push and the front wheels were responsive to my steering.
How does the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose ride on smooth surfaces?
On pavements, the Aston Rose feels sturdy yet responsive. It has good suspension and glides almost effortlessly on smooth terrain.
How does it feel on more challenging surfaces?
The suspension is good on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose and mounting kerbs is relatively easy, though it does involve tilting the pushchair back a fair bit as the front wheels are smaller. When riding over bumpy terrain, the front wheels can be locked into position by pushing down the buttons on the front. It wasn’t much effort to push up a long gravel driveway without using this feature, and it handled with ease over grass as well.
In the interest of a well-rounded review, I took a woodland walk in muddy terrain that was boggy in places with some hills. The Aston Rose fared pretty well considering I don’t think this was how Ickle Bubba intended for the pushchair to be used, but after some time the front wheels became clogged with mud and leaves that made them impossible to turn. When sticking to less boggy woodland walks (with paths or firmer mud) the Aston Rose was no problem at all to use.
Cleaning the tyres after our muddy escapade was fairly difficult. Although, with such a style-centric pram, it seemed a shame to get it dirty in the first place, so if regular woodland walks are on the top of your agenda I would consider alternative arrangements (most likely a comfortable baby carrier).
How did you find the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose on public transport?
My mother-in-law took the bus with the Aston Rose and reported back that it was very easy to get on and off and to move in small spaces without needing a wide turning circle.
How did the wheels perform on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The wheels are puncture-proof, which is a relief after having dealt with air-filled wheels in the past that constantly needed re-inflating. The front wheels are lockable which is useful for bumpy terrain. They felt durable with a good amount of grip while still easy to push over smooth surfaces.
Is the frame strong and durable?
The frame of the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose feels very robust and should definitely last the length of time for which the pushchair is intended to be used, and probably longer. It did not feel shaky or rickety over bumpier surfaces.
Is the handlebar on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose adjustable?
The handlebar is height adjustable and comes up quite a long way, as well as pushing all the way down, making it suitable for short and tall people alike.
How effective are the brakes?
They might be my favourite feature of the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose! They’re operate by hand and it just makes so much sense to do it in this way. It means it is very unlikely you won’t apply it correctly, and other things don’t get in the way such as shopping or flimsy footwear.
How spacious is the basket on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The basket is generously sized and extendable, and easy to access. I was able to store 3 normal-sized carrier bags of food shopping in the basket.
In one trip, I had managed to store 2 large reusable bags of shopping, toilet roll and nappies in the basket, though the second bag was precariously balanced and, in the interest of longevity, it’s probably better to stick to a sensible amount.
Can the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose be used as a travel system?
The Aston Rose comes as an 8-piece or 10-piece travel system. As a 10-piece, it comes with the Ickle Bubba Mercury i-Size group 0+ car seat and isofix base.
How do you like the look of the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose overall?
The look of the pushchair is a big selling point – Ickle Bubba have branded it differently to its other travel systems and its lovely gold detailing and plush materials give the Aston Rose more of a luxury look and feel.
The colour choices are black or stone which I think offers elegance over vibrancy. Overall, I found the Aston Rose very aesthetically pleasing.
What are the customisable options of the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The travel system comes with almost everything you could want in a pushchair – I could not find additional products specific to the Aston Rose, so I would say it is not very customisable.
It comes with a cup holder which attaches to the side, although I took this off as I kept knocking it on things and also found that it didn’t fit a standard takeaway coffee cup very well.
What’s in the box?
The 10-piece travel system comes with:
- Carrycot and cover
- Mercury i-Size group 0+ car seat
- Mercury isofix base
- Car seat adaptors
- 2 x rain covers (1 for carrycot, 1 for seat)
- Matching change bag with changing mat
- Seat liner and footmuff
Are there any additional extras to the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The travel system comes with everything you need; you can purchase the 8-piece instead of the 10-piece if you do not require the car seat, adaptors and base, though your car seat may then not be compatible with the travel system.
How easy was it to build the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
Very easy – I was able to assemble the travel system without much direction. When I did get stuck, the instructions were fairly straightforward to follow though there are only diagrams to guide you. It was a bit of a faff having to change over the carrycot to the seat unit and I wouldn’t like to do this often.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
That there is only one frame for the carrycot and seat unit, so if you are intending on swapping between a baby and toddler often you will have to change this every time - I imagine most would opt for a double pushchair in this situation.
What was your favourite feature on the Ickle Bubba Aston Rose?
The hand-operated brake; it was very easy to apply and unobtrusive.
Is it worth its price tag?
The Ickle Bubba Aston Rose travel system represents excellent value for money when compared to other luxury travel systems, as you get absolutely everything you could need and it’s all good-quality. The fact it comes with an i-Size group 0+ car seat, with newborn insert, and isofix base makes the price tag very reasonable. I would definitely recommend this travel system.
Where can you buy the pushchair?
The Aston Rose travel system is available to buy from Ickle Bubba and Online4Baby
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The Ickle Bubba Aston Rose pushchair is an excellent quality travel system, which is ideal for a family wanting a travel system that provides elegant style, safety and comfort at a great price.
The soft and silky lining materials, stylish design, innovative hand brake and generous shopping basket all make it a great value option in the luxury pushchair market.
The reversible handlebar is another innovative feature which shows some careful consideration by Ickle Bubba; though not strictly essential it does make getting your child into the pushchair (and out again) much easier.
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Ickle Bubba Moon Travel System
From bubba to toddler, the Moon 3-in-1 Travel System adapts as your child grows, with the pram mode seamlessly converting into the pushchair. Designed for the everyday – at only 6kgs it’s lightweight, compact, and the one-hand easy fold action ensures outings are a doddle. Lasting from birth up to 15kgs (approx. 3 years) this all-in-one bundle is offered at an out of this world price.
You’re sure to love this pushchair to the moon and back – with its lunar-like colourways and all-round suspension and lockable front wheel function for the smoothest of rides. What’s more, attaching the car seat and the pram mode and seat unit, in either parent or world facing mode, is particularly easy using the memory buttons. Safety and comfort are at the core of the Galaxy Group 0+ car seat, with its double layered side impact protection and a 5 position, adjustable headrest.
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Just had this delivered, very happy with this pram, it came with a car seat and isofix base, easy to put together, looking forward to using it once baby is here as it is very light to… Read more
Just had this delivered, very happy with this pram, it came with a car seat and isofix base, easy to put together, looking forward to using it once baby is here as it is very light to use and folds up nice and easy to fit into the back of my car, i havent got any faults with it so far. Read Less
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Bought this pram after my first scan, it’s good quality, easy to put up and down, it’s nice and light and not too heavy to pick up when going up and down steps on a bridge. My… Read more
Bought this pram after my first scan, it’s good quality, easy to put up and down, it’s nice and light and not too heavy to pick up when going up and down steps on a bridge. My little one loves being in her pram always happy and 9 times out of 10 she falls asleep would highly recommend Read Less
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Customer service is the worst I have…
Customer service is the worst I have ever come across and for that reason alone I would never ever recommend them to anyone. Its a huge shame as I have heard such positive things about the pushchairs themselves. I feel as though the pushchair I ordered was clearly and massively misadvertised and to make a heavily pregnant and stressed mother to be feel stupid by the sarcastic and patronising Customer Service manager when wanting to agree a resolution is just appalling. In the end we were offered the opportunity to exchange the item in question but by that point the damage had already been done and if it wasn't for the fact I am so close to my due date, I would've sent the whole thing straight back. Really, really upset and disappointed.
Date of experience : July 31, 2018
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They replaced a seat frame for my v2….
They replaced a seat frame for my v2 within a couple of days with no fuss. Very polite and helpful. Excellent customer service
Date of experience : July 29, 2018
Purchased the v2
Purchased the v2, they gave me a dispatch day and it came one day after that! Product was easy to put together, no faults with anythiny and can’t wait to use!
Date of experience : July 26, 2018
Best customer service I could have…
Best customer service I could have asked for. I emailed and called up about a lost strap for my little ones high chair and within 2mins Sarah had checked the warehouse and located a new one for me. She was happy, kind and very helpful and popped it in the post that day. I received an email to say that they’d received my initial email but didn’t need to action it as she’s spoken to her colleague and the part was in the post. Amazing a company where people communicate with each other. A friendly happy team. Once again thank you.
Date of experience : July 25, 2018
The value for money outstanding
The value for money outstanding! Such beautiful style, well made and looks very expensive , fantasy value for money I'm really happy with this product thank you plus brilliant courteous service and would welcome anyone to buy ! Love the pram thanks again
Great customer service!
Ordered the Stomp V4 Special Edition Travel System and I could not be more happy with the product. It's light, stylish and ticks all the boxes. After ordering it in April and assembling it 3 months later in July, we couldn't seem to find the sun visors so I sent a message to the Contact Us page explaining this and got a very prompt response from Sue George with an apology and was advised 2 sun visors would be posted out today. You don't get customer service like that very often! Happy customer and would highly recommend.
Date of experience : July 17, 2018
UPDATE 18/7/2018 After another email exchange with Ickle Bubba they sent out a redesigned rain cover (which fits!) & a cocoon style footmuff as a good will gesture (I hadn’t asked for this, or anything other than a rain cover to replace the faulty one). The footmuff looks amazing (thankfully haven’t needed to use it yet ha!) it’s got an almost hood style design, with high sides to the footmuff, all of which look like they’ll give some decent all over protection from the harsh winds & snow. We walk 4-5 miles a day & im looking forward to my daughter being snug & warm in the footmuff. Also dual zips which I love! Overall pleased that this problem has come to a resolution & I believe no one will have this issue in the future now the rain cover has been redesigned. In January 2018 my Ickle Bubba Stomp front wheel snapped clean off while my baby was in the pram. Contacted Ickle Bubba who were initially great and sent a replacement chassis out straight away. I thought my original pram breaking was just a one off but the design has got even worse. Nothing fits correctly, the hood is wonky, the cost toes doesn’t fit and there is no elastic on the rain cover to keep it on! I contacted Ickle Bubba in January 2018 about the rain cover as I walk miles a day and desperately need one, to be told that they are aware of problems with the design and the company in CHINA that they use are designing one. 6 MONTHS and many emails later I am STILL without a rain cover as they STILL don’t have any replacements, yet they are continuing to sell the ones that don’t fit! Avoid the company all together!
Date of experience : July 11, 2018
Stomp 3 travel system
I bought the Stomp 3 travel system for my baby boy and I think it’s fantastic! It was easy to assemble and the instructions are very clear. It’s also an easy system to use and the pram and pushchair are lovely to push - they are very light and easy to manoeuvre. It looks great too. Recently I had a car seat query and Ickle Bubba were brilliant - I had a very quick and useful response. I would highly recommend this product!
Date of experience : July 10, 2018
Do not buy from this company!!!
Do not buy from this company! Bought a pram and the wheel fell off. Contacted company and still waiting, 3 months without a pram!!! Had a problem with the wheels from day one!!! They sent a replacement wheel but still not right.. finally fell off, the new wheel that they sent me that was!!!
Date of experience : June 08, 2018
Absolutely Aweful company
Absolutely Aweful company. Ordered a travel system on 24th April, and all we have had week after week is emails saying the product is delayed. We are now only 6 days away from our due date, and we get another email saying its now not due till 7th July......a month after our due date!! We now have the huge stress of having to find another travel system. Disgraceful company, never ever again
Date of experience : June 04, 2018
Car seat woes
I can agree with the reviews on here around the car seat not lining up properly with the frame. Ours is about 2 inches out. Have been sent 2 replacement sets of adaptors and then finally the seat went back to be looked at last week and has come back no different, annoying the service document stated that they had tested the clips and were working, which is great but not why I sent it back! Also since having it a bolt has come off the frame and the stroller failed where you couldn’t get the release clips to open to allow us to remove it easily. I know anything mass produced can mean you get the odd one that is not right but even after showing Ickle Bubba online reviews showing the same issue they don’t seem to accept it is an issue on some of their units. I was told you need to jimmy the seat onto the frame, strange as the promotional video shows it going straight on and then off with no issues! These issues have been going on for 4 months now so today I gave up dealing with them and have now gone back to the retailer to get the whole unit replaced. It looks a great travel system and I am sure if you purchase one that works it’s fine, but would I buy from them again, no im afraid not, I was looking at there next stage car seat but have decided to buy from elsewhere. Let’s hope the replacement one works as it should!
Date of experience : May 14, 2018
Badly designed and poorly made
Don't waste your money with these products. The sample product I tested at the baby show in Manchester is nothing like the item that was delivered to me. Within 8 weeks of use, the isofix base for the car seat had broken, with one of the clamps actually snapping. Major safety issue! When I contacted them requesting a replacement they told me that they would not replace it but would repair it. It was delivered back to me and still remains in the packaging in my shed. I am unconvinced that it is safe to use and so I absolutely will not use it. They clearly do not care about the safety of babies. By the time my baby was 17 weeks old, as well as the above, the shopping basket had snapped, the cosy toes cover for the car seat had snapped and the left rear wheel became loose and wobbly. I do not believe it will last much longer and am actually considering a claim in the small claims court to recover my money as the product is completely below standard. I went and bought a £30 stroller from Aldi which is superior to this! Really not worth the money. Stick with a reputable and reliable company.
Date of experience : April 26, 2018
Do not buy!
After having this pushchair for a year, the front wheel knocked a curb and snapped off. At first Ickle Bubba repaired the wheel and the service was great. Unfortunately, a few months later, the wheel fell off and Ickle Bubba sent me a new chassis. A few months after that, the wheel fell off again. This time, they advised that as I was out of the warranty, I would have to pay for the repair - despite the fact it had happened a few times before. Very disappointing purchase of what could be a lovely pushchair - but it's a bad design and cheaply made. Do not buy, spend your hard earned cash elsewhere!
Date of experience : April 24, 2018
Cotbed unsafe and will never purchase from them again. Not safe!!
Recently brought a Luna 3 in 1 Sleigh Cot. Arrived with faulty/damaged products and still won’t fit together properly. To top it off the mattress is so cheap (although I purchased the most expensive) you can feel the springs inside with the slightest touch and it doesn’t fit the cot properly it’s too long!! Poor service and response from online4baby and ickle bubba. Have contacted citizens advise now as I’ve had enough and the product it’s not fit for purpose and I refuse to let my baby use the cot as it’s clearly unsafe.
Date of experience : April 21, 2018
Worse unit ever
Worse unit ever. On my second one after the first was replaced and it seems like a yearly thing. Never works beyond a year. Close to tears as I have had nothing but problems.
Date of experience : March 27, 2018
Unsafe pram, poorly and cheaply made. Car seat isnt great. Straps are not secure. Hood to the carry cot broke on the second day. Only plus side is the pram is light and easy to push and has a spacious shopping basket. Overall i would not recommend this system.
Date of experience : December 11, 2017
I love this pram and my little one is …
I love this pram and my little one is very comfortable and happy in it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the following problems I have noticed this pram has that should be looked in to for future designs. 1) The front wheels bend backwards when you go over any uneven surface and the pram nearly topples over due to it. You have to take the weight off them completely inorder to get the pram straight again which can be difficult with a baby in it. 2) The button to recline the chasis needs to be improved it sticks alot and it eventually stops working after sometime ( I just had the chasis replaced after 9 months use). 3) The buttons on the front wheels to lock and unlock them are very flimsy and broke off after about a months use so need to be updated. I can still unlock the wheels without them but it would be nice to have ones that actually last. Their customer service is excellent so even if you have a problem they are very quick in resolving it.
Date of experience : November 21, 2017
Second pram worked slightly better
I can second what another reviewer has said about the car seat and pram not lining up with the two prongs that it should sit on. 1 would click in and the other just didn't. We managed to send it back and get a full replacement. As for the front wheels they do bend far too much when going up or down curbs so be careful. When it works its a good bit of kit but my other half has said how heavy it feels to turn compared to other buggys she's used. My reason for leaving the review is that we now can't get 1 of the quick release wheels off which when muddy need to come off.
Date of experience : October 25, 2017
front wheels let this pushchair down so much...
We’ve had the pushchair for a good while now, and it’s been great in almost every aspect, but the front wheels are terrible. If they happen to come into contact with any sort of stick or stone for example, they simply bend back on themselves. The same thing happens when you try to go down a curb, front first. The back wheels are great for almost all terrains, but the front wheels let it down with just how flimsy they are. It’s great around town, very easy to manoeuvre, but sometimes you want to go off the beaten track, and it can’t handle it unfortunately.
Date of experience : October 07, 2017
Awfully made pram and dangerous car seat
Awfully made pram, dangerous car seat and absolutely awful customer service. I purchased this less than a year ago to find things have broken off, screws falling out etc and now the chassis does recline either so unable to move from the position it's in. Worst of all, the car seat... whilst my 2 week old baby was in it, my other half delicately picked up the carrier as he would any other time and the handle unlock which made the car seat tip right round and if my son wasn't strapped in 100% with blankets helping him fill the seat completely, he would have no doubt fallen out... obviously we have the company ye benefit of the doubt and thought MAYBE it was something we'd done, like not fully locked it or something (although we would have) but then it happened to me AGAIN a following 2 weeks later when I was getting him out the car... When I then got in contact with the company all they wanted as photo and video proof... how an earth would I get video proof without putting my child at risk. Awful, would not reccomend to my worst enemy.
Date of experience : September 20, 2017
The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair review
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'This pram is a dream to push and looks very sleek and stylish,' says our tester Johanna. 'It glides along smoothly and copes very well with 'off-road' terrain which made walking over grassy ground a lot less bumpy than usual. The adjustable handle is a great feature for shorter-than-average mums like me, and makes the pram even more comfortable to steer and manoeuvre. I was impressed with the leatherette handle and bumper bars, especially as they're easy to wipe-clean – always a brilliant feature where children are involved!'
A stylish travel system package at an unbeatable price
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Johanna Hewitson and her three-month-old daughter put the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair to the test. Read our in-depth review to see if it's the best pram for you and your newborn baby .
If you've decided on a travel system for your baby, this one comes with absolutely everything you need to get out and about with your little one from day one. The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 All-in-One gets our vote as one of the best prams you can buy.
Weighs : 7.1kg (chassis) | Suitable for: birth - 22kg (approx. 4 years)
It's sometimes the case that the best value baby gear isn't the most stylish. Not here. We love the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 travel system because it absolutely bucks that trend. Everything about this pram looks and feels like a premium product, from the chic colours and luxe fabrics to the classy bronze chassis and coordinated change bag.
We particularly like the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair for its puncture-proof tyres, large back wheels, and smaller lockable, swivel front wheels – just the ticket for tackling all-terrain, navigating easily between muddy parks, uneven pavements, and shiny shop floors. The basket is another selling point – it's surprisingly spacious. Our tester Johanna Hewitson, mum to three-month-old Georgia, says: "The basket didn't look very big when we set the pram up and I worried I'd have less room than I was used to, but it was like Mary Poppins' carpetbag once I started putting things in it!"
You can tell you're getting a high-quality product from the moment you unbox this pram. And yet it's not eye-wateringly expensive as some travel systems are. But value for money isn't the only thing to love about the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair – to be honest, we'd be singing its praises even if it was twice the price.
Comfort and features
This pram has all the features of a premium pram except for one – the price tag. The chassis is lightweight so you won't need to think twice about lifting it in and out of your car boot or up a flight of stairs, and the carrycot is plush and comfy for your newborn. The pushchair seat can be attached to the chassis in either direction, so you can choose whether you interact with your little one face-to-face or let them take in the world and see where they're going. There are four seat recline positions which means you can easily adjust it for a comfy ride if your baby nods off in the pushchair or just fancies reclining in style.
With a weight limit of 22kg (approximately four years) and such a robust design, you can reasonably expect this pushchair to last well into toddlerhood. Some travel systems are heavy and cumbersome, prompting parents to replace them with lighter, nippier models once their baby is a strapping toddler. We reckon this will more than do the job until your child no longer needs a pushchair. It's robust enough that it could easily handle another baby then, too!
Johanna's baby fell asleep quickly in the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair and looked particularly cosy – Johanna loves the quilted newborn carrycot liner and the way the lined hood extends to create a den-like atmosphere for her baby. "I was impressed to learn that the hood offers 50 UPF sun protection, and the extra-large shopping basket is a welcome bonus," she says.
Value for money
Every now and then, an item of baby gear comes along that ticks both our 'quality' and 'value' boxes – and the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair is it. Whether you're a savvy shopper who loves the buzz of a bargain or simply a parent who wants great quality without spending over the odds, we think this travel system offers brilliant quality and unbeatable value. We love the hassle-free aspect of making one pram purchase but ending up with everything you need for getting out and about with your newborn baby from the moment it's time to leave the hospital.
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Ickle Bubba Aurora Review
Quick Summary: The Ickle Bubba Aurora is a stylish and simple stroller that offers parents a compact form of transport for their little one. We love how quick and easy it is to fold and unfold, with the included carry bag making storage clean and tidy.
- Compact and easy fold
- Comes with carry bag
- Fantastic price
Whats not so good?
- Static handlebar
- No lock for the lowest footrest position
- Short seat back
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We know that Ickle Bubba like to provide good value products that include everything you could need, as seen with their Stomp V3 travel system. They are now looking to capture another niche in the market with their Aurora stroller. Aimed at active parents who crave simplicity and style, it's designed for urban environments.
Pushchair assembly can be a nightmare, but there really is nothing to do with the Ickle Bubba Aurora. Arriving ready to go from the box, the Aurora is folded inside it's own carry bag. As a lightweight stroller weighing only 5.5kg, the carry bag makes it really easy to transport and keep it clean in the car. There's a toggle strap to keep it fastened and an adjustable and removable strap made from webbing, making it just the right length to put over your shoulder. The instruction booklet reflects the ease of use, being only 8 pages long and featuring large images as well as some text.
It must be said that the Aurora has a certain look about it, not dissimilar to other well known brands in the lightweight pushchair and stroller market. The striking black frame looks great against the bright Sunshine Yellow that we have in the office for testing, and even comes with coordinating yellow wheels for a flash of colour as you roll.
The handlebar on the Aurora is static and covered in a foam along its length. At 5' 6", our tester found the height comfortable, but someone shorter at 5' 1" did find it a little high and would have preferred some adjustment. You can comfortably hold the continuous bar with one hand to steer, but the fold buttons slightly obstruct holding it in the centre.
Designed for city streets, the four wheels on the Aurora are small and made from plastic with rubber tyres. We love that another little bit of design has been included, with the insides of the wheels matching the colour of your stroller. There's even dual front suspension for a really smooth ride.
To bring the Aurora to a stop, there are two small pedals at each side, behind the rear wheels. It's a simple push down for on, push up for off system. They are slightly hidden under the back of the basket. For such a small stroller, there is actually a decent sized basket under the seat. You will easily fit your changing bag or a couple of shopping bags in there, and it has a maximum capacity of 3kg.
Ickle Bubba advise that the Aurora is suitable from birth to 15kg, or around three years old. With a padded liner, made from an almost memory foam material, it Velcros to the seat to offer good comfort for a toddler. To add better cushioning and support if using the stroller from birth, you could use it with a footmuff or additional liner. Because of the unique fold of the stroller, and the ridged sections of the seat, we found that the seat liner material doesn't retain its shape very when unfolded.
Measuring 39cm, the seat back height isn't very big and may not last taller children up to the 15kg weight limit. There is however, plenty of head clearance between the top of the seat and the hood, you'll just need to go on whether this is comfortable for your child.
The five point harness has three height positions and it's easy enough to rethread to the correct position behind the seat liner. The shoulder straps themselves have a long length of light padding, and there's also padding on the crotch strap. To fasten, the two sides of the harness sit together and clip together into the buckle.
The recline is done with a simple strap mechanism. The button on the strap needs squeezing and you can then slide up and down to the correct angle. This way, there are multiple angles to choose from, with lay flat and upright amongst them. Giving the seat a bit more length when reclined, the footrest can be positioned down or up with the triggers underneath. We found that the footrest only locked into the horizontal position and didn't always stay in the lowest position. Just below the footrest is a small plastic footplate formed from the chassis.
Following on the trend from its much bigger brother, the Stomp V3, the hood is made from a stretchy material. It looks great fully extended, thanks to the strong hood rods. To create an additional position, there is a toggle on the top of the hood to decrease the size by one panel and this hooks into the back.
As well as the stroller and carry bag, a raincover is included with the package. It Velcros around the handle of the Aurora and is a good fit with plenty of room for little legs.
With weight on board the Aurora is easy to manoeuvre with one hand, the colourful front swivel wheels leading the way. For a very light stroller, the chassis is still strong and stable. As well as parents, kids will love how the front dual suspension soaks up any cracks in the pavement for a super smooth ride.
Though it concertinas down into a compact parcel, it's easy to fold the Aurora. Slide the button on the outside of the handlebar and push the button on the inside. This releases the handle and you can push forwards until the chassis folds. Then it's just a case of folding back the hood and top section of the handlebar back on itself, which is done with the buttons on the inside and at the bottom of the handle. An automatic locking clip keeps it together and it's possible for it to freestand it on it's end.
Measuring only 64 x 40 x 21cm, the Aurora is small enough to fit in any boot, and ideal to for public transport users. The carry bag keeps everything clean and neatly together.
Getting it upright again is just as easy - unclip the automatic lock and pull the handle back until you hear it lock into place.
The Ickle Bubba Aurora is a stylish and simple stroller that offers parents a compact form of transport for their little one. We love how quick and easy it is to fold and unfold, with the included carry bag making storage clean and tidy.
Although fine for young babies and toddlers, the seat back is quite short, so may not last to its highest weight limit for tall children. The seat liner also bunches up, making it aesthetically less pleasing.
As it's so lightweight, it's easy to manoeuvre and carry, making it the perfect stroller for holidays and public transport. We think that parents will love the price point of the Aurora. Compared to other similar pushchairs available, it is over half the price, yet still offers more features than a standard stroller. We think that it's great value for money!
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