Having a puppy is great, he’s so much fun, but he needs exercise. Often I stick Chubs up in a carrier but sometimes I like putting her in the pushchair as she now wants to get out and run around. I was thrilled therefore, to be contacted by the lovely people at Baby Dino to see if I wanted to review the new Mountain Buggy Mini.
As soon as I got it out of the box I was impressed. I love how light it is and it’s a fantastic rich red colour. It’s designed for city living as it’s really nippy and not too wide, although it’s robust and has durable tires that can cope with most terrains.
We’ve tried the MB Mini in various situations, it came up to Dartmoor with us to watch the Tour of Britain and handled the lumps of grass and hidden rocks brilliantly.
In fact it was so comfy, Chubs had a lovely snooze. The seat fully reclines with ease and there are mesh panels at the back and on top so you can peep at your sleeping little one without disturbing them. The large hood also has a fold out sun visor to keep the tots cool and protected. The straps are easily adjustable and, unlike a lot of pushchairs, each side of the harness can be snapped in independently. Very handy when trying to cage a wriggly toddler!
It has been equally good on road, grass, moor and woodland.
Chubs’ favourite thing about it is the bar that suspends the (nice, big) shopping basket. It shows how light and manoeuvrable the MB Mini is, as my teeny 13 month old can push it, rather speedily, on the grass.
You can also buy added extras to make the MB Mini a complete travel system. There’s a carrycot for teeny ones, plus car seat adapters for most major infant car seats for ease of transfer. Once folded up, it stands independently and is very compact and stable. We took it to a christening and stood it in the church porch and it didn’t block anyone’s way. Quite a feat for a pushchair!
We have had a few issues with it, it’s not perfect. The handle is one length so if you’re a tall person you might find it more uncomfortable. I’m not keen on Chubs always facing away from me, but that’s personal preference I guess. Also we’ve had a problem with the folding mechanism. The first one broke the day it arrived but Baby Dino were fantastic and replaced it straight away, their customer service has been impeccable. They also have a Buy Back Guarantee so if you buy a pushchair, pram or stroller from them and no longer need it, they can buy it back from you. Pretty handy, no?!
All in all, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the MB Mini to play with, and we’ll be very sorry to see it go.
Disclaimer – we were sent the MB Mini free to test for a period of time. All views are our own.