Wheeled Goods and Accessories

pushchair is probably the most important thing a new parent will buy. It is certainly one of the most expensive - especially if they get it wrong and end up buying more than one!

The choice facing the new parent is overwhelming. No way are they going to be able to consider every one on the market. So how do they decide?

First, there's the ever present internet and the 'reviews' found there and what friends and relatives have bought. These all depend on some other parent knowing about a particular product. Could this be why sales of some pushchairs suddenly take off? A good set of wheels and people talk about it, so more people buy it so more people talk about it so more people buy and so on.

But a pushchair that's selling well will attract the attention of the internet sites and the attention of parents seeking the best possible price. The result is that the price – and therefore margins – fall. Maybe it is best for new parents to buy a popular model, but perhaps not in the interest of retailers to sell them!

The secret as always is for retailers to find good pushchairs at a good price from lesser known brands - and plug them as much as they can! Without any help, a new parent is unlikely to know what they will need and a good retailer will help.

The most important features are probably (not in any particular order!)

  • whether they need/want a travel system or a carrycot
  • rearward and forward facing - or not
  • swivel or fixed wheels
  • adjustable handles
  • ease of folding
  • suspension
  • leg/calf support
  • type of tyres
  • weight

And, of course, the colour/style and the price!!

So, they've got the pushchair and they think that's all they'll need for going out and about with baby. Not so! If the heavens open, they'll need a raincover, and if the sun makes an unaccustomed appearance and shines brightly, baby needs a sunshade.

Baby also needs naptimes so sleep covers help baby to sleep in the buggy without distractions, enabling parents to still be about their business without messing with this all-important routine. There are many dedicated products for this purpose, and are far better than fussing and struggling with a blanket. Sleep covers can also double up as protection from the sun, as parasols and sunshades, whilst looking attractive, have very little in the way of effective protection. Explaining the facts about SPFs and the need to protect baby's delicate skin - even in the average British summer - is something you may need to do.

Footmuffs could be considered a perfect product. Inexpensive but extremely practical, they create a more individual look to a pushchair, which can appeal to many parents. There are a number of superb designs along with some luscious fabrics which can be a joy to touch. Fashionable and practical, what more could a parent want?

Pushchairs are one of the more expensive products for little ones, and sadly there is a market for stolen ones. Surgeries and the like don't help matters by insisting that such items be left outside, where they're vulnerable. New parents are likely to be unaware of the risks, so it is entirely down to the retailer to point out that their new purchase is easily protected by a buggy lock. With several on the market, there's plenty to choose from.

Entertaining baby with toys whilst on the move is something worth considering, along with the required gadgets to prevent them from being lost overboard. There are also gizmos and inspired ideas to help the parents, from places to keep keys to handy holders that store drink bottles and cans.

In fact, the accessories available for pushchairs and buggies are so varied in use and style that the extra sales cannot but help the bottom line!

Go Global with Ickle Bubba’s Latest 5 Star Stroller

Ickle Bubba, the experts in creating stylish products at affordable prices are excited to introduce the brand-new Globe Stroller. This ultra-compact, first class traveller folds and unfolds like a dream and is ideal for all adventures.

Launching this September, the new lightweight Globe Stroller has already been given 5 stars by the UK's number one pushchair review site, Pushchair Expert. Suitable from birth to four years and weighing just 6.4kg, it is a truly luxury ride for families on the move.

The innovative design has compact fold technology making it easy to go from strolling one minute, to folded up on your shoulder the next. Jam packed with features such as one-handed seat recline, front and rear suspension, a spacious shopping basket and storage pouch, as well as a large extendable UPF 50 hood – just to name a few, this urban cruiser promises to provide parents with the ultimate functional stroller.

The team at Ickle Bubba have consistently proven they are great when it comes to incorporating practicality and style at affordable prices. With four colours to choose from, including Denim Blue on a Silver Frame and Grey on a Silver Frame, as well as Khaki and Black which both come with a striking Rose Gold Frame. As well as the stunning colours, the stylish leatherette tan handles add a touch of luxury.

Stylish parents will be spoilt for choice as there are three packages to choose from, including ‘Globe Stroller’ which comes with a rain cover as standard whilst the, ‘Globe Max stroller’ and ‘Globe Prime Stroller’ come with several added extras such as a cup holder, a quilted seat liner and foot muff, storage bag and a buggy organiser.

For more information head to www.icklebubba.com

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Oyster3 by BabyStyle

When the stunning new Oyster3 was previewed at Harrogate earlier this year the feedback received from retailers was totally positive and now it is a case of waiting for the first stock to arrive very soon.

Higher, bigger and roomier than the multi-award winning and much loved Oyster2, the Oyster3 has a compact fold, with the seat unit facing in either direction, which results in it being more compact than its predecessor.

The Oyster3 will be available in two chassis options with clean rivet free lines and a totally new range of luxurious and on-trend fabrics.

For more details of the new Oyster3 contact BabyStyle.


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Clever and convenient stroller accessories from Clippasafe

Every parent knows the struggle of battling with shopping bags and a pushchair. Clippasafe’s new Big Bag Clip is a fully enclosed loop-style bag holder made from strong but light aluminium.

They open and close and provide a sturdier option to traditional plastic bag hooks. Once attached to the stroller handle, you can simply leave it there and if kept closed, will not come off or be misplaced.

For drinks on the go, the Stroller Cup Holder is perfect for storing a bottle for baby or a can of soft drink or takeaway cup of coffee for parents while walking with the buggy. Easily attached and removed, parents can keep their hands free and concentrate on steering the stroller and keeping an eye on their little one. What’s more, the clever, self-levelling design swings freely with gravity to keep drinks upright.

Roger Cheetham, Managing Director of Clippasafe, says: “We’re always responding to a need for not only safety products, but also those aimed at making parents’ lives easier and less stressful. We see our range as a one-stop shop for child safety and parental convenience.”

Clippasafe’s Big Bag Clip retails at £5.49
Clippasafe’s Stroller Cup Holder retails at £6.99

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Compact Luxury – the i-Top from Bebecar

The i-Top pram combination from Bebecar is a modern-styled, compact-folding chassis with the feel of a luxury pram.

It can be folded freestanding with one hand, all without having to bend down – a really valuable feature for a mum recovering from a c-section. The pushchair seat features a new folding method that makes it truly compact, so it’s easy to store and will fit comfortably in the boot of the car.

The i-Top has been carefully engineered to make every journey more comfortable for parents and babies. The rear wheels are larger and contain ball bearings, for smooth pushing over rough ground, and the adjustable suspension will maintain the comfortable ride as baby grows.

The carrycot has a reclining backrest and cotton liner, with a ventilated base and a mesh window in the hood. The padded pushchair seat can be placed on the chassis in forward- or parent-facing positions, and is simple to attach and remove with one hand. It’s also suitable from birth, as it can lie completely flat.

The i-Top is available in a selection of fabrics including embossed leatherettes, cool modern neutrals, and the stain-resistant Magic range. So far, the Mod Grey colourway has proven the most popular – it’s a cool plain weave grey fabric with a beautiful anodized chassis. Matching group 0+ car seats and accessories are available in all colours.

01692 408801

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A trio of products from Cheeky Rascals

New to Cheeky Rascals this September is the Familidoo Air; the perfect combination of lightweight and easy to fold with cool design and practicality.

The Air has all the features needed in a lightweight, super-compact buggy, including an easy to operate one-handed fold that’s ideal in today’s fast-paced urban environment where time and space are hard to find. Suitable from 6 months.

Get the look with the mima xari. No longer bound by collection rules, it’s possible for parents to choose their xari for a truly personalised experience. First, choose from four chassis colours: Elegant Black, striking Aluminium, fashionable Rose Gold, or the gorgeous new graphite grey (available Autumn 2018). All chassis colours combine perfectly with any Mima collection. Second, choose a striking base colour for the seat, canopy, basket covers, and sleeves. And lastly choose from the stunning starter pack colours to create a winning combination.

zigi by mima is a beautiful compact buggy. Underneath its sleek, modern and very mima-esque looks, zigi hides some sophisticated engineering. It’s sturdy, but still lightweight – only 8.4 kg/18.5 lbs - and is incredibly easy to handle. With compact, one-hand folding, folding is a breeze. The super compact folding size (L45 x W26 x H56 cm) is accepted as cabin luggage with most airlines.

To find out more contact your Cheeky Rascals Sales Representative

01730 895761

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