At the end of last year I was privileged to be asked to attend the launch event of BabyStyles newest offering, the Hybrid.
My initial thoughts at the launch were ones of excitement to discover this incredibly easy to manoeuvre pushchair was also a travel system with the help of car seat brackets and an optional purchase of a carrycot, along with its extra ability to grown and become a double offering too!
Just after the event we were asked if we would like to put the BabyStyle Hybrid thought its paces with baby Jacob and we of course jumped at the chance, after all it’s not until you have used a product in real life that you can get to grips fully with its features.
On my last post I shared with you my initial thoughts after using for a week or so and now I have been using it a while I am going to share with you my full thoughts on the Hybrid.
Putting It Together
Super simple, it comes well packaged and is immensely easy to pop together, for a more in-depth look at that the lovely Julie at Pondering Parenthood has a video that shows you how to do it if you would like and that can be found HERE.
This pushchair is packed with features, it has an exceptional hood with an immense sun visor that offers practically full coverage of not just little peepers but the whole of your baby. This is particularly great in that rain shower you weren’t expecting and also for summer days.
It’s shopping basket holds a more than generous amount and can easily cope with everything we threw at it, including 2 large bottles of diet coke, 4 pints of milk, 6 packs of wipes, cartons of baby milk and a chocolate trifle!. It is also super easy to access regardless of if the pushchair is parent facing or world facing!
The handlebar and bumper bar are beautifully soft on both adult hands and child alike with their leather effect cover, they are also immensely easy to use with an easy pushbutton on the bumper bar and 2 clips on the handlebar to adjust the height.
As standard the Hybrid comes with a matching apron to keep little legs safe and warm but it also comes with lots of extras that are available to buy, like a carrycot (£129) Changing Bag (£50) Height Adaptors (£50) Multi car seat adaptors (£18) Footmuff (£50)
The Hybrid has in innovative one pull harness system, similar to those seen are carseats so it’s really easy to adjust and ensure your little one is nice and snug each and every time they are put into the pushchair.
It also comes with PU puncture resistant tyres that have been amazing, super easy to clean with their solid construction too and the pop on pop off features means that running over the dreaded dog poo while on the school run is not quite as stressful as it once was …. Although please dog owners learn to pick up!
Included in the box is also a raincover and insect net and although we haven’t really used the net we have used the raincover .. Don’t you love the British weather! It’s a great fit, it literally slides over the opened hood (although not with the extension panel out)
Ease Of Use
The Fold is super easy with this handle pull mechanism on the front of the pushchair and it can be folded in 3 ways, the first is to remove the seat unit and then fold the chassis on its own, or you can fold down with it attached world facing and its fairly compact or you can leave the seat unit on and parent facing, however this method does need more room as the back doesn’t go down, which is fine for me with a big boot but it would have been amazing if there were a way to alter it so its fold was just as compact … however we have just chosen the method of lifting off the seat unit and then folding the chassis.
The manoeuvrability of the Hybrid pushchair has been utterly mind-blowing, its one of the lightest to manoeuvre even with its chassis with wheels coming in at 7.8kg and the seat unit 3.4kgs …. However what has really floated my boat with it is the ease in which you can lift it up kerbs it’s generally a joy to push in any circumstances!
The BabyStyle Hybrid is currently retailing at £499 and for that price it comes with the bumper bar, insect net, apron and raincover and I personally think it’s an utter steal.
It makes light work of everything we have thrown at it, although we do have a car and don’t tend to use public transport, it has coped well with different terrains, differing weathers, shopping trips, walking missions and school runs and its done it with style!
The only thing I have disliked was the harness pads, they twisted round and got in the way, I can see why they were fitted on the way they were as with its ingenious carseat style tightening system they need to be flexible to move up and down but I got so fed up and have removed them and I don’t think that it’s caused any issue in doing so.
Well done BabyStyle you have exceeded my expectations with this one!
Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse