With baby number three due to arrive in less than three months we needed to reassess our pram. A single pram with board attachment has been perfect to use with two children (and an age gap of 2.6 years) but as someone who values walking daily, for sanity as well as movement, it was essential that I had a pram that could easily carry my youngest two. Last week we welcomed the Redsbaby Jive2 tandem pram to our family and I couldn’t be happier.
What better way to test out a pram than to take it to the busiest Sunday spot with two wild children and navigate through crowds followed by an off-road ‘keep up with me mum’ stroll through sand and grass.
If that’s not testing a pram’s durability and functionality then I’m not sure what would!
Most of you know that my previous pram was the Bugaboo Cameleon with skateboard attachment. I felt like any pram after Cameleon would have big shoes to fill but this one does a pretty good job!
I don’t know if this happens to other pregnant mums, but I literally become a pram-stalker when I’m pregnant! I have to send a massive shout out to the mum in ALDI who didn’t mind that I stopped her and asked her questions when I saw her beautiful newborn baby in the Redsbaby bassinet. I feel like hearing it from a mum who is actually using a pram daily is the BEST feedback/review you can get so I hope that by sharing this review it’s also helpful when you’re making the almighty pram decision!
The first thing I loved about the Redsbaby Jive2 was how functional it is as a pram for parents! They have quite literally thought of everything, from back pockets to store your phone, keys and wallet as well as a mesh pocket for your drink bottle, to a super large undercarriage basket for ALL THE STUFF (seriously though, how much stuff do little people need!). If it’s not included as part of the pram it’s available as a reasonably priced accessory.
One difficulty I have in my final trimester is getting a pram in and out of the car. My previous pram broke down into three pieces (base, seat and board). One of my first comments to my husband was how easy it was to fold the Redsbaby Jive2 and place it in the car. It also takes up less space meaning when we make use of our third row of seats in our car we will still be able to fit the pram into the boot.
I’ve listed below the things I found super helpful as a pregnant mum of two, answered the questions you had been asking most frequently, as well as shared the (very few) limitations or points to take into consideration if you are thinking about the Redsbaby prams. I hope that for anyone looking for a new pram this is a helpful overview!
THINGS I LOVE about the Redsbaby Pram:
- Seat with clip belt and adjustable straps. Something that annoyed me with our last pram was that the straps constantly fell below my daughter’s shoulders. The Redsbaby pram is set up with adjustable straps similar to a carseat, so you can easily adjust to suit your child. It’s also easy to unclip if you are in a hurry to get your little one out of the pram.
- Ease of use. I found the Redsbaby pram easy to manoeuvre even when pushing 32kg of children and a Farmers Market haul. It was easy to push through crowds with one hand and didn’t take up a lot of space so I didn’t feel like I was in the way of others. I am yet to try the tandem option with two children other than at home, so I will keep you updated as to how this goes!
- Bassinet is practical and mum-friendly! This is possibly my favourite feature of the pram and I can’t wait to test it out when our newest edition arrives! Something I struggled with when my previous two were newborns was having an option for sleep when we were out and about in spaces that wouldn’t allow for prams (i.e. tighly packed cafes and anywhere with stairs!). I love that the bassinet sits flat on the ground when it is not attached to the pram, meaning I now not only have a pram but a portable bassinet for my little one! The bassinet also features a zip-down air-vent for those HOT Gold Coast Summer days and an adjustable hood to cover their precious skin while still allowing air to circulate.
- The board attachment is easy to use and preschooler approved. The board attachment is so easy to clip on and off the pram. My son is very impressed and loves that he has the option of standing or sitting if he gets tired. He simply stretches his legs into the storage under the seat and holds on to the frame. As a mum of an active little man, I can’t recommend a board attachment highly enough! It saves you from the ‘I’m tired’ conversation when out for a walk and means they have the option to run or take a break. It’s also helpful in busy areas or when you are in a rush as they can jump on in just a few seconds.
- You can attach your capsule car seat to the frame! This was such a handy feature in my last pram and one that I used frequently when I had to get out and about with my son but my daughter had fallen asleep in the car. You can purchase the adaptors for two capsule brands.
- It’s a pram that will take you from newborn to multiple children. Something that was a little disappointing (especially when investing so much money) with my previous pram was that we couldn’t add a second seat to accommodate our littlest edition. I love that this pram is perfect for us RIGHT NOW and will be just as perfect for us in a few months time when our newest edition arrives as a tandem pram.
You can also watch the video HERE where I demonstrate how easy it is to use, as well as show the different options available with the Redsbaby Jive2, including how I will set it up when our littlest man arrives!
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
- If you are tall like my husband and want to use the board attachment you may find it a little awkward to navigate. I noticed the handle doesn’t extend quite as far as he would ideally like, meaning when he is pushing it is having to hunch a little. This is only relevant when the board attachment is on the pram as you naturally have to stand a little further back from the handle to walk.
- You can’t use the board attachment when the pram is in tandem mode due to the centre of gravity changing, therefore you can’t push three kiddies at once.
- The board attachment is just a board without a seat. My son has worked out how he can sit cross-legged or push his feet into the undercarriage basket. In saying this, if you have a little one who still needs to sit simply use the second seat rather than the board.
And that is probably it!
*This post is written in collaboration with Redsbaby. However, no payment was received for this article and all opinions, views and photos are my own (as always).