BABIES – The perfect city stroller Chicco’s OhLaLa
Getting around London with a baby is no easy feat, from getting down the stairs to your flat, off buses and up escalators at the tube. Finding a stroller that is lightweight and sturdy enough to handle cobbled streets, isn’t an easy task. Chicco have created a stroller that must have had city living in mind. We took this perfect city stroller for a test drive in town and a little bit of country!
Stairs – Like many Londoners, I don’t live on street level, which means getting safely down steep stairs with a baby and a stroller. Just the weight of this stroller alone made my life a lot easier. I tried a heavier stroller that was impossible to take down with the baby, especially in the rain. The OhLaLa is only 3.8kg, which ensures you can take the stroller and your baby safely downstairs with relative ease.
The OhLaLa is only 3.8kg, which ensures you can take the stroller and your baby safely downstairs with relative ease.
Style – The stroller is available in silver and black, it is very stylish and looks like it costs much more than it actually does.
Navigating the tube and escalators – Londoners are very helpful and it is rare not to have help up or down stairs. It’s those pesky escalators that can be a pain, especially down as you have to hold the weight of the stroller. The Chicco Ohlala is easy to handle, not only because it is lightweight, but because it isn’t too long or bulky. So you can get down the escalators and people can still have enough room to walk around you.
Wheels – Don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, wheels. Whilst they don’t look very sturdy, I tested them on numerous surfaces and they faired well. They handled wet concrete, woodlands walks, cobbles and uneven services well, making this stroller excellent for both city and country use.
Excellent for both city and country use.
Rain and Shine – We certainly have had weather extremes this summer, from downpours to boiling hot sun. I love the rain cover on this stroller, it covers the baby from head to toe and also works a great defence to walking past those city smokers. The sides of the cover can be left undone, which allows a little air in, whilst keeping your little one dry. For sun, the hood of the stroller pulls forward covering most of my baby. I just placed a muslin cloth over his legs, so he would stay out of the sun whilst having a lot of air. Unlike some, the rain cover is included, which saves you splurging extra for this necessity.
Unlike some, the rain cover is included, which saves you splurging extra for this necessity.
Safety – Don’t be fooled by its lightweight, as the Ohlala is very sturdy. The straps keep the baby in a safe position and the soft covers can be moved to the side of his head, so when he falls asleep he has a soft spot to lean on. The seat reclines, so the baby can sleep comfortably or lifts up so the baby can enjoy the sites and sounds around. It also has a detachable bumper bar for the loading of the baby, but I found it was easier to lift the baby right into the seat. It has a one-handed folding system, which allows you to hold the baby whilst putting the stroller up or down. The cover is also washable and this stroller is easy to push.
Don’t be fooled by its lightweight, as the Ohlala is very sturdy.
Value for money – You can buy the chicco OhlaLa stroller from £61.99 at Argos to £99.99 at Kiddicare, which makes this lovely pushchair excellent value for money, especially as the rain cover is included.
VERDICT – I love this stroller, it is easy to take up or down, comfortable for the baby, handles different terrains well and is perfect for rain or shine. If I was being picky, it would be nice to have a built-in cup holder and a slightly bigger shopping basket, although I would rather forgo those and keep this lovely stroller lightweight. The Chicco Ohlala is just perfect for city dwellers!
Suitable from birth to 15 kg.