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Well this month’s Quinnycasters mission was to capture a photo of our “sleeping beauty”. I always knew I was going to have trouble with this one as MissB just doesn’t sleep whilst out and about anymore but I lived in hope.
Despite hours of being out and about with the Zapp Xtra there was just no sleeping beauty moments to capture, MissB is far too interested in whats going on in the world And with our day in hospital yesterday it completely ruled out our last chance of trying to coax some zzzz’s out of her in the Zapp Xtra. I do have to say the Zapp Xtra proves a godsend when rushing up and down hospital corridors with a poorly baby though.
So there we go, this month I admit defeat and instead I leave you with a picture of my “not so sleeping beauty” checking out some toys in hospital yesterday. We are home from hospital now and MissB is a bit happier today but I’m going to write a whole other blog post about those adventures
Apologies as I’m running a bit late with this months Quinnycasters project, what with hospital trips, snow and poorly babies we really haven’t had a good December but one thing that has been reliable has been our Quinny Zapp Xtra.
We’ve been using the Quinny Zapp Xtra now for 3 months and so here is a review of how we are finding it so far:
The Quinny Zapp Xtra
Now having already got an original Zapp which we loved we were very eager to try out the Zapp Xtra. There were only a couple of flaws with the original Zapp which we found, these were the lack of a recline facility which made it hard for MissB to nap in it and that it was only suitable from approximately 6 months old and so we still needed to have a travel system suitable for a newborn baby.
The Zapp Xtra improved on this as it is suitable from birth and can be used as a travel system with the Maxi Cosi Carseat. The seat also has a recline facility and can be used either forward facing with 3 recline positions or in a parent facing position with 2 recline positions. Both great improvements on the original Zapp although it does mean that the seat does now need to be removed before folding losing some of the compactness of the original Zapp.
Unfolding, Folding and Storage
Unlike the original Quinny Zapp, the seating element needs to be removed before folding the pushchair but the frame is basically the same as the original Zapp. The frame is extremely compact and can be folded/unfolded by following a simple 1,2,3 button procedure with the numbers clearly marked on the pushchair so even the most harrassed parent can assemble it easily. The seat then clicks into place securely and voila, one assembled or folded pushchair. Having the seat separate does increase the storage space required in the boot of the car compared to the original Quinny Zapp but not too significantly. The seat element can be folded completely flat and the frame stored on top of it but I find if I do this then the muddy wheels tend to dirty the seat so I stack my seating unit up against the rear seats.
The seat of the Zapp Xtra is adjusted by using buttons at the top of the seating unit. In parent facing mode the seat can be fully flat or semi-reclined and in a forward facing position there are three recline positions. The seat is adjusted by simply pressing the button and tipping the seat to the next position in a nice smooth motion which is ideal for when baby nods off.
Out and About with the Zapp Xtra
The Zapp Xtra is effectively the same as the original Quinny Zapp when it comes to manouvreability. It’s 3 wheel design and compactness make it perfect for nipping around the shops and it can certainly get you down aisles that many larger pushchairs can’t. It also copes admirably well with Durham’s cobbled streets although I have to admit it prefers smoother pavements and flat surfaces.
The Zapp and the Zapp Xtra both have the same issue when it comes to more rough terrain as would be expected with any pushchair not designed for off road use. Although we have the Quinny Buzz 4 for multi terrain walking as sometimes pneumatic wheels are just essential.
Hood, Raincover and Accessories
The hood on the original Quinny Zapp is very flimsy and tends to blow back in strong wind whereas the hood on the Zapp Xtra is much larger and better quality in comparison. It gives much more shade and protection from the elements than the original design and is a god send in the wintry weather we have up here in the North East.
A raincover is supplied with the Zapp Xtra and again this is of sturdy quality and has so far stood up to the North East elements exceptionally well.
Another improvement on the original Zapp is that the Zapp Xtra now comes with a shopping basket included. Now due to the compact design of the pushchair you are never going to be able to fit a substantial amount in the basket but it is certainly handy to have to hold those odd bits and pieces.
We are really loving the Quinny Zapp Xtra at the moment, it’s compactness and manouvreability are fantastic and the recline position has improved greatly on the original Zapp’s main flaw. Whilst however the Zapp Xtra is ideal for being out and about town, shopping and pavements, we do still require a pushchair suited to off road terrain as we do a lot of walking in our family and so it hasn’t completely replaced the need for a second pram/pushchair in our household but it most certainly has a very valuable place in my pram/pushchair collection.
Well this month we were challenged to record our children enjoying the Quinny Zapp Xtra and this has been a particularly tough challenge for us this month as MissB has been poorly for most of it and now we have over 12 inches of snow so the pushchair is going nowhere. This doesn’t reflect badly on the Zapp Xtra as none of our pushchairs or cars are going anywhere fast in this weather!
And so the only photo I have to show of MissB using her Quinny Zapp Xtra was taken earlier this month in the pouring rain. (We are really blessed with the weather up here in the North East!). Luckily the raincover on the Quinny Zapp Xtra is very substantial and stays put keeping her warm and dry and protected from the wind.
Hopefully if this snow ever stops and MissB continues to be well we will get more photos of her enjoying her Zapp Xtra shortly
When the courier rang our doorbell to deliver our new Quinny Zapp Xtra, I have to admit thinking the box looked a little bit on the nondescript and boring side. Just another pushchair box, or so I thought …..
But my excitement about the contents meant I had to open it straight away, after all it’s not every day you get a new pushchair to test! On pulling down the front of box I realised that this, however may not just have been a normal, ordinary pushchair in a box. After all how many other boxes appear to have what can only be described as a “red carpet” and a strange glow coming from inside?
The mystery deepened as the open box revealed a stage curtain with sparkly lights glowing behind it, most odd I thought, I was afterall expecting just a pushchair in a box!
You can imagine my surprise when the curtains opened to reveal my new, super shiny Quinny Zapp Xtra. I shouldn’t really have expected anything else should I? After all surely a pushchair that looks this good deserves it’s own opening night premier complete with lights, curtain and red carpet
OK OK I admit maybe I “tweaked” the packaging a little to reflect what was going through my mind at the time of opening my Quinny Zapp Xtra and the actual unpacking looked a bit more like this…
But with it only taking about 10 minutes to unpack and put together the pushchair, it left me plenty of time to create the kind of packaging I think the Quinny Zapp Xtra really deserves. Maybe Quinny should take note for future ideas?
Name: Dawn Brown
Blog: Knees Up Mother Brown
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Likes: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, eating, horses (but not eating them), pilates, running, vegetarianism, blogging, twitter, shopping and of course being a mum
Other facts: I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 so MissB will be almost 16 months old when her little brother or sister arrives
Oooh I’m so excited I am probably one of the world’s biggest Quinny addicts so when I was chosen to be a Quinnycaster you can imagine how happy this made me Over the next 6 months I’ll be testing the new Quinny Zapp Xtra and I can’t wait.
I already have the Quinny Buzz 4 which I absolutely love and it to date has been one of the best baby buys I ever made. We use it all the time, although we did add to our collection by buying the Quinny Zapp when MissB was about 6 months old as we wanted a smaller, nippy pushchair for quick trips to the shops and again this pushchair has been an absolute godsend. My one little gripe with the Quinny Zapp is that the seat doesn’t recline and so on longer days out we still use the Buzz as it allows MissB to have better naps on the go in the reclining seat. The Quinny Zapp Xtra however solves this problem as it combines the nippy, smallness of the Zapp with a seat that reclines and can be forward or parent facing. I can’t wait to receive it and start testing Of course with baby number 2 due to arrive in March it will come in extremely handy having 2 smaller pushchairs to fit in the car for our days out
Me on christmas day this year with our Quinny Buzz 4 in the snow
And our lovely funky Quinny Zapp (people always stop us and tell us what a cool colour it is )