A new iCandy pushchair, the iCandy Lime, hits the shops today. It’s the latest pushchair from this iconic baby brand, which brought parents the iCandy Peach and the Apple 2 Pear. The Lime is a hybrid of the iCandy Orange and the lightweight Raspberry stroller. The travel-system-compatible Key selling points include a large seat taking up to 25kg, a spacious 10kg shopping basket, and a compact fold. The Lime also has a ride-on platform for older kids, plus it’s compatible with a range of baby car seats.
Suitable from birth Most iCandy pushchairs have a bucket seat, which makes them unsuitable to use with newborns and young babies. The Lime’s seat is the same, but you can use the fabrics supplied to turn the seat into a carrycot format and create a lie-flat surface for your newborn to snooze in. This also means there’s no need to pay more for, or store, a bulky carrycot.
Large shopping basket We know parents love loads of space to stash bags and the numerous other baby bits you’ll need when you’re out and about, so the roomy shopping basket on the Lime is very appealing. It looks fairly large and easy to access, and iCandy says it holds up to 10kg.
Big enough for older babies The seat has a maximum capacity of 25kg, which could make it ideal if your baby is larger than average. At the back, on one edge of the shopping basket, you’ll also find an integrated ride-on board for older siblings. This should be able to take another 20kg in weight, saving you the hassle of buying a double buggy if you’ve got a newborn and a toddler to transport. How practical this will be in reality, we’ll find out when we put it through our laboratory pushchair tests, where we’ll also be testing stuff you can’t tell just by pushing it around, including safety, stability and durability.
Compact’ fold According to iCandy, the Lime has a new innovative fold called the ‘TotalFold’, making it (and we’re quoting iCandy here) ‘one of the fastest and most compact folds available’. You don’t need to remove either the seat or the bumper bar before folding, and there’s a carry handle to help with lifting and moving the pushchair about. However, when we tried it out, it took a few goes to get the knack of the fold. It might be more compact once folded than other iCandy pushchairs, but it’s not the smallest we’ve seen.
Large hood Protect your baby from the sunshine or the wind with the large hood. It includes a zip extension and a magnetic viewing window, so you can keep an eye on your little passenger. First impressions are that it provides a decent amount of coverage. The Lime also comes with a rain cover included, so you can face the British weather without having to budget extra for this accessory. Reversible seat An easy-to-use reversible seat unit means that once your baby reaches six months old, you can have them facing you, or swap them to face the world. When we tried it out, the grips on the reversible seat unit seemed easy enough to use, and it felt fairly stable when swapping directions.
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