Thursday, 31 March 2016

Product Spotlight: ABC Design Mamba Plus

The Mamba Plus is one of the new 2016 products from ABC Design.  This ultra versatile pushchair features 3 level adjustable suspension, a full lie back seat unit which can be parent or forward facing, an adjustable height & length footrest, UPF 50+ hood and is compatible with the ABC Design Mamba Plus carrycot and Risus Group 0+ infant car seat.  If you'd rather have a 3 wheeled pushchair, then take a look at the Cobra Plus which offers all the same amazing features but on a three wheel chassis.

Upon first unpacking the Mamba Plus (1), you can see that the parts are relatively straight forward as to where they fit.  The instructions are very simple to follow and before you know it, you've got the wheels on (2) and then the seat unit attached (3).  All the elements are quick release: a button on the front of each front wheel releases them, a button in the centre of the rear wheels releases them and the seat unit is held in by a clip on either side which also has indicators as to whether or not the seat is secure.  Also in pictures 2 and 3, you can see the reflective safety strip down the side of the large shopping basket reacting to the camera flash. 

To make life easier for the parent, the handle bar can be adjusted from 83cm (4) to 109cm (5), meaning that no matter what your height, the Mamba Plus will be as comfortable for you to push as possible.  To aid in getting little one in and out of the seat, the bumper bar releases and opens on either side (6) and can be removed completely just as easily. In this picture you can also see the extra padded seat unit and padded shoulder and crotch pads.  The harness also features a small Velcro’d loop for holding little one’s pacifier or toy.

To make it even comfier for little one, the foot rest is not only height adjustable (7-8), but is also length adjustable (8-9), a feature that isn’t seen on many pushchairs.  In these pictures, you can also see the main bracket for attaching and adjusting the seat unit.  With one of these on either side, the top element pulls upwards to release the seat unit completely, the circular button in the middle allows you to recline the seat unit, and beneath that you can see the safety indicator – it’s showing green in these pictures as the seat unit is correctly fastened.  If this was red, it would mean you hadn't securely attached the seat unit and should try again.  However, the seat unit is so simple to attach that you should only ever see it showing red when it isn't attached at all.

The Mamba Plus comes with 3 level adjustable suspension that is extremely simple to change, but really does make a difference to the springiness of the pushchair.  With the larger wavy line on display (10), the suspension is at is softest and would easily handle extremely rough terrain.  By simply pushing down and twisting the part with the line on, the suspension can be changed to middle firmness and then the firmest setting (11), which is perfect for general use when you don’t need the extra bounce.  When you need to lock or unlock the front swivel wheels, a simple press with your foot on the top of each wheel (12) does the job effortlessly.

The Mamba Plus’s hood is extremely versatile.  It features UPF 50+ throughout and various levels of extendibility.  Its standard extension (13) is more than enough protection for everyday use, but if it’s sunny at all, simply flip out the sun visor (14).  Undoing the zip around the rear extends the hood to nearly double its original size – perfect for when it’s raining hard.  To finish off the hoods features, there is a coverable parent viewing window on the top for keeping an eye on your little one.

To add to the already impressive list of features, the Mamba Plus features full lie back and as with all the other recline positions, can be used in either a forward (17) or parent (18) facing position.  If you wish to use the Mamba Plus from birth, the chassis facilitates the use of both the Risus Group 0+ infant car seat (19) and the Mamba Plus carrycot (20).

With all these amazing features, the Mamba Plus covers the demands of most parents and is so versatile that it will seamlessly become part of your way of life.  To find a stockist or for more details, simply click on the link below.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Prima Baby Awards 2016

The results have been announced for this year's Prima Baby Awards and it's been another great year for Obaby and ABC Design.  We've managed to earn 3 medals and 3 shortlisted awards between us - out of the hundreds of entries, that's quite an achievement.

Take a look below at the winning products - all of which are available to purchase now.

ABC Design Takeoff

Best Lightweight Buggy - Gold

The ABC Design Takeoff is an extremely lightweight and compact stroller which is perfect for everyday travel.  Folding to a size of 50 x 49 x 39cm, the Takeoff is the ideal size for effortlessly placing in your car boot.  With its adjustable seat unit and bumper bar, you can adjust the Takeoff to make it perfect for little one and its UPF50+ hood ensures they're always protected.

If you want to use the Takeoff from birth, the ABC Design Risus Group 0+ infant car seat attaches effortlessly and makes the Takeoff not only ultra portable, but extremely practical.

ABC Design Cobra
Best Travel System Over £500 - Silver

The ABC Design Cobra adds yet another award to its name after winning 2 Silver Awards in last year's Loved by Parents awards (Best Stroller, Best 3 Wheeled Pushchair).

Its 3 position, parent/forward facing seat unit offers great versatility from 6 months, but when paired with the Risus Group 0+ infant car seat, the Cobra becomes the perfect, from birth travel system. Its 3 large wheels offer ultimate manoeuvrability while its height adjustable handle and suspension make it as comfortable for you as it does for little one.

Obaby Lincoln Mini Sleigh | Best Cot/Cot Bed - Bronze

The Obaby Lincoln Mini Sleigh cot bed can effortlessly change between being a cot bed, junior bed and a day bed and provides a practical storage solution with its subtle under drawer.  Available in a range of finishes, it's elegant, curved scroll design and slatted sides will look perfect in any nursery.  To make your room look even more perfect, why not add the matching Lincoln double wardrobe and closed changing unit?


Although not quite good enough to take the top spots, our last 3 items made it to the shortlisted stage showing that they're still some the top products available to purchase at the moment.

Obaby Zeal
Best Travel System Under £500
Obaby ZeZu Multi
Best Double Buggy
ABC Design Zoom Tandem
Best Double Buggy

Being the first awards for the Obaby Zeal, getting shortlisted is quite an achievement.  This multi function stroller that grows with your baby is the perfect from birth environment for your little ones.  For even extra from birth usage, there are optional Group 0+ car seats and carrycots that make the Zeal even more versatile.  

The Obaby ZeZu Multi and ABC Design Zoom are award regulars and between them hold 15 awards (6 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze).  Whilst both of them are for multiple children, they are both completely different.

The ZeZu Multi is on its own a perfect from birth pushchair with a parent/forward facing seat unit that effortlessly converts into a pramette.  With the addition of the Tandem Kit, the ZeZu then offers either a second seat or a ride on board with support handle.  The simplicity of the design means it can be converted from pushchair -> pramette -> tandem or any combination with ease.

The ABC Design Zoom is the only tandem that offers true face to face interaction for children which is why it is perfect for twins.  Its German engineering and solid construction mean that although it is large in size, its manoeuvrability remains first class.  The Zoom is suitable from 6 months as standard, but is compatible with the Risus Group 0+ car seats and the ABC Design Zoom Carrycots.  Any combination of seat units, car seats and carrycots can be used at any time and changing between them is as simple as pressing a catch on either side.  If you're looking for a tandem with the best versatility, practicality and usability then look no further than the ABC Design Zoom.

With the awards year only just underway, this is just the start for Obaby and ABC Design with hopefully a lot more to come. To find a retailer or for further information on both the current and past award winners, head over to the Obaby website.