Katie Shea and her husband put the BabyStyle Oyster 2 through its paces with little Martha

Known for its sensibly priced yet high-quality products, BabyStyle is often an understated choice for parents. The award-winning Oyster 2 travel system, which has a host of updated features, is a strong option to accompany you on your parenting journey.

The Lowdown

When we found out we were expecting our first baby, my husband and I had no idea where to start when it came to buying a pushchair, or car seat, or even a cot for that matter. Unafraid to ask for help, we headed to our nearest Mothercare, where we were shown a whole range of travel systems. When my husband’s attention started to wander, he found the Oyster 2 lurking in the corner of the store. He managed to work out how to assemble it without any help, and that was
our decision made.

Good Looking? 

We think so. It’s fairly uncomplicated in terms of design, but still feels stylish to push. We weren’t sure whether we were expecting a girl or boy, and not wanting to go down the black route, we decided on the Deep Topaz coupled with the mirror-finish chassis. It brightens up rainy days, and Martha looks adorable in it.

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The multi-position unit allows baby to sit rear or forward facing

Practicality & Driveability 

In terms of longevity, it’s perfect as we could use it from birth. You can fit a variety of car seats using the adaptors, and the pushchair looks great when in carrycot mode, although Martha seemed to prefer the reclinable seat unit – especially when facing the lucky pusher! The four wheels all boast cantilever suspension, so it handles the ups and downs
of curbs really well.

Comfort

The footmuff has been a great addition for winter. The rain cover is snug, easy to attach and keeps Martha cocooned and dry. Who knew how much I’d rely on a basket, too? It’s always full of shopping, plus I never leave home without the rain cover, my trusty Pack It jacket and the Oyster sunshade, all stored neatly below. My changing bag fits securely over the handle, too. I would prefer a slightly more robust sunshade that can cope with wind, but that’s probably my only niggle.

The Verdict

We couldn’t be happier with our choice, it suits us and our needs, and it’s adapting well as Martha grows. We travel around quite a bit but the pushchair folds down neatly into the boot of the car, and the frame isn’t too heavy. The wheels are also removable to make extra space if you need it.

From £299 for chassis and seat; carrycot, £119; seat pack, £70; babystyle.co.uk

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