A few months ago my beloved Mamas & Papas Sola buggy well & truly died on me, the frame completely snapped. I was mortified as Archie could’ve been seriously hurt had the buggy collapsed. After contacting Mamas & Papas they initially offered to repair or replace the chassis free of charge, however once I tweeted them the actual photo of the frame they got in touch to discuss what had happened. As it was such a serious fault & one that they had never come across before they offered to replace the buggy, but as Archie is now a little bigger we asked if we could swap to the Mamas & Papas Sola City rather than the Sola 2 and I’m so happy we did as I love it!
This buggy is the best of both worlds for me, it’s compact and lightweight for a buggy of it’s size yet it’s still big enough for a toddler. With Archie’s autistic tendencies he really doesn’t like the small umbrella stroller I bought, I’ve tried him in it so many times but he just gets so distressed that I’ve completely given up with it. There’s no problems at all in the Sola City, in fact I think he likes it better than the original Sola.
I love the stylish black frame and padded grey seat liner that comes as standard but given the weather we decided to buy a Cosy Toes too. I love the colour scheme of this and how it matches so well with the buggy. There are various colour packs you can buy to go with the Sola City or you opt for the silver frame.
The frame especially stands out to me as it’s so different from many other buggies on the market but it also makes it really lightweight and so easy to manoeuvre. As it has the single handle it’s fab for using one handed, even when I’m walking the dog I have no problems pushing the buggy. Plus it has the telescopic handle so even the six foot two hubby has no problems pushing it.
For me, the huge basket is an added bonus as I do like to walk most places rather than go in the car so it’s great to be able to pop everything in the bottom of the buggy and not be restricted. I can quite easily pop out the shops and grab a few groceries with overloading the buggy.
One of my favourite features are the big wheels, especially the single front wheels and back tyres. It’s makes it so much easier for country walks and getting out & about. We’re a really outdoors kind of family and head out in our Campervan throughout the year so really need a buggy that fits with our activities. In addition we also needed something that would fold quite compact, I’ve haven’t got any direct comparison photos of the Sola vs the Sola folded but the City is definitely smaller and lighter so takes up less space in our Camper which is an added bonus as when you’re camping you really need to travel as light as possible!
Now Archie is older we don’t tend to use the parent facing option but it’s great for those times when we’re out and about and he needs a nap. It’s two little buttons either side of the frame then just unclick the seat unit & reverse. The seat unit also has a really good recline function, it will go horizontal so again fab for younger babies. The Sola City is even suitable from birth with a newborn liner or if you prefer you can buy a carrycot or car seat adaptors to convert to a travel system.
All in all it’s a fab buggy and I’m really pleased with our choice, I’ve had no problems whatsoever with this buggy. With Archie’s developmental issues he’s really not ready to start walking everywhere yet but that’s no problem with the Sola City as there’s still room to grow.