When I found out I was expecting our third baby, my thoughts quickly turned to our well-trodden travel system.
On the one hand, this was our ol’ trusty travel system that had reliably seen us through two babies. It was looking a little ropey around the edges, but it still worked.
But then, on the other hand, I remembered the days when I had a baby and a two year old, soldiering on with our single pushchair, thinking a double was an unnecessary spend at this stage. I remembered how inconvenient it could be at times, and how much I had secretly wanted the peace of mind of a double rather than the faff of tantruming toddlers and buggy boards, or resorting to always slinging the baby.
Things in the pushchair world have moved on a lot, and our six year old travel system wasn’t the most convenient it could be. For our new baby, I wanted a pushchair that would make life that little bit easier for our growing family.
So I was very excited when my chosen pushchair brand said a big YES to having the Uppababy Vista featured and reviewed on my blog. I had been eyeing up the Uppababy Vista for a while now, I loved the versatility of the pushchair as both a single and a double. Had we decided to buy a new pushchair, the Vista was my first choice.
We have been using our Uppababy Vista since day one with our third baby, who is now seven months old. There’s so much to say, that I’ve decided to split things into several posts. This one is going to focus on using the Uppababy Vista in double mode with a newborn / young baby and toddler / older child, and the combinations we have found most useful.
Then, once we start using our Uppababy Vista with the seat unit for our baby, I will write a post about that too.
Uppababy Vista as a double pushchair in newborn and toddler mode
When I was researching double pushchairs where there are lots of different combinations like the Uppababy Vista, I found it hard to sift through the countless options and visualise how we’d actually use our double pushchair most in our day to day life. Which configurations would be unnecessary for us and which would we use a lot? So, I thought I’d run through some of our favourite Uppababy Vista configurations to illustrate how our Vista helps us in our every day life.
The above configuration with Rory in the main seat and Otto below in the carrycot is without a doubt the most frequent set up for our Uppababy Vista as a double pushchair. It’s a very social position for Rory, he’s nice and high up and he can chat away to me in this position. There is enough space between the seat and the carrycot, that I can easily keep one eye on Otto too. Just by peering over, I get a good view of him.
This is the alternative way that we’ve been using our Uppababy Vista for a newborn and toddler. Rory is sitting below in the rumble seat, and Otto is in the carseat above. As the main seat is suitable from newborn, I also have the option to have this exact same setup, but with Otto in the main seat unit instead of his car seat – I haven’t used this option much, purely because I prefer him to be in the bassinet, or during trips out in the car, using his car seat on the chassis.
Rory LOVES being in the rumble seat, especially when it’s facing outwards – he feels like he’s driving and in charge. Overall, I prefer the configuration in the first picture, as having the older child underneath makes for heavier manoeuvrability. With Rory in the seat unit, the weight of the pushchair is more central, making it easier to push up kerbs, etc. Of course, there are benefits to both and that’s why being able to so quickly change up the configuration of the Uppababy Vista is so brilliant.
Before we got our Uppababy Vista, I was anticipating any changes to the setup of the pushchair into different modes to be quite a long process involving various fiddly changes to the frame. But I quickly found that it is in fact extremely simple and quick to change from single to double, and between the different double modes. Most configurations involve no changes to the frame at all once you’ve fitted the upper and lower adaptors. The only time you need to change an adaptor is if you want to fit the rumble seat, as that has its own connectors. I can change our pushchair configuration at the last minute when we are hurrying to get out the door in time for the school run – it takes under 30 seconds (provided I’ve remembered to keep all the seats in the same place!)
With the upper adaptors on, everything on the ‘top’ bunk, whether car seat, bassinet, or main seat, is taller. So, even if you are just using it as a single pushchair, your baby/child can be closer to you. I LOVE having my newborn so near, and when Rory is parent facing in the main seat, the face to face interaction is just lovely – we’ve had some great chats since we got our Uppababy vista. Most of the time, I leave the top adaptors on, even if I don’t need them there, to give more height to the pushchair and better access to the basket.
The following two photos show where I’ve used the Vista in single mode with both the bassinet and our car seat with the upper adaptors on, purely to bring Otto closer to my level and to give more room in the basket:
One of the first things that struck me when we first used our Uppababy Vista was the generous capacity of both the seat units. The weight limits and seat sizes are some of the best I’ve seen for accommodating older children. I remember when I was tentatively looking at double pushchairs for Arlo and Rory, wondering whether it was worth the purchase, as at 2.5 years old, Arlo was already nearing the upper weight limits of most tandems, and there was hardly any head room for him under a lot of the hoods.
The Uppababy vista main seat has an astonishing 50lbs weight limit (six year old Arlo hasn’t reached that weight yet, let alone three year old Rory). The rumble seat will last up to 2.5 stone, so 3.5 year old Rory still has half a stone to go – ample time whilst he’s transitioning to full time walking. And both seats have adjustable hoods – simply slide the hood up the frame to lend more head room for your older child.
The photo above was taken during a holiday in Cornwall. We were walking a steep stretch of the coastal path and even six year old Arlo needed a little buggy board break. The Uppababy Vista had no issues whatsoever handling three children on board at once, whilst remaining an easy push. I’ve tried other buggy boards in the past but the piggy back board by Uppababy is my favourite so far – I will talk about that more in my next post.
The bassinet is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It is lined with a super soft, cosy material, and the mattress feels so much more luxurious than your average foam insert, making it the nicest bassinet we’ve ever used. The one handed detaching mechanism incorporated into the handle of the bassinet is genius and makes it so easy to use. The Uppababy Vista bassinet is extremely generously sized, there were no worries about our baby growing out of this too soon, like we’ve experienced with other travel systems. The bassinet is also swiftly collapsible, making it easier to fit into smaller car boots.
Adaptors for our Maxi Cosi Group 0 car seat come included as standard with the Uppababy Vista. I was expecting to have to buy them on top as with the other travel systems we’ve had in the past, so this was a really surprising bonus and a thoughtful inclusion from Uppababy.
The Uppababy Vista basket is the best I’ve ever had on a pushchair EVER. It is huge. Really giant. I’ve been spoiled by this basket and I can’t even compute the thought of ever using a smaller basket again. The front of basket is cleverly spring loaded so you can push it down to fit bulkier items in. Even with the carrycot on the bottom in double mode, there is still decent access to the basket. I LOVE the Uppababy Vista basket.
In a nutshell, the reasons why I had earmarked the Vista for our new baby were it’s flexibility as both double and single pushchair. I also wanted big wheels – I’ve used pushchairs with smaller wheels and it’s made for a bumpier ride and been less easy to manoeuvre. And chassis that can fold WITH the seat unit on (years of faffing around taking seat units on and off before folding gets very tiresome, let me tell you).
The Uppababy Vista fulfils all of my travel system wishlist requirements, and way more. It actually goes above and beyond what I expect from a pushchair by being so easy to use and adapt.
Having our Uppababy Vista has made an incredible difference to the ease of carting around our newborn and our toddler (and very occasionally our six year old). Looking back, I can’t believe that I didn’t have a double pushchair when Arlo was two and Rory was born. It was 100% the right decision to get a pushchair that is fully adaptable for all the needs of our growing family.
If you are interested in checking out more of the Uppababy seat combinations we’ve been using and why they work best for us, I’ve collected all our Uppababy Vista posts under the hashtag #SATMhowweroll over on Instagram.
Our Uppababy Vista was provided for the purpose of this review. We really love our Uppababy and all opinions are, as always, 100% are own.