Here’s what our tester Jennifer Kindell, mum to Sam, three years, and Ben, five months, thought of the Ickle Bubba Eclipse.
The Ickle Bubba Eclipse at a glance:
The latest travel system for the folks at Ickle Bubba that can be set up as a normal pushchair, but with the added extra of a built-in “Bubba Board” so your pre-schooler can ride along too.
How did this product make your life easier?
We started using the Eclipse after the arrival of our second child, who is five months old. We needed a travel system to accommodate him and his three-year-old brother. The ability for this system to be used as a regular pram – with baby close to you – facing frontwards or backwards is great. The real bonus is that you can move the seat so that your toddler can use the built-in platform (aka the Bubba Board) at the back of the pushchair, which eliminates the need for a separate, attachable buggy board. Not only is that great when they’re tired of walking, but it makes for a wonderful bonding experience between siblings as you go on your adventures.
It’s a lightweight but sturdy travel system, so is easy to manoeuvre – even with two kids on board – and is relatively easy to get in and out of a car boot. The large basket at the bottom, is great for carrying essentials or shopping, however, you do need to empty it when folding down.
The seat material is luxurious, but is also hard-wearing and easy to clean, which is essential, and the five-point harness is easy to fit, even on the wriggliest of passengers…
Ride-wise, it’s very smooth and can handle bumpy terrain. We regularly take it out on our local common and it can handle the gravel paths and a bit of off-road, with no problems at all. The Eclipes’ brake is in a very convenient place, and the folding mechanism is a very simple to use, one-handed action. The adjustable handle has four settings which means that my partner who’s over 6ft tall doesn’t have to stoop while pushing.
The overall package is also great – you get all the kit, including bassinet, changing bag and mat, rain cover and winter footmuff included, which makes it really good value for money.
Would you recommend this to other parents?
Definitely. Buying a new travel system when you have your second child might be a bit extravagant. So if you’re planning on having two children of buggy-riding age, I would recommend getting this as your first pram as it can accommodate a growing family.
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
Yes, I would. It does everything my family needs it to do, it’s competitively priced and certainly looks the part on nursery runs. The built-in board is what really wins it for us. We currently own a Nuna Mixx, which is great for one, but to go anywhere on foot with our two boys, we needed to add a Lascal buggy board. This proved cumbersome, fiddly and a constant trip hazard. It was also very difficult to get it and out of the car. All those hassles disappear with the Eclipse. And it folds using a one-handed action, as opposed to the Nuna which needs two. This can be very helpful when you’ve got a ruffled newborn.
What changes would you make to this product?
The fact that you can’t keep stuff in the bottom basket of the system when it’s folded up is an inconvenience, so that would be great. The release mechanism on the seating areas can be a bit fiddly, as can the two-handed seat adjustment. A slightly more ergonomic design could help this. But these are only small points on what is generally a really well thought out bit of kit.