A DAY IN THE LIFE OF URBO2 BY EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY
Our Urbo2 is all about style. So when it came to finding the perfect family to test drive our style icon, Eimear Varian Barry and family seemed like the perfect fit.
If you don’t know Eimear, she’s incredibly influential on Instagram, showing us mums just how stylish you can be. So we approached her and her gorgeous daughter Saoirse to give our Urbo2 a try. Designed to handle the busiest city centres, we let them put it to the test.
Over to you, Eimear.
A good pram can be one of your biggest spends when you have a baby. You want something solid, safe and suitable. Without overthinking it, it’s quite a personal decision for a parent to find what’s right for them. What will suit my lifestyle? Will I be out and about a lot? Which colour is more me? Hey- you’re the one who’s going to be pushing it around.
As Saoirse is now 24 months, she is in and out of the pram and I find myself taking less of everything. Less food, no baby toys, no dummies, bottles. She is becoming a proper little girl. The Urbo2 couldn’t be more perfect for both of our requirements! I love it because it is such a sturdy pushchair (with lots of storage space down south) but it’s also one of the most stylish pushchairs on the market. I know for some this is not important, but I love when nice design and aesthetic in incorporated into everyday items.
We took it with us when we took Saoirse to Peppa Pig Live at Duke of York Theatre for her second birthday. As it is in central London and we live a bit out in Surrey, we decided to do an overnight trip and stay in Covent Garden for the night. It was lovely to relax at the thought of going back to a hotel and chilling out!
We got a taxi to the train station and the pushchair fitted perfectly into the boot of the car. It was easy to get up and down and just a matter of clipping the sides and sliding the body of the pushchair down. It was after rush hour, which was a lot calmer than being squished up to suited commuters! I put the breaks on and left it in a roomier area of one of the carriages (which FYI, is usually the one with the toilet!) It didn’t move the whole way to Waterloo which I was pretty impressed with. My previous pram was promiscuous and would slide all over. Very frustrating when at the same time, you are trying to control a toddler on a train! We had a little suitcase with us for our stay, so we leant the seat back and popped it on top to get it out of the way. There was no way Saoirse was going to sit in it the whole journey!
We arrived at Waterloo and thankfully getting off the train was easy. I feel like the frame of the Urbo2 is compact, but built to be used, thoroughly. Whether you are trudging through the muddy path by a Surrey canal (like me) or whizzing around London, you see that it’s versatile. Its material and frame can be cleaned easily too which is a god send for dealing with a half banana-eating daughter!
We grabbed a coffee in Benugo, upstairs at Waterloo and it was the first time the pushchair was put on an escalator. I don’t have the confidence to take it on myself, so Daniel did it for me.
We took the Northern Line straight up to Leicester Square. We put Saoirse in the pushchair for this little journey as it was easier and safer than having her run around the tube platforms. She is a whippet! If anybody is a bit hesitant with taking a pram on a tube, trust me, if I can do it, anyone can. I usually use the disabled access stations (Green Park is a handy central one, which takes you right up to street level). I am well used to it now and have found turning the pram around and backing out of the door, off the train, is a lot easier and feels safer.
We arrived at the theatre in perfect time to settle into the performance! We relaxed the pushchair and they were able to put it in a safe place for us, like the hundred or so other parents who were there! As you can imagine, it was pram carnage afterwards with everybody trying to get theirs! It was well organised though and we got ours pretty quickly.
Saoirse was in need of a nap, so I laid the seat back, took down the hood all the way and strolled around with her for a while to get her off to sleep. It’s funny, I can actually ask her these days if she’s tired and she says “Yes!” or “No!” to the mention of a nap! I love that you can peep into the little window to check your little one is ok, then cover it up again.
We arrived at the Radisson Blu Hotel and as Saoirse was still asleep, we chilled in the room for around an hour and kept her in the pushchair. Again, a great advantage of the Urbo2, is that it is super flat when you relax the seat.
Off to dinner! We took the tube through a few different lines to get to Algate and it was easy to manoeuvre on the tube. I’ll be honest with you, I love taking it to nice places and showing it off. Could even go as far as to say it matched my outfit! So many people comment on it as its appearance is so unique.
We got an Uber back to the hotel and no word of a lie, even the driver was able to relax it and put it into the boot. Must have been a father himself!
With such a busy day planned, it seems like they had the perfect pushchair for the occasion. Find out more about the Urbo2.