Brand new Mylo and Urbo Prams from Mamas And Papas

When I told my husband I was going out to test drive the new Mylo and the new Urbo yesterday a look that resembled panic crossed his face. “No, they’re not cars, they’re prams” I said – more panic at the mention of prams – “Relax, we’re not in the market for a pram but these are new, they look special and I’ve got to see how they drive.”

In many ways buying a pram is like buying a car. Apart from colour choices you have to consider your lifestyle needs, the long list of technical specifications and of course the optional extras. Test-driving the brand new Mamas & Papas Mylo and Urbo did not disappoint. There are colour choices to be made, lots of extras and a seriously impressive list of features for both of these new prams.

It was love at first sight when I saw the Urbo and I seriously wished I was in the market for a pram. The Mamas and Papas Urbo is unlike anything else available. Whilst we have enjoyed neutral colour tones, coated metal frames, brushed stainless steel and futuristic style in our prams for the past few years, the Urbo will rip into baby stores sleek, shiny and the ultimate in minimalist design.

The polished aluminium chassis combined with the black seat is striking. The seat can face either direction and lies flat so is suitable from birth. Add lockable front swivel wheels, leather grip handles with adjustable handle height, a large shopping basket, a large hood and unique cantilever suspension and you have the ideal compact, lightweight pram. Small details stand out – the shiny aluminum footplate, the pale grey linen-like interior trim and the really cool wheels. Importantly the Urbo is extremely sturdy but easy to manoeuvre and folds in one simple motion.

Optional extras include a bassinette, boot cover, car seat adaptors (so the pram can be used as a travel system), bassinette stand and a deluxe rain cover. I haven’t had a serious case of pram-envy for years until I saw the Urbo – it’s smart, it’s sleek and I suspect it will lead a new design trend.

We had our first glimpse of the Mylo in October 2009 and told you about some of the key features. Having now had a chance to test the pram I can assure you that the folding mechanism is truly revolutionary. ‘Effortless single handed fold’ is a mighty claim – what parent doesn’t want something that is ‘effortless’ and ‘single handed’?! The Mylo delivers. The folding mechanism is a ‘handle’ cleverly located under the seat – with a simple turn of your hand the pram folds and lifts via the handle – a remarkable design. Conceivably you could have shopping in one hand and be folding the pram with the other, it’s that easy.

Other notable features include the extremely comfortable soft-moulded seat, large hood, magnetic aprons on the bassinette so you are not fiddling with zips or studs and a nice of choice of colours (black, stone and raspberry).

The Mylo is RRP$1649 which includes the bassinette. The Urbo is RRP$749 with the bassinette attachment an additional $349. Both prams will be available in Australia in April/ May at a selected number of retailers including Minimee.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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