Its nearly been a full year since we were sent the Quinny Moodd as part of the QuinnyCasters project and its a permanent fixture in my collection of prams which is saying a lot just ask my husband.
When we were sent the Moodd back in January I was 7 months pregnant and Devon was chief tester at 2 years old and we both loved the pram it had plenty of room and was easy to push, and now with it being Myles main pram we are still just as happy with a few niggles but what pram doesn't, I have yet to find the perfect pram but the Moodd does come close for us.
The first thing that I love about the Moodd is the ability to have the seat unit both parent facing and world facing added to fact that you can have the seat unit sat completely upright in both modes is a huge advantage especially when you have a toddler who wants to face you but doesn't like the recline of the Quinny Buzz seat unit. In both modes there are three seat positions which you can adjust one handed: Upright, Partial Recline and Lie flat, as Myles has got bigger we tend to only use the partial recline when he falls asleep when in parent facing as it makes it seem slightly shorter than it doesn't in complete recline however when world facing we use the full lie flat option as the handle takes some of the length away, sounds mad I know but that's how I preferred it!
When Myles was first born we used the Quinny Foldable Carrycot as that was my preference but the Moodd is suitable from birth and comes with a nice snugly baby nest which we did try out and if Myles was a winter baby we certainly would have used the lie flat mode with the baby nest but as it was red hot in March when he is born and relatively warm throughout out the first six months of his life it was far to warm to use. I loved the fact that there is a head hugger and a feet hugger to make it really snug for newborns and with two sets of harness holes built into the baby nest you can adjust the position so that the straps sit in the right place for baby. You can also remove the front off the baby nest so that once you are indoor you don't have to leave little one toasting away but still get the effect of the nest, both the head hugger and foot hugger can be removed allowing you to use the baby nest longer. Myles outgrew the baby nest around 5 months but he is very long for his age and at that time he was wearing 6-9 months clothes.
The handle bar is adjustable and both me and the husband have a preference's, he has to have the handle bar fully extended whilst I like mine on the lowest setting so its the best of both worlds for us, its easily adjusted by pushing the grey button in the middle of the handle bar and adjusting to the position required. For little one the footrest is adjustable by pressing the two grey buttons on either side of the footrest. This is where we found the first potential issue that some people may have, we didn't have an issue as we used the carrycot but there is a big gap between the footrest and the end of the seat unit meaning potentially there may be a period of time where little ones feet don't quiet reach, at present Myle's feet just rest on the edge of the footrest but he also has plenty of room for growth too. If Devon uses the Moodd his foot rest position is down and its perfect for resting his feet on it but he can be a little monkey as the footrest doesn't lock into position when its the down so he hooks his legs around and pulls it up!
The seat unit itself has three positions for the harness and evenly spaced slits and it has a roomy harness thanks to the harness extensions at each slit meaning there is no issues with the harness being too short even with a thick winter coat and a foot muff. We currently use the middle slit for both boys, Myles is only just outgrown the first slit and Devon at just under three years old is just level with the middle slit but he is small for his age.
The Moodd fabrics are very well padded and cope well with messy monsters, they claim to be water and dirt repellent and I would agree with this we have had no marks on the fabrics as of yet! If you do need to wash the fabrics they are fully removable and easily refitted. The hood is made of a soft fabric which offers 50+ UV sun protection, but this is where we come to my bug bear of the Moodd! The hood offers some shelter from the elements but as its not waterproof you have to be quick when those rain clouds come to get little one covered. The hood is the main thing that lets the Moodd down, we tend to only pull it across slightly to give some protection when the pram is sat upright because if you pull the hood over fully we have found that we can't see Myles and its worse with Devon as he has got taller.
The Moodd comes with a rain cover which Devon hates, you have to pull the hood over to support the rain cover which means he can't see out and the same is starting to happen with Myles. The rain cover itself is quick and easy to put on the pram and folds away neatly for storage, it has a nice tight fitting when the footrest is in the down position but with the current position we use with Myles it has some slack and doesn't have the same fit and is blown easily with wind and Little hands escape very easily.
We love the fold of the Moodd and the best part of the fold is that it folds with the seat unit attached regardless of position when in world facing mode which is brilliant when we have had to fold it on the bus. There is a great strap which you can fasten around the handle once its folded to ensure that it stays folded should the frame lock get knocked. The fold is easy when you stand behind the handlebar you flick up the safety clasp and then lift the buttons and push the frame down at the same time and it locks into position, when you want to unfold it just release the lock and it automatically unfolds which is essential when you are holding a baby in one hand. If you do want to remove the seat unit before folding the memory buttons make it simple and easy no more having to fight with a seat unit trying to press and lift at the same time, and it you car boot is small the wheels are easily removable.
Rather than a traditional bumper bar the Moodd has a T-Bar which we feel adds to the look of the Moodd, it is easily removed when you need to get little one in and out of the pram and thanks to a little loop which you fit under the seat unit its always at hand and you don't have to worry about it dropping on the floor, should you wish not to use the T-Bar there is a bit of plastic which you can use to hid the T-Bar slot.
The Moodd comes with a parasol clip which we just leave permanently attached to the chassis so we don't loose it and the adaptors for use with the carrycot and Maxi Cosi carseats to make it a travel system. The shopping basket is very deceiving, it may look small but we have managed to fit a far amount under the shopping basket including a bag of shopping, the rain cover, a coat and a blanket!
Having had the Moodd for a year I can say we do still love it as much as when we first got it and is a pram that will take us from birth right through the toddler years. We love using it with both boys and its flexibility is shown through the ability to take the one pram out with both boys and to change footrest, seat unit position and when required harness position seamlessly. Its really smooth and turns easily so perfect for manoeuvring in those busy shops and the wheels are all terrain it went over the sand at the beach no problem. I would love to see an improvement on the hood but we can live with it, to have a pram for a year when you are a pramaholic in my opinion proves how much we do love it or should that say I because in husband's opinion a pram is a pram! Honestly what does he know!