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Would you pay £1,000 for Pippa’s posh pram? Collette Lyons reveals the MONTHS she spent researching her baby's first pram

  • Pippa Middleton pushes her baby around in a £1,119 Bugaboo Fox Classic pram
  • Collette Lyons recalled buying her baby's first pram a year ago 
  • She claims every mum knows how much each model of pram costs 
  • She settled on the budget-friendly version of Pippa’s, the Bugaboo Bee 5
  • Collette says only first-time mothers care what their pram says about them

By Collette Lyons For Daily Mail

Published: 19:07 EST, 7 November 2018 | Updated: 19:19 EST, 7 November 2018

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You might be surprised when I tell you I feel sorry for Pippa Middleton.

She’s come in for a lot of flak for pushing her baby around in a £1,119 Bugaboo Fox Classic pram. I think that’s unfair. I don’t goggle at the price because a year ago I had to buy my baby’s first pram.

I spent months researching my options. Since it was going to be the one accessory I took everywhere for years to come, I was adamant I’d allow myself some sexy wheels.

It was only when I booked in for a new parents’ morning at trendy children’s store Mamas & Papas that I clocked the price tags attached to my favourite prams.

Collette Lyons spent months researching her baby's first pram and says she feels sorry for the flak Pippa Middleton (pictured) received for her £1,119 Bugaboo Fox Classic 
Collette Lyons spent months researching her baby's first pram and says she feels sorry for the flak Pippa Middleton (pictured) received for her £1,119 Bugaboo Fox Classic 

Collette Lyons spent months researching her baby's first pram and says she feels sorry for the flak Pippa Middleton (pictured) received for her £1,119 Bugaboo Fox Classic 

The best-dressed mums were eyeing the tiger-print Bugaboo collaboration with We Are Handsome (£899, now out of stock), and pulling ‘I-don’t-think-so’ faces over the Mamas & Papas own-brand buggy (from £429). So I knew I’d be judged for buying the ‘budget’ option; every mum knows how much each model costs.

I had my heart set on the Stokke Xplory, a £979 contraption with an adjustable seat so the baby could sit at table height in a cafe. In my mind, our baby would share a croissant with us while we sipped coffee and read the papers. I know, I know.

But the shop assistant gently explained that while this Norwegian brand looked nice, it wasn’t one to be lugged on and off public transport.

Another favourite was the Cybex Priam by designer Jeremy Scott, which is all black apart from gold wings either side of the baby’s head. At £1,450, it was perhaps lucky they didn’t stock that one. We decided instead to canvass opinion from our parent friends. One suggested multiple buggies. Needless to say her budget — and hallway — are larger than mine.

Another was evangelical about the Babyzen Yoyo+ (£544). ‘My sister lives in Paris and it’s what all the chic Parisiennes have.’ We soon realised that it’s standard issue in East London where we live.

One friend recounted ashen-faced her visit to John Lewis. ‘We left it until a week before my due date. Big mistake, as we didn’t have a booking. Who knew you needed one?

Collette settled on the budget-friendly version of Pippa's pram, the £750 Bugaboo Bee 5 (pictured) after being unable to purchase a selection of her favourite options
Collette settled on the budget-friendly version of Pippa's pram, the £750 Bugaboo Bee 5 (pictured) after being unable to purchase a selection of her favourite options

Collette settled on the budget-friendly version of Pippa's pram, the £750 Bugaboo Bee 5 (pictured) after being unable to purchase a selection of her favourite options

‘The advisor agreed to squeeze us in, as I must have looked like my waters would burst any minute.’

We ended up with a budget-friendly version of Pippa’s — the £750 Bugaboo Bee 5.

On our first outing to a mum-and-baby coffee morning, I realised how much the prams matched their mum owners. The lithe mums in athleisure had sleek jogging buggies and the fashionable mamas wearing Celine sunglasses to hide their eye-bags had all-black Babyzen Yoyos.

There are two things nobody told me, however. First, babies have minds of their own. Until she was six months old, my daughter refused to sit in her pram without screaming.

Second, sorry Pippa, but only first-time mothers care what their pram says about them. Even the chicest Bugaboo ends up mud-splattered, rice cake‑encrusted and with an undercarriage full of squashed Starbucks cups.

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