The Brand New Babystyle Oyster 3

August 19, 2018

A little over a month ago, Bridget and I were invited to attend the launch of the brand new Babystyle Oyster 3, which is due for release this Autumn. Among the attendees were a mix of bloggers and parent product testers, all ready to get to grips with the latest Oyster offering and put it through its paces.

Babystyle are a family owned British company based in Leicestershire. My current stroller, the Hybrid, is also a Babystyle product and one that I’ve been very impressed with so I was eager to try out the Oyster 3

BAby Bridget happy to be at the Oyster 3 Launch
Arriving at LCFC for the launch of the Babystyle Oyster 3

During the event, we were given a demonstration of the pushchair and carrycot unit. It was also shown against its predecessor, the Oyster 2 so that we could see the real differences that had been developed. Despite being a bigger stroller than the Oyster 2, the Oyster 3 actually has a smaller, more compact fold. Looking at them side by side, the Oyster 2 fold is much more clunky, and awkward looking next to the tighter fold of the Oyster 3.

The carrycot and its apron have seen some improvements, as has the height and the adjusting of the straps. But if like me, you’ve never had an Oyster, the differences between the two, aren’t that important. They are impressive, don’t get me wrong… but you want to know about what the Oyster 3 does well, not what the Oyster 2 didn’t.

As part of the launch event, I was given a Babystyle Oyster 3 stroller to take home so that I could test it out for myself and form an honest opinion.  You can watch our unboxing and assembly video here.

There are some things I absolutely love about this new Oyster 3 stroller and one or two things I’m not so keen on. I’ll talk you through the negatives first, but don’t be dissuaded. It is a lovely pushchair overall and once Paisley is walking everywhere, or the ride on board is available, it will certainly be our go-to stroller. (Currently, this is the 3rd stroller in our collection, and Paisley only walks short distances so we are still getting a fair amount of use from our hybrid in tandem mode).

The Oyster 3 Straps

I won’t lie. I don’t like the 5 part clip. Bridget is at the age where if she doesn’t want to go in the pushchair, she will go stiff as a board or wriggle like an eel. Anything to avoid being strapped in. I know you have alllllllll been there! Having to clip 2 bits together on one side and then put them in the middle and then do the same on the other side, doesn’t help the situation and to be honest, is much more of a workout than I need before the school run. That said, there is no awkwardness when adjusting them. Raising the hood actually raises the shoulder straps too so they grow with your child.

Removing or turning the Seat

Again, I don’t like this feature. Most people do though so please just take this as my opinion and try it out for yourself.
On the seat, hidden underneath a piece of the fabric is a strap that you pull to release the seat. By doing so, you can have one hand there, in the middle of the seat, and one hand on the back of the seat unit and just lift. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the way that works, it’s a very smooth action once the seat is actually released… but actually getting your hand in there and pulling it sometimes feels a bit awkward. I’m not sure what the solution would be here but it doesn’t feel natural or intuitive

What I LOVE about the Babystyle Oyster 3

How it looks

I love the look of the Oyster 3. It’s smart looking. There are a lot of bright and crazy designs on the market at the moment and that’s great if that’s what you like, but personally, I like something a little tidier looking and a little less garish. The Babystyle Oyster 3 comes in a range of 8 fabric colours and 2 chassis colours.
I really liked the red and the green fabrics as well as this grey one that I received. They’re not too bright, the material is lovely and as a whole, the stroller looks very stylish and clean.

A happy, smiley Bridget, l
Bridget – Living her best life in the Oyster3 from Babystyle

The Oyster 3 Basket

One of my favourite things about the Oyster 3 is the basket. With School runs and preschool runs, I’m always carting something about and whenever I nip to the shop, I almost always forget to take a spare bag so having somewhere to throw in some bulky items, that takes a fair bit of weight too, it’s just perfect. It’s deep. It’s out of the way and when I do remember to take some shopping bags, there is a pocket at the front to keep them in. Paisley has also tested it out a few times by climbing in herself.

The hood. 

The hood has a zip and extends when needed. The fabric matches the rest of the stroller and even has a removal visor at the front.  At the back there is a peekaboo window that doubles as an air vent. The hood also has a UV factor 50 rating.

Grey Oyster 3 in parent facing mode
The Oyster 3 with the hood extended and in parent facing mode

The fold

I mentioned above that in comparison to the Oyster 2, the fold is much more compact and but that fact that it folds so easily without taking it apart is a win for me! There is no need to remove the seat or to have it facing a certain way to fold it up. As you can see below, it collapses neatly whichever way the seat is facing with very little difference

Whichever way the seat is facing, you’ll get a great compact fold

The Babystyle Oyster 3 wheels.

The wheels are removable which is not only great if you’re lacking on space, but is perfect if you happen to wheel them through something yucky and don’t want to wheel it inside. They are solid wheels so not inflated. I can’t tell you the amount of times Dexter’s first stroller was rendered useless because the wheels had got a puncture! So frustrating. Solid wheels like these are a much better option, in my opinion.

Our overall opinion of the Babystyle Oyster 3

  • It’s light to push around, it doesn’t feel like a workout. (Not so light to lift but at least you don’t have to take it apart)
  • It looks lovely. It has already turned a few heads and the range of colours is gorgeous.
  • The basket is huge. Easily one of my favourite features.
  • The hinged bar means you don’t have to take it off. It collapses itself when you fold the stroller up.
  • The calf rest changes to a footrest and also has a secret hidden pocket.
  • The break is easy to put on and off with the foot pedal right in the middle. 
  • The swivel lock has been moved to the footrest rather than the front wheels

So, overall, we love it. As I said, we love using it on the journeys that are short enough for Paisley to walk and as she walks longer distances, we’ll begin to use it more and more. 

When it is released this Autumn, it will be available as a few different options starting from the Essential Stroller Package containing 5 items; the stroller, carry cot, Duofix iSizebase, car seat adapters and car seat to the Luxury Package which will include all of those items plus a footmuff and changing bag and then the Ultimate Package which will also include a parasol, a bottle holder, lock and a Rockit Rocker (pictured below).

The combination lock is perfect for locking your stroller outside of the doctors & baby groups or even just securing your handbag to the pram

Have you had a Babystyle Oyster before? I’m curious to know what you thought of previous models and what you think of this one in comparison. Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Reply Jemma August 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    OOOh I absolutely love pushchairs! Lol. It took me ages shopping around for the one we eventually decided on for this little lady!

    This one looks rather gorgeous though!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 21, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Oh it’s a minefield isn’t it?! So many different ones with so many features.

  • Reply Candice August 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Great review, I’m looking at getting this as have a very small car boot, dont suppose you would know what the measurements are when folded ?

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 5, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Hi, I’m so sorry for the late reply, I’ve been waiting on the measurements. When folded it is 70cm x 57cm x 37 cm. Hope that hasn’t come too late

  • Reply Su (Ethan And Evelyn) August 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I love the look of this, it is a great design and looks like it can fold quite compactly too.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Yeah, it’s a great one for fitting in small boots or under stairs

      • Reply Lucia November 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        Hello Leslie,
        can you please let me know how wide is the actual seat? Want to make sure it is not too narrow. Can you really feel the suspension? Many strollers have it but they feel very hard going on grass or light terrain. Thank you for your replay.

        • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 15, 2019 at 9:50 am

          Hi, sorry, I’ve not got the seat measurements but it wasa delight to push. obviously harder on trickier terrain but still preferred over any other strollers I’ve had.

  • Reply Emma Baden December 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Hi I’m thinking about buying one but I was wondering how flat does it lay down I find that my oyster 1 didn’t lie down enough for my 5 month old I love the carrycot but not the seat until would you recommend it for a 5 month old baby?

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Yes I’ve found the seat lays quite flat, my daughter sleeps in it quite comfortably. It’s actually her preferred nap space

  • Reply Naquita May 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I’m looking at the Oyster 3 and at the hybrid at the moment. How do you think they compare with each other? Thanks!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 17, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Personally, I prefer the Hybrid. I absolutely loved that pram, it was an absolute workhorse and took everything we threw at it. I don’t have any issues with the Oyster3 and it is a good buggy but given the choice, I would go for the hybrid – unless space is an issue, in which case the Oyster wins

  • Reply dips May 19, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Thanks I would this useful to watch but most reviews only cover the pros but what I really wanted some thoughts about the what people have found frustrating about the pram once using it which I found some of in your commentary.

    thanks again

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 20, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Thank you, I always try and write honestly in my reviews. I’d hate to think of someone spending money on something I’d recommended if it wasn’t good value.

  • Reply Jon August 27, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Leslie, thanks for a great review. Just wanted to get your opinion on how easy the Oyster 3 is to clean? Did you use the carrycot at all or have any opinions on it? How long have you used it for and what would you add or change in your review from your time with it? Thanks

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 15, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Hi Jon,
      I never had the carrycot with it as Bridget was old enough not to need that part. In terms of cleaning, I’ve never had to do more than vacuum crumbs and wipe sticky fingers so it seems fine for that. I’ve had it for over a year now and the only thing I’d really change is the harness. I’d prefer one that doenst need bits to be held together to clip them in. Thanks for commenting

  • Reply Tania May 29, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Hi my daughter has the oyster 3 and little one is 5 months I can’t see a way of adjusting the straps he doesn’t look comfortable in the pushchair it feels like the straps need to be moved up a bit and I don’t know how to do it

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 11, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Tania,
      There isn’t a way of really adjusting them as far as I can remember. It was something to do with raising the headrest up as the straps are attached to that.
      Hope that helps

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