I have read with interest some guides being less than complimentry about Mamas and Papas and thought I would stick my oar in in their defence.
I am lucky enough to live in Huddersfield, where M&P are based, and where their fabulous Factory shop is!! It opened about 3 years ago, just in time for my sister's first pregnancy and shortly afterwards, my own.
Both my sister and I have M&P Nursery's, I have the rather contempary Fable range, and my sister has Zeddy and Rhubarb. All the bedding, curtains, Moses baskets, blankets...you name it, we've got it. It all washes well and is great quality. Fortunatly we can get it at least 50% off at the shop but of course there are savings to be made on Ebay! I thoughroughly reccommend them. My nursery will last my daughter up until she's about 5 or 6 as it's not too "babyish". We both have M&P cot beds which have been brilliant.
As for the prams, well I can't praise them enough.
I have the Pliko P3 travel system in a gorgeous bright red. My Mum bought me this at the factory shop when I was about 2 months pregnant, we were so excited! It consists of the pushcahir, with 5 point harness, suitable from birth; car seat with base and carrycot. My daughter was in the carrycot attatchment for about 2 months and then when I transferred her to the pushchair, I had to unclip the hood and put it on the pushchair, and the cover converted to a cosytoes...brilliant!! I've since bought a gorgeous strawberry print chair liner and matching parasol, which looks fab. The car seat has been really good, as my husband has bought an extra base and strapped it into his car, so we can use either by just slotting the car seat into it, no messing, just in and out which is what you want when you have a baby!
I also bought a Nipi buggy (bargain at £25!) in a funky blue print, with matching parasol. It's great for just - excuse the pun - nipping to the shops, and folds down easily and quickly and doesn't take up too much space. There is a matching footmuff too....and I notice from the celebrity magazines that Charlotte Church has one...that girl has good taste! I wouldn't use this as a main pushchair, it's best for holidays and the odd quick journey when space is limited but it's brill.
My sister and my sister-in-law both has Airia pushchairs, which they both rave about too.
One of the things I like best about the M&P ranges are the funky prints and bold colours. The Herbie prams have some really cool colourways and it sets you out from the crowd....as a new Mum I am always eyeing up other peoples prams and I couldn't have a boring black or grey one...yawn! I'd also recommend the M&P pop-up travel cot...it has been a godsend for me as my husbands family live down south and we visit them frequently. It folds right down into a little space and saves so much space when you're loading up a car for a weekend away.
I don't work for Mamas and Papas...honest!!!