When I was pregnant with Little Man, Hubby and I debated whether to get a double pushchair – as most couples pregnant with their second would do. With only 20 months between the two children we bought a cheap but heavy and cumbersome double travel system as LP had only been walking for a couple of months and we knew we would need a double pushchair. Even so, I did prefer to use a single pushchair and have Little Man in a baby carrier for the first few months as our double buggy was so difficult to handle.
Zoom forward a year and we have now had a Cosatto Supa Dupa stroller for the last 6 months. It has served us well and been invaluable. It really did save my sanity when Little Man got too big for the baby carrier. But now LP is nearly three and loves walking, it’s a fight to get her in the pushchair and so we were looking at alternative options.
Really we had two options – She could walk or we could invest in a buggy board. I knew that although LP loved walking, her stamina wasn’t great to rely on her walking all the time so we bought a Lascal Buggy Board Maxi after talking to the people at Cheeky Rascals at The Baby Show. I planned to use the buggy board on our Graco Sky and as it’s a relatively new pushchair it wasn’t listed on the Lascal website so I was unsure whether we would be able to use the Lascal Mini or Maxi boards but Cheeky Rascals confirmed the Maxi board would fit, how to fit it and I ordered the board soon after the show.
Hubby fitted the buggy board and I won’t lie, there was some swearing involved! But once the buggy board connectors are attached to the pushchair you’re free to take the board off and put it on as you need it. One thing to bare in mind though is that as the adapters stay attached to the pushchair, if you are looking to share the buggy board between more than one pushchair you would need to get extra sets of adapters.
Once the buggy board was in place on the pushchair LP loved it, she jumped on and off happily and was more than comfortable to stay on the board walking into town, wandering around the shops or for a day out.
Things to bare in mind with the buggy board are that there needs to be enough headroom for the child. In our case we had to remove the parent tray with cupholders from the Graco Sky and LP stands inside the handle. Also, when you walk it is very easy to kick the board and I find that I automatically take smaller steps to compensate, not an issue but it does make you think about how you’re walking. Having a toddler on a board on the back of a pushchair does change the weight of the pushchair quite considerably too – The balance is different and turning can be harder as well as going up and down kerbs. In these situations I have found it easier to get LP to hop off the board before getting back on again when we’re on flat, straight ground. The buggy board also makes any journeys slightly noisier with an extra set of plastic wheels moving along but it’s a noise you soon get used to.
The Lascal Buggy Board Maxi is something that I had been considering getting for literally months but I am now so glad that we made the investment. LP is so much happier not being in the pushchair and is getting the opportunity to walk a lot more too. I’m glad we didn’t buy a buggy board when LP was younger and think that if she’d had to use one when Little Man was born it would have been incredibly frustrating and hard work – Now, at nearly three LP is ready to use a buggy board and more importantly wants to use it.
The Lascal Buggy Board Maxi has an RRP of £65.