We have owned this for a few months. It attaches to most single buggies and a few double buggies. The installation is a lit bit tricky but you only have to do it once. You need to attach two clips to the back of the buggy. The board can then be easily clippled in and out from the back of the buggy. When the board is installed we find it a lot harder to manouver the buggy as you have to stretch your arms out to reach the handle. It does not help if you have big feet either as you will keep kicking the board. The childs position while standing is not ideal as he needs to pop his head through the handle as our handle is one closed u shape. I would not go on long journeys with this board as it is not comfortable for me or the child. It is also a bit overpriced in my opinion
When I fell pregnant with my second child I was a little worried if my eldest was ready to walk everywhere, for all she was going to be just over three when my second child would arrive I was that used to hearing "my legs hurt" so I was dubious of whether she would actually manage not having a buggy she could just climb in when she wanted.
I didn't want to buy a double buggy as I knew that it wouldn't be long before my daughter could manage walking all the time and so we looked into a buggy board. I didn't know of anyone who used or had used a buggy board and ended up selecting this one for the simple reason that it is claimed to fit 99% of buggies which was reasuring. The buggy board costs us around £50 and we bought it from Amazon although i did look at it on Kiddicare too, I did feel the price was a little steep really as I knew we wouldn't use it for long but knew that we needed one.
The board itself is black in colour with red accents and feels very sturdy so i wasn't worried about my daughter using it, it had two wheels that allow it to move with the buggy and it is made to fit both square and circular tubed buggies with a circumference of up to 20cm and the width can be altered too so fits a great range. The board was packaged in a black box and inside i found a set of instructions which were really easy to follow which was great as i am not honestly the best at this sort of thing. The connectors for the board stay attached to the actual buggy and the board is very easy to clip on and off, I must admit I was amazed at how easily you could manouver with the board attached as I had imagined almost tipping her off whilst going around corners.
Our daughter used this for about 3 weeks in total and decided that she didn't like being on it and she wanted to walk, I kept the board attached for an extra couple of weeks so she knew that she would have to go on it if she started moaning and amazingly it had the desired effect and she didn't end up using it. I personally think I am too tall to use a buggy board comfortably as I kept kicking it as I was walking which I found annoying but i think a smaller person would be fine with it. This was a lot of money for us to have spent to find she didn't like it but it meant she became a great walker a lot quicker than she would of and i did manage to resell so all was not lost.
Hi i bought the cheeky rascals buggy board for my daughter who is 3 years old. It attaches to my 10 month old sons buggy. The idea is that my daughter can stand and ride along with me pushing the buggy. I thought it would make my life a little less stressful when going into the town shopping.
Price- I bought mine from ebay for £27.00 which is quite cheap. I know that www.kiddiecare.com sells them for £45.00 free postage and www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk sells them for £60.00. Its well worth a bit of time and effort shopping about for a good price.
When the buggy board arrived i was desperate to set it up. I looked at the instruction manual and was left baffled. It had different ways to set up with different brands of buggys. Anyway i got there in the end after 2 hours of trying. It hooks up to the rear end of the buggy. The buggy board has two wheels and built in suspension to make it a smooth ride for children. When its not in use it can be folded up with the wheels of the ground. The buggy board id made of strong plastic with grip material, excellent for children who have been jumping in puddles!
The buggy board is made for children aged between 2-5 years old. It comes in black, blue, pink and yellow.
I found the buggy board excellent, it did indeed make my life stress free. I knew where my daughter was at all times in busy shops. She would simply be stood right on front of me while i pushed the buggy and as i was standing directly behind her there was no chance of her falling off. The buggy was easy to steer with the extra weight because the buggy board took the extra weight on its own wheels. She didnt need to get off while we went down or up kirbs. She loved it and i found it helped her to bond with her brother as she would say hes ok mum looking down at him every time he made a sound.
Great product can be expensive in some shops.
Now that my youngest daughter has outgrown the pram, and my oldest daughter is still not quite old enough or big enough to walk everywhere with me (previously sat on her pram seat on top of pram, see earlier review), I needed some sort of transport solution so I could get about quickly with both kids in tow. This is where the Lascal Buggyboard came in.
I looked around quite a bit on the internet and couldn't find many reviews on the different buggy boards available, so I was really unsure about which one to get. But luckily my older brother has one of these (with kids of a similar age) so I tested his out first before buying and it seemed to work fine for me and the kids. I was a bit hesitant at buying one before I had tried one out because every time I mentioned it to my in laws all they ever said to me was that I would get a bad back and end up walking with my backside sticking out, so it wasn't really up for discussion with them!
Anyway, I found my brothers to work fine so I took the plunge and ordered one from Amazon. The one I ordered was the Lascal Buggyboard Basic for £39.99 including delivery. You can get the Maxi version which is more expensive (£50+ I think), and this fits a wider range of buggies, but the functions are the same.
The Basic fits the smaller, umbrella folding type of buggy but still has a wide range of sizes that it will fit. The upright tubing on your buggy can be square, round or oval - it will attach to all three. And it will fit to a buggy with widths between 25cm to 51cm - so it has a really good range and I don't think there are many small buggies that it won't fit to.
When the item arrived, I attempted to fix it to my buggy straight away because we are going away soon and I wanted my daughter to get used to it before we go so we have no hassles while in a strange place. Inside the box I found the board with fixing arms attached, two wheels, and a range of connectors & clamps. There is also a very comprehensive instruction booklet (which comes in a range of different languages!).
It is really quite simple to attach to your buggy, as long as you follow the instructions carefully. First of all you snap the wheels into position, these just lock into two holes underneath the board. These have to go on first because then when you are trying to fix the connectors to your buggy, you know how high to have them.
Figuring out which clamps to use is a bit more taxing...especially for a woman, it involves getting out a tape measure! You have to measure the width of the tubing on the back of your pushchair and then you can select the correct connector & clamp combo. Mine needed the smallest (there are two types and there are also two inserts to go with them, so basically you have 4 options to choose from). The clamp fits around the tubing and the connectors slot inside these clamps and then they are screwed tight using the screws and allen keys provided. I managed to do this wrong first time round, but hubby was on hand to sort me out.
Once you have these attached to the back of your pram, you can now figure out how to attach the buggy board to the connectors. The long arms on the board are moveable (up and down, and they go wider or narrower) so you can basically set the positioning of the board to however you like. There are also 3 holes on each arm so again; this allows you to control the positioning and distance you want the board away from your buggy.
You connect the arms to the connectors using a red screw type thing, and this can be put through the hole on each arm from the inside or the outside, it all depends on the width of your buggy, so if you have a wider buggy you would poke the screws from the inside out, allowing a wider fit, and the screw then slots into a clasp on the connector. I'm not really sure if that makes a lot of sense, but the pictures in the instruction booklet make it look very clear, and I am quite amazed at how the designers of this buggy board have thought of everything with regards to the fitting of this piece of equipment!
So now I had the board attached, it is really quite solid, as long as you have the connectors on tightly I don't think there is any fear of this working its way loose. What did surprise me was that once attached, the board is not in a fixed position; you can lift it right up. My husband explained to me that this was to allow for when you are going over bumps and kerbs and stuff, suspension is the word for it I suppose! I will just point out here as well that you also get a strap which you can attach to the board which then allows you to fold it up and tie to the back of the buggy. This is for when your toddler decides they want to walk for a bit, it just keeps it from under your feet for a while.
I'll also point out here that the connectors are quick release so if you are going out without your toddler you can just take the board off and leave the connectors attached to your buggy.
On our first test run I found I was trying to dodge the board all the time and I did end up walking slightly bent, but when I got used to it being there I realised that my feet would actually fit under it while I was walking so I didn't need to be pushing my backside out at all, I just needed to be aware of where my feet were going because sometimes I would kick the wheels.
So it does alter the way you walk very slightly, but I have the board tucked as close to the pushchair as I can so it's not really in my way. I've seen some people with it poking right out, so of course they'll be walking funny!
When my daughter decides to ride on it, it completely alters the dynamics of the buggy and you have to be aware of the weight at the back, I have to hold onto it all the time when she is on board so that the buggy does not tip backwards. But it copes really well with the usual bumps and lumps of most pavements and you still have good control of the buggy. The swivel wheels help a lot because they just move around as they please when you're going round corners, avoiding dog muck, stray dogs, moving out of the way of pavement cyclists...all the usual things you have to be aware of when pushing a buggy!
I make her get off for kerbs because it's quite difficult and is just easier for her to hold my hand rather than trying to battle with getting the buggy and board up a kerb on a busy road. Going backwards is not really an option, and manoeuvring around a shop with her on board is problematic so she usually hops off when indoors and I hook it up to keep it out of my way.
The surface of the board is non slip with ridges along it, so when it's raining and your child is wriggling about, they hopefully won't slip off. Well my daughter hasn't so far...
Hopefully when my daughter gets a bit bigger she won't have to stare at the hood of the buggy while she is on board, she might actually be able to see where we are going! That is the only downside of this - my daughter is so small that she can't see over the top of the buggy! I also wish the handles of my buggy were adjustable because if I could adjust the handle height to be a bit higher, it would make walking with it just that bit more comfortable.
But to conclude, I'm really quite pleased that I decided to buy this one because although £40 is quite a lot of money I think we are going to be using it for at least another year or more and I know it will last the distance. It's made from really durable plastic and is really sturdy. The wheels are going to take some battering though so I'm hoping they will last the distance as well, but I'm sure they will.
I can recommend this board to anyone with a baby and a toddler and who doesn't want to buy a double buggy! It really is a genius solution.
Had a slight accident with buggy board and toddler today so thought I would add it on the end here...to warn all potential users!
We were waiting in a queue to pay for our shopping, daughter was perched on buggy board (as per usual now...she never wants to get off!) and I had to pull the buggy backwards but I did it a little too suddenly and without warning my daughter, so off she fell and banged her little head on the tile floor.
She wasn't happy, neither was I, and even the woman from behind the counter came rushing out (she was a trained first aider) to assist. Luckily my daughter escaped with a bump to the head and nothing else.
Anyway, if you buy one of these, always remember to remind your child to hold on and don't make any sudden movements!
The Cheeky Rascals buggy board was an absolute god send on out recent holiday to Disneyland Paris.
When we started planning our trip we thought we would take 2 single pushchairs and our pushchair connectors. Our 4 year old gets very out of breath and cant walk far with her asthma so needs her pushchair at times but we didnt want our 5 year old being dragged all over the place so we decided to invest in a buggy board.
After much research we bought this one from a baby website at £32.99. When it arrived I was amazed at how quickly I could put it together. It came with connectors for round or square pushchair frames and the only tool you needed was an alloy key which was also provided. I have an OBaby Atlas Stroller which the connectors tightened onto in seconds. Next I just had to tighten the arms and adjust the width with you do with a coin. I was again amazed by the simplicity of the whole thing.
Once you slot the board in place that is it ready to go. It has a little suspension which helps with kerbs and is made of extremely durable plastic which has withstood my husband using like a scooter (boys never seem to grow up). Another handy feature is the strap they supply so that you can hook the board up when your little one isnt using it so that it doesnt catch your shins. When you want to take it off, you just press the button and it is off, you can also fold the pushchair down with the connectors still in place so that it is easy to put it back on in seconds.
Disneyland was so easy with it as it let my son rest a little and stopped people bumping into him when it was really busy. I would highly recommend one of these to anyone.
The buggy board, in my opinion, is one of those products which after purchase you will either love or hate with a passion.
It is well worth taking the time to research the buggy board fully before buying one, and preferably trying one out as at £59.99 for the maxi version (pictured here) or £35 for the smaller budget version, the board is either a good substitute for a double buggy or a complete waste of money if you decide you hate it.
If, as I did, you love it then it is worth every penny.
I acquired my buggy board by doing a swap for another item with a friend who had used it a total of twice - it was not for her. She said she found it awful to push and her toddler wouldn't stand on it. I therefore inherited a buggy board in as new condition with all the instructions and fittings.
I have a 2 year and 8 month gap between my children and walk a fair bit and, at the time I wanted to avoid a double buggy and was finding using a single buggy and a sling was not working out.
The buggy board seemed to provide a solution in fitting my single buggy and providing a platform for my toddler to stand on between myself and the buggy. From first use I thought it was fantastic and I went on to use it every day on the preschool run until my eldest started school when I decided she could walk!
Finding the right board and fitting:
The buggy board fits most buggies and double buggies. There is an excellent link on the manufacturer's website here; http://www.buggyboard.info/index.php which allows you to input your make of buggy and then shows you how the board fits via the arms and connectors to the buggy. This is really comprehensive and actually quite essential as although the booklet is good it still is not intuitive to fit. The handles of your buggy must be at 25 to 51 cm apart, according to Cheeky Rascals.
I would suggest you don't cut the attaching straps as in the instructions as if you wish to transfer to another buggy or resell your board (resale value on ebay is high) then you will be able to do so more easily. This will not affect the safety of the board.
The buggy board is distributed by Cheeky Rascals in the UK and made by a Swedish company Lascal. The customer service, in my experience, at Cheeky Rascals is excellent - as you would hope for a quality and branded product. There is a little strap that goes from the board and clips around the handle that broke on first use; I phoned Cheeky Rascals and explained and they sent me a new one next day, first class for free, even though I had said that I had no receipt.
On the Cheeky Rascals website you can find a link to spares and accessories, any part of the board that wears out over time can be replaced, you can purchase new wheels or straps, even for the older models which are no longer available.
Using the board:
I fitted my board to a Maclaren Quest. In use I found it easy to push, though on muddy paths the wheels do get a little clogged, but are easy enough to clean. As my toddler was between me and the buggy it felt quite safe and as I used the board with a smaller buggy my toddler could see where she was going and was quite happy to stand on the board as necessary. We were actually quite speedy and I found it suprisingly easy to steer - though do not attempt to go backwards, it is impossible!
You can not really put a bag on the handles of the buggy when using the board, so if you have a buggy with a smaller shopping bag under it then this is a consideration before buying the board. Ideally, as I suggest you should try one out with your toddler on whatever buggy you can before purchase - you will see plenty of them out and about so hopefully someone will let you try.
In use with my particular buggy it did mean that the buggy didn't topple backwards when empty (anyone who has a maclaren quest will know they are prone to do this), but I did need there to be a baby or a heavy picnic in the buggy in order for a toddler to be able to use the board. I adjusted the length of the arms and the tilt of the board, which was fairly simply done, and didn't find I was too stooped over or uncomfortable, and my little passenger was always happy to have a rest before toddling on.
The board does do what it is designed to do very well - transport your toddler when tired. The maximum weight of the child is 20 kg or 44lb.
When not in use:
When you are not using the buggy board it is supposed to attach with the cord to fold up - this I didn't find easy, but I found the board stayed pushed up anyway on the Quest. When folding the buggy you need to remove the board - this is easily done by pushing a red button on the buggy connector and removing the board. The board is fairly compact and comes in a variety of designs.
Wear and Tear:
As I said earlier this a quality product. Build quality is good and I found that my board stood up to the rigours of the preschool run and family days out well. I used it every single day and it wore extremely well - when I passed it on to a friend the wheels were slightly worn but in any case the wheels were £3 each to replace, again from the cheeky rascals website.
As you can probably tell I was very impressed by my Buggy Board. I say this as somewhat of a hardened cynic where high priced baby accessories are concerned. This product, for me, was well worth it and I would happily have paid full price for it. You see a lot of these buggy boards about when you are out and about with a buggy, and there is a reason for that. The buggy board fills a need, and does it well - like I said just try, by hook or by crook, to give one a whirl before you buy your board.
When I fell pregnant with my 4th child I started to panic about how I was going to cope with getting from A-B as my children were 5yr, 2yrs and 1yr, my 2yr old and 1yr old were in the double but I know when the baby came I'd need an alternative for my 2yr old, although she walks very well for her age, my 5 year olds school was a 20 minute walk from our house which meant in total 80 minutes of walking every day and although she could do it, it left her exhausted and my nerves frayed after constant dawdling. When a friend offered me her buggy board I jumped at the chance although serveral people had said their little ones prefered to walk than use the buggy board but I descided it was worth a shot! Well thanks to it's design it was VERY easy to install, 2 clips that live on the buggy all the time for the board to clip on and off of and a strap to lift the buggy off the floor and attach to the pushchair handle if the child descides to walk. The only thing is you then have a child between you and the buggy so you end up effectively pushing the buggy at arms length, you also have to get the child off the board for going up and down curbs that arent properly dropped and it does increase the weight you are pushing but all that is outweighed by the benefits of not having a child that's dawdling or getting tired on long walks. this has been a godsend on the school runs!
My little girl (aged 3) LOVES her buggy. It is HER buggy, and when I was pregnant with number 2 I was a little concerned about how we would manage the transition to it not being her's anymore. I had seen the buggyboard and thought it looked marvellous: lots of fun for the toddler but you can go at mum's pace, not necessarily having to stop to inspect every brick, ant, blade of grass and ladybird on your route. (Unless you want to, that is.) So when I saw it for £22 in Boots (it's normally about £49 I believe) I bought one.
So, our little boy arrived and with great excitement, the buggyboard had its maiden voyage. Emily was very keen on the skateboard idea, and so was I until I had to push it. I'd had a poorly back during the pregnancy and was most dischuffed to find that I had to bend over quite a bit to push the buggy with the buggyboard attached. I'm not a very tall person (about 5' 3"), but even with the handles extended, there is a significant amount of stooping required to reach around the child, which is not good for my, or anyone else's, back. It's also not high enough to allow your feet to step underneath it: I have major scuff marks on my DMs from one trip out! You probably now have an odd mental image of me hunched over the buggy and doing tiny little steps....you're probably right.
My husband attached it to the buggy so I can't make any comment on that, but I gather it was a bit of a challenge. He's adjusted and faffed with it to try and make it more usable, but I'm afraid it sits in the cupboard most of the time, and we just don't do long walks anymore. Emily has generously agreed to share the buggy, and if she gets tired the baby goes in a sling, and she has a ride.
If Lascal could modify it a bit, making it higher so you could stride out, and allowing you to have it closer to the buggy with the seat fully reclined, so you don't have to stretch around your child, this would be a genius product. As it is I'm really disappointed.
My daughter is nearly three and my son is 10 months. I decided to buy a buggy board but couldn't afford the £40. So I bought one second hand. Managed (just) to fit it to my buggy. I don't drive so I thought it would be ideal to pop onto a bus with - WRONG! It is sooo heavy, when I put it in my buggy net bag, I couldn't lift it! Also, it's fine when you're walking and have both hands on the buggy, but if you just reach for something off a shelf, that's it, kid gone!! I find this fantastic for walking to the local shop. When my girl wants to walk, it's handy to have there for when she gets weary. But have you tried making a terrible two year old stand on a board when they've collapsed in a tantrum on the floor?? Much easier to strap them down in a double/ tandem buggy!!
Be careful - Advantages: good for a tired toddler - Disadvantages: invalidates warranty on pram/buggy as it damages the frame!, There have been accidents, I contacted trading standards who confirm this!
With two kids in my hands I feel lucky to be able to use the buggy board. This comes in different colours, but you won't find one in Mothercare or Argos- Why? Well, they say that Buggy Boards are not safe to use- and they can damage your buggy...la-la-la What can I say - I'm using it more than a year now and I have friend with three kids- she started to use it two years ago. Good sides: You can go much faster, than if you would by holding your toddlers hand, and this is a BIG plus:) Convinient - if you don't need to use it today- just disconnect it from the buggy. Vuallya.. Or you can push it up towards the buggy, while you are out and about without your toddler (there is a special lace like thing with a catch which helps) Down sides to it: Heavy. You will have to push much more weight than usually, but it it not so bad as its seams. THE PRICE- £40 at least (bought mine for £38 on sale)- like an average buggy - ah? Not all buggies are sutable for it (ask when you buying yours) Had a few problems connecting it at the first time, ask in the shop for help. Some times weels start to fall out of it- yes, but if you'll buy it from the good shop and not website- they will exchange you yours for free. (1 year period) My mistake- bought mine from wellbeing.com and it arrived with no papers what so ever (and no points as well- by the way), 6 month later I had to buy another one... In the shop aroud the corner- with 1 garantee- silly me... When it comes to finding one - there are some places on the net and much less in the shops. Not sure whether I can say here where to buy one, but if you need to know just ask:)
At the end just want to say that there is no other choice for mamms, so whatever the disadvantages are - nothig we can do, until something new will come up on the market...
Well my sons almost two and a half now and likes to walk everywhere or rather says he's going to then ten minutes down the road and he wants a carry. Now this wasn't to bad when I only had one child but now with a daughter too I had to think of a remedy for the situation. I originally bought a second hand double buggy (I wanted to see if I'd like them before shelling out a wad of dosh on a new one) when I was pregnant with my daughter but after two weeks I found it weighed ton and was very cumbersome getting on and off public transport so I decided I wanted buy a buggy board. I remembered reading about this wonderful invention in a review but I'd not seen anybody with one attached to their buggy. I asked about and my cousin said she'd seen a few people with them and they looked okay, she also said that the children on them looked happy enough and not at all uncomfortable so off I went to surf the net to see if I could find a reasonably priced one! I should probably add that a Buggy Board is a sort of two-wheeled skateboard, which attaches to the rear of your buggy and your child stands on this rather than having to walk! Mission impossible :~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~: Well my mission (and I chose to accept it) was to find one for next to nothing or around the £30.00 mark but I could only find two places, which sold these little beauties. www.tesco.com and www.cheekyrascals.co.uk. These are made by a company called Lascal and you can visit their website at www.lascal.ce but you can't buy from here strangely enough. They do tell you where you can buy them though and I was directed to a to www.cheekyrascals.co.uk but I decided to go for the tesco site as I shop here a lot and I know what the returns are like etc. Lascal do a kiddy board to, which is more or less the same thing but with a different fitting on. You need to buy the right one, so check them out and see which y
ou need to buy for the design of your buggy! Now I'd have thought they would have been more widely available considering how absolutely brilliant I think they are but no this is not the case. I did ask in Mothercare as I was buying a buggy (to go with my buggy board) only to be told quite frankly that they do not indorse this product and will not guarantee any buggy, which has been in use with one! I then asked why this was and was told that Mothercare does not feel they are safe and also they have had several buggy returned, which may have been damaged by the use of a buggy board. This I might add was food for thought and I did rethink the whole double buggy versus the buggy board thing again but in the end I bought a very nice buggy for £109.00 and also my buggy board from tesco.com for £39.99 plus £2.95 postage and packaging. So for a £151.94 I was all set to go go go. I should mention that I looked through the leaflet and guarantee that came with my buggy and no mention of buggy boards was mentioned! Packaging and Appearance :~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~: The packaging is basic. A black box with Kiddy's in motion - Safety on board written across the top and several pictures of which type of buggy its suitable for on the back. Nothing fancy, I was more interested on what was on the inside! The board itself is black with the buggy board logo written in yellow and red across the centre. Nice and basic. Get Going :~:~:~:~:~:~: The instructions for the board where very easy to follow (even for me) and everything I needed was included in the box with the exception of a Philips screwdriver. It took me 20 minutes in total to fit the clips, which the board attaches to. Once these are in place and you've attached the wheels correctly you slot the metal rods (which are attached to the buggy board) into the holes in the clips and your
all set. The board can be removed easily from the clips when you don't need it or if you don't have a lot of room to store your buggy and have to fold it like I do. You can also clip the board up behind the buggy with strap proved, which is very convenient when getting on and off buses etc. The Road Trip :~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~: Well safety is always at the top of my list and I wanted to be sure my son was safe on this so I only went on small trips at first. The Buggy Board is approved by the British Standards Institute so, I felt a lot better for knowing this information. I'd obviously never leave my children unattended but there is a warning in the instruction leaflet to say this anyway! The age range for the buggy board is 2 years to 5 years old and shouldn't be used for older or younger children! Anyway on with the trip> I found tackling kerbs and hills are a breeze. I also found it so much easier than pushing a double buggy and much lighter too. The wheels have suspension, which is great for a comfortable ride when you are going over bumpy paths and the board has a non-slip surface, which is excellent on rainy days. I've only found a few down sides with this: Going down large kerbs can make your child bounce off the buggy board but this is not very likely to happen if you are very careful. It has happened to me once but I am soooo much more careful now. My son was not injured or hurt in any way but he could have been so please be careful if you do decide to buy one of these. I am quite tall and find if I'm in a hurry and try and walk quickly my feet sometimes hit the board. This happens more when going down hill and I find I have to take little strides or ask my son to walk until we reach the bottom. When it rains my son gets wet. I have bought him a thin waterproof coat that I can leave in the bottom of the buggy but I find this a down
side as it means I get even more soaked having to stop and put it on him. My son on the other hand would be quite happy to get sopping wet and finds it fun to be out in the rain as apposed to being stuck in a buggy with the rain cover on (he always hated that). I find it hard to put the break on my buggy with this attached but then you do get used to it, it's just a bit more of a palaver! The Bottom Line :~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~: I love my buggy board! Yes, it's the best purchase I've since the birth of my daughter. It makes getting out and about so much easier. I've been using it for nearly 3 months now and its still going strong (like I would expect for £40). My son can get on and off it whenever he pleases, all he has to do is ask and it's small and easy to put away when I don't need to use it. My son gives it the thumbs up to and all his little chums have had a go, lol. I get to my destinations a lot quicker using this too, I walk a lot and using a buggy board is so much quicker than straining to push a double buggy up hill or heaving it up and down kerbs! In short I highly recommend them :O)
"Come on, hurry up, get a move on we haven’t got all day!" No response. No increase in speed. It continues…"No I can’t carry you, you’re too heavy, and no you can’t get in the pram you will squash your brother!" Tantrum time as Jamie throws himself to the floor (which always seems to be wet or dirty) complaining of a bendy leg and refuses to budge. What a palaver! I thought walks were supposed to be fun and good for you. Well, mine were certainly not fun as I was continually telling my three year old off. And I can’t see how they were ever really any good for me as I was never able to go far enough for it to be of any good physically and I am sure my blood pressure must have shot up with the constant fights. So … what was the solution? I didn’t want to get a double buggy, as hopefully Jamie would soon learn that his bendy leg was actually ok to walk on! I had seen these cool looking contraptions stuck on the back of pushchairs for a child to stand on. A possible answer? I decided to go and look for one. The most obvious place for me to go and look was at Mothercare World as they stock a wide range of prams, pushchairs and buggys and accessories to go with them. I looked around and couldn’t see one so asked a member of staff if they stocked them. I was told that they didn’t stock them as they didn’t consider them safe …… hmmmm … time to look into them further. I knew I had seen them on sale in a small shop specialising in childrens outdoor clothing and accessories so I went to Guildford to have a look. There in the window was a buggy board. I asked the shop assistant if I could have a look at one and he told me I was the third person that day to enquire about them. Popular things! I had a quick look and asked several questions about how it fits, what it fits on and how much it costs. Just my luck the shop assistant was a stan
d in and hardly knew a thing. I had a look at who made the board, and left the shop. Before I was going to splash out a massive £40 I wanted to know one or two things about it. The findings - WHAT IS THE BUGGY BOARD? The Buggy Board first appeared in the shops in 1999. It is a strong plastic board with wheels that attach to the rear of a buggy or pushchair on the upright bars. They come in several different colours, although I could only find the plain black one. The boards are aimed at children from two – five years old. WHO MAKES THEM? Buggy Boards are made by a Swedish company called Lascal. They also make Kiddy Boards (a similar idea to the buggy board) and Kiddy Guards. This company use recycled materials whenever possible. FEATURES + The board has suspension for a smooth ride. This works pretty well. + The board is held in a fixed position so the child doesn’t get swung around and hit his head on the bars of the buggy. + The board has a non-slip surface. (Important feature in this land of many puddles!!) + When fitted the board should rest high enough so that whoever is pushing the buggy can walk normally with feet fitting underneath the board. (I actually find it quite awkward and a definite no-go for thick-soled shoes!) + The board, once attachments are fitted is easy to get on and off. + A strap comes with the board to hold it in an upright position when not being used. (Much easier just to take it off if you ask me though!) + There are different ways of fixing the Buggy Board to the chassis depending on the type and style of the buggy. This means that they do fit most styles and makes, but always check that it is compatible first. SAFETY This one is obviously an important one, especially as a well-known children’s shop wouldn’t stock them! The boards are tested by the British
Standards Institute and are approved. That was good enough for me. You are told obviously never to leave a child alone on the board and always use the brake when stopped. IS IT EASY TO FIT? To fit the Board you will need a Philips screwdriver, a pair of scissors (to cut a piece of rubber stripping to the correct size) and an alum key, which is included. The instructions are pretty easy to follow so you don’t need a degree in DIY to fit it! I actually found it quite hard to fit on to my pram, but once I had turned one of the clips around it was a doddle!! PERFORMANCE The buggy board was fitted, it was time to go out for a walk and try it out. Jamie was excited about going on his new “skateboard” and couldn’t wait to get on. Although the buggy obviously did get a bit heavier once he was on, this didn’t really make it that awkward or difficult to push. It does offer a fairly smooth ride. The weight is distributed and carried well. The board makes a fair bit of noise, especially on uneven surfaces. DISADVANTAGES + The price!! £40 seems a bit steep to me, especially as it is the same price as some of the buggies! + I find it hard to walk with. This is probably due to the style pushchair I have though, as it needs to be quite far back. I don’t find it high enough for my feet to fit under easily as it claims to do. + The brake is quite hard to reach with the board in place. + Now I have to walk everywhere, even in the rain!!! In conclusion I have found the Buggy Board to be an essential piece of equipment. It was well worth looking into and finally purchasing. Although they don't seem to be widely available, especially with larger companies they are easy to get hold of from smaller, specialist stores. The main distributor in the UK is Cheeky Rascals Ltd. Oh yes … and it can be great f
un to skate along on when you don’t have your child with you! Just watch your speed as you go down a hill!! Strangely enough this last bit isn’t recommended by Lascal!! :o)
When my 4 year old grew out of the double buggy he shared with his brother I thought now what do I do? you may think well at 4 he should be walking everywhere anyway, but he cannot walk properly, poor chap looks like a thunderbird puppet as he half runs along, so you can probably imagine he gets worn out very quickly, so after getting a single puschair for my younger son, I invested in a Buggy Board. The buggy board is a pretty simple idea, basically its a platform on wheels, that attaches to the back of my pushchair. Back in April, I took myself down to Baby Bits in Bishop's Stortford, and had a look at one of the boards, they had two different types, the buggy board and the kiddy board, the only difference between them, apart from the shape is that they are made for different types of chassis. The shop assistant was very helpful, allowing me to try out the board on display, before I made any commitment, because at £45 they are not particually cheap to buy The board has an attachment that fixes on the bar at the back of the pushchair, This is a block, that does up with an allum key (which is supplied) you have to much sure this is done up tightly so that it doesn't move, the board then fits into the hole at the front, this is a bit like a large keyhole shape, you push the board in and then down, and to release the board again, push down on the red button at the top. The borad also comes with a cord, that attaches through a small hole in the middle of the board, this is so it can be pulled up and tied to the back of the pushchair when not in use, but to be honest this doesn't particually work very well at all, It is just as quick and easy to take the board of and put it in your basket under the pushchair. Well after deciding I would invest in a board the next job I had was to choose a design, they do a plain black, or a Ladybird, frog, or blue bunny, I gave this choice to my son, who opted for the Green
Frog. I then gave the sales assistant my £45 and with my board in a large carrier bag, headed for home eagily awaiting the moment I could fix my board on properly. It took me around 15 minutes to fix the board on ready for use, and it was quite easy to do, then came the moment of truth, trying it out in the street for the first time, well I had never heard so much laughter from my two children, they thought it was hillarious, but seriously, it works brilliantly, it goes up and down kerbs like a dream. I don't know where I would be without the Buggy Board now, If I have to walk long distances with my two sons I always have it on, and sometimes if temptation gets the better of me, you can see me scooting along on it down the cycle paths in Harlow. It's the best money I have ever spent.
A step attachment which fits onto the back of the pushchair, allowing a sturdy platform to safely transport tired toddlers.