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There is a gap of 2 and a half years between my two children. I had planned it this way so that by the time baby number two came along, my first would be out of nappies and would no longer require a pushchair. Sadly, neither of these things happened! Since my toddler still sometimes took a nap in his pushchair I ended up buying a double for those longer outings and purchasing the buggyboard to use for shorter journeys. I was tempted to get the mini version as it retails for slightly less, but in the end I decided to go with the maxi to give my son more space to stand. He doesn't have the best sense of balance! I think I paid something like £58 for mine, although the price is slightly less at the moment - currently £49.99 on Amazon.
If you are thinking of buying this product, make sure you check out the Lascal website first. It has a list of all the pushchairs and prams that the board will fit onto, and shows photographs so you can see exactly how it will look on each model. This is brilliant when it comes to fitting the board to your pushchair too, as you can see precisely how to do it. It tells you which hole in the arm the pin needs to go into for that particular model, and gives a height from the ground at which the connectors should be attached. Once you have that taken care of, you then slide the arms in or out so that they are the correct width apart for your pushchair chassis, and clip the pin into the connector bolt. Finally, you adjust the angle of the arms until the platform is level. Lascal recommend that any excess strap on the connectors is cut once you have it correctly fitted, but I haven't found that to be necessary. If you intend to use the buggyboard with more than one pushchair you may find you need a longer length of strap. Also, if you want to sell the buggyboard on when you've finished with it, they fetch a higher price with uncut straps than with cut ones.
Being a pramaholic, I have used my buggyboard on a few different models! I first used it on my Britax b-smart, (both in pram mode and with the pushchair seat in parent facing mode), then on my Babystyle Oyster with the seat parent facing, and finally on my Mountain Buggy Swift, which is a forward facing pushchair. I found it to work well in all of these set ups, although pram/parent facing is definitely better than forward facing because it gives your toddler more space. It also means that your children are facing each other and can interact with each other, which is an added bonus. All of these pushchairs are of the type with a single handle, so your toddler stands inside the handle when he's on the buggyboard. This was fine with the Britax and Babystyle, but is a little on the snug side with the Mountain Buggy.
Initially I found walking to be a bit awkward with the buggyboard in place. I think I just didn't trust that my feet would fit under it, when in actual fact there is plenty of room. Once you get used to it you really can walk comfortably. I do find the pushchair difficult to steer with my toddler on the buggyboard, but then he does weigh 2 and a half stone, so I'm not sure why I expected it to be easy! The suspension was a pleasant surprise, it works really well. I was cautious going up and down kerbs at first, but there wasn't any need to be, it springs beautifully without dislodging my son. The only time he has slipped around is if he has let go of the handlebars, so you do need to make sure your child holds on. It also helps if your child stands centrally on the buggyboard, with both feet firmly planted. This took a bit of training with my little boy!
When not in use, the buggyboard can be hooked up out of the way using the strap provided. You do have to find some way to secure it though. If you have a stroller type pushchair you can loop the strap over one of the handlebars, but with single handlebars you have to get a bit more creative! At the moment I wrap the excess strap length around the handlebar and loop the end onto a pram hook, and this seems to be working ok. When the buggyboard is hooked up you will probably find that access to your pushchair basket is blocked, which can be a real pain. Thankfully with my Mountain Buggy there is good basket access from the side, so it doesn't cause a problem. When the board is down it will block access to most pushchair's brakes. Usually you wouldn't need to apply the brake while the buggyboard is in use, but sometimes I'm a bit lazy and wish I didn't have to hook it up all the time when we reach our destination.
If you want to remove the buggyboard, this is very easy to do. You simply unclip the pins from the connector bolts. The board and arms come off while the connectors stay in place. I find it easier to leave it hooked up on the pushchair most of the time as it takes up less space this way. I do tend to remove it if I go out just with my baby, without my toddler, so that I can make use of my pram hook for it's intended purpose!
My little boy loves to go on his buggyboard, maybe a little too much! I find I need to encourage him to walk rather than go on it all of the time. It's a fantastic piece of kit, and particularly useful if you're in a hurry to get somewhere. There are a few things that annoy me about it, but it's much easier than dragging a tired child along behind you.
As with most parents who welcome a subsequent baby to their brood with a gap of anything up to 3 years, you face a dilemma of whether to buy a double stroller or not. A buggyboard can be a good solution if you have a child who rarely uses a pushchair any more, but still gets tired legs when walking.
Lascal make two different buggyboards - the Mini and the Maxi. As far as I'm aware, they are virtually the same but the Maxi is slightly larger, higher off the ground and is compatible with a greater number of pushchairs. There is a useful fitting guide on the Lascal website which tells you which boards fit which pushchairs, and how to attach them. It also gives a rating out of 10 of how well it fits - docking points for obstructions such as handlebars getting in the way of the child's head, or the brake becoming inaccessible.
When my third child was born, I couldn't decide whether to get a double pushchair for my son who was just turned two years old. He was (and still is) fiercely independent and enjoyed walking, and had lots of stamina, so I decided on a buggyboard instead. We didn't do a lot of far distance walking, so was confident we'd cope. It was also a cheaper alternative which was a bonus - though still not cheap for essentially a "skateboard" at about £55 at the time.
The buggyboard is made of very good quality, thick hard plastic, with two adjustable arms for attaching to the pushchair and two swivelling wheels. The wheels, I was surprised to discover, had suspension which meant he wasn't going to fly off it at every bump in the pavement, or going up curbs. It also comes with arm extenders for greater adjustment, connector straps (which tighten round the pushchair frame and are to which the board attaches), and a strap which allows you to hook the buggyboard out of the way when the child wishes to walk. The whole thing is very sturdy and after using it with two children to date, I can say it wears very well. The wheels are solid and don't flex or splay outwards like some boards do.
To attach the buggyboard I highly recommend using the fitting guide on the Lascal website as it has pictures for guidance for most pushchair brands. But essentially, you put the rubber connector straps tightly around the rear uprights of the pushchair frame. Then you adjust the board arms so that they are level with the connectors making sure the board is also level. It's then a case of clipping it on and off quite easily, leaving the connector straps attached to the pushchair.
My son LOVED his new skateboard, and really enjoyed riding on it which made the school run with my first son far easier than I'd anticipated with three young children!
The thing that makes the Buggyboard Maxi (or any similar product) either brilliant, or a pain in the rear, depends almost entirely on the pushchair you use it with - but perhaps parent height, length of arms etc. are also a factor.
If you have enough clearance to take a reasonably comfortable stride then it's a fantastic product. This means a pushchair with an adjustable height handle which can be pulled a good distance from the main body of the pram. If you don't have this sort of clearance - you end up stooping over the child, walking with arms outstretched and mincing terribly! This is a recipe for back problems as it's not at all comfortable to push. However, you need to decide if the uncomfortable walk for parent is preferable to a child refusing to walk...
I have used a buggyboard on an Obaby Atlas, Mamas and Papas Pliko pramette and an Obaby Zezu - and the only combination that was reasonably comfortable was with the Obaby Zezu.
In conclusion, I'd say that the Buggyboard is a good buy IF you have a pushchair that works well with it. For that reason I give it 3 stars, as cannot rate it either poorly or highly.
I originally had a double buggy as the age between my two children is two years. That got replaced as after awhile I needed something alot smaller plus my older child wanted and needed to walk more often.Sfter realising how tired my older child was after walking two and from nursery, I realised I had to buy one. The pros to this product are this:
Its a fantastic idea. For those who were thinking about buying a double buggy or someone wanting to get rid of a double buggy this is great. My son really enjoys being on the board and reasonably comfortable.It makes my journey times alot quicker because I dont have to worry about my oldest child walking.
This product also fits the majority of prams out there, but I would still check on their website if yours does just to be on the safe side.
Its easy to clean, but to be fair I dont clean mine that often because it will get dirty obviously.
Its easy to clip off and on when not in use, and doesnt take up too much room if storing somewhere else in the house.
The cons for me were:
I agree with the other reviews.It wasnt difficult to fit, but very fiddly and annoying at times.Took alot longer than what I thought.
The actually bit that is attached to the pram, I had to keep adjusting it as there is these two little squares that you fit between the pram and the attachment, thats supposed to stop them from moving which it didnt.
I found that at times the board and pram togetherv were easy to move around, and then otheres it wasnt, so took getting used to and at times had to adjust the board.
For me I found it uncomfortable, on one of my prams, actually pushing this because I kept clipping my feet on it so needed to either stretch myself more away from it, or simple push the pram while stading at the side of it rather than straight in front of.
The thing that really annoyed me was the fact that it was shown that you could store it on your pram when not in use, which I thought was perfect when my son wanst on it.What I found was a strap that you attached to the board and then to the pram as there was one end with a loop on it. Doesnt work obviously if your pram has only one handle bar, rather than two! Which mine did. So I had to keep takingit off, leaving at nursery or simply talke it off and walk with it.Not ideal.
I bought mine for £40.00, think it could be alittle cheaper considering what it is.
What I would say about item is despite its fault, it has saved me time and sanity which is invaluable so I would buy again, but not at the price I ordiginally paid. It makes my son alot less tired and my journey times quicker so money cant buy that.I do think though you have to get in your mind it might take awhile to get used to for whoevers pushing it and at times awkward, and my need adjusting if and when.And dont forget to check if your pram can have it fitted.
I had my 2 children 16 months apart and for the first 4 months I struggled without a double buggy and my little girl walked everywhere bless her. But after the first months I felt I needed an alternative for when we needed to get somewhere quickly or if we were going to be doing a lot of walking.
The buggy board was a little bit fiddly to fit, but once it was fitted it was really easy to use and it flowed really easily with the movement of the pushchair.
I didn't really have any issues with buggy board as such, but I think my daughter saw it as a novelty and therefore didn't like going on it after the initial few times. I had to bribe her to stay on it!!
I would say this is product is only suitable for children over the age of 18-20 months as any younger than that I am not sure I would be confident about them staying on whilst the pushchair was in motion.
I would definitely recommend this product to a friend. I think it is a fantastic way to transport two children around for short journeys, but would probably not recommend it for long journeys or children under 18 months old.
I bought this product as my children were born only 23 months apart. I really loved my big pram for babies and didn't want to get nor could afford a double buggy. I figured a buggy board would be a good alternative.
When it came my husband fitted it onto our big pram. This was a little fiddly but not too complicated. There are fitting instructions for each type of pram on the Lascal website which made it easier as we could see where we needed to attach it to the pram frame.
Once you have fastened the clips onto the pram frame, you then sort of slot the board on. This is very simple to do and easy to take on and off as the clips stay attached to the frame if the board is removed, say for folding the pram or putting in the car etc.
The child stands onto the board and will have to hold onto the pram or buggy handles. Depending on the design of your pram they will either fit in the space between handle and pram if a full across handle, or, if an umbrella fold will simply stand between the handles.
It is a little hard to push at first and you have to adjust how you walk a little or you'll bang your feet on the board, but with a little practise it does get easier.
It does bump quite a bit when going down kerbs so you do have to warn your child to brace themselves, but to be honest we made it into a game!
If and when your child wants to walk it comes with a strap with a hook so you can put it up out of the way.
I would say your child needs to be older than 18 months to use this as any younger they won't understand not to jump off when the pram is moving or how to hold on.
Overall I've found this a great, useful product.
My two children were born 21 months apart. Having already bought 3 different types of pushchair for the first, I knew I didn't want to add a double buggy to the collection but having recently given up my car, I needed some way of transporting both children around. We decided on the Lascal Buggy Board Maxi. We were lucky in that we managed to pick one up second hand from local mum's for sale board, but knowing how great it is, I would gladly have paid the full price!
My husband was in charge of fitting it - reading the instructions he thought it would take some time and be a bit fiddly, but in actuality found it easy. The board is really easy to click on and off the pushchair and comes with a strap that can be attached to the handle so that if and when your older child decides to walk, the board can be hooked out of the way. This makes it easy for my older child to hop on and off, depending on her mood.
It is fairly heavy to push both at once, but lighter than a double pushchair as it doesn't have all the weight of an extra seat. The buggy board is easy to manoeuvre, although it seems to make a big bump when I have to go down kerbs so I now make short detours to get to the dropped kerbs. As my oldest is still only just over 2, her head when on the buggy board is in line with the pram's handle if I have it at the best height for me, so I have to lower the handle slightly so that she can see easily and doesn't bump her face, which means my comfort is slightly compromised but it's not a huge problem for us as our longest journeys are only up to 30 minutes.
The buggy board does rely on your child holding on to the pram/pushchair handle - we've not had any problems with this, but some children may find this a bit of a jump from the comfort of their own pushchair. We also have to often remind our daughter not to step on or off the board until we are there to hold the pram still, and to tell us when she wants to hop off when we are walking.
Despite the small niggles, I wouldn't be able to leave the house without my Buggy Board!
Having my two children reasonably close together i found myself facing the dilemma .. to buy a double buggy, Or buy a buggy board?
I chose to buy the buggy board after hearing good reviews and deciding that it would be more useful to me than a double buggy.
The good points
- The concept of the Buggy Board sounds brilliant, one child in the pushchair whilst the eldest get's a well deserved rest on the board when needed!
- It has a rather stylish look and the colours work for boys and girls.
-easy to clip on and off.
The bad points
- The board sticks out quite far and i often found myself tripping on/ kicking the board as i pushed the pushchair. It wasn't very comfortable to push (because it stuck out too far) and ended up with a bad backache if i had been on a long walk with the kids (i am 5ft4, so not that short)
- It was extremely hard to push up high kerbs.
- Although the board can fold up when not in use, it still stuck out quite far and you are constantly banging your knee's on the wheels.
My overall opinion is that the buggyboard can be handy for short trips. However i think it is very overpriced. We didn't get much use out of our one.
After much discussion and thought, my husband and I decided to buy a Lascal Buggy Board. Our reasoning was this: I was due to have our second child and our then 3 year old had just started at a nursery ½ a mile away. I do not drive, and so would be making this journey by bus or on foot, and it was January, so I needed to do these journeys quickly. The board cost around £50, which seemed incredibly expensive for a piece of plastic! The instructions were reasonably easy to follow and we managed to fix the board to both our pram and pushchair as the attachments can be altered and swapped around to suit. However, Lascal, make it clear that the board will not fit all makes and models of pram and pushchair.
The board is slightly too large, and leaves the parent having to lean forward in order to push the pram/pushchair. However, some parents I know appreciate the large size as the child can sit down. It is also very easy to catch the board with your feet while walking, although you do get used to it and adjust your step accordingly.
The design is good, featuring a non-slip surface and a stylish red and black colour scheme that generally goes with any colour buggy. It has suspension on each wheel, making sure that it is a comfortable ride for the child.
However, despite all the good features, I have one major reservation regarding the buggy board. As the unit is made mainly of plastic, the parts do wear quite easily, which I feel compromises its safety. On a friends model, the plastic screws have worn away and the board no longer sits horizontally. I would not want this giving way on me whilst trying to cross a busy road with my children!
I have been using my lascal buggy board for nearly 4 months now and its one of the best things I have ever bought. My first daughter was nearly 3 when I started using it as I had my second daughter. At 3 they are getting too big to be in a pram but yet there legs get tired when you have to walk quite far so this seemed like the perfect idea. I attached the buggy board the my icandy apple and it fitted to perfection. My daughter loved it she thought it was so fun. It was easy to get up and down steps, on and off buses and generally easy to manoever. Another thing I like about is is that its quite easy to take of the pram when its not being used. It is quite fiddly to get the attachments of the buggy board off and on and can take a while tho. What I have found with buggy boards is it all depend on what type of buggy its being fastened onto. Buggies with adjustable handle height are the ones its likely to fit the best because it is quite easy to trip over. I would reccommend this for prams not really buggies.
I bought this buggyboard as i had a double buggy and my daughter was getting to old to be in it so i went back to my mamas and papas ultima combination pram and used the buggyboard. i couldnt have been without it really,it has been great! we found it easy to adjust width and height of the connecting arms and easy to connect to the pram.the only issue i had was that the connectors didnt stay tight to the pram and kept slipping loose. i called lascal and they sent a new set of connectors free! and they included two little stickers that were like sand paper to help aid grip. so this tells me that this may be a known issue.anyway,we managed to fix them and double back the loop so it was tighter and didnt slip.
my daughter loved the board and hopped on and off easily.i had read a few people saying that you walk 'like a penguin' when pushing as you have to lean forward to reach the pram but with my mamas and papas i dint have this problem as its quite a big pram and long handle length.i also used the board briefly with my silvercross pop and again ii found as long as you adjust the connectors then you can keep the board quite cloes to the buggy. i only occasionally bumped my legs off the board and found this only happend when used with the pop,but to be honest it didnt happen alot so wasnt an issue.i was sceptical about buying this when i first had my second child as i thought my daughter was too young as she was 26 months. i still thnk she would have been too young as i walk everywhere so standing up for long periods at 2yrs is a bit much.i bought this when she was coming up for 3yrs and this was perfect.
one thing not to do though is reverse!! the wheels dont cope very well and get stuck so i just stopped doing that!
all in all i couldnt have been without it and would recommend it,altho i do think its overpriced!
I bought the black Lascal MAXI Buggyboard to fit to our McLaren stroller and initially I found the instructions a little bit confusing. It took me and my husband a little while to work out that once you'd looped the connectors around the legs of your stroller or pushchair, you then need to turn the plastic block clockwise several times to tighten it to the legs. It's a bit of a fiddle, but once the loops are on you shouldn't need to take them off again (unless you use more than one pushchair, in which case, you can buy an extra set of connectors). After that, clipping onto and unclipping the board from the connectors is really easy. You then need to adjust the red wheel on the board so that it's level. Once done, my son thought it was great! It's really useful to know that the website: http://www.buggyboard.info/ does tell you which pushchairs are compatible with the board, so you'll know before spending any money. It is really handy having it when you've got a stroppy 3 year old that doesn't want to walk any more, and when not needed for a short period of time, you can fold it up against the stroller and attach the extra loop that comes with it to the handle of your stroller, so that you don't trip over it.