“ A pram add-on which you can sit your toddler on. Unfortunately it is very cumbersome to set up and use and is not very comfortable for the child. One to avoid. „
I bought this as a compromise between a double buggy and a single. It appears to be a great idea - not only do you get a board for your child to sit on but also a seat for when their little legs get extra tired.
Having got it out the box, I was happy with the set-up. The instructions were clear and it was easy to see how it should fit together. There were a variety of adaptors to fit onto all different shaped buggies and we quickly found the ones we needed and attached the board to the poles.
However, despite following the instructions the board never seems to fit quite right. It wobbles, shakes and seems quite fragile. It doesn't like curbs, cobbles or bumps and the wheels often get stuck if you try and turn to quickly.
I was disappointed by the quality of the item - it just doesn't seem stable enough for an energetic toddler to get on and off of. I feel like I have to hold it in place for her to climb on to as it seems like it might tip otherwise. Because of this, I would not be confident using it for a larger child of 3+. The tendency to wobble means it's probably not great for younger toddlers either as they might not hang on - I would suggest that 2 to 3 years is the perfect age!
Having said all that, my daughter loves it and it can be convenient for long walks. It is quite easy to put on but doesn't fold up when not in use. It also seems to stick out quite a long way behind the buggy which can lead to severely bruised shins!
In summary, I am hanging on to mine for the odd occasion when it's useful. It is a convenient board and a great idea but the reality just doesn't live up to the concept.
We've purchased one of these after ditching the Cossato Bro and Sis double pushchair (see review!)
My little girl who is now 2 prefers to walk now it so seemed more practical to have a single pushchair and buggy board instead of a double pushchair.
What is it?
Basically it is a buggy board with a difference. It attaches to the back of pushchair, and is designed for an older child to stand or sit on whilst you push your younger child.
Price and Availability
You can find these in most mother and baby shops, I actually bought mine on ebay. Tesco are selling them for £45 but I know if you look around on shopping comparison sites you will find the much cheaper.
The Litaf Seat to Go Buggy Hitch Hiker is simple enough to build. It comes with instructions. It's a case of slotting the tubes into the seat and foot rest. It attaches to the pram with two plastic screw type attachments and you can change the distance how far it comes out from the pram.
Attaches to most prams
Easy to build and attach to pram
Gives child the option to stand or sit
It sticks out quite far, I find myself hitting my shins on the bottom of the footrest when pushing the pram. I actually have bruises everytime I use it.
Also, unlike other buggy boards I have seen, it doesn't fold up or come off quickly if you want to fold up the pushchair and get it into the car or onto a bus.
I've decided because of this to buy one that will fold up when it's still attached to the pram. It's good if you walk from the house everywhere but not if you want to get it into the car/bus, it's just too much hassle to take on and off.
I had at one point 3 children under 4 years old which made getting out and about rather tricky. I have an array of double buggies, baby carriers, harnesses and the like but found that they all had their fair share of problems whilst being out and about - normally that they were too cumbersome or awkward to shift between use in the car or out walking or that they were too big to store, either indors or in the car boot. So when I came across a seat-to-go buggy board it looked like the answer to my prayers. I brought mine from eBay for about 15 quid.
**The Board - (what the manufacturer says!)**
Unlike other buggy boards, the Seat 2 Go Buggy Hitchhiker offers an actual place to park your toddlers' bottom together with a footrest. Easy to use and operate, the Seat 2 Go fixes to most styles of pram, pushchair or buggy. It is sturdy and robust, yet can be easily removed with the simple push of a button. Seat-2-Go can be used as a seat or a footboard and can be fitted to any kind of carriage. It has wheels adapted to those of the pushchair or buggy. The Seat-2-Go is easily fitted to the carriage and can be removed by pushing a single button.
**The Board - (what I says!)**
There are two poles which are screwed onto the chassis of the pushchair - without the need for tools! - and into these poles the board attaches. The inital set up takes about 10 minutes and from then on it litereally takes just seconds for the board to be attached and you're good to go! With the set up being better than anticipated I thought that my problems were over! Welll not quite.
The buggy board has the moneuverablily of a shopping trolley. It doesn't cope well with kerbs, cobbles or going backwards. This is managable if you have an active, 'take whatever comes my way' child - if not then I would think that they would be happier walking.
The seat is a good size for young children from ages 2 to approx 4 I would estimate but to ensure that there is enough room for the child to sit in the board you need arms approximatly 5 feet long. If not the get ready for some seroius backache! I found this to be the biggest problem and the reason why I will only use this board if I REALLY have to. Also the attachments don't fit all buggies, I have had problems with phil & teds pushchairs as the frame was too chunky and it also will not fit a square frame or any that isn't round and of a certain diameter.
The item weighs 6 kg boxed and will easily fit in a car boot for those trips out where little legs may get tired. It is available in many stores nationwide and online with varying prices. Amazon currently stock it for 60.99 although I'm sure you could pick up a secondhand bargain on eBay or the like - this board is sturdy and could easily survive multiple owners.
~~WHY WOULD I WANT ONE OF THESE?~~
My second son (who will be my last without question) was born when my first was already 3-and-a-bit years old and well and truly finished with his pushchair. This meant that we managed to entirely escape the whole concept of the double buggy, and buggy boards were something that I'd only ever heard of in 'Wanted' ads on Freecycle. Or so I thought...
We've decided to blow the budget this year and actually go on a proper holiday, rather than the kind that you collect tokens out of the tabloids for, so we're off to France for a fortnight next month, which will include 3 days at Eurodisney. I've done a little research, and one comment that keeps cropping up is that young children - even those who have been out of a pram for several years - will probably struggle with all the walking they'll be doing at Disney. My eldest is now 4-and-a-half, and therefore fits into that category like a glove. I don't want the experience spoiled for him and us with him moaning about sore feet the whole time, so we had a think. The possible solutions included:
1) Tough, he'll just have to whinge about it, it'll be character building.
2) Take/lug around a second buggy which can double as lunchbag holder
3) Carry younger son (15mths) for a while every so often so No 1 can use his buggy for a rest, or
4) Invest in a buggy board.
You've probably guessed by way of the fact that I'm reviewing this product, that we decided to try option 4.
So, armed with absolutely no clue whatsoever about the rather odd contraptions known as Buggy Boards, I set off for Mothercare. And promptly came home empty-handed. Seventy-nine-friggin-ninety-nine!!! Not on your nelly-sodding-duff. Fleabay, here we come...
Which began my brief relationship with the Litaf 'Seat 2 Go' Buggy Hitchhiker.
For £25 (local collection, so I saved the tenner postage), I took possession of a slightly scratched but perfectly serviceable Seat 2 Go. I was really chuffed with this: the ones I'd seen in Mothercare were just 'buggy boards' that the child could stand on...this didn't seem to make much sense, as their feet and legs would still hurt. But this one was really clever: it had a seat AND a footrest, so could be used either way. Looking on Amazon and Ebay, the 'new' price for these varied between £39 and £65 depending on the individual model, although I couldn't really see much difference apart from the colour, so as far as I was concerned, £25=bargain.
I was disappointed at first in the colour - navy - as it wouldn't match my sleek black Quinny Zapp, but hey, it's only for 3 days use, so what does it matter? There is also something about it that looks a bit like an elderly person's mobility aid. I'm sure I've seem people with blue hair pushing these around with tartan baskets attached. But hey, it's only for 3 days use - I don't give a toss how cack it looks. But there's no denying it...this is one ugly bit of kit. Click on the picture above and tell me honestly that I'm lying...you can't, can you?!
Unfortunately, my £25 didn't stretch to a set of instructions for it, but the lady I bought it from helpfully explained that all I had to do was unscrew a couple of knobs, place the clamp around the side bars on the pushchair and tighten. Then the extendable bar thing attaches to the bottom bar of the pushchair with an elasticated cord and we're ready to go. The board can also be quickly released by pressing on two large red buttons to release the struts from the clamps and unhooking the elastic, so you can easily take it off to fold down the pushchair. I lobbed it in the back of the car with the Quinny, and took it home excitedly to set it all up.
~~PUTTING IT TOGETHER~~
As promised, I found it really simple to unscrew/clamp the bits onto the sides of my buggy. However I came slightly unstuck with the central 'probe'. My 3-wheeler pushchair has quite an unusual design at the back, with the confluence of many pieces of aluminium in exactly the position that this piece should strap on to. Not one to fall at the first hurdle, I decided just to push it to the side slightly and hope for the best. Perhaps if I'd had the instructions, there would have been further information on what you're actually supposed to do in these circumstances, or at least something to say 'don't do this', but ignorance is bliss, and it seemed to be sturdy enough my bodged way.
~~PLONKING THE CHILD ON IT~~
Quite chuffed with myself that I had everything in order, I managed to prize my son away from the TV for 2 minutes, and plonk his back-side on the seat. Except that's where the trouble began: he didn't fit. The seat is so high up that his head was much higher than the back of the pushchair, and he had to lean really far forward - almost bent double - to sit on it. Oh dear. Perhaps this is because he's older/bigger than a 'toddler'? So I grabbed 14-month old baby brother and plonked him on it instead. But he also was too big. Although he could almost sit up straight, the back of the buggy was pushing his head forward as well, and his head was almost level with the bottom of the buggy handles. Admittedly the Quinny Zapp is a rather unconventionally shaped buggy, but it's handles are some of the highest around...that was the reason we bought it in the first place, as my husband is 6'4". So if the board is too high for the Quinny, then I don't know how it would cope on a lower buggy.
~~ROAD TEST: APPROX 12 METRES~~
I was extremely disappointed with the results thus far, but decided that I'd come this far, so it would be daft not to give it a proper go. So both sons were dragged out to the garden and placed in their appropriate positions. Baby was fine in his comfortable buggy as normal, until big brother sat on the Litaf and bumped into baby's back...I suppose it would be a bit like the annoying feeling you get when someone is kicking the back of your seat on a bus. But with both disgruntled children now in the correct (or as near to correct as we were going to get) positions, I cautiously started to push along the garden path.
The first thing I noticed (apart from 4yr old's whinging that he was uncomfortable and was missing Ben 10) was the fact that I had to stand about 2 paces behind my normal pram-pushing position. My buggy has got a fair slope on it anyway, so this should have been minimized compared to more upright buggies, and I'm quite tall which should help as well, but it was a very uncomfortable pushing position. When stepping forward, I had to stop my steps short or my ankles would have kicked against the board's footrest, and my knees against my son's knees. The buggy in the manufacturer's picture above is unnaturally upright - I don't know how anyone shorter than approx 8 feet would manage to push something that shape.
The next thing that became apparent was the fact that my elder son could quite easily fall off the sides! And in fact he almost did when I turned the corner. The seat is flat with a slightly rough surface which provides a little friction, but there is nothing at the side to stop the child from leaning over. I feel that some little plastic armrests would definitely be an improvement here, particularly for the toddler-aged children this is designed for who may not have perfect balance anyway.
About 10 metres into our expedition, we encountered our first obstacle: a 2-inch high step up. Not a chance. The pushchair managed without any effort, but the Seat 2 Go wasn't having any of it. With some effort I did manage to get it over the step, but the resulting bump was just too much for my son who said something I'm sure he didn't learn on cBeebies, and legged it. I can't say I was upset either...I'd had enough of this piece of tat. No wonder Mrs Ebay had such a smile on her face...£25 for this old piece of junk, ha ha ha. Anyone seen the episode of The Simpsons, where Homer gets a free trampoline?
~~REMOVAL OF CONTRAPTION~~
Back inside, with children safely engaged in much safer activities such as twiddling the knobs on the gas fire and seeing if they could fit knitting needles into the electrical sockets, I removed the board. And in it's defence, the removal was as easy as was promised. Just press on the red buttons and the two side connectors slid out (which struck me at this stage as looking very flimsy: they're very similar in size and appearance to aerials you pull out the back of a portable radio). Did the untwisting of the elastic clip thingy, and unscrewed the knobs. Gone, never to return.
The ease of the removal unearthed another design flaw...the red bits you press are on the underneath of the knobbly bits on the side of the seat (the bits that look like bug-eyes on the picture above). A child who was hanging on to the side of the seat for dear life could - not easily, but quite possibly - press on these buttons and inadvertently release them. If this happened at both sides at the same time, as the buggy pushes forwards, the seat would lean backwards and toddler'schild would end up one way or another falling backwards into the buggy or onto the ground.
Had I been out and about somewhere, I wonder where I would now have put the released board? It's a fairly unweildy item. It doesn't fold down, and you're not going to fit it in the under-buggy basket or even a very large rucksack. You would therefore be stuck with it attached to the buggy (and the certain back pain from leaning forwards this would cause) whether the toddler wanted to sit in it or not.
~~HOW COULD THIS BE IMPROVED?~~
Scrap the idea altogether. No, sorry, that's not constructive criticism. I think that they have made both the footrest and the seat far too high off the ground - if the footrest was much lower, and the seat at the approx height the footrest currently is, then children would be able to sit up straight. Better still, turn it around, so that the child is facing forwards and leaning the right way, and mum's feet can walk underneath it lessening the back pain. Also, I think the armrests are vital to stop kiddies falling off the side if you go over a bump. And make it look less like a zimmer frame.
~~WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS TO A FRIEND?~~
I wouldn't even recommend this to a traffic warden.
~~ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT IT?~~
Not a lot. But the play on words in the title 'Seat 2 Go' is almost verging on mildly clever. It's a 'seat' to put your kid on if you need 'to go' somewhere. And it's a 'sea't for when 'two' kids need to 'go'. Genius. If only they'd put as much energy and inspiration into the design...
~~WANT MORE INFO?~~
Are you mad?! But if so, the manufacturer's website (which is very European in appearance and severely lacking in content) is www.litaf.com. They can be contacted at their Israel office on +972-8-8694455. This might be a good idea if you're considering one... I only tried this with a Quinny Zapp so perhaps some of the problems wouldn't be so apparent if you had a different pushchair. I did search for compatibility information, but other than 'universal fit' and 'fits most pushchairs' I couldn't find any sort of list anywhere on t'interweb.
It's currently listed on Ebay, where I have deliberately avoided providing any descriptive information. Perhaps I should have held this review until the auction had ended...
An actual place to park your toddlers bottom, together with a comfy footrest. Fits most styles of pram, pushchair & buggy.