“ Brand: Scallywags / Type: Stroller Attachment „
Whilst I was pregnant with Jamie I debated for quite some time weather to get a double buggy for her and Casey or weather to just get Casey a buggy board. In the end with Casey being 23 months old I decided to buy this buggy board.
There was very little reasoning behind why I went for this particular brand of buggy board rather than any of the others on the market apart from the fact I got it at a very reasonable price of 22 pounds on an ebay auction.
It is a universal fit so can be fitted to any pushchair or pram really easily. To attach the clips to the pram you just turn the red screws by hand until they are tight, this keeps them secured to the pram and you then clip the buggy board to them by pulling back a clip and slotting it in which makes it really easy for me to detach it quickly and easily when I dont need it and reattach it when I do.
Under the buggy board there are another two screws to adjust how wide you have the arms that attach to the buggy board so it can fit the thinnest of pushchairs or the bulkiest of prams like mine.
I was a bit worried it might get in the way of the brakes on my pram but thankfully it is lower than them so fits under the brake bar with ease when Casey is riding on it, the board it self is none slip so she can get a good grip on the board even when its raining and is a decent size for her to stand on.
Casey rides too and from school on this and around the shops with ease and loves doing so which makes life a lot easier for me. The wheels on it are a decent size so allow it to move with my push chair with ease. This was a great buy that I would recomend to all.
As there is a three year age gap between my youngest and middle son, I didn't feel that it was necessary to splash out on a double buggy for the two of them. My middle son is only just three years old though and, although he would be physically capable of walking the twenty minute journey to school each day, it would be both painfully slow as well as being punctuated by tears and requests to be carried! As we need to do that journey, there and back, six times a day, I needed a solution and a buggy board seemed the obvious solution.
A buggy board is simply a sturdy board on wheels that attaches on to the back of a pushchair to accommodate a standing toddler. There are a few different makes and models of buggy boards on the market nowadays and I settled on the Scallywags brand simply because I could pick one up there and then from my local Argos and didn't need to wait to order one online.
The Scallywags buggy board attaches to most popular brands of pushchair. We are using a Maclaren Techno XT for our newborn son and the board fits into position without any problems. The board comes complete with two clamp-like fittings which clip onto each of the back wheels. The board itself then slots on to these fittings and can be attached or detached within seconds. I expected the initial setting up of the board and attaching the two clamps to be quite complicated and longwinded but my husband managed to do it within a minute. I actually thought he was still reading the instructions when he called me in to look at the completed board!
Once the clamps are attached and the board is clipped into position it is reassuringly secure. The board has its own wheels and is strong enough to support the weight of a young child. It does feel quite strange to push the pushchair with the board attached, at least initially, as it affects the way in which the pushchair moves but I soon got used to this and adapted my manoeuvres accordingly.
The board does not actually stick out as much as I expected it to but it is wide enough to comfortably accommodate a toddler's two feet. I do occasionally find myself accidentally kicking the back of the board as it gets in my way but it is certainly preferable to the alternative of a bulky double pushchair or trying to carry a child while pushing a buggy! I quickly got used to the position that I need to be in to push comfortably and it isn't any great inconvenience at all. The main difference I find now is that it is difficult to turn 360 degrees with the board attached and I have to ask my son to climb down so that I can turn around easily.
This particular board is supposed to be able to be secured into an upright postion and out of the way if not needed (for example, once I've dropped my son off at nursery school for the morning.) Unfortunately, the strap that is supplied with the board for this purpose was broken when we purchased this. We had every intention of returning this to Argos and getting a replacement so that we could secure the board but never got round to it! It is a shame that the original strap was already damaged and does make me think that the strap might not be very strong and secure if it was actually in use. As it is, I've just got used to pushing our buggy with the board attached and it is easy enough to remove once we get back home as the board just unclips and lifts off.
The board is recommended for use for children from 12 months old and is strong and large enough to comfortably accommodate a child up to the age of about four. Personally, I'd be a little anxious about allowing a toddler that young to use the board as it does require a degree of co-operation from the child riding on the buggy board. The child needs to be responsible enough (and strong enough) to remain holding on to the handles of the pushchair throughout the journey and remain standing on the board as they are not strapped or secured on to either the pushchair or the buggy board in any way. On our first trip out with the buggy board, it was a bit of a novelty for our three year old and he kept hopping off the board without warning whenever anything interesting caught his eye! This was understandably a bit of a hazard, not only from nearly running over him with the pushchair but also in terms of road safety. My little one now understands that he isn't allowed to just jump off without warning but a younger child might not be as co-operative.
The instructions supplied also recommend that a child gets off the board to go up and down curbs, for safety reasons. Whilst my cynical side might think that this is a warning given to protect the manufacturers from expensive court cases, I do ask my son to get off if we approach a large curb although the board manages to go up and down small curbs without issue. Again, a child would need to be off reasonable age and understanding to co-operate with these instructions without putting themselves in danger.
For our family, the Scallywags buggy board has been an invaluable purchase and has made the journey to and from school (which we have to do six times each day) much easier and more enjoyable for all concerned. I'm a little disappointed by the quality of the strap supplied to enable us to move the board out of the way but certainly have no complaints about the board itself. It's a simple but ingenious solution to getting out and about with a newborn baby and a toddler and is good value for money at £44.95
Argos catalogue number 376/1906
At the time that I bought this product I had not long had a new born baby girl. I also had another daughter who at the time was 2 years old. As you can imagine, when you are out and about how difficult it would be to try and do your every days things. It uses to take me ages. I ended up buying a twin buggy. I found it easier to get my things done but was hard work pushing a double buggy.
It was hard to get through certain shop doors, heavy to push (especially with the shopping hooked on the handles) and quite fiddly to put up and down. After two months of my twin buggy I gave up and thought that I would try a buggy board that was suggested to me by a friend.
I looked them up on the internet to try and find the cheapest one. The most expensive that I seen them for was £60. The cheapest was £40 but that was only because it was in the sale. I bought mine from ARGOS for £40. It is still in the ARGOS catalogue for £44.99 which I fell is still a reasonable price.
Scallyways on board buggy is fantastic. I would highly recommend to anybody that is in the same position that I was in. When you get the product it is in a box that needs assembled. Don't worry it does look as if it could be fiddly but rest assured it isn't. It took me 10 minutes and if I am honest I quite slow at things like that. It is particle and easily folds away when your child is not using it. There comes a string that holds it out of the way, when your child is ready to stand on it you just undo the sting and it is ready to use.
It is suitable for most buggies but NOT suitable for a twin/double buggy. It has a suspension which makes it easier for extra comfort. My daughter loved her buggy board, it also made the trips to the shops more fun and made her feel important where people commented on her getting a ride on the back of the buggy.
I would rate this product 10/10. I hope my review was of some use to you. Thank you for taking the time to read it.