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Got the 'buggy'

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Thomcat Wed 25-May-05 20:59:00

Went to the wheelchair serices dept at Northwick Park and I guess picked the best of a bad bunch. Not a MacClaren in sight.

At first I was offered the choice of 2 different wheelchairs. My face did that and she then started showing me some more buggy looking things. Hmmmmm.

Well as long as Lottie is happy in it and comfortable then that's what matters.

I'll post a pic of it when we pick it up in 6 weeks time.

It's just not what I was expecting at all. I guess I should be a lot more grateful really shouldn't I!

Socci Wed 25-May-05 21:09:02

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Thomcat Wed 25-May-05 21:11:09

Oh the MacClaren wasn't 'crash tested' and wasn't really suitable, apparently, I didn't get to see one. I asked but that's what I was told.

Socci Wed 25-May-05 21:13:25

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fairydust Thu 26-May-05 11:20:42

I know you shouldn't have to - but did u know you can buy the maclaren ones

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 11:22:55

Well i knew mcClaren made buggs that I've seen out and about so, can you buy SN McCalaren buggys then?
TBH Not entirely sure it's worth it as will have to get a double one soon (hopefully, we'll have our mama & papas single one for new bubs when lottie is at school and when she's t school L can have the NHS one left with her.

Thanks though FD.

fairydust Thu 26-May-05 11:27:56

here just in case

DD is being measured up on the 7th June so i'll post how we get on.

Are you getting a double for the new baby and lottie then - we've been thinking of having another but obviuosly this is one of the concerns.

Fio2 Thu 26-May-05 11:35:28

yes fairydust i keep thionking what will i do if I have another child? think i would have to sling it, the baby that is not the maclaren major

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 12:00:18

cheers FD. Yes I'll get a double for them.

Iw as thinking of something like this

or like this

or like this

fairydust Thu 26-May-05 12:02:45

love the powertwin - but don't think an older child would be in the front that long but before there to big for it

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 12:04:41

Yeah it needs checking out properly but looks good at the moment.

leahbump Thu 26-May-05 12:10:55

Hi- just to add- the powertwin seems to only last people with twins 18 months to 2 years. Having researched this recently i decided not to buy!
The twister is quite wide....just too wide to fit through our door (and we have wide doors!) and is quite heavy!
The mountain buggy is lighter, narrower and you can get a swivel wheel one (urban) and have a carry cot on one half!

The other option could be in Instep double nipper- it's the lightest 3 wheeler, narrow etc....

You can probably find a nursery store and let Lottie have a ride in diff ones!!

Congrats on the bump btw!!

Oh...and....(diff thread i know but)I was pretty anti- testing etc anyway but reading about you and lottie has made me chose no tests this time!

Fio2 Thu 26-May-05 12:14:15

the best double buggies, IMO and experience, are the lightweight side by side models, such as the maclaren ones

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 12:15:56

thanks girls, invaluable advice, much appreciated. TC x

Merlot Thu 26-May-05 12:28:19

We've got a single instep ultimate buggy and it is very impressive, but alas now to small

ds2, although 20 months is the size of a 3.5 year old. Is Lottie a tall child? Only, dont know what the double version is like, but if it is anything like the single version - I'm not sure how much use Lottie would get from it?

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 12:33:36

Lottie is a little pixie doll! She comes up to the top of my legs, she so rarely stands it's hard to tell. She's not short, short but not tall either. She's about... 2 stone ish I would guess and will be 4 by the time new baby arrives.

Merlot Thu 26-May-05 13:52:09

LOL at your gorgeous pixie doll

My ds2 is 3 stone and nearly a metre tall (you would think I would be well toned, carrying him around all the time wouldn't you?!)

With the instep buggy, ds2's height has been the biggest issue, the harness is just too short to go over his shoulder now.

Best thing TC is to try them all out. We bought our buggy on the internet just after ds2 was born and got a fantastic deal but we did look at them in a nursery store first and I would definitely advise you doing the same (so that you can actually see what Lottie looks like in it first), if you are tempted to buy on the net.

Dingle Thu 26-May-05 14:07:17

It may not have been what you were expecting TC, but like you say, as long as Lottie is happy and comfortable in it.
I really don't think I could manage without dd's major now. She is about a metre tall but only 2 stone 4lb- still that's plenty when she refuses to walk and "parks" herself in the middle of the road!
It will take some careful consideration when it comes to a double buggy though.

moondog Thu 26-May-05 14:11:37

Thomcat,have you thought of an E3 which would be great for both Lottie and the new baby? I have one,(bought specifically to cope with the rough terrain here in Turkey) and I lent it the other day to a Turkish friend who has a son with CP who is 6 and very tall! (I had another pushchair for my baby.)She had come to our city to visit her husband who is chief interpreter in my husband's office without a wheelchair for him!!

Anyway,he fitted in great asnd she was thrilled.We went on a very long walk.

sparklymieow Thu 26-May-05 14:23:00

I had a Urban detour double, it lasted till DS was about 5. High of the ground and easy to steer. You can buy the Majors at Mothercare

Thomcat Thu 26-May-05 14:23:54

i didn't like the E3
The child underneath has to hang inches from the childs bum above him/her and will probably keep getting his bum knocked on kerbs and things!
I can see the appeal but I didn't really like it tbh.

sparklymieow Thu 26-May-05 14:24:42


moondog Thu 26-May-05 14:40:11

I thought the same as you tc,when my sister bought one,but can assure you that it wasn't the case. The baby underneath is so warm and cosy (especially in winter) and really soothed by the gentle rocking.It is so quick and easy to change for use for 1 or 2 children,and a piece of cake to push,which is a major factor with an only child. If you pass a shop,just give it a go with your little girl in it. Turns on a sixpence and practically self propels. Even later,when it's in one child mode,another can hitch a lift on the foot rest. God,even I sit on it sometimes!

moondog Thu 26-May-05 14:40:37

'older' child,not 'only'

fairydust Tue 31-May-05 16:13:35

i tried sil's E3 yestaday and dd was to tall for it and she's only just 3 and there surpose to do up to a 5 yr old.

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