The best buggy boards to buy in 2021

29 April 2021

A buggy board attached to the back of a pushchair

Buggy boards can be a lifesaver for parents of two or more small children. They can stop your toddler from wandering away in busy places and keep everyone moving at a good pace. Here are the best buggy boards for 2021.

If your second child comes along when your first is still small, it can be tricky to know what to do when it comes to getting out of the house. Do you invest in a double buggy? Carry the baby everywhere in a baby carrier? Or just encourage your oldest child to walk everywhere, which may not always go down well with a two-year-old?

A buggy board could be the solution that keeps everyone in your family happy. It clips onto the back of your existing pushchair to give the older child somewhere to sit or stand while the baby is in the main seat. It can feel like a fun novelty for the older child and also means you don’t have to go everywhere at toddler pace.

There are various kinds of buggy boards on the market – everything from a simple board that a child can stand on, to buggy boards with seats, seatbelts and even steering wheels!

We’ve researched dozens of buggy boards and delved deep into consumer reviews. Here are the best buggy boards for 2021.

1. Best overall buggy board 2021: Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi

Price: From £69.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi

The Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi ticks pretty much all the boxes, making it our favourite buggy board overall. It’s a universal board, claiming to fit more than 99% of pushchairs, so whatever buggy you use, the Lascal Maxi is likely to work for you.

It’s a good quality, solid board, with a non-slip surface so your child can travel safely. It can be hooked out of the way when not in use for short periods or you can completely remove it with ease.

The Lascal Maxi doesn’t initially come with a seat, but there’s a compatible ‘saddle’ that can be bought separately if you decide your child would be happier sitting down.

Pros

  • Child can stand or can sit down on the saddle attachment (sold separately)
  • Very sturdy and well made
  • Easy to clip out of the way when not in use
  • Quick release makes it easy to remove when needed

Cons

  • Optional seat needs to be bought separately

Specs

  • Maximum child weight: 20kg

2. Best budget buggy board: Youyijia Buggy Board

Price: £29.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Youyijia Buggy Board

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly buggy board, the Youyijia Buggy Board is definitely worth a try. The mechanism is less adaptable than some, but it still claims to fit the majority of pushchairs (as long as there’s a horizontal bar to clip it to).

The product description contains some really useful, detailed criteria for which pushchairs it will fit, so it should be fairly easy to determine whether it will work for you.

With a price tag of less than £30 and a comfortable, removable seat, the Youyijia Buggy Board is a great budget buy.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Removable seat
  • Claims to fit most pushchairs

Cons

  • Fixing mechanism seems less adaptable than other boards
  • Fewer reviews available

Specs

  • Maximum child weight: 25kg

3. Best seated buggy board: BumpRider Sit Stroller Board

Price: £116.79 | Buy now from Amazon

BumpRider Sit Stroller Board

The BumpRider Sit Stroller Board is a slightly more expensive option. However, it earns the price tag with its extensive features. It fits pretty much any pushchair on the market, it can clip up out of the way when not needed, and it even has a suspension mechanism for a comfortable ride.

Best of all, the seat is super comfy, with built-in handlebars that kids will find really fun (while also helping to keep them secure). The seat can be easily removed, if your child prefers to stand.

Pros

  • Removable seat with handlebars
  • Fits any pushchair
  • Very sturdy and well made

Cons

  • Pricey

Specs

  • Maximum child’s weight: 20kg

4. Best stand-up buggy board: Baby Jogger Glider Board

Price: £65.09 | Buy now from Amazon

Baby Jogger Glider Board

The Baby Jogger Glider Board is unfortunately not a universal board, but it does fit on nine different Baby Jogger branded buggies.

It’s a simple standing-only buggy board, so if your child is a fidget who doesn’t like to sit still, this is a great option. The non-slip surface makes it safe and comfortable for a toddler, and the board can easily clip out of the way when not in use.

Pros

  • Pushchair is still foldable with buggy board attached
  • Adjustable height and length
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Only fits Baby Jogger branded pushchairs
  • Works better with some of the pushchairs than others

Specs

  • Maximum child’s weight: 20kg

5. Best compact buggy board: Lascal BuggyBoard Mini

Price: From £51.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Lascal BuggyBoard Mini

The Lascal BuggyBoard Mini is a more compact version of our top choice, the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi. It weighs just 1.8kg – significantly lighter than the Maxi’s 2.7kg.

Just like the larger version, it will fit any pushchair and has the same non-slip platform, with built-in suspension for a comfortable ride.

The Lascal Mini may be small and compact, but there’s still plenty of room for a toddler to stand, and the large wheels ensure you won’t kick the board as you push the buggy.

Pros

  • A bit more unobtrusive than the Maxi version
  • Sturdy and well made
  • Light and compact

Cons

  • No seat

Specs

  • Maximum child’s weight: 20kg

6. Best buggy board for smaller toddlers: Buggypod Perle

Price: £54.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Buggypod Perle

If your children are particularly close in age, your toddler might not be old enough to safely use a standing buggy board by the time your second child is born.

Luckily, the Buggypod Perle is suitable for babies aged six months and up, and has a five-point safety harness and footrest to make it safe for even the youngest of toddlers.

The Buggypod Perle clips onto the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi, which unfortunately needs to be purchased separately. However, it might still be a worthwhile investment as you can also clip the Perle onto a dining chair to use as a booster seat. Plus, the ball that forms the seat can even be removed to use for play.

Pros

  • Five-point safety harness
  • Versatile design that can be used in several different ways
  • Removable ball
  • Can be used for very young children

Cons

  • BuggyBoard Maxi and Perle Board Adaptor both need to be purchased separately

Specs

  • Maximum child’s weight: 15kg

7. Most fun buggy board: Easy X4 Rider

Price: £114.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Easy X4 Rider

If you think your child will take a bit of convincing to use a buggy board, the Easy X4 Rider may be the answer.

This universal buggy board has a steering wheel (non-functioning, of course) that any child would love to play with and, with the car-style seat, they’ll feel like they’re driving the pushchair themselves.

The safety harness means that this buggy board is also more secure than some others, while still feeling like a fun novelty for your child.

Pros

  • Fun steering wheel and car-style seat
  • Light-up wheels
  • Four wheels for sturdiness

Cons

  • Pricey

Specs

  • Maximum child's weight: Not stated

8. Best sidecar buggy board: Roma Uptown Rider

Price: £125 | Buy now from Amazon

Roma Uptown Rider

If you’re particularly short in height, you may find it tricky to stretch over the top of a standard buggy board to reach the handle of your pushchair.

The Roma Uptown Rider is a sidecar-style buggy board, so your older child will actually be positioned alongside you, rather than in front. This allows you to walk normally, without worrying about stubbing your toes on the back of the buggy board.

It also has a steering wheel and car-style seat, similar to the Easy X4 Rider, which your child will find really fun.

Pros

  • Fun steering wheel and car-style seat
  • Three-point harness
  • Four wheels for sturdiness
  • Removable and washable seat padding

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Less stable on bumpy ground

Specs

  • Maximum child’s weight: 25 kg

Do buggy boards fit all prams?

No, not all buggy boards will fit all prams. Some buggy boards are designed to complement specific pushchairs, and can not be attached to prams made by other brands.

However, there are quite a few universal buggy boards on the market, which claim to fit pretty much all buggies due to their adjustable fixing mechanisms. The majority of the buggy boards we’ve highlighted here are universal boards.

What are the different types of buggy board?

The two main kinds of buggy boards are those with seats and those without. Some children will prefer to stand up, whereas others will prefer to sit down, so you’ll need to choose which option you think will work best for your child. You can also buy buggy boards with removable seats, which can be a great middle ground.

What age is a buggy board suitable for?

Depending on which buggy board you choose to buy, you’ll probably be able to begin using a board when your child is around two years old. They need to be able to be trusted to sit or stand sensibly, otherwise a buggy board may not be safe to use.

If your child is younger, there are also buggy boards that are suitable for much smaller children (such as the Buggypod Perle, which we reviewed above). If this is what you need, look for a board with a full seat and a safety harness.

What is the best buggy board to buy?

After researching dozens of buggy boards and delving through thousands of consumer reviews, the best buggy board to buy is the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi. It comes in at a competitive price point, is sturdy and well made, and the optional clip-on seat means it will suit any child.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which buggy boards discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their children.

We compiled a list of the buggy boards they recommended for being the most useful and practical for everyday use.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which buggy boards had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the buggy boards we thought would make the best buys in several categories.

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