Recently, it has been becoming more and more difficult for Thurston to fit into a buggy. He still needs a buggy for lots of reasons, firstly because he has no sense of road danger. Secondly, because he has hypermobility and low muscle tone, he tends to get bad muscle cramps when he has been running or walking for a long time. Also, if we are having a really busy day, Thurston gets very tired and still likes to take a nap. I’ve been on the lookout for buggies that are suitable for 4 year olds, and also still easy to push. I’ve never been able to make Thurston comfortable in a typical stroller-type pushchair as the seats are not supportive and he has a tendency to sink or slump in them. We have been offered a special needs buggy on the NHS but it is a stroller and so I don’t feel that it really suits Thurston’s needs and have set about finsing something a bit more comfy for him.
Easywalker were incredibly helpful and recommended that the Easywalker Sky would suit our needs as it is very long and wide. They were really kind and sent Thurston his very own one so that he could give it a thorough road-test. The first thing he noticed was its bright Lime green colour, and it has now been renamed “The Kermit Buggy” by him and the whole family. It was really quick and easy to assemble and all 3 kids wanted a go in it straight away!! The first time we took it out was to our local shopping centre. When we go shopping, Thurston tends to stay in the buggy for most of the time as he gets very stressed in crowds, and also tends to run off. The hood on the Sky was fantastic, it is so huge that it really helped Thurston to ‘hide away’ from all the people. Because of the pneumatic tyres and 3 wheel design, the Sky is really easy to manouvre and push, and even though it is so wide it was no problem to steer through the shopping crowds and aisles.
Next up, we took the Easywalker Sky to Peppa Pig World. It does fold fairly compact and fits in the boot of our Skoda Fabia as long as we remove the parcel shelf which is no bother. The basket on the pushchair is huge and easily coped with all of our necessities for a day at the theme park, plus raincoats and a change of clothes for once the kids had splashed in the “Muddy Puddles” area of the park. The bumper bar on the front was great for Thurston to hold on to so that he could sit right forward and look out at everything, and he was really happy and comfy in the supportive seat. He was in and out of the Sky all day and it was really easy to pop him in and out without any backache which you often get with lifting larger toddlers in and out of buggies. During the day, Louis (8) also had a perch on the edge of the buggy, and Zeke (5) had a lovely lay down inside it. It didn’t feel any heavier with Zeke in it than it did with Thurston which means that it will last a really long time.
There isn’t much advice available to mums who need a buggy for longer than the standard 3 years which is a shame because it really is a necessity for lots of people. There are fantastic buggies out there, you just need to search a bit harder!
I am really impressed with the Easywalker Sky and I think it looks fantastic, is a breeze to push and even copes well with sand. I can’t wait to take it on some more travels with the family!
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