I’ve been on the lookout recently for strollers than can be used for my 4 year old as he has Autism and low muscle tone which means that he needs to have a stroller when he is tired, in crowded places or for long distances. I’ve found several pushchairs which have worked really well but all of them have been very big and cumbersome. I’m a big fan of Cosatto after we had the Cosatto Noodle highchair which was the only highchair Thurston ever sat in comfortably. All of their products are vibrant and exciting, and great if you love something a little different. Also, they are packed with helpful features and are fantastic quality!
Cosatto sent me one of their new Yo! strollers in the beautiful Pear Drop design. I had looked at Yo! buggies last year when I was looking for something after Thurston had outgrown yet another pram and thought they were gorgeous, but I had reluctantly dismissed them because Thurston has never been able to sit properly in umbrella-type buggies as they usually don’t have much support in the seat. However, I’m so pleased that we had the opportunity to try one as it has been brilliant! I would say it is nothing like a normal umbrella buggy. The seat is incredibly supportive and Thurston is happy, comfortable and well-cushioned while he is in his Yo!.
The other reason I’m usually not keen on strollers for older/larger toddlers is the steering can become really hard to handle once the baby is over a certain weight. The Yo! handles amazingly well and feels incredibly lightweight. Thurston currently weighs approximately 28lbs so although he is very tiny for his age, he is quite a large child to have in a buggy, and it is an absolute breeze to push, even up and down kerbs.
The bigger pushchairs I have been using (and loving!) are very large and heavy. They are great for all-terrain beachwalks or muddy weather etc, but it is invaluable to have a smaller stroller that is simple to put up and down and throw in the boot of the car. The Yo! folds and unfolds effortlessly, it just pops up and collapses down with a couple of buttons. I haven’t even caught my finger in it yet and that is unheard of for me. All my nails are still intact! It does fit in the boot of our Skodia Fabia with plenty of space for shopping, but I do have to remove the wheels. It’s the simplest click of a button to remove the wheels and then they just slot back in so absolutely no hassle. I think our boot space is unusually narrow so it is our car’s fault not the Yo!.
For shopping trips, going into cafes, restaurants etc, it really is unbeatable to have a compact stroller. It’s been really nice to nip in and out of places and not knock things over with my giant pram! I took Thurston to an art gallery and manouvred round the exhibition without a hitch. He fell asleep on the way round and the recline function was easy to get to grips with even though I hadn’t read that part of the instructions booklet yet. Once he was awake, the seat was easily popped back up again, and Thurston was very comfortable the whole time.
The Pear Drop Yo! is a really funky looking stroller. Green is my favourite colour so I’m really pleased with it. The Pear pattern is right up Thurston’s alley as he is obsessed with fruit at the moment and is very fond of his “Pear Car” as he called it! The hood is plenty big enough to shield him from the sun and is made from SPF 50 fabric which is really reassuring if the sun ever decides to come out! I like that the raincover comes in its’ own little duffle bag as I do hate raincovers and find that they always get in my way! The shopping basket on the Yo! is actually accessible which makes a huge change to the usual tiny basket you find on a stroller. It also came with shoulder pads, head hugger and a footmuff attached to a seat liner. The seat liner has the gorgeous Pear design to match the hood, and the footmuff has handy little pockets for chilly hands in the Winter. If you have a newborn, I honestly think the Cosatto Yo! could be the only buggy you’d ever need as it has everything and is equally supportive for newborns and older toddlers.
I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to find a small nippy stroller to suit Thurston’s needs, and had resigned myself to the fact that he just would not sit in one. I am so thrilled that I was sent the Cosatto Yo! so that I could find out that there is a stroller out there that works for Thurston. I absolutely love my Yo! and wouldn’t be without it now. Thanks Cosatto!
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