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The Cosatto Giggle

There's no denying it, Cosatto products brighten up the world and just make you smile.

The prints are the brightest, boldest of any brand and if they do that to me as a parent, imagine the interaction and stimulation the patterns must provide to a baby.

I was recently sent their highest tech 3-wheeler pushchair, the Giggle 2, to review.

The Giggle is the ultimate all singing and dancing travel system from Cosatto.

Fairly easy to set up, you will need to invest a little time connecting the parts as you require but like many things, once you've mastered it you're pretty much good to go.

There are a few options to have the pushchair with the carrycot, seat piece or a Cosatto car seat.

All the options just fasten onto the aluminium chassis very smoothly with a sturdy clip and lock mechanism.

One thing that stood out to me was the elevated positioning, similar to that of Stokke pushchairs, it seems to be becoming increasingly popular to have your child that bit closer to you which can only be a good thing.

I'd highly recommend the lie flat carrycot for the first six months; it's plenty roomy enough and with adequate mattress padding it promotes a snug and comfortable safer positioning for newborns that naturally rocks them to sleep when out and about walking.

It can also be used safely for overnight sleeping which is handy for the odd night away when space wont allow you to take everything with you.

The seat is recommended from six months.

The seat can be rear or forward facing and is a scooped bucket shape with plenty of depth to see little ones through to walking as tested with my two ever-growing toddlers.

It features numerous pre-set recline settings, more than most pushchairs.

An added bonus is that the pushchair can be folded with the seat piece still attached which makes for less fiddling about at the most inconvenient of times!

The five-point harness is secure, if not slightly stiff for parents but again you soon get the knack of it.

The shoulder pads are lovely and thick and soft for ultimate comfort for little ones and don't get in the way of fastening them up.

The hood is fairly long and covers well at the sides so provides good protection against the elements. It's also UPF 50 so provides added protection from the sun.

On the underside of the hood there are also a number of hooks, which allow you to connect any suitable baby toys.

For anyone that has a 'thrower' you will understand how much of a time saver that can be when toys are constantly tossed on the floor!

Pushing the pushchair, I think it's fair to call it an average ride.

The three-wheels provide the flexibility and make for a very smooth ride of plain flat surfaces.

On rougher terrains, the lockable wheels come in handy and while it's a bit harder it's far from being a struggle.

You wouldn't necessarily go off-road or jogging with it but for your everyday casual use it ticks all the boxes.

Picking out some of my favourite features – the hardwearing handlebars come with numerous extended settings; there's a decent-sized shopping basket with high back protection and I love a surprise so the hidden back pockets are great for popping away all those essentials.

Slightly cheaper than other travel systems, it's good value for money at a reasonable £470 (dare I say it as I'm aware it's still a lot of money!)

The great thing about Cosatto I tend to find is that all the extras that many brands charge for, are included.

This includes the carrycot, foot muff, seat apron, and even extends down to a coordinating spacious change bag so parents look stylish and coordinated.

Now more on the prints, the Giggle 2 is available in eight vibrant prints, whatever your preferred palette there has to be something for you.

However if you're after more muted tones I must warn you to steer clear.

From the classy dotty print of 'Oh La La!', to the fun colourful oversized raindrops of 'Pitter Patter' to one of my personal faves, the latest colourway called 'Pixelate', a wave of vibrant colour blocks.

Cosatto designs are very distinct and while pushing this pushchair, I received many comments on how attractive the pushchair was and have to admit myself how enamoured with its look I was!

Overall the Giggle 2 is a great pushchair, it most definitely isn't style over substance.

It has a lot of added features with a really wide choice of flexible options – whether its extendable handlebars or the reclining options.

It's not necessarily at the forefront of pushchair technology but has everything you need and more all at what I consider to be a reasonable price point.

The Cosatto Giggle 2 is priced £470 from www.cosatto.co.uk

by Laura Mason
Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. 'Continuously trying to get a 'grip' of motherhood and back to a size 10!'

 

Published: 8 September 2015

 

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