You won’t realise how much you need The Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi until you have it. Quite simply, I don’t know how we’d walk anywhere with our toddler and baby without it!
If you walk a lot as a family, and you’ve recently added a newborn baby to the toddler in your house, then a buggy board is a great purchase. It’s essentially a flat piece of plastic – about the size of a dinner tray – with wheels on the bottom that clips to the back of your pram.
What that means is you can push your baby around the streets, pavements and parks near your home without having to carry your toddler or persuade them to keep walking when they’ve had enough. They simply hop onto the buggy board, hold on to the pram handles, and off you go.
We bought the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi a couple of weeks before our second son was born. With a rampant three-year-old already on our books, it’s already proved to be one of the most useful bits of kiddy kit we’ve bought. Here’s what we think of it…
What’s good about it?
- It’s very easy to fit. The Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi comes with very simple instructions and all the tools and straps you need to connect it safely and easily to your pram. Even a dummy like me could do it!
- You can adapt it to any pram. It fits pretty much every pram on the market, although do check before you buy. What I really like is it also comes with adapters to make the arms longer if needed, so you can extend it away from the wheels of your pram. Those clever Lascal designers have thought of everything.
- Easy to detach when you don’t need it. Once you’ve got the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi connected to your pram using the provided straps, you can simply click it off using the quick-release button for any journeys when it’s not needed.
- The board seems grippy. Lascal’s website boasts that the board has an ‘anti-slip surface and side protection frame’. All I can say is Sonny hasn’t fallen off it yet, and he tells me the grip is good. But then he says a lot of things…
- It looks quite cool. There are a few different design options of the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi to pick from. And although our Union Jack design is a bit in your face, it does look pretty cool.
- The durability feels good. Despite essentially being a big lump of plastic with plastic accessories, the build-quality feels good. We’re only a couple of months into using it, but it feels like it will last a long time.
- It glows in the dark. We’ve only used the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi in summer so far, so haven’t done any walks in the dark. But the reflective paint is designed to glow in the dark to make you visible on the pavement at night.
- The ride is smooth. There’s a bit of rattle from the board as you move along the pavement, but the Max-Comfort suspension system really does seem to work. Sonny doesn’t bounce about crazily and always seems comfortable and happy, so a big thumbs up from us.
- It’s lots of fun! This is probably the key plus point – it turns every walk with your baby and toddler into a fun little adventure. Sonny seems genuinely excited to jump on the Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi every time we leave the house. He either pretends he’s driving the pram, turns round to chat to me as we walk, or even eats his lunch with one hand as we’re moving. Love it!
What’s not so good?
- The price! My word, it’s expensive for what it actually is. Depending where you buy it from, you’re probably going to pay over £60 just for the basic board. It’s probably good value when you consider how much use you’ll get from it, but at a time when you’ll be shelling out on a lot of new baby kit, it’s definitely a considered purchase. We got ours second-hand from Facebook Marketplace, and even then the best deal we could find was £25!
- We probably should have got the saddle attachment. If you occasionally walk long distances with your kids, it’s probably worth investing a little bit more to get the saddle accessory that comes with the Lascal Buggyboard Maxi+. Sonny got so shattered on a recent multi-mile walk that he was physically struggling to stand, so I ended up carrying him. If we’d had the saddle he could have sat down to rest his legs; but the downside is the saddle either costs £50 in its own, or takes the overall price up over £100 when you buy the complete bundle.
Outdoor Dad Verdict – Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi
“Safe, reliable, practical, good fun and turns every family walk with our baby and toddler into an adventure. It’s bloody expensive though!”