I’m excited to finally reveal I’ve been working on a very special project with Stokke, the Norwegian company famous for its premium children’s furniture, buggies and other baby equipment.
They challenged us to put the Stokke Scoot buggy to the test, taking one of their most iconic pushchairs to some of Cardiff’s most iconic landmarks.
We’re part of a global project that has seen selected parent bloggers across the world showcasing different Stokke buggies. The resulting short films are being shown on the Stokke website, with videos from nine of us UK mums also featuring on the parenting website Made For Mums.
Toddler Boy I, who is now 22 months old, was in the hot seat of our Stokke Scoot. As the third child born in just over four years, he lives a real hand-me-down life, so it was lovely for him to journey around in style in a brand new buggy, rather than the one that has been well-used by his big brother and sister.
It’s amazing how buggy technology has moved on since we bought our travel system back in 2009. The Stokke Scoot is light-weight and really easy to steer – I can do it one-handed, which is always useful when you have more than one child, and Little Miss E, my six-year-old daughter, and Little Man O, my four-year-old son, found it easy to push along too (under close supervision, obviously!).
It folds down easily in one piece, which is great if, like us, you are on the go a lot, getting multiple children and the buggy in and out of the car several times a day.
We were excited to show the global Stokke audience some of the most beautiful sites in our home city of Cardiff. We parked up in Cardiff Bay and spent an hour or so walking around Mermaid Quay and Wales Millennium Centre (one of my favourite buildings in Cardiff, with beautiful poetry in Welsh and English inscribed on its front).
Next, we headed to Bute Park, where we discovered the lockable swivel wheels had no trouble being pushed over the grass. We could also position Toddler to sit facing us, so we could chat to him as we pushed him along, or to face forward to see where he was going.
After an hour or so of my children running around the park, we went for a walk around the Principality Stadium (as Wales Millennium Stadium has now been renamed). The buggy did well on the slatted wooden boardwalks, and Toddler was comfortable despite the bumpy surface.
The buggy, which is suitable from birth until 15kg, is designed to be compact, to fit in with city living. However, we never felt like it was too small, and Toddler had plenty of room to sit and move about. The oversized hood/canopy is perfect for napping on the go and is great as a sunshade as it has an SPF of 50+ too, while the basket is a really good size too.
To see our video (and those of the other fab bloggers who have taken part), visit the Stokke site, click on the map and then click on Cardiff.