Hi all! My name's Elaine, and together with my partner Gary we have a seven month old daughter called Kaitlyn (otherwise known as the Tiny Human) and two dogs called Jilly and Jeffrey. Together we all live in a small house on the outskirts of a rather boring town in Devon. We tend to spend our days in a haze of shopping, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and trips to the stables where I kept my horse pre pregnancy. The Tiny Human and I are both very excited to have been chosen to review this pushchair, and I hope we can make it both informative an entertaining for you all. X
My partner was the one to take the delivery of
the Speedstar, and his first words when he picked up the box were genuinely
We both had concerns that, from the pictures we had seen, the pushchair looked a bit flimsy - especially as we're used to an iCandy cherry - this is not the case!! It seems very sturdy, and I've already tested it with our giant changing bag hanging off the handles and it's still standing.
It was relatively easy to put together, and the colour looks nicer in real life than in the pictures, when I googled it, it looked a bit washed out.
The fleece in the cosytoes is beautifully soft and fluffy, and it really pads out the pushchair seat nicely. I'm slightly worried about the wheels however. We do an awful lot of walking, and instead of being made of rubber these wheels are moulded plastic - I'm not sure how they'll last long term... We're off out for our test run shortly, so we'll keep you updated!
With it being Christmas, the new pushchair hasn't made it out of the house a lot this week! Saying that, we did do a bit of last minute shopping at the weekend, and the koochi was brilliant. The handles are ideal for hanging a basket on, and it's nippy enough to avoid all the people in town who haven't a clue where they are going. The basket is slightly difficult to get things into, but I avoided that issue by hanging bags on the handles! Still worried about the wheels, mind
We've all had stinking colds over Christmas and the new year, so venturing out to pantomime rehearsal on Friday was an adventure! The weather was cold and rainy, so it was the first opportunity to try the rain cover out. It's very easy to fit (even in the dark) and the cosy toes is just that - cosy and soft. The Tiny Human didn't even seen aware that the weather was rubbish. Everyone at rehearsal LOVES the pushchair, it was any excuse to play with it! I think it may even end up being a prop at this rate, I don't think Sleeping Beauty will have ever been so stylish! X
January the 12th 2014
Well, the Koochi made its first visit to my 'Go To' Mums house this week, my wonderful friend Claire who's always on hand for advice. She's got four children, so if she doesn't know the answer, no one does!! The middle two, Keri, 5, and Emily, 2, were incredibly impressed with the colour if nothing else. Emily kept grabbing my hand and pointing at it, saying 'Pink!!' She was so taken with it, that the walk to the farm shop actually involved a minor safety strap adjustment so she could sit in it instead of our Tiny Human. Since it was pretty cold and wet, I don't think the Tiny Human minded too much.
January the 27th 2014
Busy day for us yesterday, with a trip to the vets with our elderly dog, then the supermarket, then the fabric shop, all before lunchtime!! I've decided that while the Koochi is brilliant for nipping around the shops, it's definitely not my friend for climbing the massive hill we live at the top of... Mind you, it's not a bad thing as I was certainly a lot warmer when we got home than when we left! At least the Tiny Human was cosy and warm while we were out and about.
Lovely day out today, we were treated to a pub lunch by our lovely friend Emma and her daughter Keira (she's 8 days older than Kaitlyn, we couldn't have planned it any better lol) after a mad scramble to get ready this morning after nap time, I bundled up Kaitlyn in the Koochi and off we went... Until we hit the bottom of the hill and it started tipping down! Which gave me today's major issue - how on earth do I fit the rain cover?!! We've been so lucky so far, not having to use it, and 'somebody' threw away the instructions. Joy. I managed it (kind of!) and although it was clear it wasn't on correctly, it kept madam dry until we got to the pub. Luckily Emma was able to show me how it actually fits, having a similar fitting one herself. Phew! So that meant that after a nice lunch, Kaitlyn was able to snooze all the way home, completely warm and dry and cozy, while I struggled up the hill again in the cold wind and rain.
February the 15th 2014
Living in the south west has meant the last week or so has mainly consisted of staying in and watching the flood water cascade down our hill, but we have managed to get out a few times in between storms for some (very) fresh air. Uncle James paid us a visit in the week, so after a trip to the shops, I had a helping hand getting up our hill which is always appreciated! After his initial disappointment at the koochi not being more 'masculine', he happily took charge of both buggy and Tiny Human and gave me a little break. It was nice to get up the hill and not be exhausted for once!
February the 24th 2014
Last week was show week for me, so the Tiny Human spent all week being looked after by her daddy instead of me. Apparently the pushchair is 'Fine.' The features are also apparently 'Fine.' The handling is also 'Fine.' You see where I'm going with this... I have managed to find out that the man of the house is rather impressed with how easy the Koochi is to collapse in a hurry, one handed no less, and also that it fits into our boot with no issue at all (you may not remember, but we have possibly the least practical family car - a Matiz.) That was his major worry of the week, and he even managed to fit some shopping into the car as well! He has since mentioned as well that it was nice to not be bending over when pushing her - being 6'5" this has been quite an issue in the past...
Where on earth has the time gone?? I've been a Living With Tester for nearly three months now, and this week is my first week back at work. So, before the Tiny Human starts spending a lot more time in the Koochi being pushed around by other people (eep!), it's time to take advantage of the sunny weather and springclean the buggy. It certainly needs it! The mud around our house has been ridiculous, with all the rain we've been having. I'm off to disassemble it now and give the chassis a good scrub - here's hoping I can put it back together again after... Watch this space!
March the 20th 2014
With it being world happiness day today, and my partner being on holiday for a week too, we've decided to make the most of the sunshine and take the Tiny Human in the Koochi for lots of walks. (Today's plan was actually swimming, but since it's nearly lunchtime and someone has decided not to nap this morning, I'm not sure we'll have time now as I'm working this afternoon). It's her first visit to the shoe shop tomorrow to find out the size of her massive feet, then after a stroll around Exeter high street I'm determined to find some ducks to feed! We'll make the most of this beautiful weather if it kills me... Be nice for someone else to be pushing the buggy around for a change too - I'm determined the raincover will NOT be coming with us though. Pics to follow once I've found some ducks...
March the 22nd 2014
I have come to the conclusion that my partner and I are both idiots. After my complete and utter failure to attach the raincover to the koochi a few months ago, and deliberately sending Gary a photo of it attached afterwards for future reference, yesterday I had a very long eye appointment in Exeter so the Tiny Human was left with daddy again to wander around town. It started raining the minute they got out of the car. By the time Gary had managed to work out how to fit the raincover, (no doubt with a few choice words) the sun was shining and the Tiny Human was looking at him like he was completely mad. Perhaps we need a special 'stupid people' guide...?
Well, sunday was my first Mother's Day - and what better way to celebrate than travelling miles to help my best friend show one of her horses?? It's a good job I wasn't expecting to get flowers and chocolates and dinner cooked for me really, as what I actually got was rushing up and down a bumpy field checking class times and a fun afternoon of playing everyone's favourite game, 'Hunt the portaloo'! The Koochi coped incredibly well with the rough ground though, and Kaitlyn looked a lot more comfy than the other small child who was being wheeled around!
April the 16th 2014
We found ducks!! We went to our local railway centre yesterday with my sister in law, niece and nephew, and managed to find two ducks that were very grateful for some bread. Kaitlyn is still a bit young to grasp the concept of actually letting go of the bread rather than chewing it, but I still feel it was a productive morning. As usual I was just an extra body that joins the Tiny Human on days out, so cousin Jennifer took charge! After some lunch (bread wasn't on the menu) we took a trip to Taunton for a professional photo shoot that I won in a Facebook competition a few weeks ago. It'll be nice to finally have some pictures of the whole family!
April the 23rd 2014
This weekend has been our first Easter as a family. For once, Gary actually had some time off, and I found out when I went into work on Thursday that I had been put down to have both the bank holidays off as well! Unexpected bonus there. After celebrating our weekend together by watching the rain cascade down the window on Sunday, we all (Koochi included) went to Gary's parents on Easter Monday, then into Exeter on Tuesday for a bit of family shopping. After a well planned morning to get out as early as possible - we left at just gone ten, a personal best - when we actually got into town and exited the car park, we were targeted by a seagull... All I can say is, thank god the Koochis cosytoes is waterproof!! If only we were too...
OH MY GOODNESS I'M FAMOUS!! * Yesterday, we all went back to Taunton to
see the results of our family photo shoot, and I got talking to another
mum while we were waiting. Not only is she a Pushchair Expert member,
she has also read my reviews and is considering a Koochi!! I shall just
assume my commission cheque is in the post lol. The photos are amazing,
it's so lovely to have pictures of all of us together, I've gotten far
too happy being the one actually taking the pictures, so it makes a nice
change to have me included in some photo memories. Off shopping in a
bit for the Tiny Humans first birthday party - next time I write, we'll
have a one year old!
*Autographs are available for a small fee, I accept all major cards, PayPal, and chocolate.
May the 15th 2014
Where has the time gone? Since the last update, I now have a one year old and I'm stunned! Because we both had the week off of work, Gary and I have been taking the Tiny Human everywhere possible, in the Koochi naturally. We've managed several trips to the park, another trip to see the ducks, and also another trip to the indoor play area when the weather was a bit rubbish, so we're definitely making use of it. I had my complete day childless on Saturday though, I went to Badminton horse trials with a friend - I really wanted to take Kaitlyn but it was an extremely long day and the weather forecast wasn't brilliant, so she stayed with nanny. Good job really, as (and I have to be honest) there is absolutely no way that the koochi would have coped with the boggy conditions that we had to struggle through. A few people braved it with buggies, but they soon disappeared and little people were being carried everywhere you looked! Just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune for a stroller because even the so called 'off road' ones aren't all they're cracked up to be!
May the 31st 2014
We've been a bit quiet for the last few days due to a rather nasty dose of rotovitus, but we managed to get out and about on Tuesday to go to the baby event at boots in Exeter. Armed with balloons, windmills, and an incredibly jammed goody bag, the koochi looked very festive! The Tiny Human also had her 12 month injections yesterday, as expected she was unimpressed to say the least, but the liner kept her as comfy as possible while I was pushing her and her sore legs home. She's really starting to look at home in it now, I can't believe how much bigger she's got!
June the 16th 2014
We've had a busy couple of weeks here, we started with a shopping trip in Exeter (on a Saturday, I feel very brave! And slightly stupid, because it was horrendous) where we met someone very special - Cookie Monster! I won't lie, I was slightly starstruck.
Then we drove down to Weymouth for a few days staying in the Haven park there, so the Tiny Human and the Koochi both had their first experience of sand! Kaitlyns first reaction was to clean her fingers by licking them (!) then she proceeded to chuck as much sand into the buggy as possible. Thanks for that.
I can honestly say that I won't be taking the Koochi beach jogging anytime soon, even on wet sand we had issues moving the wheels. Ah well, that just means I get to spend more time shopping!
July the 7th 2014
The last week or so has seen the arrival of four extra teeth in our house, and not much has made the Tiny Human smile apart from going out and about in the fresh air - cue lots of hard work for my legs! At least it means that she actually has a nap every now and again, although I can't say she looks very comfortable!
We also discovered a new fan of the Koochi yesterday in the form of Kaitlyns friend Amelia -she had a solid twenty minutes of entertainment pushing the buggy around in the house. I think it was one of the biggest hits of the play date, and proves that it's a hit with all ages!
At the time of writing this, the pushchair costs around £130. I love the practicality of this pushchair - it's incredibly easy to put up and collapse, and (once I actually gave in and read the instruction manual) the raincover is simple to put on. The handles are covered in soft foam, so are always comfortable and warm, with grips for you fingers too, although the suspension is not fantastic - anything other than a supermarket floor and the vibrations are terrible through your hands. Kaitlyn always seemed excited to get in the Koochi though, and after a while I started getting a lot of comments about how slouched she looked. I just shrugged it off to start with, however after using a friends pushchair one afternoon, I saw how she SHOULD have been sitting. The back is relatively easily reclined using a drawstring, but it simply doesn't tighten enough for the back to support madams back where it needs to. It did mean that when she fell asleep she was comfortable without me having to recline the seat though, as her head never fell forwards!!
Would I pay £130 for this pushchair? For a lightweight, easily foldable pushchair for an older toddler, probably. But it wasn't the wisest choice for a six month old. It always had a lot of compliments, and the bright colours are certainly eye catching, but I would definitely recommend trying it out first.
Finally: A bonus 'pro' because I promised my friend - it has a cup holder. My friend has said that
if her pushchair had a cup holder, her child would be in it until secondary