I'm Louise! I am 35, and live in Kent with my partner of 3 years Kevin (Kev),
and our gorgeous (but boisterous!) son Jude. It's all go for our Jude - he will
be a year old in just a few days! Time sure travels fast!
I work full-time in Recruitment in London. And Kev? Well, let's just say he has drawn the better end of the deal... He looks after our own business - a live music events company from home and gets to spend all day building forts and playing with Jude!
Myself, Kev and especially Jude (who is quite the discerning "little" man about town!) are really looking forward to putting the Koochi through its paces and letting you all know what we think of it!
I was ecstatic when I found out we were chosen to test the Cosatto Koochi, and could not wait to see it!
We looked at buying it a few months ago, but got the Chicco London instead, so looking forward to seeing how the Koochi will compare!
The pushchair came in a fairly compact box. Unfortunately, Jude was asleep whilst I quite gleefully opened it up to see what was inside!
The Koochi has a metal frame, was already assembled and the accessories (more about this in a minute) were all individually wrapped. All we had to do was click on the two front wheels, attach the hood and the Koochi was ready to go! It feels sturdier that the Chicco London which is made from hard plastic, but the Koochi is still fairly light. We travel to London a lot with Jude, so I wanted a light weight stroller to use for ease, hence why we bought our current strolle. The lightness of the Koochi was a nice surprise!
Now for the accessories! The Koochi comes with cool stuff included in the price: A foot muff, which on first inspection felt cosy and good quality, a changing bag, a cup/bottle holder, and rain cover. The changing bag also comes complete with separate changing mat and a decent size plastic wallet for all those dirty clothes/plates/bottles etc. It is in black and bright yellow to match the pushchair, so very distinctive.
Which brings me to the aesthetics of the Koochi. When I showed Kev the link to the Primary Yellow style we were getting, his first remarks were "Well, thats a bit bright, ain't it?"! Surprisingly, the Koochi wasn't as in your face bright as we thought it would be - it's quite stunning actually! The yellow looks great against the black, and would suit a boy or a girl. I can tell that the Koochi was made with dad's in mind too, especially with its almost Formula 1 racing appearance.
Whilst finishing our initial appraisal of the Koochi, Jude woke up and as you can see by the picture, he also seems to be taken with it as he seems very keen to get in it! We are off out in a bit so will fill you in on how we get on our first outing with our new addition!
Our first impressions:
Easy to assemble
Striking and stylish looking
Cup holder :-D
Wide padded seat
Padded 5 point harness system
Feels sturdy, but surprisingly lightweight
Comes with accessories such as foot muff and changing bag
June the 8th 2014
July the 22nd 2014
Spent a nice day on the beach - Jude loved playing in the sand, but it wasn't that warm to go in the water - gotta love British weather!The Koochi was OK navigating over the sand, the fact that the wheels can lock forwards or be left to move freely really helps with the manoeuvrability of the pushchair. What still worries us however is the fact that the hood really does nothing to protect Jude from the sun :-( it's just not big enough.
August the 21st 2014
went to London today to visit my sister. The Koochi is very good on public
transport and even though I went on my own with Jude, I found it easy to fold
up with one hand, getting off trains/tubes/buses and to carry up and down
stairs - to be fair I had loads of people wanting to help too :-)
Even on the busy Streets of London, the Koochi looks the part in its bright yellow colours. We definitely stood out! Even with pounding the pavements, I didn't feel shocks/bumps which I sometimes felt when pushing Jude in his lighter "London" stroller, and with the padding on the seats and the fact that Jude quite happily snoozed in it I knew that he was comfy too!
Jude is getting bigger and taller by the day, but luckily the Koochi has loads of room left for him. Kev is over 6ft so it's no surprise that Jude is so tall for his age too! One of the first impressions I had of the Koochi was that it had wider and longer seats which we really liked. This hopefully means that family's will have lots of years used left in it which is one of the things that I look for when buying anything - longevity and value!
September the 19th 2014
We went to the park today and once again the Koochi did well on grassy, gravel and uneven terrains. We have been using the Koochi as our preferred pushchair and it seems to be taking all the abuse we throw at it!October the 3rd 2014
fickle weather seems to be playing havoc and it is cold here in the south coast!
Luckily now that the weather has turned, we have taken to using the cosy toes
that came free with the Koochi. This is a great extra, and on a par with some of
the expensive ones that are available to buy individually. Lovely warm fleece
inside kept Jude warm all day and is long enough for him to grow in too - it
also fits easily on the pushchair (through the straps) and the top part can be
taken off very easily on the go should Jude get too hot.
We are still out and about with the Koochi and thinking about Christmas coming up! Only a few weeks to go!!!
We are planning a massive Christmas as it's our last one in the UK - I have been offered a job in Australia and it starts in February! So as well as planning for Christmas, we are also getting ready for our big move abroad!
Shopping with the Koochi is great. I was a bit sceptical about the basket below when we first got the Koochi, but it is deceptive as we found we can fit quite a few things under there! It's great when we are out and about, as we take quite a few things out with us, and Jude loves taking his trucks :-) Even when Jude is reclining, there is still room underneath. The bag that came with it is useful too, however we do not use it as much as it is much too small to fit stuff in - we much prefer a bigger parent bag.
The Koochi has been a great little stroller with very few negatives to mention. Being super lightweight with a compact fold it is ideal for use on public transport and general trips out and about. The seat is roomy and therefore ideal for larger toddlers and the colours certainly ensure you stand out from the croud! The cupholder, change bag and footmuff being included with the stroller is a definite bonus and helps reduce additional cost.
It would be better if the hood could pull further forward to help protect from the sun, but otherwise using the Koochi has been a great experience.