As soon as we had the all clear at our 12-week scan we were already thinking about the logistics of having two children under the age of two. Max was around the 19-month mark when his baby brother arrived and hadn’t been walking that long, he certainly was too young to give up the buggy in favour of walking full-time.
The way we saw it we had two options:
- Spend a small fortune on a double buggy.
- Invest in a ride on platform for the buggy (preferably with a seat)
Il be honest with you, we didn’t really have the finances to justify spending silly amounts of money on a double buggy.
We did eventually buy a double, we went with the affordable Joie Aire you can read our review of that here: Joie Aire Double buggy review.
Before we cracked and brought the double we went ahead and purchased a sling (NCT Close Caboo) and a platform rider with a seat (Mee Go S Rider).
We recently purchased the Lascal Maxi Board which really has ticked all the boxes.
Things to check before purchasing a ride on platform for the buggy:
I really wish that I had been in less of a rush to buy a ride on platform, our choice was a total panic buy. We brought the Mee-Go a few weeks before Kai arrived, really we should do checked the following before hitting the buy now button.
Is the ride on platform compatible with your pram/pushchair?
So this sounds like comment sense, but I just took the chance that the Mee-Go would work with my Mama and Papas zoom trio, in reality, I should have taken the time to find out if it would actually work. In our case it wasn’t compatible, it attached fine but we found that the board came out too far and our handle wasn’t high enough. This made it incredibly hard for me to push the pram with Max on the board.
Upon checking Mee Go’s website there is no way to actually check if your pram is a suitable match. I couldn’t find an answer when searching on Google. The best thing to do would have been to contact Mee Go directly as they will be able to give a definitive answer.
I have found Lascal to be the complete opposite to Mee-Go. They have a very informative website with lots of information about the buggy boards they sell ( Mini- Up to 4 Years and Maxi – Up to 6 Years). Originally I had asked in Mothercare about the compatibility because I did not want to make the same expensive mistake twice. The lady brought up the Lascal Website on her tablet and within two seconds had a list as long as your arm of the pushchairs/prams that are compatible with the Maxi and Mini.
The Lascal buggy board boasts compatibility with 99% of prams (check out the link above to see if yours is on the list). It also works with double buggys as well as singles.
Had I taken the time to actually seek out some reviews of the Mee-Go then I would have known straight away that it wasn’t suitable and wouldn’t have wasted my time or money. It’s always a good idea to do a search on the internet before investing your money. Reviewers will often showcase the pros and cons of the products. A fresh perspective may highlight a point that you hadn’t thought of and will save you time in the long run.
Will the board be sturdy and will you be able to push the pram?
The size of the platform and seat on the Mee-Go made it practically impossible for me to be able to not only push the pram but also to have good control over the steering. With the Lascal Maxi board, I feel in complete control, the board is attached to two straight arms whereas the Mee- Go is in a point. The Maxi board feels much sturdier than the Mee-Go.
Is there the additional option of a seat?
This was what really drew me to the Mee-Go, it had a seat with a harness and a little steering wheel. The Maxi board comes with the option of adding a seat, the Mini, however, does not.
What ride on platforms do you see on the street?
I really wish I had asked myself this question. I saw a lot of mums and dads using the Lascal board when out and about, I didn’t see any using the Mee-Go. This speaks volumes if people are spending their cash on the same brand, this usually means that’s the superior product.
Pro’s and Cons: Lascal v’s Mee-go
We found the Mee-Go a little tricky to put together, better instructions would have been beneficial. Perhaps more resource on their actual website would have helped make the install a little smoother.
The Lascal Maxi board was quite straight forward with lots of options to make sure the board is a safe secure fit to the pram. I roped my friend into helping to install the board and she found it easy enough. We found the instructions to be simple enough to follow, Lascal also has many helpful tutorials on their website.
We found the Mee-Go didn’t deal with kerbs or uneven pavements very well. This may have been because of the un-compatibility with our pram. To get the board to go up a kerb we would have to physically pull the board up. This is difficult enough, let alone with the weight of a toddler added to the mix.
We made sure that we thoroughly tested the Lascal Maxi board. It passed all of our tests, it handles the kerbs like a pro. It made light work of roads and uneven pavements, we live near streets where the roads are basically rubble and the Maxi board took all the terrains in its stride.
Both boards look attractive. The Mee-Go has the light up wheels and the steering wheel (which Max loved) I felt these were a really nice extra that would make your toddler excited to use the board. The seat also comes with a harness. The safety element was important to me.
The Lascal Maxi Board comes in red or blue and has the option of adding in a seat, I don’t think I would bother with the seat as this doesn’t come with a harness. Max likes standing on the board looking out over the pram. He loves nothing more than to talk to Kai while were walking down the street.
The Mee-Go retails at £99.00, which includes the board and seat. I just had a quick check and they also sell a handlebar extender for £35.00.
The Lascal Maxi Board retails at £69.99 which doesn’t include a seat. The seat costs an additional £45.00.
Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes when making the right choice for your ride on platform.
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