This post is by the lovely and awesome Liz, who blogs at http://www.hartofthemunchkinpatch.co.uk/
Pushchairs are for big girls too, mummy …!
Since our Graco testing began a few weeks ago, all of or focus at the Munchkin Patch has been on how much Beastie is loving it and how perfect it is for her. I think someone has been feeling a little left out! Munchkin has asked on a number of occasions if she can “have a ride in the orange buggy“. As a rule, Munchkin doesn’t use a pushchair any more. She walks everywhere. However, she does get very tired when she does a lot of walking, and therefore, we were delighted that the Evo Mini was a pushchair that could comfortably accommodate them both. Therefore, I couldn’t let our testing period end without Munchkin taking it for a proper test drive. After all, the Graco Evo Mini is suitable up to 15kg, so plenty big enough for my 13kg bundle of fun!
This week, Munchkin’s nursery held a ‘Bedtime Stories’ session from 5-6pm. This was held on a non-nursery day for her, so she was very excited at the thought of going into school on her day off (crazy child!!) The idea was she would go to nursery at 5pm dressed in her pyjamas and slippers, accompanied by a favourite cuddly toy and they would enjoy an hour of bedtime stories whilst sharing milk and cookies. I suggested she could walk to nursery in her shoes and change into her slippers at nursery …
No way! Slippers would be worn both to and from nursery! And a dressing gown would replace a coat too …!
Her solution was that she would ride in the orange buggy to save her slippers from getting dirty. I didn’t argue with her idea. It made sense. She had insisted on taking her new friend, Pinkie Pie, along to Bedtime Stories with her, who is almost as big as she is. Therefore it would save any encounters with muddy puddles and prevent me from being lumbered with a huge cuddly pink bundle in my arms for 85% of the walk!
As you can see, our Evo Mini is plenty big enough for both Munchkin and Pinkie Pie!
It was also a very windy evening which bothers Munchkin immensely! She does not deal with the windy weather well at all. As soon as we stepped outside and she jumped into the seat of the pushchair, she said,
“Oooh, mummy, my orange buggy shuts all of the wind out!!”
Of course, the Graco Evo Mini’s hood does not act as a complete wind shield, but she clearly felt the benefit of being in there straight away. She claims that the wind couldn’t get to her because …
“… my orange buggy has the biggest hood in the world!!”
As you can see, there is no discomfort here at all. She fits perfectly well into the seat without feeling cramped. On the way home, she even asked me to put the seat into the reclined position so she could test that out, and then announced that she was planning on having a little sleep!! That told me she must have been comfortable!! When I asked her what her favourite bits about the Graco Evo Mini were, the first thing she pointed to was the foot rest! I asked her why that was the best part and she replied,
“It just feels nice on my feet, mummy. That’s all!”
I am very used to pushing Beastie around in the Evo Mini and was wondering how much heavier the pushchair would feel with Munchkin in the seat. To be honest, I hardly noticed a difference! The Evo Mini still felt really lightweight and easy to move around. It felt just as smooth as it moved along the pavement and Munchkin and Pinkie Pie were very comfortable! The harness was not a problem and adjusted easily to fit around her, and I was pleased to see how much head room she had.
Huge thanks to Danielle at The Family Express for sharing our thoughts about the Graco Evo Mini with her readers! If you would like to read more about our Graco Evo Mini testing, take a look at our other posts HERE.
We have been sent the Graco Evo Mini for the purpose of an ongoing review and are competing for the title of ‘Graco Ambassadors’