We have been testing out the Cosatto Giggle travel system for the past couple of weeks. There will be a further review using the carrycot and car seat once baby 2 is here, but for now I wanted to talk about what comes in the box, and how the Giggle performs with a 2.5 year old in the seat.
By this point, a lot of people (ourselves included) move on to an umbrella-fold pushchair for their toddler’s main ride, but even now we do sometimes still use our travel system for Arlo, and so I think it’s really important to properly test out the Giggle with Arlo in the seat. When you carefully select the all-important travel system for your newborn, the toddler years seem very far away, but I think it’s really great to know that you are investing in a pushchair that will grow with your child and that you could still be using two years down the line.
So, what’s in the box?
The chassis (literally unfold it and clip the wheels on, it took us under five minutes to ‘construct’)
The seat unit
The carrycot unit
Car seat adaptors
Changing bag (with padded change mat and messy bag)
Two bumper bars (one foam covered and one with a zip off cover – perfect for messy toddlers)
What we like about the Giggle:
I love the design. It’s probably the best looking pushchair I’ve seen. There was nothing this bright and colourful around when I was choosing travel systems for Arlo. We chose the Treet design, and it’s cheerful green pattern is definitely a head-turner.
The fold is so simple. Much easier than our existing travel system.
It folds with the seat on! (in forward-facing mode). I know it’s not a huge hassle to take the seat unit off before folding – I have spent over a year and a half doing just this with Arlo’s travel system – but it’s just that bit easier and takes that little bit less time when it folds in one piece.
You won’t find yourself forking out for all the extra bits – The Giggle comes with footmuff and car seat attachments included.
The seat unit can parent-face and forward-face.
The bumper bar – it’s washable, and gate-opening. If you have to remove the whole thing every time you need to get your child in and out of the seat, there’s really no point in having one on the pushchair, so this is a really handy feature.
The footmuff is 4-way reversible, so you can chop and change the pattern to suit your mood or the weather – one side is fleece-lined (perfect for winter), the other side is a more wipeable and breathable material.
The footrest – You’d be surprised at the amount of pushchairs that do not have a footrest to accommodate an older child/toddler.
How does the Giggle perform with a toddler in the seat?
Initially, I thought we were going to have the same issue that we are finding with a lot of travel systems now that Arlo is over two years old. The seat unit looked pretty compact, and I wasn’t sure there would be any space between Arlo’s head and the hood canopy. But once I put him in the Giggle, I could see that the seat was indeed deep enough to accommodate Arlo, and he told me that he was “very comfy”. Even better, he still has space underneath the hood. I’d say there’s about a two-inch gap, the photo below should give some idea.
Another initial reservation was that the combination of plastic wheels and heavy toddler would mean that the ride would be similar to an umbrella-fold pushchair. But I was really surprised at how smooth the Giggle is, there’s no difference between the Giggle and our pushchair with foam wheels.
Half way round Sainsbury’s I realised that I’d been steering the Giggle one-handedly the whole time, so it’s obviously really easy to manoeuvre – even with a heavier toddler in the seat.
I’d love it if the shopping basket were a little bigger, and if access to it wasn’t restricted by the bar when the seat is in parent-facing mode. I found I couldn’t fit in a whole shopping bag in one go and had to put items in one by one. This isn’t an issue in forward facing mode as the bar part of the frame isn’t in the way.
When it comes to taking tight and sloped corners with a toddler/heavier child in the seat, it definitely needs a two-handed steer to prevent a sideways tilt (I think this is because it’s a 3 wheeler pushchair). I only noticed it tilt when I tested the Giggle on THE tightest, narrowest corner in our neighbourhood, which also happens to be on quite a steep hill. I think any three-wheeler pushchair in this situation with an older/heavier toddler would be the same.
For the past couple of weeks we have been using the Giggle as our main pushchair. It is definitely a pushchair that can be used well into the toddler years, and overall I am seriously impressed at how easily it handles having a 2.5 year old in the seat. For the price, longevity, and for the slightly superficial reason that the designs are so fun and cheerful, I’d say the Cosatto Giggle is a very good option if you are looking to buy a travel system.
We were sent the Cosatto Giggle travel system free of charge for reviewing purposes.