A buggy board is an ideal attachment for your pushchair if you have a toddler to transport as well as a baby. It clips on above the back wheels, providing a platform for your toddler to stand on if he gets tired of walking or you are in a hurry, and is easier to manoeuvre and store than a double buggy. Having only someplace to stand -- rather than sit and be comfortable -- also encourages your little one to walk, working toward that all-important hour of exercise recommended for toddlers.
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Things you need
- Buggy board Kit
- Coin or screwdriver
Place the buggy board upside down on a level surface to attach the wheels. There are two holes on both sides close to the corners of the board, which will be furthest away from the buggy, and it is into these holes that you press the small leg that is attached to each wheel. Press each leg in until you hear a click.
Press the arms that will attach the board to the buggy into the holes on either side of the board. You are now working with the part of the board which makes up the hinges, and will be the closest to the buggy once set up.
Position the connectors -- the small hooks with straps that will attach the board to your buggy -- either facing forward or backward by bending the strap around your buggy tubing and attaching it the way you would tie a belt. Ensure that the arms of the buggy board can reach the connectors but remain clear of the brakes and the wheels, and that the connectors are as low as possible on the tubing and do not interfere with the folding mechanism.
Attach the connectors once you are sure of a clear position on the tubing by affixing the friction tape, which comes with the buggy board kit, on the place where you want the connectors to go. Place the connectors over the tape and pull the strap, ensuring the connector closes tightly. Turn the connector bolt clockwise.
Cut the strap if it interferes with the folding mechanism, otherwise you can leave it as it is.
Turn the buggy board onto its wheels to position the arms. Loosen the height adjustment screw found on the part of the arm that attaches to the board. Rotate the arms forward so they are reaching out to the buggy, and tighten the height adjustment screw. Measure the distance between the two connectors to determine on which side of the arm the cottar pins -- the pins that come from the side of the arms to attach to the connectors -- should go. There are three holes in the arm to choose from. Position the board as close to the buggy as you can, leaving ample space for your standing child. Screw the cottar pin through the chosen hole and tighten either with a coin or a screwdriver.
Connect the board to the buggy by loosening the two fixing screws -- the two main screws on the hinge of the board -- and adjusting the width of the arms so that the cottar pins click into place in the connectors. Tighten the fixing screws. Loosen the height adjustment screws until the board is level with the ground and tighten them back up again.
Tips and warnings
- Certain strollers may need an Extender Kit to attach to the buggy. These kits can add up to 6 centimetres.
- You can also purchase extra connectors if you want to use your buggy board on more than one stroller.
- Use warm water, a soft cloth and mild non-abrasive cleaning fluid to clean the board.
- Do not fold the buggy with the board still attached. It must be removed beforehand.
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