Last year I was very privileged to have been a Mother & Baby tester for disposable nappies and wipes, very handy may I add, not having to buy those items for about 8 weeks was fabulous, and saved me a small fortune. So when Jessica sent out the email this year to apply I thought I had to give it another shot, I enjoyed myself so much last year I couldn’t resist, so off went my email in a vain hope I might be lucky. The day I got the confirmation mail back I nearly wet myself with excitement; I get to test PUSHCHAIRS eeeeeeeek, a dream come true.
Now this required a lot more planning than last, I had to select my team of people and then tell them the exciting news but then they couldn’t pass this info onto anyone, not an easy thing to do, you know how us ladies like to gossip!!! But we have managed it so far, a few late night texts etc have been rather funny.
It was like Christmas come early, each buggy arrived and after unpacking very large boxes and carting them down to the shed. I had to put them altogether, some instructions better than others may I add. Nevertheless they all got done and off they went to the first tester.
My first 2 weeks went without any problems at all, everyone was really enjoying themselves, children too, although one of my friend’s little boy sat in the first and said he didn’t like this one as he said “not comfy! My bum don’t fit in it”!!! From then we had to get his opinion on all the others he tested.
After a couple of weeks things started to go wrong, I had one of my testers pull out…. Oh my god, I panicked, what was I going to do, I was a tester down and 2 weeks into the testing which meant I had to find someone quick and they wouldn’t get a week on each pushchair, more like 5 days….. my fabbie friend from across the road had just got back from her hols and jumped at the chance, phew. Then the following week my daughter went and broke her wrist so numerous amount of trips to A+E and fracture clinics now had to be planned on top of everything else. In fact it got late one evening I was sat in front of the TV and my phone goes, one of my testers asking if I had forgotten her as we were going to do the switchover earlier that day, a lot of apologising and a promise I would see her the next day with a bar of choccie as a sorry and everything is back on track.
To say I have enjoyed this year’s testing would be an understatement; words cannot describe how much fun I have had. Even my son has been very patient with me. Many looks of “really mum, another pushchair” have come my way, and my 6 year old wanting to get in them too, and help me push, she’s a real mummy’s girl. I can’t believe it is nearly over and that’s it for another year.
Out of the 4 pushchairs I cannot pick a favourite in all honesty, they were all so different in what they had to offer, all have had good and bad points and has been very interesting in the different views of mine to my other testers, some I have loved they haven’t rated as high…. But isn’t this what it is all about, real mum’s giving real advice.
Thank you so much Jessica for giving me this fabulous opportunity….. I have popped a couple of pics. The first was Ben was giving the thumbs up to the Zezu pramette, his favourite. My boy, Ben, in the Quinny. My mum with my 6 year old having to have a try of the Obaby Zezu pramette right before she broke her arm in the play area. Lastly, of my friend’s little one enjoying his snooze in the Stokke Xplory.