A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ARMADILLO XT BY OLIVIA MCGUINNESS
Top mum Olivia McGuinnes and her family were let loose with our Armadillo XT, and it’s fair to say they put it through it’s paces! Here she tells us a bit about their off road adventures.
Whilst I am still on maternity leave, it is important we make the most of family time together. When Nathan is not at work during school holidays, we like to get out and about exploring together as much as we can. The Armadillo XT is perfect to allow us to easily make the most of these special moments whilst also looking stylish.
The first day of the school holidays and Chester and I head to Baby Sensory class as usual. I just love watching him learning and experiencing new textures, smells and sounds. He is such a cheeky character that he never fails to make me laugh as he tries to demolish the props around the room.
Back home, quick nappy change and we pack the car. The Armadillo XT is easy to take about as it folds up so small, and still allows space in the boot for our wellies and all of Chester’s bits and bobs.
Arrive at Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire, and put our wellies on ready for a cold family adventure! Chester has fallen asleep in the car as usual, and wakes as Nath lifts him out. Straight into the pushchair and strapped in using the safety harness with ease. Chester’s toys are attached to the bumper bar, his bag and the rain cover are popped in the spacious shopping basket under the pram and we are ready to go. This pushchair is so practical and yet looks sophisticated with its beautiful fabric and leatherette details.
We follow the Nightjar Trail which is about 3 miles. The Armadillo XT is great on this unsurfaced trail as the 360° wheels can be locked to allow smooth travel when out in the countryside. Chester quickly drifts back off to sleep in the comfy padded seat, so I recline the pushchair all the way back, allowing him to stretch out.
Chester wakes from his power nap. The pushchair is outward facing so Chester is wrapped up snug, contently watching the light change, the wind blowing the trees and playing with his toys. We enjoy some time together with Nath pushing Chester whilst we chat away about Chester’s determination to get on his feet and walk whilst at baby group this morning. We can keep an eye on Chester through the convenient peek-a-boo window into the hood allowing a lovely peaceful walk.
The three of us keep our eyes peeled for the forest faces, carved from old trees, hidden along the trail. Nath keeps pushing whilst I walk alongside the pushchair showing Chester the squirrels and pointing out any forest faces we spot!
Oh Help! Oh No! It’s a Gruffalo! Pop the pushchair brake on, an unclip of the safety harness and Chester is in Nath’s arms looking at the Gruffalo statue. This is a book we love reading at home, so we let Chester have a good look and feel and we take a few photos before popping Chester back in the pram. I take over pushing Chester along, a quick change of the handle height and off we go.
We reach the end of the trail, Chester is ready for his lunch and we are ready for a hot drink and a bite to eat, so we pop into the café. We get Chester out of his pushchair, put him in a highchair and he wolfs down his lunch!
We go to the Mushroom village for Chester to have a play in the sand and on the slides etc. It is so important spending time together, having fun, and I just love watching Chester playing with Nath!
We head back to the car ready to head home. I pop Chester in his car seat whilst Nath quickly and easily puts the pushchair down and into the boot. Wellies off and we are back on the road.
As Nath takes a sleepy Chester into the house, I take the Armadillo XT out of the boot and follow them in, popping it back under the stairs. Chester sits and has a play whilst Nath makes the fire and I make a cup of tea. Time to get cosy for the evening and read the Gruffalo!
Sounds like a success! Find out more about the Armadillo XT.