I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but alongside this blog, I also run a London based LGBT parenting group.
We’ve grown to about 340 members now and just had to move from our old shared web page to a new website purely for us.
I am HUGELY proud of the group and how much we have grown and the events and meetups that happen and the subsequent friendships that have developed as a result of it, that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops and where better to do that, than at London’s Gay Pride. I felt it was time we let the rest of London know we exist – so I booked us as a walking group, and I organised it as an ‘event’ our our website and hoped people would come.
I have to say, no matter how long I have been organising events for people (and I used to do it for Expats in Rome, when I lived there several years ago), I am always nervous that nobody will turn up! I felt like that at our wedding, and nobody else was invited!
After I had booked us on and organised it, I went on a bit of a search.
I wanted us to be as bright and colourful as possible – and I REALLY NEEDED a rainbow pram for Bug. Now, honestly there is only one pram company who comes to mind when you think of bold colours, prints with personality (AND who are a which best buy) – it had to be Cosatto. So, I contacted them and prayed they could help.
And help, they could.
The good people of Cosatto knew too, that there was really only ONE pram who who help us to stand out at Pride, amongst 240 other parading groups, and create visibility to what turned out to be 30,000 spectators.
It is SUCH a sexy pram. And there’s no denying it, you won’t be missed with this one! It’s definitely not for wallflowers.
I was SO excited when the boxes arrived:
And you know what? I didn’t need anybody to help me lift it up or get the bits out. I did it all by myself *puff out chest*, mostly because I was excited and stubborn, and not heavily pregnant – do get some help if you are pregnant!
It all slid very nearly out of the box, wrapped in plastic to protect it.
It was SO quick and easy to put up, I didn’t even need to read the instructions! Now, I have been lucky enough to have had (another brand) new pram from scratch before and it took me a good hour. I would say at most, this took me 10 minutes!
And look at the goodies that come with it – a changing bag!
And a raincover! Now I am a cloth bummer, and currently use an Avon changing ba (though sadly it is on its last legs) – I love it for the size of it. While the Cosatto free changing bag isn’t as big, it surprisingly did fit everything in there and 3 cloth nappies for a day out, plus all the other bits and pieces we need with a 1 year old and nearly 7 year old…..I was very pleasantly surprised with what I could fit in there. The changing mat that comes with the bag, can also be folded in several ways too, making it easier to play Tetris with your bag belongings!
We really enjoyed testing the Cosatto Giggle 3 in 1 Travel System out, before Gay pride, London. Also, I had never used a 3-wheeler before, and I am a convert, they are so easy to steer! AND it was light – nowhere near as heavy as I thought it would be. Here’s Bug giving big brother a loving kick on the nose!
It also comes with a car seat, and a bassinet, both of which Bug unfortunately is a bit big for – but we used the bassinet part of our Pram when Bug was born and totally loved it – so I can see how useful it is. And for such an amazing price, I cannot believe you get a car seat too, no wonder it is a Which best buy!
You also have the option of having the seat in parent facing mode, though Bug prefers to view the world, because she is incredibly nosey.
Everywhere we went, people commented on how beautiful the design was and how they would like one! It was no different at Pride either, the other parents thought it was fantastic and fit in so beautifully with our theme. What’s not to love about a rainbow!?
On the day, we drove into town as we were responsible for carrying our groups banner, 100 balloons and sticks, picnic blankets, a shade, things we would need for our children for the day, drinks for everyone….
The Cosatto Giggle managed to fit in/on everything we needed for the entire day. We are both definitely over-packers, so I hope this shows you what can be achieved!
And finally after a LOT of organising, and stressing …. it was Parade time YAY!
The rain came down for some of it (particularly the start and I did worry that a few of our parents would give up and go home by this point), but it didn’t spoil our day at all, and I am in awe of the families who came to march with us and tell the world all about their family. The rain cover was tested several times and I can tell you, in a central London downpour, it works beautifully
Here is Nanny pushing Bug in the Parade. How lucky we are to be surrounded by such supportive family <3
And here are two worn out kids, after a day of Parading. Loved London Pride 2014, can’t wait to go back next year.
And of course a special and very big thank you to Cosatto, for helping us to stand amongst such a wonderfully colourful parade. <3