With Archie’s current developmental issues we’re considering replacing our old Mamas & Papas Sola so when I was invited to a sneak peek, I knew I wanted to write up a Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip review.
We really need a buggy as Archie cannot walk on reins as it really sends him into a meltdown, he just doesn’t like to be ‘restrained’ and I end up having to drag him. He also cannot walk by himself as he has no awareness of his surroundings which is very dangerous for him but as mentioned, due to his developmental issues & potential Autism he just doesn’t understand any instructions or directions you give him to try & keep him safe.
He’s also non-verbal so cannot tell me if he’s getting tired or overwhelmed etc. He’s also started to lick things & put objects in his mouth (another sign of Autism) so along with the choking hazard I’m terrified that he’s going to lick something that is infested with germs and could seriously make him ill (as you can imagine this sends my anxiety into overdrive!).
I love our Sola but we really want something more compact. We’ve tried downsizing to a smaller umbrella stroller (also a Mamas & Papas) but he just doesn’t like it. He much prefers to be higher up and likes the space of a bigger, wider buggy so the only time we use the stroller is if I’m walking him to nursery as they have no room to store such a huge buggy as the Sola. This is one of the main reasons we are considering an alternative as the Sola is a great buggy but it’s huge when folded down, so when I heard about the sneak peek I really wanted to go & have a nosy at the Armadillo Flip
As soon as I saw the Armadillo Flip I loved it, the Teal colour is just gorgeous but I’m also loving the neutral ‘Sand Dune’ colour too. I love the style of the buggy and it’s a really nice size without being huge & chunky. The big seat is a great feature, especially if like me you are looking at this for a larger child rather than a newborn, although it is also suitable from birth and is car seat & carrycot compatible.
I love the fact that it’s both front & parent facing as with the smaller buggies you don’t generally have this option, and what is particularly amazing, well you may not think it’s amazing but coming from experience the fact that you can fold it down both ways without having to mess about with taking the seat unit off, I think is bloody fab!
Possibly due to the Autism, Archie sometimes likes to retreat into himself and block out the world so in this instance I normally change the Sola to parent facing with the hood up to give him his own space, and the Mamas and Papas Flip has a huge XXXL hood which would be great for him but is also fab to keep smaller babies shielded from the wind or sun as we all know how useless sun parasols are, especially on buggies with a chunkier frame.
But saving the best until last…
The size of this when folded is bloody incredible, it’s tiny, look at the Flip compared to the Sola! Its so easy to fold down with one hand with the seat unit forward or backwards and its even got a little handle for picking it up! This would be fab for mums that have to use public transport. I do drive but the hubby & I share the car so unless I have a hospital appointment or something similar with Archie then he has the car for the drive to work.
I haven’t used this buggy with Archie, it is only a ‘first thoughts’ on the Flip but I can honestly say it seems to be a fab buggy that would grow with your little one, I just don’t think I could stretch to the £399 price tag for a buggy for a two year old with special need as.
Look out for my upcoming post that will be comparing the Sola & the Flip side by side including all the specification & features of the two.