Cosatto are well known for their eye catching designs and practical baby gear. The new Cosatto WOW combines the two, but also has the option to go a little more understated if the really bright prints aren’t your thing. We chose the Posy design – a deep purple colour with matching chassis, and a subtle print.
The WOW is the one stop shop travel system, suitable from that very first trip out with your newborn to day trips with your toddler. For the early days, there is a substantial, well made carrycot, which will easily last your baby until 6 months. It comes with a soft, comfortable mattress and washable liner. The carry handle can be locked into place to make lifting the carrycot on and off the frame a breeze, especially as it has a one hand release system. The hood is a decent size, so offers some shade and protection. The inside of our carrycot hood features the slightly more eye catching design, perfect for giving little ones something to focus on.
Once your little one is ready to make the transition from carrycot to seat unit, the WOW has the option to choose parent facing or world facing. The recline on the seat unit is pretty impressive – you do get a real lie flat feature perfect for nap time. Again, the hood is large and moves smoothly, offering shade and weather protection as well as a UPF50+ coating and extendable sun visor, which will really come into its own in the summer. It even has toy loops so you can attach things for your child to look at. There is a bumper bar with a removable, washable cover, and is hinged to make getting little ones in and out a lot easier.
I absolutely love the colour of the chassis – it makes such a change from the usual chrome or black options, and really compliments the colour of the fabrics. It’s eye catching without being over the top, and it is something that everyone has commented on.
We have been using the Cosatto WOW in the world facing mode. Eliza is 18 months now and prefers to look out and see what is going on around her. One of the things I like best about this pushchair is the high seating position – I don’t ever feel like Eliza is too close to the ground, and in parent facing mode it puts your child at the perfect height for chatting and interaction. In world facing mode, it makes it easier for others to stop and talk to her, and she gets a perfect view of activities going on nearby.
As you can see, at 18 months, Eliza still has plenty of room in the seat, and heaps of leg room. As she gets bigger, I think she will probably use the base plate at the front of the pushchair as a footrest. The seat is deep and well padded, and offers a lot of comfort.
I always look at the storage space when I am looking at pushchairs, and the WOW doesn’t disappoint. The basket is HUGE. I have recently discovered that the raincover can be zipped into a storage pocket right at the front of the shopping basket, which leaves the whole of the basket free for shopping or baby essentials. There is a matching changing bag available in all the WOW prints, and again this is spacious with a wipe clean outer, and contains a padded changing mat and heaps of storage pockets. This does fit neatly into the pushchair basket if you prefer.
My only gripe with this travel system is the straps in the seat unit. The shoulder and waist straps clip loosely together and then clip into the crotch strap. These do tend to come apart from each other when taking Eliza in and out of the pushchair, which is mildly annoying, and makes it slightly difficult to get a wriggly toddler back in again! Personally, I would prefer for the shoulder and waist straps to be ‘fixed’ together.
I am always keen to find a pushchair that can handle our lifestyle. We spend a lot of time walking on pavements and round shops, but we also spend a fair amount of time walking the dog, and I don’t want to be changing pushchairs every time I want to do a different activity. I am pleased to report that the Cosatto WOW can handle pretty much every surface I have thrown at it – tarmac, grass, mud and even gravel with a little bit of effort. This is entirely due to the rubber skin all terrain wheels, larger at the back for grip and traction. The fact that the aluminium chassis is so lightweight definitely helps too, as there is no excess weight to push or drag on uneven surfaces. It also benefits from all round suspension, so even on the bumpiest walks, Eliza is not jolted about.
As well as being super comfortable for Eliza, the WOW wows me too. It is so light to push, and the leatherette handle is adjustable, so I can get the perfect pushing height. Folding is a breeze too – and here is the real big deal for me – it can be folded with the seat unit in place. Hooray!
To fold with the seat unit in a forward facing position, it’s as simple as pushing in a button below the handlebar and pulling 2 levers back towards you. The chassis collapses down, and there is a lock to keep it all closed. For a smaller fold, you can remove the seat by pushing in the large round buttons on the side of the chassis, and you can quickly pop off the quick release wheels too if you need more space in the car boot. The aluminium frame makes lifting this pushchair into the car really easy – it just doesn’t feel bulky like so many can do.
Overall, we are incredible impressed with the Cosatto WOW travel system. At just £599.95 for everything your little one will need, you really can’t go wrong. You can add in some extras if you wish – a footmuff is available at £59.95, and you can attach the Port infant carrier (£164.95) without the need for additional adaptors – perfect for a quick whizz round the shops.
For us, the Cosatto WOW has replaced our usual pushchair, and is now used daily. The high seating position, the luxury touches, the huge basket and hood and the ease of use no matter where we go make this a real winner. Definitely one to consider if you are in the market for a new set of wheels.