What happens when you combine one cutie in a wheelchair + one wonky shopping trolley + one wonky mama pushing it all?
Listen to the repeat at You & Yours, BBC Radio 4. Then use the hashtag #YouAndYours to let us know what you think.
And here’s what happened next…
May just wants to shop.
And Sainsbury’s heard her cries. We tested out the Firefly ‘GoTo Shop’ trolley and it is awesome.
The trolley provides a five-point harness to secure children who are challenged by tone, balance and sitting. It also has a fifth wheel underneath to stop those dangerous situations where the trolley veers in one direction (down a ramp and directly into the car park) instead of where you want it to go (safely on the pavement). This seems especially important given that the children using these trolleys will weigh more than a baby or toddler, and that weight, combined with the shopping, will pull against us poor parents.
The seat is padded and there is plenty of room to hold an older child. The Firefly ‘GoTo Shop’ trolley is aimed at the 3 – 10 year-old range.
Some initial thoughts… The size of the basket is about half the size of a normal trolley. On a bigger shop, will all our food fit in? Will the weight of a huge shop (plus May) impact on pushing the trolley? More testing is required before we’ll know.
The most pressing issue is that the harness is too large for a child May’s size. It should fit snuggly around her torso. But, the manufacturer spotted this immediately and are creating a smaller one. They are also adding some head support. I’ll have photos of the “Trolley Mock 2″ in a few weeks. Testing will continue over the next 6 – 8 weeks.
In the meantime, do you have any questions for Sainsbury’s or for the designers the Firefly ‘GoTo Shop’ trolley?
If the trial works, we may see these all over the country so your input is important!Disclaimer: Sainsbury’s gave me a voucher to use while shopping during the trial. All opinions are my own.