Spoilt for Choice
You’re expecting your first baby and are filled with excitement at the thought of your impending arrival – what do you do? Start shopping, of course! One of the biggest purchases you’ll make for your little bundle is their pushchair, and with so many types and brands available – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
So spoilt in fact, it might become a little overwhelming when you’re faced with countless travel systems, pushchairs, prams and strollers.
Well, help is at hand with our simple buying guide to help you through the fog to find your perfect pushchair!
Your Guide To Buying Your First Pushchair
Travel system…? Pushchair…? Pram…? Stroller…? Buggy…?
What’s the difference? Before you even think about clicking onto an online store or setting foot in a shop, make sure you’re clear on what’s what – it’ll make the search a lot easier!
You’re looking for both a car seat and a pram, an all-in-1 travel system is perfect as they combine a carrycot, pushchair and infant carrier. Not only does this mean you’ll have a matching set but they’re great when you’re moving baby from car to pram. As there’s no need to lift them out to transfer them from one to the other – they can carry on napping in peace.
Things to note:
The car seats included in travel systems are usually Group 0, so they’ll last from birth to around 6 months.It’s worth noting that some travel systems are priced altogether as one whilst others are sold separately – so read the product descriptions carefully to see what’s included.
Pushchairs and Prams
Prams are great for newborn babies as they allow your baby to lie in that all-important flat position. Some prams will also convert to a pushchair when your child is ready. Pushchairs are more sturdy than a stroller, can be reclined fully and can be either parent or forward facing.
Things to notes:
Prams can be quite sizeable so it’s worth checking if they’ll fit both in the boot of your car and wherever you plan on keeping it within your home.
Three-wheeled pushchairs are great for getting out and about for long walks with your baby as they’re super manoeuvrable – perfect for active families.
Strollers are lightweight, budget-friendly and practical. They’re easy to collapse, making them perfect for popping into the boot of your car or taking on your holidays. Some strollers are also suitable for newborn babies up to three years old.
Things to notes:
Not all strollers are suitable for newborn babies so make sure you check this before buying.
Depending on who you’re talking to, a buggy can be either a pushchair or a stroller – there’s really no other difference!
Twins and Tandems
Expecting twins? Or perhaps you just have two little ones under the age of two – if so, a duo pushchair will be perfect for you. In a nutshell, you can seat your little ones side by side with a twin pushchair or one underneath and one on top with a tandem.
Things to notes:
There are many models available where both seats can be fully reclined, however it’s important to note that not all twins and tandems are suitable for newborn babies.
You may never have considered a baby carrier but they’re great to use so that you can stay hands free when you’re at home, when you’re out and about and particularly in places where it’s hard to take a pushchair.
Things to notes:
Choose a baby carrier that supports both you and your baby properly to ensure the weight is distributed across your hips evenly, preventing back and shoulder ache. Make sure it also has ergonomic positioning to keep your little one safe.
Now you’re ready!
Once you’re clear on the type of pushchair you’re looking for, you can now start to focus on the styles, colour and patterns that catch your eye! From the classic shades of Silver Cross to Cosatto’s vibrant colours and patterns – there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Key features to look out for…
Is it easy to fold and use?
It’s important to check whether your chosen pushchair will fit into the boot of your car. Also, test how easily it folds down – it’ll be good practice for when you juggling your little one. Ultimately, the easier it folds, the better for you!
Does it move easily?
Whether you’re hopping on and off public transport, or are going to be using it in busy city streets and shops – make sure your pushchair’s easy to manoeuvre. Try moving it around with just one hand to get a real idea.
Is there storage?
When you’re out and about, a handy storage basket is great for popping your shopping in or spare blankets and toys in! Check how big the storage basket is and how easy it is to access it.
How long will it last?
Buying a pushchair with a reversible seat will extend the amount of time you can use it. When buying a travel system, it’s important to remember that your little one will likely outgrow some of the components, like the car seat, by the time they’re one.
There’s a vast array of accessories available, from foot muffs to keep your baby toasty and rain covers to keep them dry, through to changing bags, cup holders and parasols – make sure you check what comes with your chosen pushchair before you place your order!
Good luck on your perfect pushchair hunt – we’re sure you’ll love every minute!