Pushchair buying guide
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Getting ready for a new arrival? Or need a new stroller for your growing toddler? With so many options, choosing a new pushchair can be overwhelming. From buying a pushchair during your pregnancy, to choosing the best features for a travel system, we'll help you find the perfect fit.
Newborns? Toddlers? Pushchairs are grouped into two main categories: those that are suitable for babies from birth, and those that are better for babies and children over 6 months.
Also known as first-stage pushchairs, these let your baby lie flat. Suitable from birth until 3-4 years old, they sometimes also come with a carry cot and car seat. The seat is often reversible so that it can be adapted to go from parent-facing to forward-facing as your child grows.
Babies over 6 months & toddlers
Also known as second-stage pushchairs, these are forward-facing and designed to be sturdy yet lightweight and compact. They’re ideal for little adventures when your child may want to walk some of the time. Easy to fold, some come with one-handed operation – great to pack into the car.
Sturdy and designed to last, pushchairs are great whatever their age or stage. Often compatible with a car seat or carry cot, they can include a lie-flat function for newborns, a reversible seat that can switch from parent-facing to forward-facing, and ample padding for comfort.
Strollers and buggies
Light and easy to collapse, strollers and buggies are suitable for older babies who no longer need to lie flat. Forward-facing, they often fold lengthways. Or choose a compact stroller which folds flat, great for fitting in small spaces. There are also super-lightweight options less than 7.5kg.
Prams and carrycots
Fully flat and parent-facing, a pram allows newborns and young babies to lie flat. Often bought as part of a travel system, they provide comfort and protection during the earliest stages. For many, the pram detaches to become a carrycot – great for travelling away in the early months.
The all-in-one choice suitable from birth. Always including a wheeled chassis, a pushchair seat and an infant carrier car seat, travel systems often also include matching carrycots, car seat bases, raincovers, footmuffs, change bags, you name it. Check each product for included items.
Double trouble? Only one pair of hands? No problem. We’ve got twin and tandem pushchairs that make travelling with two a breeze. Either side by side, in tandem, or one above the other. Great for little ones of different ages, perfect for twins - just check the spec to make sure it works for you.
Hands free? A baby carrier is a great supplement to your baby travel kit. Suitable for newborns upwards, they keep baby close to you and offer comfort and connection. Lightweight and compact, they’re easy to pack inside luggage for trips away. They're washable too.
- Always strap your little one in using the pushchair harness.
- Apply the brake when you’re not on the move.
- Fix swivel wheels, if possible, when pushing over rough ground – this will help to stabilise the pushchair.
- If you’re using a pushchair for a newborn baby, make sure the recline is 150 degrees or more so that your baby can lie flat.
- Check the wheels and brakes regularly for any signs of damage.
- Keep little fingers away from the folding mechanism, and make sure it’s fully locked open when in use.
- Only store shopping and bags in the basket underneath the pushchair, not from the handles. This will prevent tipping.
- Know the weight limit. Overloading with bags or a child whose weight exceeds the limit can lead to instability and breakage.
When buying a pushchair, consider the age of your child, and where and how will you use the pushchair the most. Check for features that will best suit your lifestyle and your little one. Is it light enough to lift in and out of the car? Or do you need something heavier and more robust? Does it need to be car seat and carrycot compatible, ideal for a newborn? Do you need it to go over bumpy ground? Write a list of must-have features to help you decide.
As newborns need to lie flat for the first few months, look for a pushchair or pram with a recline of 150 degrees or more so that your baby can lie flat on their back. Many also come with a carry cot, a car seat and matching accessories. Parent-facing is ideal so that you can see your baby - many pushchairs are parent-facing to begin with and they can be adapted to face forwards as your baby grows.
A stroller is lightweight, easy to fold and suitable for babies 6 months and over, while a pushchair is more robust, designed to transport and support your baby from newborn to toddler.
A travel system is an all-in-one set that always includes a wheeled chassis, a pushchair seat and an infant carrier car seat. Some also come with a newborn-ready carrycot, a car seat base, a matching footmuff, change bag and raincover. Check each each set carefully to make sure it provides everything you need.
Infant carrier car seats are convenient but because they curve slightly and aren’t flat, you are advised not keep your baby in them for more than 2 hours, especially newborns.
Once your baby is able to sit up and fully lift and control their head themselves, they can move to a pushchair with an upright seat. An adjustable reclining seat will allow your baby to lie back to sleep, but also lets them sit up to see the world around them, supporting their development.
Raincovers and sunshades offer protection from the weather while footmuffs are essential for protecting your child from the cold. Got a toddler in tow? Add on a buggy board for them to ride along on. And don't forget the change bag for all your nappy change and feeding essentials.
Look for a pushchair that can accomodate the needs of your growing child. Important features to consider are car seat and carrycot compatibility, reversible seats, adjustable handles, foldable frame, and handy places to keep add-ons - it all depends on what you need. Read reviews and ask for recommendations. Your pushchair is going to be your new best friend!
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