Types of Pushchair
A pushchair, also known as a buggy or stroller, can come in a variety of shapes and sizes from lightweight models to more robust pushchairs with lots of added features.
Here are some key features to look out for:
- Multi-position reclining seats – these can be adjusted to let your baby lie flat, making them suitable from birth. Otherwise, a pushchair is suitable to use once your baby is six months old.
- Lightweight – A light pushchair is ideal if you use public transport a lot as they're compact and easy to fold. They're also great for days out and holidays as they're easy to transport around and can fold away into the car or onto the bus with ease.
- One-hand fold – ideal if you have your hands full, you can hold baby in one hand and collapse the pushchair in the other.
- Reversible seat units - these can either face forwards or can be turned around so that baby is facing you. This can be very useful with newborns and young babies, allowing you to keep an eye on them and engage with them when you're out and about.
- Swivel wheels – these make a pushchair easier to steer and more manoeuvrable. Easier for you, and a comfier ride for your little one.
- Dual suspension – this makes going over rougher terrain smoother and easier for both you and baby.
- Adjustable handle heights – if you and your partner are different heights, it can be much more comfortable to customise the handle height to suit you both.
Three-wheeler pushchairs, also known as all-terrain pushchairs, make getting around even easier.
Great for parents who live or spend a lot of time in the countryside or the park, they cope well with rough ground and provide a smooth ride for your little one.
Look out for:
- State-of-the-art suspension and sturdy pneumatic tyres, which glide over even the hardest-going terrain.
- Fully reclining seats that can be used from birth, or partly reclining seats, suitable from three months.
Double and tandem pushchairs
If you have twins, or small children close in age and weight, double buggies and tandems are ideal.
- A tandem pushchair has one seat in front of the other and is a very practical way to transport your baby and toddler together.
- They're suitable for babies from birth onwards, and some are suitable for twins.
- Tandems are narrower than double buggies, which sit two babies or a toddler and a baby side by side. However, this means they're also longer, so it's wise to check the folded size before purchase.
- With a tandem, you'll be able to move the two seats independently of each other, and fully recline the seat at the rear for a newborn baby.
- Another alternative is a double buggy.
- Most are suitable for children up to four years old and some are suitable for babies from birth.