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choosing the right pushchair

pushchair buyers guide

choosing the right pushchair

With so many pushchairs on the market, there are endless options. But, choosing the right pushchair for you and your baby is what's important. Take into consideration your child's needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

choosing the right pram or pushchair for your lifestyle

Things to consider when choosing a pram or pushchair

There are three really important things to bear in mind when you're choosing your pushchair:

1. your child's needs
  • If you have a newborn baby, the pushchair you choose should have a full lie-back seat unit. Alternatively, use a carry cot that fits on to a pushchair to form a pram or a baby car seat that clips into a pushchair frame (called a 'complete travel system') so that you can move your baby to and from the car without disturbance.
  • You may prefer your baby to face you when you're pushing your pushchair. Many of the complete travel systems include this feature.
  • Comfort is especially important ??a comfy baby is a happy baby. Look out for features such as adjustable seat positions, well-padded seating and weatherproof shields.
  • Generally speaking, the needs of a small baby and an active toddler are very different ??but these days many pushchairs are designed to cater for several stages of your child's growth and development as well as for two children of different ages.
2. your lifestyle
  • If you prefer the car to pounding the pavements, choose a lightweight, compact fold pushchair. Some of the telescopic fold pushchairs are so compact they will fit into the smallest boot.
  • If you do a lot of shopping on foot, you'll need a large shopping basket underneath the seat unit. Some strollers give you little room for purchases.
  • Pushability, manoeuvrability and a smooth ride are essential for country walks and can be a plus for uneven city pavements. 3 wheeler pushchairs really come into their own on uneven terrain!
  • If you frequently use public transport, a lightweight, easy folding, compact pushchair is really important.
  • Consider the size of your home. Manoeuvrability is vital up and downstairs and through your front door, so check the size of your pram. You'll also need space to store it. Check your car boot size as if you can only just squeeze the pushchair in there, where's all you're shopping going to go? Also check that double buggies can fit through your front door and through narrow hallways.
  • If size and weight is an issue, move on to a stroller as soon as your baby is old enough and select an aluminium framed pushchair.
3. your budget

Mothercare stock an excellent range of all types of pushchairs for all budgets. If you plan to pass it on to your next baby, invest a little more for durability. A complete travel system or 3-wheeler may be your best bet. If you want to move to a stroller at three months you may not need to spend quite so much. The more you spend, the more features you'll get, and if you go for top-of-the-range, both looks and functionality will be maximised.

Prams & pushchairs top brands

prams & pushchairs top brands

  • Bugaboo
  • Mothercare
  • Cybex
  • Graco
  • Silver Cross
  • Stokke

Strollers top brands

strollers top brands

  • Maclaren
  • Mothercare
  • Cybex
  • Chicco
  • Capella
  • Pockit
  • Mountain Buggy
  • Baby Jogger
  • Silver Cross
  • Summer Infant