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Picking a pushchair sounds easy, you walk into the shop, purchase your favourite one and laugh at how easy parenting seems to be. Little did you know there are hundreds of different brands, models, unique features and personalised colour options that will completely take you by surprise. There’re so many different options to choose from which can be overwhelming so I’ve put together a simple short guide which should simplify the process of picking the perfect pushchair.
Where are you pushing?
Firstly, you need to consider where you will be taking a stroll with your new pushchair. Brands these days are good at adapting to your needs and offer a range of models tailored to your pushchair’s surroundings. Are you living in a remote area going on frequent countryside walks requiring sturdy wheels made for bumpy rides or are you in a busy city and need a lightweight, easy access, fold-away design? This factor is important to consider, as it will help narrow down your choices to the pushchairs that are more suitable for your needs.
Understanding the Terminology
Most people assume that pram, pushchair and buggy are all different ways of saying the same thing, however, they are all completely different.
Newborns or younger babies up to 6 months, carrycot style, usually parent facing
Older babies and toddlers usually forward-facing with the ability to recline the seat
Lightweight collapsible frames often weighing less than 5KG – unsuitable from birth unless the seat unit reclines to a flat position.
The Travel System
Pram and pushchair combine both a carrycot and a car seat that can then be interchanged on the same chassis like some kind of Sci-fi Transformer. This usually lasts from birth until around the age of three so well worth the extra expense.
How many are you pushing?
If you have multiple children, then you needn’t worry, the pushchair market has this covered and if you’re looking for a place to start, head over to Kiddies Kingdom they have a fantastic range of double pushchairs for sale that are compact, practical and easily manoeuvrable for the complex obstacle courses you may face.
Always make sure that the pushchair you choose complies with the British Standards. This is a law that states all pushchairs sold in the UK must comply with specific regulations. Always read the instructions carefully and familiarise yourself with all parts before using for the first time. Ensure you check that all locking devices are secure when you open it; after all, your child’s comfort and safety is the most important element here.
Hopefully, this has simplified the process of buying your perfect pushchair, just remember where are you pushing? What kind of pushchair are you after? How many are you pushing? And of course, does it comply with the British standards. Happy Shopping!