Picking the perfect pushchair

January 11, 2020

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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. 

Pram

Newborns or younger babies up to 6 months, carrycot style, usually parent facing

Pushchair/stroller

Older babies and toddlers usually forward-facing with the ability to recline the seat

Buggy

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.

Safety First

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!

14 Comments

  • michelle twin mum January 11, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    The pushchair market is massive now and there is so much choice, so this is great for some tips to help simplify the process. Mich x

  • Kacie Morgan January 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    It’s amazing how many differences there can be between pushchairs/prams. I am always amazed at how expensive they can be too – I guess you pay for what you get.

  • Sarupa Shah January 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    This is a great and indepth post – and one definitely through for those who are in the market to find a stroller/push chair – such an important and big piece of kit and one that will be used a long time too! 🙂

  • Jennifer January 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I don’t have children so I never realised how complicated buying a pushchair is. I guess I’ll look more closely next time I’m seeing someone with a pushchair

  • www.FashionandFrappes.com January 12, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    How strange – honestly I thought these were all synonymous terms or basically a pushchair is a new term for a buggy! Its such a big purchase so definitely need to research so much before spending so much money!

  • Leila January 12, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Brilliant post, so useful specially for the first time parents. I remember when we were looking for first pushchair I think it was easier to pick a right car than pushchair, so much to consider 🙂

  • cherylene.co January 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    My friend is pregnant at the moment and is due any moment. My friends and I were thinking about buying a pushchair for the baby shower. I’ll deffo share the link with them.

  • Rebecca Smith January 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I always found choosing a pushchair such a hard decision! We were quite lucky with Olivia, we were given my friends gorgeous nearly new pram and her pushchair which meant the decision was out of my hands, haha!

  • Kara Guppy January 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Abbey completely ignored my advice when buying hers and went for looks alone – I think she may be regretting her choice already

  • Ami Elizabeth January 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Great advice for those who’ve never bought a pram before! I’m about to buy a new lighter weight twin stroller now that our children are older and it’s still a minefield!

  • Elizabeth Williams January 13, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I recently had to buy a new pushchair and was surprised by the amount of different brands on the market. In the end we opted for a travel system and I love how I can fit my newborns car seat on the chassis but also have the option to use it as a pushchair too.

  • Claire Roach January 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I bought the twins double egg from Kiddies Kingdom….it cost an absolute fortune, but there was no way I wasn’t having it haha

  • Melanie williams January 15, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Always good to have a quality pushchair. there are some really good considerations here for sure

  • Kira January 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    The right pushchair can last forever . Nila is now 2 and a half and the one we got for her from birth is the same one we still use

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