What do you look for in a pushchair?

August 11, 2015

Choosing a pushchair is a really big decision (despite what Mr Boo may say). After all if you choose correctly your precious cargo could be using it for the next two or three years on a daily basis. Get it wrong and it could be a costly fix as you end buying another one.


Roo’s pushchair was the first pushchair I looked at, although I looked at many, many others in the end my heart was set on the very first one I’d tried out. I opted for a travel system that allowed the car seat to be connected directly to the pushchair to make being out and about in the car and then pushchair easier. It had a large basket and folded relatively small (especially when I compared it to my friends huge pushchair that took up her entire boot and was a monster to push). This was the practical but nothing to look at pushchair

Style over practicality

A piece of luggage sitting on top of a suitcaseWith Tigger I feel in love with his pushchair via the internet and before I knew that we were expecting a boy. Being a ladybug style pushchair I was gutted that I wouldn’t be able to have it as it might be too girly however being red and black in colour it turned out OK. The pushchair itself was OK but didn’t push as Roo’s old one, the basket was a good size however difficult to get to if Tigger was asleep and the handlebars being an odd design meant that you couldn’t hang anything from them and Roo wasn’t really able to hold on to the pushchair on the school run etc. This was the style over practicality option. Really I should have tried it out in a store but as I’d fallen in love with it I HAD to have it.

Practically and style – can I have it all?

Now that I am pregnant with Piglet I;ve now started looking at pushchairs once again. I’ve become that lady walking down the street checking out every pram that she happens to walk past. I’ve been to countless stores to try out different styles of prams and pushchairs and I’ve bored Mr Boo silly when it comes to my questioning over whether it will be practical as well as looking good.

With so many different prams and pushchairs on the market it has got me wondering…

What do you look for in a pushchair?

I’ve only ever bought one pushchair, we decided to buy this one because you can easily collapse it with one hand, it fits in the car and is easy to push. – www.asliceofmylifewales.com

Style, easy to push, roomy (seat unit), Rain cover supplies and not extra too – themumingtonpost.com

If I was buying right now it would be style, good reviews and it would have to fit the baby and the 2yo – www.redrosemummy.com

Longevity, easy to push one-handed so can hold a toddlers hand too and the option to have a lie flat carrycot for newborns – myfamilyfever.co.uk

Can push with one hand when needed, tall seat, shopping basket holds more than the rain cover! – www.belledubrighton.co.uk

I chose mine because I could push one-handed, it could lie flat so was suitable from birth, and it has 3 wheels so easier to whizz about town! – www.quitefranklyshesaid.com

Easy to push (one-handed), a roomy seat (so it lasts a long time), and easy to put up and down! – www.emilyandindiana.com

Three big wheels, spacious shopping basket and adjustable handle – amumreviews.co.uk

Colour. I bought my pram because it was purple., then regretted it when it couldn’t go off-road though! – www.goblinchild.com

Seat size (I have big babies), how it looks and size of the basket – themummyadventure.com

What I look for when choosing a pushchair

A purple umbrellaI think for me it has to be ease of pushing, I don’t want something that feels like a shopping trolley. A large basket would be handy especially on the school run with all of Roo and Tigger’s bags and coats. I know I have been burnt by style before but I do want a good looking pushchair, something with a bit of colour or one that I can change the accessories on depending on my mood (and of course Piglet’s outfit).

So what do you look for in a pushchair?

  • sarah clegg August 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

    for me it has to have strong heavy duty wheels for trail walks/the beach ect,a good sized basket-one handed steering and a multifacing seat 😀

  • Olivia Jade Thristan August 11, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Although I have never had to purchase a pushchair I think this post is great as you’ve got a variety of mums who have given their views about it! I think it’s really good for first time mums as they can get an idea of what is good 🙂 x

  • Clare Nicholas August 11, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Such a difficult decision as none of them are exactly cheap so you want to get it right first time.
    I always head to a big department store, mothercare or kiddicare to have a play around with my choices and see if they work.
    I find one handle far easier to push one handed and a big basket is essential

  • Debbie August 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Completely with you on what a difficult decision it is. For our first we went for an all singing all dancing one, three wheels and mighty sturdy as we thought that was what needed. Turned out the weight of it, especially as our daughter grew, was just too unwieldy and we ended up with buggy after buggy which we wore into the ground. A little wiser with the boys we went for an out n about nipper, completely different priorities as we needed a twin, from birth which would fit a buggy board (daughter was 22mths). It definitely did the job and I was so sorry to see it go when the boys were three. But in all of that. It was black. So boring compared to all the funky designs I see, and if I were doing it all over again I wouldn’t know where to start… but saying that if I were doing it all again I love something which fitted my style and lifestyle as I’d be over the moon!

  • Donna August 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I look for a pushchair that will last through the stages of baby/toddler etc. One with a big shopping basket, that is easy to push and doesn’t cost the earth x

  • Sabina Green August 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Oh where to begin . . . Ease of pushing as I have other little hands to hold, swivel/lock wheels, four wheels, big shopping basket *ahem*, large sun canopy, very upright seat option, my babies have HATED being reclined, supportive back rest (hate it when they sag). I could go on and on and on . . . One final one, funky colours!!!

  • Mandi August 11, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    It’s such a difficult decision. First thing I knew we needed was one that could change the handle height, there is over a foot difference between my husband and I, we also needed a large basket to carry all the school bags, the ability to attach a buggy board, sturdy wheels for going to the beach and the woods. It is a nightmare to choose. Can’t wait to see what you choose xx

  • fashion-mommy August 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I always looked for something lightweight but not flimsy, getting on and off public transport with a really heavy pushchair was a real no-no.


  • Kirsty Ralph August 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve never had to buy a push chair, but I like the fact you have covered a wide range of chairs and given some great views for others to consider 🙂 xx

  • Sisley White August 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Pushchair buying seems so complicated! A very good in depth post. I’ve learned a lot.

  • Anna,Dont Cramp My Style August 14, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I am not mum yet but I need to save the post for my future references 😀

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