It’s an essential purchase all new parents have to make, but deciding on a pushchair for your precious new arrival can be difficult as the choices are seemingly endless. Do you go for a lightweight pram that makes getting your buggy in and out of the boot a breeze, or a complete travel system that allows you to clip your car seat onto your pushchair? There are a few questions you need to ask to make this decision, and we’re here to help.
What's the difference between a pram, buggy, pushchair and stroller?
When it comes to prams, buggies, strollers and pushchairs, there are some slight differences between them.
- Pushchair - A pushchair is quite sturdy. You should be able to recline the seat fully so that your baby is lying down and have it either forward-facing or parent-facing. It'll usually grow with you, meaning it's suitable for both newborns and older babies, and can often fold flat.
- Pram - A pram is designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually while they're lying down. It's sturdy and generally can't be folded flat and it isn't suitable for older children.
- Stroller - A stroller is lightweight and collapsible and is ideal for older babies and toddlers. You can find our round up of the best strollers here.
- Buggy - This is just another name for a stroller or pushchair!
- Double buggies - Have multiples or children close in age? Take a look at the best double pushchairs here.
Travel system - If you're often out and about in the car, a travel system could be ideal for you. It's where babies car seat is easily attached and detached from the frame and will either clip on top of the pushchair seat component or attach directly to the chassis with the seat component removed meaning your baby won't be disturbed. Take a look at our pick of the best travel systems here.
How do I choose the right pram for me?
With plenty of varieties available, it’s a good idea to start making a list of exactly what you’re looking for first. Firstly, you’ll need to answer a few questions...
- Is this pram for one baby or two?
- How old is your little one when buying the pram?
- Do you need to use the pushchair in the city or on all terrains?
- How much storage space do you have in your boot?
- How much space do you have for the pram in your house
- Will you be using your pushchair on public transport often?
Things to look out for when choosing a pram or pushchair
- For your newborn, you’ll want a pram that can completely lie flat so that your baby can sleep on the move – lying flat on their back is important for their developing spine. You’ll notice many prams come with a newborn bassinet, and the option to switch to a reclining seat once your baby is old enough. Others have space for a carrycot to clip onto the pram frame until your baby is big enough to sit in the seat.
- Stand out features to look for are reversible seats, so you can push your baby facing you, but turn them round to look at the world when they are old enough.
- It’s also good to look for a pushchair that is easy to fold (as you’ll be doing this a lot) and easy to convert as your baby grows.
- Don't forget to check the size of the basket - babies have a lot of stuff and so do us parents when we're out an about so a decent sized basket is a must.
- If you live out in the countryside, you'll probably want to make sure the wheels and tyres of your baby's pram can handle the rough terrain so that your baby's ride isn't too bumpy!
The best prams and pushchairs
Won a Gold Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category
Ideal for rural and suburban living, this pushchair has a large, robust design perfect for all-terrain journeys. The dual suspension can handle the ups and downs of off-roading while baby stays snug and cosy in the large, padded seat. And with the iconic one-hand fold, the Ocarro stores away easily, ready for the next adventure.
- Suitable from birth
- Lie-flat seat design
- Ventilated seat
- Large, extendable hood
- Head cushion
- Puncture-proof tyres
- Easy-access under-seat basket
- Adjustable pushchair handle
- Max weight: 22kg
Dimensions: H: 101 x W: 59 x L: 101cm Approx. Folded: H:40 x W: 59 x D: 78cm Approx. Wheel Size: Front: 8" Rear: 11" Weight: 13.5kg Approx.
Our mum tester, Amy says: I must admit I do love this pram! I love the fact that you can put it up and down using just one hand which did make my life easier (especially when caught in the rain)! I like the face the hood comes down quite far but there’s a zip to let some air in and a flap to check on your baby as you’re pushing (my previous pushchair didn’t have this) which does put your mind at ease, especially the first time you put your baby forward facing! Also, the fact that you can fold the pushchair down with the stroller seat on, and it folds down just as neat as it would without the seat is an added bonus as it saves time when out and about in the car! All in all these little features do make a huge difference!
Read our full review of the Mamas & Papas Ocarro here
It might be one of the most expensive buggies on the market, but it’s a great piece of kit worth it’s price tag. It’s easy to push and only gets easier with more weight on board, and there are plenty of seat configurations to accommodate your growing brood. A good investment if you’re planning for baby number two, this pushchair really is future-proof and will stand the test of time.
If you’re looking for a double buggy that will stand up to those dog walks or weekends away, you’ve found it in the Nipper Double V4. A robust pushchair that is still lightweight and easy to push, we love the option to have tots side by side as they travel. The quick release removable wheels and the easy fold make getting the pushchair in and out of the car boot a doddle. That said, there isn’t a great deal of storage if you’re in search of a buggy with room to put all your stuff.
A great little pushchair from a brand you can trust, the Joie Mytrax is super easy to fold up and down with the clever one-handed fold. It’s a dream to manoeuver, and can easily be steered whilst holding your tots hand. Suitable from birth to 12kg, the Mytrax has the looks of a pushchair far more expensive and comes with a canopy and cup holder. The only downside in our eyes is the rain cover, which can be a little difficult to get on and off, but overall, the Joie Mytrax has definitely earnt its place on our best buys list.
The lightest pushchair yet from this trusted brand, the City Tour from Baby Jogger weighs 6.6kg and is suitable from six-months-old to approximately three years (or up to 15kg). It’s lightweight and easy to push, and the clever fold means you can easily fit it into the provided backpack when out and about – a great option for getting on and off busy buses, trains and even planes. The handlebars aren’t adjustable, which isn’t great news for taller parents, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great piece of kit.
It looks beautiful, it’s affordable and it’s easy to steer – if you’re expecting baby number two, the Baby Style Hybrid Edge is one pushchair you need to test drive. The handlebar can be moved into 12 different positions, meaning you’ll both love pushing the Hybrid Edge and the extra-large extendable hood is a great additional feature. We love the look of the Hybrid Edge, the simple fold and the little extras, such as the bag hooks or zip pocket on the back of the seat.
It’s won gold as our best travel system two years in a row, and it’s easy to see why. It looks great, it’s high quality and it can be used from birth, with a number of different car seats. It’s easy to handle on multiple terrains, and the adjustable handlebars ensure you both feel comfortable pushing it. The Pepper can also be folded completely flat, making this travel system a good choice if you’re short on space. It’s been built with your baby’s comfort in mind and we love the attention to detail – a big thumbs up from us.