Pushing a heavy buggy round all day isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, so why not opt for a lightweight alternative? We’ve rounded up a great selection – all which are under 8kg – to make your life that little bit easier.
Why should I choose a lightweight pushchair?
The key attraction is obvious – they’re much easier to lift in and out of a car boot, up steps or on public transport than a heavier model. They’re designed to be compact, both in use and when folded, taking up less hallway, bus/train aisle or boot space. They also tend to be cheaper than conventional pushchairs. Many parents buy a second lightweight pushchair to use on holidays, especially when they’re overseas.
Are they suitable for a newborn?
A few are suitable from birth, but many don’t lie flat or almost flat, which is vital for a newborn’s spine development and breathing. So, most can only be used from six or sometimes even 12 months.
Lighter pushchairs also often lack features new parents prioritise, as these add weight – for example, the ability to add a carry cot, a car seat to make up a travel system or a reversible seat unit.
While they do tend to be basic, a ‘suitable from birth’ lightweight can be good if you have limited storage space, a small car or use public transport a lot and need something light and compact.
I’ve got a newborn pram, but will I want to switch later on?
If you’ve bought a fully featured, heavier pram, you might start to find it cumbersome. For older babies and toddlers, the extra features, such as a travel system capability, could become obsolete. When babies are between six and 12 months, many parents switch to a lighter model or buy one as a second pushchair for holidays and days out.
Functions to look for
If you no longer need a fully reclining seat because your little one is older, you probably will still want your child to nap in his buggy, so look for a seat that reclines at least a little.
An under-seat basket and seat-back pockets are handy for nappies and wipes. There’s unlikely to be as much storage as on a larger model, so check it’s sufficient for your needs.
Being able to add a car seat to make up a travel system can be useful, as you minimise disturbing a sleeping baby. Some lightweights offer this if you buy a compatible Group 0+ car seat. This is suitable up until your baby is age one.
How will I use it?
The style of lightweight pushchair you need is influenced by how and where you’ll use it. Many super-light buggies have small, plastic wheels which can struggle on anything other than pavements. If you live in a rural area or go on frequent country or beach walks, look for larger wheels to cushion your baby’s ride and make pushing easier.
Being able to fix the front wheels into position, rather than letting them swivel, will help on gravel and grass.
For public transport, a quick, easy-to-use folding mechanism is vital. Test this out. You might well be holding your baby while you collapse the pushchair or get it set up again, so ideally you’ll want to manage it one-handed.
Anything else to think about?
Consider what’s included when comparing models and prices – is there a rain cover (essential) and foot muff to keep little toes cosy on cold days? You can buy universal versions of these separately, but it will add to the cost.