It’s an essential purchase all new parents have to make, but deciding on a pushchair for your precious new arrival can be difficult. Do you go for a lightweight stroller 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 buggy? There’s a few questions you need to ask to make this decision, and we’re here to help.
What type of pushchair do I need?
Firstly, you’ll need to answer a few questions – is this buggy for one baby or two, how old is your little one when buying the pushchair, do you need to use the buggy in the city or on all terrains, how much storage space do you have in your boot and house, and will you be using your pushchair on public transport often? With plenty of varieties available, it’s a good idea to start making a list of exactly what you’re looking for first.
What is the best kind of pushchair to buy for my newborn?
You’ll want a pushchair that can completely lie flat for your newborn, so they can sleep on the move, lying flat on their back which is important for their developing spine. You’ll notice many pushchairs 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.
What do I look for in a lightweight stroller?
Strollers and buggies are great for families who want something lightweight on the move. A lot of the newer models will fold down small enough to fit in the overhead locker on an aeroplane on that first family holiday, and this also makes them super easy to store. As a lot of lightweight strollers aren’t built to lie flat, you’ll often find they’re suitable from six months and up.
We’ve summed up the best pushchairs, travel systems, lightweight strollers and double buggies here:
A super affordable pushchair, that does exactly what you need it to – the Cuggl Maple is far more than just a lightweight stroller. With a foot muff and rain cover included in the price, this really is an amazing bundle. Stand-out features include the extendable hood, with a viewing panel that allows you to keep an eye on your precious cargo when out and about. The reclining backrest is also great, and the umbrella fold makes life easier when out on the move. Suitable from birth to 36-months-old and weighing only 8.7kg, this is an affordable, yet reliable choice.
The lightest pushchair yet from this trusted brand, the City Tour from Baby Jogger weights 9kg and is suitable from six-months-old to approximately three years. 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 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 travelling with two in tow, but in our opinion, it’s a small price to pay.
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.
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. The storage basket can be tricky to access when the pushchair is in the double mode, but it’s a small price to pay.
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.