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.
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When it comes to prams and pushchairs, there are some slight differences between the two. A pushchair is relatively sturdy in comparison to a stroller. You should be able to recline the seat fully and have it either forward-facing or parent-facing. It's usually suitable for both newborns and older babies, and can often fold flat. A pram however is designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually while they're lying down. It's sturdy and generally can't be folded flat.
How do I choose the right pram for me?
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 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.
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.
The best prams and pushchairs
Prams and pushchairs 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 pushchairs 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, prams, lightweight strollers and double buggies here:
A rather affordable stroller, that does exactly what you need it to – the Besrey Baby stroller is far more than just a lightweight buggy. With an adjustable footrest and rain cover included in the price, this really is an amazing bundle. Stand-out features include the reclining seat, collapsible feature to easily fit in the car and a reflective strip for extra safety and visibility at night. The adjustable sitting belt makes this stroller suitable from birth to 36-months-old and weighing only 6.8kg, this is an affordable, yet reliable choice.
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.