There are 3 really important things to bear in mind when you’re choosing your pushchair:
1. Your child’s needs
If you have a newborn baby, the pushchair you choose should have a full lie-back seat unit. Alternatively, use a carry cot that fits on to a pushchair to form a pram or a baby car seat that clips in to a pushchair frame (called a ‘travel system? so that you can move your baby to and from the car without disturbance.
You may prefer your baby to face you when you’re pushing your pushchair. You’ll find options in our range which offer this flexibility.
Comfort is especially important ?a comfy baby is a happy baby. Look out for features such as adjustable seat positions, well-padded seating and weatherproof material.
Generally speaking, the needs of a small baby and an active toddler are very different ?but these days many pushchairs are designed to cater for several stages of your child’s growth and development.
2. Your lifestyle
If you prefer the car to pounding the pavements, choose a lightweight, compact fold pushchair. Some of the telescopic fold pushchairs are so compact they will fit into the smallest boot.
If you do a lot of shopping on foot, you’ll need a large shopping basket underneath the seat unit. Some strollers give you little room for purchases.
Pushability, manoeuvrability and a smooth ride are essential for country walks and can be a plus for uneven city pavements. 3-wheelers really come in to their own on uneven terrain!
If you frequently use public transport, a lightweight, easy folding, compact pushchair is really important.
Consider the size of your home. You need to make sure you can get your pushchair through the front door and up or down any stairs. You’ll also need space to store it. Check your car boot size, it sounds obvious, but if you can only just squeeze the pushchair in there, where’s all your shopping going to go? Check for fit before you buy.
If size and weight is an issue, move on to a stroller as soon as your baby is old enough and select an aluminium framed pushchair.
3. Your budget
We stock an excellent range of all types of pushchair for all budgets. If you plan to pass it on to your next baby, invest a little more for durability. A 2-in-1, 3-wheeler or travel system may be your best bet. If you want to move to a stroller at three months you may not need to spend quite so much. The more you spend, the more features you’ll get, and if you go for top-of-the-range, both looks and functionality will be maximised.
Remember to check which accessories (cosytoes, raincovers etc) are included in the price of your pushchair ?and then compare it with similar models. You can compare up to 5 models side by side on our product pages.
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