Pushchair Buying Guide
Published on September 30, 2021 12:15:06 AM PDT September 30, 2021 12:15:06 AM PDTth, September 30, 2021 12:15:06 AM PDT
Essential Things To Consider When Buying A Baby Pushchair In Singapore
Whether you’re awaiting the arrival of your newborn or already have an infant or toddler (or both!) at home, an essential item you’ll need is a reliable way to transport your little ones around. There are many baby gear options available for parents to choose from, including slings, carriers and travel cots, pushchairs, and strollers.
Of these options, pushchairs and strollers are some of the most convenient ways to travel around with your baby. But how do you know which one is right for your family? Is it the size? The portability? The bonus accessories?
No matter what your pushchair preferences are, Mothercare has what you need to travel around safely and securely with your little angel.
Why should I get a pushchair?
When you’ve just welcomed your newborn into the world, we know that all you’ll want to do is cuddle them close and keep them right next to you. A sling or carrier is perfect for this very reason - they’re snuggled right next to you, making it convenient for you to soothe them, attend to their needs, or just a nice deep sniff of that ‘new baby smell’.
However as your baby begins to grow and gain weight these options may start to put a (literal) strain on your back. If you’re preparing for any kind of journey (whether it’s within Singapore or an overseas trip) then you will also need to consider other options to make travelling with children more convenient.
Pushchairs and strollers are great travel options that can last through the years. Not only do they minimize strain on your body, but they can often grow along with your child. Many multi-purpose pushchairs and strollers can also be converted into a newborn or toddler car seat.
Parents with multiple children will also find double strollers more convenient for bringing the whole family out. Keep reading for some of our pushchair and stroller recommendations, or visit Mothercare’s online e-shopping platform to buy the best parenting products. Here are essential things to look out for when shopping for the perfect pushchair:
1. Where and when are you going to be using your pushchair?
The first thing to consider is where and when you plan to use your pushchair or stroller. In Singapore, terrain is not a huge issue as the pavements are generally well-maintained - unlike cities where cobblestone or gravel streets might damage stroller wheels. Singaporean neighbourhoods are also well-organised with everything located nearby, meaning you can walk over to the nearby park, shops, or nursery with ease.
If your daily routine involves a lot of walking, a lightweight stroller will be easier and more convenient to handle. The Babyzen YOYO2 Frame weighs in at a breezy 6.2kg, comes in a variety of colourways, and even folds and unfolds so you can carry it onto public transport without any worry. The YOYO2 can even be customised with add-ons like the parent-facing YOYO bassinet or YOYO 0+ for infants or the front-facing YOYO+ 6+ canopy and seat pad, so that your baby is appropriately safe and secure even as they grow. Mothercare also offers the YOYO connect frame, which allows you to connect YOYO2 frames in a double stroller to bring your newborn and toddler out on the road together.
For parents who will be travelling via car or public transport more often, a foldable travel stroller will make navigating through crowds easier. Urban strollers with manoeuvrable handles and wheels are better equipped for dealing with busy and crowded surroundings, especially in Singapore where public transport is a big part of everyday life. A popular choice is the Cybex Mios which combines stability, durability, and compact storage. The Mios has smooth all-wheel suspension to ensure maximum comfort for baby, and its 3-in-1 travel system is compatible with the Cybex bassinet or infant car seat.
Parents who want to bring their kids along to weekend brunches will also love the Mimosa Tablemate urban stroller which is designed with an ultra high seating position. You can enjoy quality time together at the table, and the stroller also comes with easy to manoeuvre, high-quality polyurethane wheels - perfect for a post-meal stroll before heading home. The Tablemate folds up easily into a cabin-size self-stand once you need to put it away, making it convenient for storage and transport.
As Singapore opens its borders and travel opens up, many mums and dads will be looking forward to travelling around the world with their little ones in tow! A lightweight stroller that can be folded or stored in a cabin-sized manner is essential to making travelling with an infant or toddler easier.
Here are some of our recommendations for travel-friendly strollers:
- Bugaboo Butterfly Complete Stroller: Bugaboo’s Butterfly is beloved for its instant one hand fold and unfold making it a breeze for travelling with your baby! Its ultra compact fold (IATA compatible) build also lets you store it in overhead compartments, car trunks, or small corridors without any worry. Plus advanced suspension mechanics keep baby comfortable even if you’re travelling over rocky terrain or cobblestone streets!
- Mimosa Cabin City+ BackpackStroller (Extended Canopy): The Mimosa Cabin City is one of the best and most versatile lightweight strollers worldwide, and can be folded up into a cabin-size backpack with a single hand. The Cabin City+ weighs just 5.8kg so you can carry it around without any worries, and simply fold it away for storage when it’s not needed. This makes it a great option for travel or if you are bringing baby out of the house but don’t need them to be in the stroller at all times, such as baby classes or a picnic.
- GB Pockit Plus All City Stroller: Futuristic and lightweight at just 6kg, the GB Pockit Plus can be configured in various ways to suit your needs on the go. Its two-step ultra-compact fold enables it to be hand luggage compliant for airplane flights, so you can have your stroller ready to go the moment your plane touches down at your destination. An additional 3-in-1 travel system also makes it compatible with Cot to Go and GB or Cybex car seats, giving you much needed functionality when you’re on the road with baby.
- Babyzen YOYO2 with 6+: We’ve already featured the YOYO2 above, but it’s a great option for overseas travel too! The YOYO2 folds and unfolds so easily and with its lightweight frame can be worn and carried over the shoulder when not in use. With the 6+ pack that includes a canopy and seat pad it’s also suitable for infants 6 months and up, ensuring baby is safe and comfy no matter where they are in the world.
2. Who is going to be using the pushchair – and what will help them use the pushchair comfortably?
If you have older relatives such as grandparents helping out with childcare or frequently joining in your weekend outings, a lightweight stroller will make it easier for them to travel around with the little one. The Silver Cross Zest Stroller is one option you can consider, weighing in at just 5.8kg while being suitable for infants and children up to 25kg. The Zest even comes with a shopping basket with ample storage so grandma or grandpa can bring the baby along while doing their daily chores.
Another factor to consider is whether you want a rear-facing pushchair that enables you to face and talk directly to your baby while they’re in the stroller. There are benefits to rear- or front-facing configurations, and some strollers even allow you to switch between the two directions.
The Bugaboo Ant Stroller is one such reversible stroller that has an ergonomic seat design for both support and flexibility. You can use the rear-facing configuration to stay more connected with your newborn when you’re out and about, and switch to front-facing as your child gets older so they can entertain themselves by having a look at their surroundings. This can help to create a special bond between newborns and parents, as well as engage your older child’s developing senses and curiosity.
3. What additional features or accessories does the pushchair have?
A pushchair should help make your daily routine more convenient so that you can spend time with the baby without feeling stressed. Many foldable and lightweight travel strollers or convertible pushchairs are now available for parents to consider, making it easier to transport your baby around Singapore (whether via car, bus, or train).
4. What is a suitable stroller when you have 2 kids (or more)?
Bringing multiple little ones out of the house together can be difficult, but a reliable and compact double stroller will make a huge difference when your family is out and about. The Bugaboo Donkey 3 Mono Complete includes a wide range of accessories, and comes with puncture-proof foam wheels for a smooth ride even on the bumpiest of asphalt surfaces. The Donkey 3 is also expandable to a side-by-side double stroller, so you can easily convert it to create more space if you plan to have a second kid down the line.
If your newborn is already a younger brother or sister, the Joie Evalite Duo Stroller is a tandem pushchair that is suitable from birth and can fit both an infant and toddler comfortably on its sturdy frame. It also pairs seamlessly with other Joie products without any adapters, and the Sure Lock™ spring lock attachment secures an infant seat with just one click.
The Joie Aire Twin Stroller is also suitable if you’re expecting twins or your little ones are closer in age. The seats can be individually adjusted, with a 5-point harness system that adjusts to 3 heights to grow with your children. The Aire has one hand fold capabilities with an automatic fold lock - making it a compact and easily foldable travel stroller to carry around. So you can feel a little less frazzled when you are trying to get things neat and tidy while out and about with your babies.
Caring for and Accessorizing your Pushchair or Stroller
Once you’ve picked out your pushchair, we’re sure that you can’t wait to start customising it to suit both your everyday needs and your own unique style! On top of all the practical features of a pushchair, remember that this is an everyday appliance that is going to be by your side for quite a few years. So why not customise your pushchair to make travelling with your little one fuss-free and comfortable for the whole family?
Mothercare has a wide range of pushchair accessories available online and in-store including:
- Changing bags
- Weather shields
- Pushchair supports
- Add-ons (e.g. clip-on bassinets)
- And other small accessories such as portable fans, cup holders, and harnesses
Our Sparkle Clean cleaning service also helps you keep pushchairs, strollers, car seats, and other parenting essentials hygienic and safe for baby. You won’t even need to lift a finger to ensure your little one gets only the best!
Shop Pushchair and Stroller essentials at Mothercare Singapore
From morning walks in the park just behind your HDB apartment to cross-island journeys in an MRT train cabin - Mothercare has got you covered. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, we are your go-to mother and baby retailer in Singapore and worldwide.
We offer an extensive range of products to suit every parent’s preferences, and our Nursery Advisor Programme can offer expectant parents complimentary advice to help you pick out the perfect pushchair.
Browse online to start shopping from the comfort of your home, or visit our Mothercare stores in Singapore to see the items in action for yourself. Enjoy free delivery for purchases above $60, with delivery within 3-5 working days for stocked items.