September 01, 2016
Wondering where on earth to start when it comes to buying a pushchair? There’s a lot of choice out there, so knowing which one is best for you can be confusing! There are a few questions to consider when you start looking at buggies. From a parent who’s been there (and road tested a few!), here are some tips I wish we’d known before buying our first pushchair.
Top Tips: Buggy Buying
Oh baby the places you’ll go…
Are you using the buggy mainly for car rides or travelling by public transport? If you travel a lot by car, look for a pushchair that folds easily and fits in your boot. For example, some pushchairs fold much more easily than others: test this out. The Joie Brisk has a one-hand fold mechanism, making it super simple to collapse.
If you’re more likely to be using trains and buses, then a smaller, lighter option will be best for you. A lightweight buggy is also essential if you often need to use flights of stairs!
Time flies when you’re having fun…
Before buying, think about how long you’ll use the pushchair for. Are you buying a buggy for your older child who will only be using it for short time or for your newest addition who will need it for years to come?
For newborns, you’ll need a buggy that reclines all the way, so that little one can lie flat. There are two options here: a pushchair that reclines fully or a 3 in 1 travel system. The Joie Litetrax 4 or Chrome Plus both offer a 3 in 1 system – they’re compatible with carry cots and infant car seats. Carry cots are a great option for newborns, especially if you’ll be using the buggy for long naps while out and about. 3 in 1 systems also give great value for money on long-term use.
Simple strolls or off-road adventures?
If you’ll be doing a lot of walking in parks or the countryside, take into account the size and type of buggy wheels. Some are designed for ‘off-road’ use, while others are more suitable for pavements. Also think about how well it’ll tackle kerbs.
Small but perfectly formed.
Storage at home is another important point to consider. Ask yourself where you’ll put the pushchair, and how much space it’ll take up. There can be a huge difference in the size of buggies when they’re folded. So, particularly if you like to save on space – bear this in mind.
Make life easy with added extras.
Look out for pushchairs with added extras and features that make them easy to use. For example, adjustable handlebars (to give you the most comfortable pushing height) and large storage baskets can be lifesavers.
Features like big built in hoods that act as snooze shades or sunscreens (like the one pictured above) are ideal. Another extra to watch for is several reclining positions for baby’s comfort while they’re napping. These little things make a big difference to everyday life!
Try before you buy! Each buggy is very different, so find the one you like and go to the shop to test-drive it. Push it around, test folding it up. Make sure it’s your perfect match.