Prams and Pushchairs buying guide

If you're thinking about what type of pram or pushchair to buy, keep in mind three important considerations: your needs, your baby's needs and your general lifestyle. Find out more in our guide, and look at our pushchair ranges here. View our pushchair demonstration videos.

You and your lifestyle

If you use public transport regularly, or have steps leading to your home, a lightweight and compact folding pram or pushchair would be best. If space is a premium at home, it's worth looking  out for models where the seat unit will fold away as this will take up much less space.

If you use a car, check the size of your car boot and compare 
it with the folded dimensions of the pram or pushchair you're thinking about buying. If you use a car regularly you might want to consider a multi-function travel system that's an infant carrier and pushchair in one. This allows you to transport your baby from home to the car and to the pushchair without waking them. However, it should be noted that babies shouldn't be left in their infant carrier for more than 2 hours.


If you walk a lot, choose a sturdy model with lockable wheels. Swivel wheels make a pushchair easy to manoeuvre, while fixed wheels make handling easier over rough surfaces. Some pushchairs offer both a fixed and swivel wheel option. However you travel, make sure you choose the correct handle height for both you and your partner - some models have adjustable handle heights.

Take a look at our ‘Baby Driver’ feature; it offers plenty of tips and information for choosing the right pushchair for you and baby.

Your baby’s needs

Newborn babies need to lie back, so you'll need a pram, a pushchair/carrycot combination, or a pushchair with a lie-back facility. Some models have fully reversible seat units so your baby can face you.

Consider also where your newborn baby will sleep: in a Moses basket, crib, cot or carrycot. This will also help you decide on what type of pram or carrycot to buy.

Three-in-one pram and pushchair combinations

A 3-in-1 combination gives you choice, flexibility and versatility as you can mix and match to create a combination that is ideal for you and your baby.

These models include a carrycot and convertible two-in-one pram/pushchair and are suitable for newborns and toddlers.

These adaptable models incorporate the benefits of a pram and a pushchair and by adding an infant carrier, they also allow you to easily move your baby in and out of the car.

See our selection of pushchair systems here.

See our selection of 3-in-1 travel systems here.

Pushchairs

Although the name is often interchangeable with buggy or stroller, our definition of a pushchair is anything that is compatible with an infant carrier. Typically it will also have a lie-back seat unit or a reclining bucket seat.

Things you may want to consider:

Newborn babies need to lie back, so if you are interested in a pushchair you will need either a pushchair/carrycot combination or a pushchair with a lie-back facility.

Some models have a reversible seat unit so your baby can face you, and when they’re a bit older they can look out as you stroll. A lie-back seat will make it suitable for newborns.

Different models fold in different ways, some can be folded and unfolded with one hand and some are freestanding when folded. A carry handle or fold strap may help to make things easier. The fold function and weight are particularly important features to consider if you often use public transport or a car.

You may wish to consider the terrain the pushchair will be used on as different models are equipped with different types of wheels (they may be fixed, swivel or lockable) to make strolling easier in different situations. The size of the wheels varies between models, larger wheels can offer better suspension.  Some models are fitted with pneumatic tyres for a comfortable ride on uneven ground.

Shopping trays and baskets can make things easier if you’re running errands with a little one in tow.

You may wish to transport the pushchair in a carry bag, some models have this included or they may be sold separately.

See our selection of pushchairs here.

Prams

Two in One Pushchair image

A pram allows your baby to lie flat. The benefit of this is that they will be supported while being kept comfortable and protected in a warm and cosy carrycot. In this secure rear-facing environment you can maintain eye contact with your newborn, so you can keep an eye on them. You may also like the more traditional look associated with a pram.

Three-wheeler pushchairs

Three-wheeler pushchairs have a modern look and are easy to manoeuvre as they are narrow at the front and are lightweight. You can choose from two types of three-wheelers, both of which are suitable for newborn babies if they have a fully reclinable seat or cot seat.

All-terrain pushchairs are designed specifically for the roughest terrain and/or jogging, but are equally comfortable in everyday use. City pushchairs are designed for everyday use about town.

You may also find it helpful to consider the features outlined in the pushchair section above as these are also applicable to 3-wheeler models.

See our selection of 3-wheeler pushchairs here.

Travel systems - from car seat to pushchair

These will do the same job as a 3-in-1 combination pushchair, but they include everything you’ll need without you having to purchase extra components, so they’re easy and good value purchases.

They include either:

  • A carrycot, pushchair and car seat
  • Or a convertible two-in-one pushchair and car seat.

Some car seats can be used for babies up to 13kg/29lbs (approximately 9-12 months), they simply attach to the chassis of the pushchair.

See our selection of travel systems here.

Buggies and strollers

Buggies and strollers are lightweight, versatile and simple to use. They're ideal for shopping, travelling and holidays, and most can be used for newborn babies.

A buggy or stroller will not be compatible with carrycots or infant carriers and can be used only in seat mode - although some will feature a lie-back function, making them suitable for newborns.

You may find it particularly useful to compare the different weights of the models and the different ways in which they fold in order to find a lightweight and easy-to-use model to suit your lifestyle.

See our selection of buggies here.

Doubling up - if you have more than one child

If you have twins, or small children close in age and weight, double buggies and tandems are ideal.

Tandems

A tandem pushchair has one seat in front of the other and offers a practical solution to transporting your baby and toddler together. They're suitable for babies from birth onwards, and some are suitable for twins.

Different models have a combination of the features below:

  • A number of lie-back positions including full
    lie-back or incline
  • Independent, multi-position reclining seats
  • Independent adjustable foot rests
  • Bumper bar for older babies
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • Removable washable covers
  • Padded liners
  • Shopping basket
 
Double buggies
 

For carrying two babies, or a baby and toddler, side by side. Some are suitable for babies from birth and different models have a combination of the features below:

  • A number of lie-back positions including full lie-back or incline
  • Independent, multi-position reclining seats
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • Umbrella fold for easy storage
  • Optional carrycot

See our selection of twins and tandems here.

Accessories for your pram, pushchair or buggy

Most of our shops stock a range of accessories that will help you make the most of your pram, pushchair or buggy - wherever you are.

Changing bag

A convenient way to store neatly everything you need to take your baby visiting. Most bags come with a PVC changing mat, pockets for soiled items and insulated pockets. See our changing bag collection.

Sun parasol

Helps protect your baby from harsh sunlight. See our parasol and sun shade range.

Foot muff 

Ideal in cold weather - keeps your baby snug and warm while you are out and about. Some foot muffs convert to pram quilts and liners. See our footmuff range.

Head support cushion 

Specially designed to give young babies extra support and comfort in pushchairs, car seats and bouncing chairs.

Covers and nets 

Protect your baby from top to toe in bad weather or keep bothersome insects away with a cover. Do not use indoors or in hot weather to prevent overheating or risk of suffocation. See our range of raincovers and nets.

See all our pushchair accessories here.

Looking after your pram or pushchair

 

Your pram or pushchair will perform better and last longer when it's looked after. The instruction leaflet provided with your pushchair will tell you how to keep it in prime condition.

And you'll find more information on travel systems in our guide to car seats and car safety.

Returns

We'll refund or exchange your pram or pushchair only if it's returned unused, in its original packaging, within 28 days of purchase. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Repairs

If your pram or pushchair develops a fault, please refer to the instruction booklet and contact the manufacturer in the first instance.

However, if it has developed a fault within a reasonable period
of time and you live near a John Lewis shop, please take it to the Nursery department, along with your receipt or delivery note. (Please note that our High Wycombe and 'at home' shops do not have a Nursery department and so can't offer this service.)

A member of our Nursery department team will make an initial assessment of your pram/pushchair to see if a manufacturing fault has occurred. If they're unable to confirm that a fault has developed, they'll return the pram/pushchair to the manufacturer for them to assess the cause of the problem.

During this time, we'll be pleased to lend you a replacement pram or pushchair. Please note a deposit of £25 will be charged. The deposit will be refunded to you when the pram/pushchair is returned, subject to the pram/pushchair being received back in the same condition in which it was loaned to you.

If the problem is identified as a manufacturing fault, you'll have the option to either have the pram/pushchair repaired free of charge or replaced.

Please note, however, that you will be charged for the repair if the damage is caused by accident, misuse or as a result of wear and tear.

Safety

By law, all pushchairs sold in the UK must comply with British standards. Some travel systems may include a car seat that complies with European standards.

To ensure your child's safety, remember these simple points:

Do

Always read the instructions carefully and familiarise yourself with all the moving parts before you use your pushchair for the first time.

Show anyone who's going to use your pushchair, and who may be unfamiliar with it, how to open and close it, and how to operate the brakes and locking mechanism.

Always check that locking devices are secure when you open the pushchair. Remember to release all locks before folding it.

Always secure your child in the pushchair with the five-point harness.

Don't

Adjust the seat position while your child is in the pushchair.

Leave your child unattended.

Carry more than one child in your pushchair unless it's designed for that.

Hang shopping or other heavy items on the handles, as it could tip over the pushchair or pram.

Use PVC rain covers indoors or in strong sunlight.

Top tips from our Nursery advisors

"Budget aside, the space available in your home and car boot is important when choosing a buggy. Think about your lifestyle and consider the buggy’s weight and the conditions it’ll be used for: pushing along city pavements,  lifting onto buses or manoeuvring down country tracks? Do you need a carrycot, travel system or do you want the facility of having a seat unit that can be either rear or forward facing?"

Claire, Nursery advisor, John Lewis Watford