Buying a pram or pushchair
After the car seat (as they won’t let you out of hospital without one!), buying a pram or pushchair is the second most important item you’ll need to purchase for your baby, and could also be the most expensive!
When looking at the vast array of models available, there are several considerations for you in terms of budget and circumstances:
1. Will you be using a car or public transport most of the time?
2. How big is your car boot or hatch?
3. Do you live in a house or flat where you have to climb stairs with the pram or pushchair?
4. Do you want rear facing (where baby faces you) or forward facing? (Most mums like to have their baby facing them for the first 3-6 months. After that, opinion is definitely divided on what’s best and I think you have to decide what works for you and your child. )
5. Are you looking for something you can fold with one hand?
We have a large range to suit everyone, with prices ranging from £79 to £839! Here’s a few to think about – I’ve put the weights in brackets.
Our lowest-priced buggy is the John Lewis Striped Travel Stroller (4.6kg). It's a buggy rather than a pushchair but it has multiple reclining options, making it suitable from birth. If you're after a classic sturdier-looking pushchair, then you might like the Nuna Pepp Pushchair (8.6kg).
If you need a lightweight model that's also good for use on public transport then the Maclaren Quest Sport Buggy (6kg) is a great buy. It's suitable from birth, and has reflectibe binding for night-time safety. Travel systems are more expensive but give you the option of attaching an infant carrier so you can seamlessly move baby from car to pushchair without waking them. The Silver Cross 3D pram system (10.3kg) is a good choice if you're on the move a lot.
Another light pushchair (7.7kg) suitable for public transport or for small car boots is the compact Bugaboo Bee+. It may not be the cheapest but it comes with lots of features, has lots of extras available, and can be rear or front facing.
If you’re into sporty lightweight (7.7kg) three wheelers, consider the Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller (available in single or twin). It has a strap on the seat which you pull to close, which can be done with one hand - how cool is that? This is also compatible with the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix infant carrier.
You may be looking for a pram rather than a buggy or pushchair, especially if you’re having a winter baby and want to keep them cosy. The Silver Cross 3D pram system (10.3kg and an online exclusive) is a great pram for this. It has a cosy inner lining facing you, which comes out when baby is about six months old. You can then change from pram to pushchair mode (forward facing).
If you’d like to customise your 3 in 1, then the Bugaboo Cameleon is a light model (9kg) that starts off as a pram and then converts to a pushchair. It has many features such as a handle that can be moved back or forwards, large wheels for rough terrain and small for about town, a good choice of colours for mix and match, and compatible with the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix infant carrier. It comes at the higher end of the price range, but I think is well worth it.
Looking for a twin or a pushchair for an older and new born child can be very daunting. How do you get what’s best for both? For twins or an older and newborn you need to go for a side by side like the Mountain Buggy Duet buggy (15.5kg), its slimline design measures 63cm wide which is great for manoeurvability.
For tight spaces, an inline tandem like the trendy Phil & Teds Vibe 3 wheel pushchair (approx 12kg depending on extras) is suitable for an older and new born (but not twins), and can be converted to a single pushchair later. Accessories are sold separately, and it will take the Maxi Cosi CabrioFix infant carrier.