LOOKING TO BUY YOUR BABY’S FIRST PUSHCHAIR BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN? HERE’S WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING ONLINE
One of the landmark moments when expecting a baby is going into a store and choosing The Pushchair. It’s a big purchase and a piece of kit that’s likely to be with you for many years to come – something that needs to be easy to use, practical in every sense, comfortable for baby and ideally, sleek and stylish, too.
If the thought of heading into a store to try and test a range of strollers is still a bit daunting, fear not – it’s easier than it’s ever been to buy your dream buggy online. Start with our handy Prams And Pushchair Buying Guide which is essential for soon-to-be-parents and book in a Virtual Nursery Advice appointment with one of our experts online.
For specialist advice when picking out that all-important pram or stroller, we caught up with Partner & Nursery Product Specialist, Jack Syer, who knows everything worth knowing when it comes to pushchairs. Here are his top tips for what you need to consider when buying a buggy online.
“When choosing a pushchair, start by thinking about your lifestyle and how you need to get around once your baby arrives”
‘Think about where you live. If you live in the city, you’ll probably need to use public transport and might need to access your home via a flight of stairs. You might live in the suburbs where you have parks close by for walks, but need to drive to local amenities. Or perhaps you live in the countryside or a remote location close to woodland or beaches. This will help determine what features you need and which pram best suits your life,’ says Jack.
‘It’s worth assessing where your pram will be stored, at home and when travelling. Always measure your car boot too. What do these spaces look like? How easily it folds, though handy, isn’t necessarily the most important factor. The shape of the folded pram is crucial when determining if it fits where you need it to,’ says Jack. It’s worth noting that the Babyzen Yoyo² folds down into compact shapes that can fit into overhead compartments on planes.
WHEELS, SUSPENSION AND PUSHABILITY
‘To achieve the most agile and responsive push, small wheels, as found on the Babyzen Yoyo², Bugaboo Ant and Bee and the Silver Cross Wayfarer are your answer, as they allow a quick turn in small spaces. However, small wheels are generally not so great when walking over gravel and parkland. Larger wheels with suspension allow greater versatility of terrain, giving you peace of mind whatever situation you’re in. Good all-terrain options include the Bugaboo Fox, iCandy Peach All Terrain and Mountain Buggy Terrain.’
‘Larger prams like the Quinny Hubb offer bigger baskets for everyday essentials while smaller prams give greater practicality for public transport. The smaller the pram, the lighter and more agile it is, but you do potentially miss out on a big enough basket for your everyday essentials. Larger prams offer you every feature you may want, but this can come at a cost to the weight and the ability to fit in small confined spaces such as on buses, trains and smaller vehicles.’
NUMBER OF CHILDREN
‘If you’re expecting twins or have your second child on the way, there are double prams to help you. Two types exist: side by side and tandem. Side by sides like the Mountain Buggy Duet V3 and Bugaboo Donkey 3 give you the benefit of both children having equal access to mum and dad and more storage, but they are wider and can make it difficult for use in shops, restaurants and gaining access to your own home. Tandem options like the Joie Baby Evalite Duo Stroller give you a smaller fold and more of the agility and accessibility of a single pram, but they do limit the seating positions of your children.’
Other key features worth considering
Big under-buggy storage that will hold your changing bag, spare clothes, bottles and any extra items or shopping you’ve picked up during your day is very handy.
Not all prams will have this feature and it does add extra weight and size, but it does give a parent a better view of smaller children.
Although not a first thought for most, it is worth considering whether you might require this feature in the coming years.
You can place an infant carrier car seat on the frame of most prams. Compatibility guides can be found with each car seat online. And don’t forget to read our Car Seat Buying Guide. You’ll need a car seat for transporting baby from hospital to home on that very first journey.
Add in a cup holder, buggy clips, a baby changing bag, footmuff, parasol, seat liner, buggy board and stroller organiser if you need to – there’s an option to suit you.
GOOD ALL ROUNDERS
Main image: Bugaboo