Pushchair Buying Guide
If you think pushchairs are just about getting your little one from A to B, think again! You want to be comfortable yourself, and of course style can also be a big deciding factor- it needs to look and feel good when you're pushing it as you could potentially be using it for three years or longer. You have to consider value for money, the amount of use you can get out of it and more, so we hope this guide will help assist you in your decision.
Pushchairs come in many shapes and sizes, and although some of these words can mean the same thing, we generally categorise our pushchairs into types to make finding the style you want easier:
When you think pram, you think traditional. A big, lie-flat bassinet and large, chunky wheels, but this can also refer to any type of pushchair that is suitable from birth thanks to a separate carrycot. Some prams can convert into a normal pushchair seat as the child grows or offer a lie-flat seat from birth, and often have the most accessories and options. This is usually the most popular option for an all-round solution.Shop now >
Strollers are typically smaller, lightweight and are often options that you want for slightly older children, or for holidays. Not always compatible with car seats and carrycots or suitable from birth, but some models can be very flexible.Shop now >
Travel systems refer to any type of pram, pushchair or stroller that includes a compatible car seat that you can attach to the chassis. Some pushchairs come with matching car seats from the same brand, or there can be packages we've put together with popular car seat models. Another great all-round option.Shop now >
When you've got more than one child, these can be a lifesaver! Doubles and twins typically have children sat side by side, and tandems have one in front of the other. Tandems typically have more options for car seats or carrycots than side by sides, and are usually designed for children of different ages.Shop now >
Like travel systems, three wheelers can come from pushchairs, strollers or even doubles and tandems, three wheeled models are typically lightweight and easier to manoeuvre, with different wheeled options for on or off-road use.Shop now >
Not every three-wheeler is a jogging buggy, but every jogging buggy is a three-wheeler! To count as a jogging buggy, they normally have air filled tyres, a fixed front wheel, a hand operated brake and a safety wrist strap. Great for those with an active lifestyle, not always compatible with car seats or carrycots, as you should only jog with a baby after they can support their own head.Shop now >
Thinking about where and how you want to use your pushchair is a good starting point. Are you going to be based in a city or suburban environment and just sticking to the pavement? Or maybe you live or plan to live somewhere more rural and might want to take your baby off-road? Maybe a combination of both? Some models are more suited to lighter use, small wheels for nipping through city streets and a lightweight chassis so you can get on and off public transport more easily, and others are designed for an active lifestyle, bigger treaded wheels and suspension are the way to go when you're traversing rougher terrain.
Size can often be a big factor too, you have to consider how wide your door frames are (or the doorframes of cafés and other places you might visit will be). Consider your vehicles boot space or how compact the pushchair folds if you know you're going to have to put it in the luggage rack on a bus quite often. What about if you live in a flat and will need to get baby and pushchair up and down the stairs every day? It makes perfect sense to consider how big the pushchair is, and how small it folds down.
You may also need to consider whether the seat folds down with the pushchair, or needs to be removed, as well as whether you will require additional accessories like carrycots or car seats and how much space those accessories will take up if you do need them.
If you're thinking of extending your family by having another child in the future, you may want to consider a pushchair that converts into a double pushchair, or is compatible with a ride on board depending on the age difference between the children, as investing in a double pushchair may not be practical if one child is almost at the point where they want to walk everywhere. If you have children of different ages, then there is a large selection of pushchairs that a second seat can be added to in order to make it a tandem.
What else do i need?
Some pushchairs will come with absolutely everything you need in the box, while others may sell essentials like raincovers separately.
Comfy essentials for keeping your little one warm in the colder weather, footmuffs can also make the seat a lot comfier.
These handy clips allow you to use an infant carrier with your stroller, always check compatibility as some pushchairs have multiple types for different car seats.
Sometimes known as a bassinet or pram body, these are lie-flat, cosy environments which attach to your pushchair and are suitable until around 6 months or until your child can sit up unaided.
You'll need lots of supplies when out with children, nappies, bottles, spare clothes, you name it! You can choose from those designed to specifically match a pushchair or stylish fashion brands, to find something that's practical and looks good.
Whether it's a drink for yourself or the little one, that little bit of extra storage can be incredibly handy!
Typically easy to clean and padded, liners are a great way to make a pushchair more comfortable without getting too warm.
Unless you're Mary Poppins you're unlikely to get a full shop in your pushchair basket, we offer a range of additional bags, hooks and organisers as well as protective cases for your pushchair in storage.
Although not something we get too often in Britain, when you do have warmer weather you'll want to ensure your baby is protected from the sun and insects, whether you're looking for a UV cover or insect net that goes over your pushchair, or a clip-on parasol or shade.
Certainly vital in the UK, these covers are often designed to have a tailored fit to specific pushchair models for perfect breathable protection against the wet and windy weather. We also have universal covers that work as replacements or for models that don't have their own.
If you have children of different ages, toddlers will want to start walking, but get tired easily. A ride-on board can be a great solution rather than a double pushchair, and they often fold up and out of the way when not in use.
A second seat unit can turn some single pushchairs into tandems to allow for growing families.
Some pushchairs have the options of changing the wheels, from air filled to solid EVA or switch from 3 wheels to 4 and vice versa, or for some models even buggy skis!
Adaptor / Adapter
Most frequently used to allow you to attach car seats to a pushchair, but there can be other types for carrycots, adding second seats, or even to increase the seat height to a more comfortable level.
Often confused with a footmuff or cosytoes, some pushchair brands include aprons which cover the front and sides of the leg area, and don't offer the comfy liner part to the back, or keep your child quite as warm.
Sometimes interchangeably used with pushchair, pram and stroller, but is often used to specifically mean a lightweight or off-road type model.
Carry Bag / Transport Bag
Bags designed to store a pushchair when not in use, or in your car to prevent your boot from getting muddy. Can be made specifically for individual models, or universally compatible (check the measurements!)
The detachable lie flat pram body that's suitable for newborns, typically to 9kg or 6 months.
Sometimes used to refer to an alternative to a carrycot, made from a soft fabric that offers a bit more of a snug support to models that are not compatible with actual carrycots and often make pushchairs suitable from birth.
Some brands will allow you to change the colour of your pushchair, most colour packs consist of a coloured hood and liner, some may include other matching accessories like aprons or head huggers.
Some pushchairs have seat units that can be changed into a full-sized carrycot with a bit of adjustment, or the addition of some extra fabric, really handy for saving space without losing the newborn support.
Cosytoes / Footmuff
Similar to a sleeping bag, footmuffs will keep your little one cosy in the colder weather, and are often universally compatible with all pushchairs that have a harness. Most models allow you to zip off the front and turn it into a liner in the warmer weather.
Often used interchangeably with a twin pushchair, doubles are those that are joined at the front, and only have two sets of front wheels.
Usually limited to specific brands, this is an item that can act as a second seat to turn pushchairs into a tandem model, but can also offer the ability to turn the seat into a reversible one.
Freestanding or Standing Fold
Some pushchair models have the ability to stand upright when folded, to keep the chassis clean and off of the ground.
Another phrase for air filled tyres, these are more frequently used on off-road pushchairs thanks to the cushioned effect they have on pushing, even on harsh terrain.
Sometimes interchangeably used with pushchair, buggy and stroller, but is often used to mean a traditional carriage type model with large wheels and a lie-flat body for newborns. It can also rarely also be used as a word for a detachable carrycot/bassinet.
Sometimes interchangeably used with stroller, buggy and pram, but can be used to refer to an all-round model that is compatible with a wide variety of accessories like car seats and carrycots.
Some pushchairs allow you to have the seat facing you whilst pushing or facing outwards by taking it off and simply turning it around.
Sometimes interchangeably used with pushchair, pram and buggy, but is often used to specifically mean a lightweight model.
Many pushchair models will have wheels at the front that can swivel to make manoeuvring a lot easier. They can often be locked into place for stability.
A pushchair that can take two children with one in front of the other. Some are designed with one seat from birth and the other from six months, other models have both seats suitable from birth.
Often used interchangeably with a double pushchair, twins are the type that look like two separate pushchairs have been stuck side by side, and usually have three sets of front wheels.
The most common type of fold on strollers where it folds down on itself like an umbrella. Very quick and easy to do, but usually quite long!