Perfect Pushchair

Top Tips: Hunting For The Perfect Pushchair

I love me a good pushchair I do, and if you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I’ve tested out a few during the first 4 years of Hayden life. Actually looking forward choosing a new pushchair for cubby soon.
When choosing the perfect pushchair there a several factors I take into consideration, it’s basically like buying a car thinking about models, features, and options. so you’ll need a list of questions to write and ask yourself and partner.

Who will the pushchair be used for?
Where do you want to travel with your pushchair? 
How will the pushchair be transported? ie Car
Does the pushchair come with accessories and special features

These are the main questions you’ll need to ask yourself, when buying a pushchair. Doesn’t sound a bit much but you’ll be surprised how much easier life can be once you’ve got the basics.

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Up next is the types of puschairs you can choose from
Heres a quick list for you to choose from:
Travel System
Pram
Pushchair/Buggy
3 wheelers
Twin
Joggers
Seat Carries 
Traditional Strollers

I bet you didn’t realise there were so many to choose from, right. The most popular pushchairs at the moment are the Travel Systems: The all-inclusive system gives you more for your money. Plus, it offers a smooth ride and good coverage from the elements. Double Buggies /Tandem: Strolling with two? Double strollers come in two styles tandem, where you have one child in front and one behind, and side by side  and Seat Carriers: These are becoming more and more popular, carriers offer a simple frame to hold your baby’s car seat. Some seat carrier models come with an extra seat for an older sibling. You pick your own car seat. Seat carriers are easy to use, lightweight, and inexpensive.

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Once you have the first two points sorted out up next would be accessories.
In my opinion, you can never have too many – but that’s a personal preference, especially if it’s all included in the price.
Heres my fun list of accessory options:
Footmuffs
Changing Bag
Rain covers
Parasol
Carrycot
Buggy Board
Adaptors

Obviously these accessories all depends on the age of your child/children and what type of pushchair you’ll need. For instance someone with only a newborn wouldn’t need a buggy board as that’s used for an older child. But everyone will need a rain cover.

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Once you’ve finally chosen say your top 5 pushchairs it’s now time for the test drive which can be done in a local store or an exhibition like The Baby Show.
Here is the list of test driving options to look out for:

  • Foldable – How easy is it to fold, press a button, fold a clip, use your foot.
  • Five-point harness – How secure is your child?
  • Reclinable – Will your child be stuck in the same position at nap time?
  • Brakes – Easy, hard, use your finger, foot?
  • Adjustable handlebars – For them tight spaces, on the bus on a taxi.
  • Basket – Is there one? Is it a decent size
  • Wheels – Swivel and non swivel are import during certain weather conditions.
  • Size – In terms of your car’s boot, will it fit?
  • Weight – Is it too heavy? Nice and light?

From testing out the pushchairs I have, those are my top things to look out for when buying a pushchair. Stick to them and you can’t go wrong.

Do you have any tips when buying a pushchair,
I’d love for you to share them.

 

Until Next Time… Charlotte x

 

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13 comments

  1. Aw it is like choosing a car! A pushchair is so important as it will be used so much. I had so many pushchairs with Sophia. But only one with Archie after I did lots of research. Thank goodness. I love the pictures of Hayden in his pushchair such a handsome little guy. Xxx

  2. There wasn’t so many choices around when I had my first baby, the travel systems was just coming in and I just was happy with one of those! However I ended up with 5 over the time! Then I said when I had my next baby I would really look into a pushchair and what I wanted from it, then I had twins!!! So then not much choice!

  3. This is such a handy list!! I had no idea when I first started looking and ended up hating my first buggy. I am so much more clued up now though – big basket is a must!!! x

  4. great list. I’ve got 3 children and only managed to find my perfect push chair on baby number 3! I wish I’d have had this list the first time round as it would have saved me a mountain of trouble!

  5. Fantastic List! I’ve got 3 children and only managed to find my perfect push chair on baby number 3! I wish I’d have had this list the first time round as it would have saved me a mountain of trouble!

  6. Great post! I had no idea there were so many to choose from when we selected our pram. These are great questions to ask when you’re looking. We opted for a travel system, but it’s so worth going to try them out for yourselves to see how easy they are to push because they all vary. x

  7. Great post! I had no idea there were so many to choose from when we selected our pram. These are great questions to ask when you’re looking. We opted for a travel system, but it’s so worth going to try them out for yourselves to see how easy they are to push because they all vary. x

  8. If I had to choose again I’d spend a lot more time on the decision I think as I’ve had some awful ones in the past that have made life difficult x

  9. Fab tips, don’t think I could possibly add any more! We’ve an out N about double Nipper, it’s a fab buggy for my three under three.

  10. I didn’t really look that much to be honest. We have the same push chair for he last four years. It’s still going strong for my youngest. It was a travel system.
    We have. Stroller as well which is maclaren. Mostly used when in town.

  11. This is such a useful post. I found buying a buggy for Little Miss H a very stressful experience. So it is great to have a post like this to refer to. And you are right, it is like buying a car. And there is such variety to choose from. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  12. I remember the anxiety I felt when choosing a pushchair for my youngest. It just had to be right. With so many to choose from, it can be very overwhelming. Long story short, I picked the wrong one and had to buy a stroller when she was old enough.

  13. Really interesting read, helped me understand a lot more about buying the dreaded pushchair

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