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.
Up next is the types of puschairs you can choose from
Heres a quick list for you to choose from:
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.
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:
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.
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