Days out with a toddler mean you’re going to need the right pushchair. Finding something that is safe, comfortable for you and them, and has enough to pack up your toddler essential isn’t an easy task. Here’s how to find the best pushchair for you.
Pram Or Pushchair?
Start by deciding if you need a pram, a pushchair or a buggy. A pram is usually parent-facing and designed for babies from newborn up to about six months old. A pushchair is more aimed at toddlers and children, is usually forward-facing and is sturdy enough for everyday use. A buggy is usually lighter weight. Many parents opt for travel systems, which gives you the option of a pram that can be converted into a car seat, carrycot or pushchair, covering all your needs in one purchase.
How Old Is The Child?
Newborns should lie flat on their backs, so a pram is the better option as a starting point. This protects their back and makes their breathing easier. After about six months, you can move on to a more upright angle.
What’s Your Budget?
Pushchair prices vary wildly. Options can run into hundreds of pounds, but you can buy a perfectly decent option without breaking the bank. Depending on what you can afford, you may be able to save a lot of money and still get a great pushchair if you buy second hand. Local selling groups on Facebook are great for things like this. Remember, if you buy a travel system second hand, don’t use it as a car seat. Car seats should always be bought new to guarantee their safety.
What Features Should You Look For?
Think about where you’ll be mostly using the pushchair. If you live in a country village, for example, you’ll probably want a pushchair with sturdier wheels that will push well over rougher terrain. If you live in the city, you won’t need to spring for an off-road pushchair.
How big is your boot? You need to make sure your pushchair will fit into the boot when folded down, so you can take it with you easily. Do you use public transport a lot? If you’re going to be loading the pushchair on and off the bus a lot, choose something you can fold down quickly without help.
If you’re a runner, you might want to consider a stroller designed to be used while jogging, so you can include your toddler in your exercise routine. Think about practical things like whether the pushchair will fit in your hallway at home. Can you fold it up and down on your own? Is there space underneath the seat to store things like changing bags or an extra blanket?
Is it comfortable to push? If you and your partner are very different heights, look for a pushchair with adjustable handles, so it can be at a comfortable height for both of you. Try out a few options in shops to find something that is nice to push.