Pushchairs

Car Seats Buying Guide

What's your lifestyle?

This is really important to think about when you're looking at pushchairs - if you get the bus or train a lot or you're going to be carrying stuff up loads of steps, then you're going to need something lightweight and foldable. If you're always zipping round in the car you need to know that whatever you choose is going to fit in your boot (along with room for all the other stuff!). Your best bet is a multifunction travel system that is good for walking round the shops too.

Plus you need to think about where you're going to put it - it's no good getting one that everyone's going to end up tripping over at home so make sure it'll slot away neatly in your hall, kitchen, bedroom or porch

What's best for baby?

Next you need to think about what age you'll need the pushchair from - if it's for your newborn the pushchair needs a full lie back position or you may want to think about a carrycot or pram. You might also want to think about getting a model that'll adapt as your child grows, which'll save you having to buy a new one later on.

The most important thing really is making sure baby's cosy and warm so head huggers, foot muffs etc. are a really good buy. And don't forget your rain cover, this is an essential bit of baby kit as it'll protect baby from the unpredictable Great British Weather!

Colour - this is about personal taste but maybe think about getting a colour that you can use again if you have more kids, and also the practicalities of keeping it clean.

Pushchairs Types

Strollers

Strollers are light weight, compact and have a great easy fold mechanism. Great for holidays time or nipping down the shops. Many strollers have a multi position lie back so your little one can have a nap while you're out and about. Most are suitable from 6 months.

Buggies

Buggies are the most popular everyday option. They have sturdy frames and robust wheels plus great suspension for a comfy ride. his option is suitable from birth with buggies featuring a full recline, comfy padded seats and loads more extras.

3 wheelers

These are a great option if you're going off-road! The single front wheel makes it easy to push in more difficult places - perfect if you want to get active as a family.

Parent facing pushchairs

Parent facing pushchairs mean the seat unit faces the pushing parent - that means baby can interact with mum or dad and enables you to keep an eye on your little one.

Travel Systems

The travel system is your all in one do everything pushchair. Taking your baby from birth to toddler, this is a great option for both your baby and your budget!

These pushchairs offer the flexibility to be forward or rear facing and many can be used as a pram by adding a carry cot -some even come complete with carrycot.

The big feature of a travel system is they can be used with a car seat great for transferring your baby from car to pushchair in one easy click. Don't forget to check if adaptors are included.

Prams

A traditional option that has had some modern updates. Prams can be used both parent or forward facing either way you will be able to keep an eye on your little one and have great interaction.

Features include multiple recline in pushchair mode, plus fixed or swivel wheels mean you can move around a lot easier. Co-ordinating fabric hood and boot cover means you get that traditional pram look, and they're all suitable from birth.

Twins & Tandems

If you've got two small children - this is the option for you. For carrying two children side by side, twin buggies are a popular choice. Many models feature independent recline and hoods. Like with single buggies twins have a compact fold and many models are suitable from birth.

Tandems are great for transporting your baby and toddler with one seat in front of the other. The front seat can be used for the older child and the back seat from birth.

Accessories

Accessories are where you can have some fun customising your pushchair. There are loads of changing bags, parasols, rain covers and fleeced lined footmuffs - we've got the lot. Don't forget to check what is included with your pushchair.

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