The Buggy Buying Guide

Pushchairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from simple prams to multi-tasking travel systems, making it difficult to choose the ideal one for your family.

This handy guide will walk you through the most important information you'll need to make informed purchasing selections. The decision will be straightforward once you understand the various types of pushchairs available and how they may make your life easier while on the road!

You might think a pushchair is just a seat with two wheels and a handle; after all, how many versions are there? Well, we can tell you that pushchairs come in a variety of styles, sizes, and designs to suit every need and lifestyle.

It is important to pick a pushchair to suit your lifestyle so that it will help make life easier and tick all the boxes for what you are going to use the pushchair for. So, let's take a closer look at what different types of pushchairs there are on the market to help you decide which one is right for you.

Carrycot

For the precious new borns

For the first few months, newborns should lie flat to help protect their backs, development and breathing. Because of this, many parents frequently choose a carrycot seat unit with their pushchair for the first few months, even though an increasing number of pushchairs now include a reclining seat that allows for a 180-degree lie flat posture. The carrycot can be part of certain pushchairs, while it is an optional add-on in others. When your baby is older, you can simply replace the carrycot with a seat.

Travel System

The All in One option

A travel system is a pushchair that is also compatible with a bassinet and a car seat. These are a popular choice with parents as they can be handy when travelling and when you have a sleeping baby who you don't want to wake. If this sounds ideal to you, make sure you research to make sure the pushchair you choose is also compatible with your car seat. You can either opt for a brand bundle, or look for adapters that offer more choices for compatibility. At Direct4Baby, we offer a great selection of travel bundles that offer everything you will need to take the confusion out of the process. Remember that leaving your newborn in their car seat for more than 90 minutes at a time is not recommended, but for short trips, this may be the best option.

Duo

Expecting Twins or Another Baby

If you are expecting twins, or have another child that still uses a pushchair then a double pushchair is the one for you. Currently, there is a great range of double pushchairs that go against the rumours that double pushchairs are bulky and difficult to manoeuvre. They can also be extremely versatile by easily converting from double to single, meaning they are a fantastic option for growing families.

Compact

For the Travel Seekers or City Living

Compact strollers are a favourite for those who live in cities and are heavily reliant on public transport, and also travel lovers who need everything cabin sized. These strollers are lightweight and fold up smaller than the more traditional styles. This being said, they are also becoming an increasingly popular choice as everyday pushchairs thanks to their design, weight and compact size offering parents convenience when on the go. Many compact strollers now have the option to add a newborn carrycot to offer families the full solution to use this style of pushchair from birth.

Multi-Terrain

For the adventurous

Multi-terrain pushchairs have the extra, all important features to make outdoor adventures on rough terrain with children in tow easier. This often includes extra suspension, tough wheels and comfort features to make the ride more enjoyable for your little one. They're designed to be tough, stable and easy to manoeuvre on all types of surfaces.

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