Choosing transport for your baby can be a frustrating task. With literally hundreds of choices on the market, you may just be wondering where to start. Should you go for a pram or a pushchair? Perhaps a stroller? How about a 3 in 1 or a travel system? Here is a quick guide giving you all the various transportation facts to help you get your baby on the move.
Prams are perfect for newborn babies who cannot yet support themselves. Typically a pram is designed so that the baby lies flat whilst facing you, which allows your baby to see you at all times. This will reduce your baby’s anxiety about going to unfamiliar places and will help you and your baby bond. Think of a pram as a moses basket on wheels; they are lightweight and easy to cart around. Only a few prams will fold down which makes them difficult for car and bus users. Prams are also one of the more expensive choices of baby transport and lack the versatility to adapt as your baby grows.
Price range: £300 – £900
Pushchairs are suitable for newborns and toddlers alike, already offering more flexibility than a pram. Pushchairs can recline, allowing your baby to sit up and see more of the world. Usually they face away from the parent, losing that intimacy that a pram has but maximising your baby’s stimulation by letting them see more of the environment around them. Pushchairs are similar to prams in that they are easy to travel around with, with the added bonus that the majority can be folded up, making them ideal for shopping trips and travelling on the bus. Most pushchairs feature baskets on the bottom; great for transporting bags or other items. Price wise, pushchairs are more affordable than prams.
Price range: £30 – £700
Buggies or Strollers
Buggies (or strollers) are most suitable for toddlers and are very similar to pushchairs in that they face away from the parent, again allowing your baby to absorb more of the world. Buggies are the lightest forms of baby transport and are very portable, making them easy to take with you wherever you go. This lightweight frame can cause some problems, especially if you wish to hang things (like bags) on the handles, which will cause the buggy to become unstable and tip over risking your baby’s safety. Out of all the systems described, buggies are definitely the cheapest but are not recommended for small babies that cannot support themselves.
Price range: £25 – £450
All Terrain Pushchairs
All terrain pushchairs are the 4×4 of the pushchair world. Three large, treaded wheels allow for traction on some difficult surfaces including mud, grass and sand. These pushchairs also feature deep, padded seats giving baby a comfy ride. Despite being relatively bulky, most models can be folded up. Tyre care is also important to remember with this model of pushchair. If you puncture one of the tyres then you will need a puncture repair kit; some models also require the tyres to be pumped up. All terrain pushchairs can be pricey but are great for country walks and urban strolls.
Price range: £100 – £500
Travel systems (also called a 2 in 1 or 3 in 1) is a pushchair that can have a car seat and sometimes a carry cot, attached to it. This can be valuable if you have a sleeping baby you don’t want to wake up. Initially this does reduce your outlay on baby essentials as you don’t have to buy a car seat on top of your pushchair. However, the car seats included in travel systems are normally only for small babies, usually up to 10kg, and therefore you will eventually need to buy another as your baby grows. Travel systems are similar to all terrain pushchairs in terms of bulkiness.
Price range: £100 – £800
Twin Pushchairs or Tandem Pushchairs
If you are expecting twins, or if you are expecting your second child and your eldest still regularly uses a buggy, then fret not; there are options for you too. A twin pushchair in essence is two pushchairs squashed together, whilst a tandem pushchair is a combination of two seats, one in front of the other. Twin pushchairs are a more stable solution than tandem pushchairs whilst allowing your babies to sit together. This can become a problem if one is sleeping and the other wants to play though! What both share in common are manoeuvrability issues. The twin pushchair is too wide for narrow doorways and paths whilst the tandem pushchair can be difficult to steer. Both systems are equally priced but are obviously higher than standalone pushchairs.
Price range: £85 – £800
Which one should I buy?
Hopefully you are feeling less confused now than you did when you first started reading. So is there a best option of all the above? Really, the most important issue to consider when buying a pushchair is you and your baby’s comfort. You need to think about your lifestyle including the travel you use; which one would fit in best?
When you go to buy your baby’s transport, decide which features you require. Do you need something lightweight? Perhaps a basket for shopping or built in rain protection? Consult customer reviews and ask other parents and friends for advice. We have many product demonstration clips on our website and a dedicated team who review and write product descriptions and specifications to provide the essential information for you to decide what is right for your child. With a bit of time, you will find a chariot fit for your baby that’s perfect for you too.
Prams and Travel systems are available for following brands Hauck, Obaby, Fisher Price, Esprit, Cosatto, Brevi, I’Coo Maxi Cosi