The right pushchair to suit your lifestyle and your baby
It's hard not to feel like a beginner when you're shopping for that first pushchair. But we all feel like that when we're starting out, just keep in mind that lifestyle plays a big part in determining the right pushchair for you and your little one.
So first things first, what do you actually even need - if you're fully stumped head over to our beginners guide.
But hopefully our little explanation below will help you decipher the meaning of the words 'pushchair, pram, buggy & stroller' - so many words that all mean sort of the same thing. And you thought Eskimos went overkill with variations on 'snow'. Thankfully, we're here to simplify everything and focus on what matters - helping you find the pushchair which is best for your baby, your budget and your lifestyle, whether you like to hit the shops or tackle tougher terrains.
From the moment you bring your baby home, to the point where they're running around and climbing the furniture, a pushchair is an essential accessory when out and about. New and expectant parents often ask the same thing: “what’s the difference between a pram, a buggy and a pushchair?”. If we're being honest, these terms are often used interchangeably, but for clarity's sake there are key differences between them:
Traditionally, a pram (also known as a perambulator if you live life like it's 1920) is a four wheeled carriage designed especially for newborn babies, usually while they are lying flat. You can easily turn a pushchair into a pram if it has a lie-flat seat, or with the addition of a carrycot.
A folding chair with wheels, designed for a baby or small child to be pushed around while seated.
A stroller is a lightweight collapsable chair with wheels, most suited to toddlers and young children.
A pushchair with the ability to attach a car seat and/or a carrycot, usually the pieces are bought together.
Is lightweight and foldable - making it easy to lift on and off public transport
Is small enough to push on a bus or train
Has large enough wheels so they won’t get stuck in gaps between the pavement or the platform
Fits in designated pushchair spaces and aisles on buses and trains
Are car seat (and carrycot) compatible
Are light enough to lift in and out of a boot often
Can fold down to a compact size to take up as little boot space as possible
Large wheels to comfortably navigate different surfaces (three wheelers are a great choice)
Great suspension that can keep up with the twists and turns on a brisk morning jog or a hike
Adjustable handlebars to offer you greater comfort as you push
Twin pushchairs allow your babies to sit side by side
Tandem pushchairs place one child in-front of the next for a narrow, longer frame
Convertible pushchairs let you add an additional seat on at a later date (some even replace a seat with a shopping basket)
Hopefully we've given you some different options to consider, and make a mountain of information not seem so, well, mountainous. At Mamas & Papas we stock over 400 pushchairs, strollers and buggies, from trusted quality brands like Bugaboo and Maxi-Cosi to our own brand pushchairs which combine practicality and style to match your lifestyle. And if your choice is dictated by budget alone, then have you considered second hand?