Choosing a Pushchair
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A pushchair will be one of your most important pregnancy purchases, but with so many different makes and models catering for different lifestyles, needs and preferences, finding the right one for you and your family can feel like a daunting task. When choosing a pushchair, the most important thing to consider is where, when and how you're going to use it. The product description and photos on each pushchair's product page tell you the size, weight and specific details of each model. Amazon customer reviews often provide additional information from other parents about strengths and weaknesses, resilience and useful features, so read as many as you can.
To work out your basic requirements, try asking yourself these questions:
• Does your pushchair need to be compatible with your car seat? If you use your car frequently, you'll save a lot of time if your car seat snaps onto your pushchair frame. This type of pushchair is generally known as a travel system and is a popular choice because it means you don't have to wake your baby up to move them around. Travel systems have a pram unit which is interchangeable with the car seat. The pram unit usually converts into a pushchair so you can use the same model from newborn to toddlerhood. Check whether the car seat is included as this can make a big difference to the price of your travel system. If you don't feel you need a travel system, a fully reclining pushchair that's suitable for newborns may work out lighter or cheaper for you.
• Do you need to limit the folded or unfolded size? How big is your hallway? How wide is your doorway and/or gate? Will you need to squeeze it into the boot of a small car? Check the dimensions in the product description before you buy.
• Do you need to limit the weight? If you're going to use public transport or walk up and down lots of stairs, a lightweight pushchair with a carry handle is essential. If you have mobility issues, investigate models that fold or steer easily with one hand.
• Where are you going to walk? Consider where and how often you'll be walking with your pushchair. For city use, choose a lightweight model that's easy to manoeuvre in busy shops and built for smooth terrain. If you plan to walk on rough ground, choose an all-terrain pushchair with suspension and lockable or fixed wheels. If you'll be out in cold or windy weather, make sure your pushchair will keep your baby nice and cosy. If you're tall or have back problems, check how adjustable the handle is.
• What about accessories? Can you customise your pushchair with a sunshade, rain cover and foot muff, or are they already included? Some travel systems include the car seat while others don't. If it's not included, make sure the car seat you buy is compatible with the travel system.
• Do you need to store a lot of stuff under the seat? It's not a good idea to hang lots of heavy bags from a pushchair handle, so don't forget to investigate how much shopping storage is available under the seat.
• Do you love it? Your pushchair will be with you almost all the time, so it's important to buy one you like the look of, as long as it also satisfies your practical needs.
• Do you really need a pushchair? A baby carrier may work fine for you if you lack space and live close to local amenities, friends and family. Read our Baby Carrier Buying Guide or browse baby carriers. Once your baby is over six months and can sit up well, you can switch to a stroller.
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