Changing times Pushchairs have seen a dramatic change in design in recent years. There is more emphasis now than ever before on looks. But underneath all this style, there is substance, with innovations in materials and design leading to a high level of functionality.
How are pushchairs different to travel systems or strollers? Pushchairs are sturdier than strollers. They are more comfortable and have more features, for example you should be able to fully recline the seat unit in a pushchair, and you may be able to switch the seat to parent-facing from front facing, features which you won’t readily find in strollers. Travel systems are pushchairs where the seat unit may be replaced with an infant car seat, which clips onto the pushchair frame, so that a baby may be transferred in or out of a car without lifting him or her from one seat to another.
Wedge design Many new pushchairs have incorporated the ‘wedge’ design, whereby they are wider at the back and narrow towards the front. In such cases, there is very often a single wheel at the front of the pushchair. Some users feel the single wheel to the front makes for greater mobility and ease of turning, while other people prefer the traditional two separate sets of front wheels, as they feel it makes for a more stable pushchair.
Things to look for
• Forward facing, parent facing, or both. Most modern pushchairs seat the child facing forward, however there are some on the market that allow you to switch the seat direction depending on preference.
• Carrycot. Some pushchairs come with a carrycot which fits the frame of the unit for when the child is younger/smaller. When the child gets bigger, it can be replaced with a seat unit.
• Double pushchair. Models that come with a carrycot will often allow for the pushchair to be used with both the carrycot and standard seat arrangement at the one time, effectively turning the unit into a double pushchair if required; super practical for the parent of a newborn and toddler.
• Storage. Some brands cater for storage much better than others, so make sure you’re happy with the storage facility offered.
• Accessories. Whether it’s for your baby’s comfort or your sanity, accessories can make a huge difference. Check what comes a s standard with the pushchair model you like. Remember, accessories sometimes need to be purchased as extras. Check out our wide range of useful branded accessories.
• Sporty parents. If you love running, there’s a pushchair for you! Look for a lightweight inline design, designed for jogging. If you like to get out into nature, look for all-terrain models with air-filled tyres to help navigate uneven surfaces, and suspension, to keep baby comfortable.
There is actually not much between one pushchair and another in terms of competence. This puts budget and personal preference to the forefront of decision making. There is oodles of choice out there in terms of colour, looks and style at all price points as you can see from our pushchair shop.