Guide to pushchairs

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Guide to pushchairs

Need a pushchair but not sure where to start? Check out the fabulous Boots guide to pushchairs to help find your perfect purchase

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Boots guide to pushchairs

Buying a pushchair can be one of the biggest purchase decisions you make for your baby so we've put together this handy guide to help.

Remember

  • Check the product description - it will say what ages the pushchair is suitable for
  • See what the extras are - not all pushchairs come with raincovers or footmuffs, for example,
    to help keep your baby dry and warm
  • Make a list of your needs as this can help narrow down your options

Three-wheeled pushchairs

These ultra-manoeuvrable, lightweight pushchairs are brilliant for getting out and about for long walks with your baby.

Ideal for:

Active families: Most three-wheeled pushchairs can be taken off-road and even used while jogging.

Things to consider:

Three-wheeled pushchairs can have a smaller shopping basket than a stroller or pram, which means less storage space while you're out and about.

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Twins and tandems

Twin pushchairs seat your babies side by side, while tandem pushchairs generally seat one underneath and one on top.

Ideal for:

Multiple children: If you have multiple children under the age of two, you can keep them together in one pushchair.

Things to consider:

The best options have seats that can be individually reclined, however, both seats may not necessarily be suitable for newborns.

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Travel systems

If you haven't bought your car seat yet, it's worth considering a travel system as they will cover both needs in one matching set.

Ideal for:

Travel: Your baby can be easily transferred from pushchair to car without having to lift them out - perfect if you don't want to wake them from a nap.

Things to consider:

Most car seats in travel systems are group 0 which means they will last your child from birth to roughly six months. Make sure to check this so you know when you will need to get a new car seat.

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Strollers

Strollers tend to be a practical choice as most are lightweight and don't take up much space when folded down.

Ideal for:

Longevity: Some strollers can be suitable for your child from birth up to three years, making them a great budget-friendly buy.

Things to consider:

Not all are suitable for newborns

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Prams

A pram can be a great option if you have the space. Some prams can convert into a pushchair when your child is ready - having your child grow up with the same adaptable pushchair is great value for money

Ideal for:

Newborns: The pram will keep them in the optimum lie-flat position.

Things to consider:

Prams can take up a lot of space, even when folded down. It's worth measuring your boot/storage space to ensure the pram will fit.

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Baby carriers

Baby carriers cradle your baby to you so you can keep your hands free. Baby carriers generally strap your baby to your front, but there are varieties that hold baby to your back or side.

Ideal for:

Manoeuvrability: You don't have to slalom through crowds like with a pushchair; it's much easier when you're out and about.

Things to consider:

Baby carriers can put a strain on your back. To help combat this, look for a model that distributes the weight across your hips.

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