How to choose the perfect Pushchair

Selecting the best pushchair for your baby

If you’re looking to buy a new pushchair, then the first criteria you need to establish is the number of passengers or infants it needs to hold.  If you have twins, triplets, or simply siblings of a similar age that need transporting then you’ll need either a double or triple pushchair.  However for the majority of parents, a single pushchair will suffice.  Single pushchairs are typically cheaper, as they use less materials during their construction.  As a result they will also be lighter and take up less storage space than the equivalent double pushchair.

In terms of manufacturers that produce pushchairs, there are quite a selection.  Popular choices include Babyway, Cosatto, Direct2Mum, Graco, iSafe, Koochi, Safety 1st, Tippitoes and Zeta, all of which are known for manufacturing quality products, which range from the more affordable lower end pushchairs, to the high end strollers offering extra features.

Creative Pushchair Colours

Colour scheme is another factor to bear in mind – to some parents this is an important factor, with traditional blues a popular choice for newborn boys, and colours such as pinks and purples more often used for baby girls.  Many parents choose neutral darker colours, which has several advantages.  Firstly it means that you will be able to re-use the pushchair for any additional children you have in the future, regardless of their gender.  Secondly, darker colours are less likely to show up stains, and so will look newer for longer.  These two factors will also help increase the value of the pushchair should you decide to sell it once your infant has outgrown it.  A lighter coloured stroller will often show marks from spillages and wear and tear, and so won’t look as attractive during use, as well as losing any potential resale value.

Storage needs to be considered prior to purchase, in both senses of the word.  Firstly the storage of the actual pushchair – it’s worth checking the overall dimensions of the pushchair whilst it’s folded, and making sure that you can store it in your house, as well as the boot of the car if applicable.  In addition, depending on your intended use for the pushchair, it’s worth establishing whether it features suitable storage for your handbag, shopping, and any other belongings you need to carry with you.  If the pushchair takes the weight of your possessions, it will make walking around a lot easier for you. The overall dimensions of the stroller are also worth bearing in mind – particularly if you either live or work in an area with tight doorways or narrow passages.  The turning circle of larger pushchairs, such as twin models, mean that narrow corridors can be tricky to navigate, and this may influence your choice of stroller.

Read Pushchair Reviews

Lastly it is well worth reading forums and actual pushchair reviews of users who have real world experience of each pushchair, as this in-depth knowledge will help to establish any pros and cons for each stroller.  Often design faults or weak points are only established once a pushchair has real world use, and similarly it’s only after a pushchair has been rigorously tested that the best models will excel and show their advantages over the competition.  If you spend time completing your research, and take time to read about the experiences and reviews of other parents, then you’re far more likely to locate the perfect pushchair for your baby.

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