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Buying a baby pushchair is quite like buying a new car, and to be frank, almost just as expensive. There are so many things to take into consideration when investing in such an item. How much storage space do you need? Do you live in a busy city, or the countryside with bumpy roads? Are you strictly buying the pushchair to suit a new born baby, or are you expecting to use it for longer? Fortunately, there are pushchairs out there to suit all needs and budgets (almost).
A pram is a great choice for new-borns as it allows the baby to lie completely flat. A carrycot on wheels, prams can only be used for the first 6 months of the baby’s life, until they can start supporting their heads on their own. Lately new designs incorporate both a pram and a standard buggy in one, so you can get the best of both worlds.
This is a great option if you own a car and need a car seat for your baby. The travel system usually combines a standard buggy with a detachable car seat and sometimes they may even feature a pram or carrycot. However, car seats are a safety tool for transporting the baby while in a vehicle and should not be used on long walks, shopping trips or to sleep in at home. Leaving a child in a car seat for more than 2 hours could put his or her life and health in danger.
As the name suggests the 3-wheeler buggy has (surprise surprise) 3 wheels, one in the front and 2 in the back. The wheel in the front can be either locked or let free to swivel. Depending on the potential use, size and weight, there are several types of 3-wheel buggies: urban 3-wheelers, twin or tandem 3-wheelrs, all-terrain pushchairs (ATP), jogger buggy and 3-wheeler travel systems.
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The ‘stroller’ or lightweight buggy is great for those with a busy city life, who usually walk or take the bus around town. They can weigh less than 6kg (0.9 stone) and they can be folded, so they are more compact making them easy to carry and store. When your baby has reached toddlerhood, this buggy may not be suitable for him or her anymore. Another potential disadvantage is that you cannot overload it with bags or other items as, due to its light weight, it can easily be tipped over.
The standard 4-wheeler buggies are suitable for both new-borns and babies over the age of 6 months. They are slightly harder to manoeuvre than the 3-wheeled buggies, but there is not much in it. The prices for standard buggies can go from around £100 pounds to over £600 for a designer one.
Rear and forward-facing buggy
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This is a great option as it contains a reversible seat unit which allows parents to either have the baby facing them or forward. Some studies suggest that children prefer facing their parent while in the buggy. This makes them happier and more interactive.
Twin buggies can either be for twins or siblings of similar ages. Both children are free to look around and interact with each other. Pushing a twin buggy around all day can be very hard, therefore it is best to look for lightweight twin buggies which can weigh under 15 kg. (2.4 stone)
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The tandem buggy is similar to the twin buggy in the sense that it allows you to carry 2 children at a time. However, with the tandem buggy they are essentially one on top of the other, rather than next to eachother. You can use this option with either a toddler and a new-born or two toddlers.