Buggies & Prams - how do you choose?
The pram or pushchair will be one of the biggest investments you make for your Newborn, there are so many considerations you need to make, so here is some bits of advice that may help you making that important decision.
Choosing the right pushchair is not as simple as it sounds. There's so many different options out there from 3-in-1s to off-roaders so it's worth taking a bit of time and researching the right one for you, the internet is a wealth of information and as you find a pushchair you like check online for reviews. Made for Mums and Mumsnet are a fantastic resource for information.
Things to consider when choosing a pushchair for a newborn.
Some of these may seem really obvious, but it's worth really thinking about what you will be using the pushchair for and your lifestyle before you buy. If you predominately use public transport or don't have ground floor access to your home, weight, size and portability will be key. Some pushchairs weight in at around 5kgs so most users should manage to lift them, but others can weigh much more, so folding and carrying onto a bus or up stairs with a baby and shopping could be really challenging, so make sure you practice folding and lifting before buying. Equally if you drive, you need a pushchair that fits easily in the boot of your car. If you walk a lot you'll be doing a lot of shopping with your pushchair, so look for roomy and sturdy shopping baskets.
Newborn babies need to be able to lie flat for the first three months, once they can support their heads fully at around 6 months they won't be very comfortable sitting bolt upright, so making sure your seat has multiple positions is essential.
Other things to consider includes rain covers, cosytoes, additional shopping baskets, matching changing bags etc. These are all extras that aren't included can really push up the price of your pushchair and if you have chosen an expensive pushchair the chances are the accessories are more than likely expensive also. A cosytoes for a winter baby is a must, a raincover that's easy to attach is a definite as rain will fall summer and winter. In terms of a changing bag, it needs to be functional, so may not be the one that matches your pushchair, just get the one that suits your needs.
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