Tips for buying a pushchair
Buying things for your baby is full of big decisions and one that you will use the most must be your pushchair. It will also be one of the bigger purchases when having a baby. It is something that you will use day in and day out and that you will need to rely on to get around.
But how do you make sure that you have chosen and bought the right pushchair? Let us help you.
How will you get around?
Being mobile is ultimately the idea of a pushchair; therefore, you will want to make sure that the one you choose makes this aspect of life all the easier.
If you drive, then you may want to consider what is known as a “travel system”. This is essentially is a pushchair with a Group 0+ car seat that you can simply pop into your car and then clip onto the pushchair. Just remember to make sure that the pushchair part fits into the boot of your car when folded down.
For those who rely on public transport, a pushchair that is light and easy to fold is going to be a huge thing to consider. There are several “city” style pushchairs out there that are suitable for birth and allow you to get on and off a bus with your baby.
How long will you use your pushchair for?
One thing that you should look at before buying your pushchair is how long you anticipate using it for. For the most of us, you will want to ensure that you have a pushchair that will take your newborn right up to toddler-dom.
This style of pushchair will often come with a carrycot accessory that you can use during those early days, but it can then be converted to suit the needs of a toddler. They may come with the option to reverse the seats and come with other parts that mean you can transform it to grow with your child.
How much are you looking to spend?
Buying a pushchair can be costly, especially if you have one that you want to use until your child is too big to use it anymore. Remember you may be using it up until they are about 3 years old and maybe up until 4 years old, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking!
There are some basic models that will cost you less than £100. However, if you want one that will really last, then you may be happy to spend a bit more money. Remember, accessories, flexibility and the ability to grow with a pushchair will mean that you have to make a bigger investment. But you will be glad that you did spend out.
Planning on some country walks?
If you are the type of person that only lives in the city, then it won’t matter if you pick a pushchair with smaller wheels. However, for those families who like to get out and explore the greener parts of the country, you are going to want to select a pushchair that is made that little bit sturdier and can withstand being taken off-road.
Ultimately, buying a pushchair is important when you are planning for your baby. You should take your time, try a few different options out and make sure that you ask for advice as and when you need it.
That way you can be sure that you will have a happy and comfortable baby and also be a happy parent!
If you want to save some money on buying one, you could look to pick up a secondhand one. You’d have a limited choice but that’s the payoff. check out our article on buying second-hand baby items here. This article runs you through the options for buying second-hand kids stuff.
If after you’ve finished with your chosen mode of transport for your little one, you can sell it on and recoup some of the cost. Read our article The best place to sell baby items to have a look at how you can do that.