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Your Guide to choosing a Pram, Pushchair, Travel System or Stroller

You've entered into the world of pushchair shopping, and often for first time parents this is a world of new terms, and a heap of technical mind boggling jargon.

So let's cover the basics first. You've most likely heard the terms pushchair, pram, stroller, travel system...but what is the difference between each. Here's our guide to simplifying your pushchair shopping.

 

Pram

  • Suitable from birth - approx 6 months.
  • Is ideal for a new born.
  • Is traditionally what most parents of newborns will opt for.
  • Has lot's of room for you baby to lie-flat and rest.

Pro's of a pram are…

  • They allow your baby to lie flat, supporting their body and head.
  • They're great for supervised naps for when you are out and about with your newborn.
  • They’re parent-facing, so you can maintain eye contact with your baby.
  • They’re wide and deep, designed in a classic style.

Pushchair

  • Suitable from 6 months - approx 4 years ( varies per brand & model).
  • Normally consists of a harnessed seat and frame.
  • Can be folded for easy storage.
  • Good for getting out and about with your child, and has storage for shopping etc.

Pro's of a pushchair are...

  • They’re suitable for newborn babies if they have a fully reclinable seat.
  • Some models can be folded with one hand and all-in-one, while others feature a carry handle or fold strap.
  • They have various wheel types (fixed, swivel or lockable) for different terrains.
  • They can be set as parent-facing or world-facing.
  • You can add lots of different accessories such as a footmuff, reflectors, rain covers, to make you and your child comfy and safe.

Travel System

  • Suitable from 6 months - approx 4 years ( varies per brand & model).
  • Normal consists of a full bundle including a pram, pushchair, car seat, isofix base and adapters.
  • They tend to include all you need to travel with your baby.
  • Often travel systems are bundled and include discounts, so this offers a good saving for new parents.

Pro's of a travel system are...

  • The frame is often compatible with carrycots, car seats and a toddler seat for convenience.
  • Some models come with carrycots included.
  • They usually feature shopping baskets for hands free storage.
  • You can add accessories including adaptors, rain covers, seat inserts, footmuffs.

Top Tip: Don't just look at the price, always do the research on the car seat included in your chosen travel system, more details in our handy car seat guide here.

Stroller

  • Suitable from 6 months - approx 4 years ( varies per brand & model).
  • Tend to be more compact and lightweight.
  • More suitable for good - moderate terrain as they have smaller wheels.
  • All-in-one fold.
  • Some models can be used from birth with the use of inserts.

Pro's of a stroller are...

  • Great for city living.
  • They’re easy to lift and carry.
  • They're ideal for running out to do some shopping, going travelling or on holidays.
  • They’re lightweight, compact and can be taken as hand luggage on some aircrafts.

 Still need a little extra help? Why not book in online today for your in-store Personal Shopping appointment, details here.

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