Choosing from a never-ending selection of baby kit can be a minefield. So how do you know what’s right for you? Third in the series is the pushchair
With the potential to be the most expensive set of wheels you’ll ever buy after a car, the pushchair can be one of your most daunting purchases. A product like this will get daily use, so try to see it as an investment, with many models built to see you through two or even three children. Particular styles and colours will go out of stock if they’re popular choices so if you have your heart set on a particular brand, be safe and start your search around the 20-week mark – that way you’ll have plenty of time to get to grips with it, too. Finally, make sure you know what you’re getting for the price; some come with a car seat, carrycot and seat, whereas others only offer the chassis and seat, and you don’t want to be faced with lots of additional charges.
Things to consider
• Do you want a travel system that you can attach the car seat to?
• What kind of terrain will you be using the pushchair on?
• Think about space restrictions – can you store it at home, and will it fit in your car?
• If you are planning on having children close in age, will it cater for a growing family?
• Does it work with your height? Some handlebars extend to different lengths, and some don’t extend at all.
• Does it sit within your budget?
A carrycot is used from birth, this allows baby to lie down and sleep.
The chassis is the frame of a pushchair.
Doubles are for twins or babies close in age, with two seats or two carrycots side by side.
Parent facing is when the seat is positioned facing the parent.
Seat units are used at around six months, once baby can support herself. Note that many now have lie-flat positions which means they can be used from birth.
Tandem – also referred to as inline pushchairs – means one seat behind the other.
A travel system is a type of pushchair that is compatible with a rear-facing car seat, which attaches to the chassis for ease of transportation when out of the car.
World facing is when the seat is looking out to see the world go by.
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