Shopping for your pushchair is so exciting, and it’s one of the most personal purchases you’ll make when prepping for your baby’s arrival. It’ll be by your side every single day, so it needs to be right for your lifestyle. With so much choice out there, we’ve put together a helpful guide full of our top tips and favourite pushchair picks.


Buggy, stroller, pushchair or pram?

You’ve probably heard your friends and family calling their pushchair by lots of different names. Although parents often use the terms pram, pushchair, buggy and stroller interchangeably, they all do a slightly different job, so it helps to know the difference before you shop around. Our simple guide breaks down the different types of pushchairs, and what they’re best for.

Pushchair Types

Pushchair

Put simply, a pushchair is a folding seat on wheels, designed for babies and small children to be pushed around in. Some can be used for your newborn up until they can toddle about, whilst others are designed for toddler age and upwards. 

Pram

Prams are similar to pushchairs but have a flat bed, so your newborn can snooze in a more natural position during those early months. A lot of new parents go for a pushchair that can be easily converted into a pram and used from day one, either with a lie-back seat feature or by adding on a compatible carrycot.

Stroller

Also referred to as a buggy, lightweight strollers are often easier to carry around and compact when folded up. They’re used for toddlers and older small children who might need to rest their growing legs every now and then.

Travel System

Buying a travel system simply means buying a pushchair along with a compatible car seat and carrycot. Investing in a bundle like this means you’re all set to travel from the day your little one is born, and it makes it really easy to switch between them when you’re out and about.

Finding a pushchair for your lifestyle

It might be your baby who actually sits in your pushchair, but it’s really important to choose one that’s right for you, too. Think about how you’ll be getting from A to B – do you take public transport, or do you have a car? You might be walking across fields to get to your local coffee shop, or perhaps you’re a city dweller who’ll be nipping up and down steps and busy streets. However you get about, we’ve picked out our best pushchairs that won’t get in the way of your journey.

Best pushchairs for public transport

Hopping on and off a busy train, tube or bus can be a challenge even without a pushchair in tow. So, if you’re going to be using public transport regularly, look out for the following features:

  • Light to push and carry
  • Folds away easily when your hands are full
  • Narrow enough to push down an aisle
  • Large wheels that won’t get stuck in platform gaps
  • Fits into a luggage rack or pushchair space

Our Picks:

Strada Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H:36 x W:56 x L:66cm approx

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:95 x W:56 x L:88cm approx

Weight: 10.4kg Approx.

Features:

  • Our signature one hand fold means easy, quick and compact storage
  • Lightweight frame tackles tight streets and busy shops
  • Easy to navigate with small wheels and light steering

Armadillo City2

Folded Dimensions:

H:72.5 x W:50 x L:33cm approx

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:99 x W:50 x L:79cm approx

Weight: 7.4kg approx.

Features:

  • Folds with one hand for quick and compact storage
  • Ultra-lightweight and narrow enough for urban spaces
  • Small wheels, so you can get around town easily

Babyzen YOYO2

Folded Dimensions:

H:52 x W:18 x D:44cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:106 x W:44 x D:66.2cm

Weight: 6.1kg approx.

Benefits:

  • The smallest, lightest buggy in stock at Mamas & Papas
  • Includes a compact travel bag for your baby bits
  • The seat has lots of different positions and is well-ventilated

Good to know…
Although lightweight is key when you’re on a train, it’s worth knowing that some lighter buggies and strollers can only be used when your little can sit up unsupported – usually when they’re around 6 months old. If you’re travelling with your newborn, the NHS recommends they’re laid flat for extra comfort and support. So, a pram or pushchair with a lie-back seat is probably the best option.

Best pushchairs for car travel

If you’re going to be visiting grandparents and nipping to the shops in a car, then a travel system is for you. You can choose one that includes a pushchair, a carrycot and a car seat, or one that includes a pushchair with a lie-back seat feature and a car seat. Both bundles mean that you can easily click your car seat in and out of your car and attach it to your pushchair – all without waking your little one up. Keep an eye out for travel systems with the following features:

  • Car seat and carrycot compatible
  • Light enough to lift in and out of your car boot or footwell
  • Compact when folded to take up as little space as possible

Our Picks:

Strada Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H:36 x W:56 x L:66cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:95 x W:56 x L:88cm approx

Weight: 10.4kg approx.

Features:

  • Our signature one hand fold means easy, quick and compact storage
  • Lightweight frame is easy to lift in and out of vehicles
  • Easy to navigate with small wheels and light steering

Flip XT3 Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H:35 x W:60 x L:74cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:100 x W:59 x L:96cm approx.

Weight: 11.3kg approx.

Benefits:

  • Folds in either forward or parent-facing position, saving you space
  • The one hand fold is quick, easy and compact
  • Fits into small boots thanks to removable wheels

Joie Versatrax

Folded Dimensions:

H:86 x W:65.5 x L:36cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:92.4 x W:65.5 x L:112cm approx.

Weight: 11.7kg approx.

Benefits:

  • Folds with one hand for quick storage
  • Stands upright when folded taking up less
  • The armbar comes off for a more compact fold

Good to know…
Before you go shopping for your perfect pushchair, measure your car boot and note down the numbers. It’s also worth knowing how much room your average weekly shop takes up, so you won’t find yourself short on space when you’re out and about. And when it comes to making sure your car seat has got all the right safety measures, check out our guide here, or book in with one of our stores for a free consultation.

Best pushchairs for walking, hiking and jogging

A father pushes his child in an Armadillo XT pushchair along a mountain cliff top, overlooking the sea.

If you’re planning some off-road family fun, an all-terrain pushchair is designed to keep your little one comfy even when the ride gets a bit bumpy. They’re perfect for taking the dog out, heading for a picnic in the park or even hiking on trails. Look out for an all-terrain pushchair that has the following features:

  • Large wheels that can tackle different surfaces
  • Good suspension that’ll cushion baby on your morning run
  • Adjustable handlebars to keep you comfy as you push

Our Picks:

Image of an Ocarro pushchair

Our award-winning Ocarro Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H: 37 x W: 59 x L: 76cm

Unfolded Dimensions:

H: 104 x W: 59 x L: 96cm

Weight: 13.5KG Approx.

Benefits:

  • Robust support and dual suspension for all-terrains
  • Ultimate comfort with a large, padded seat
  • Folds with one hand for quick and compact storage

Flip XT3 Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H: 35 x W: 60 x L: 96cm

Unfolded Dimensions:

H: 100 x W: 59 x L: 96cm

Weight: 11.3KG Approx.

Benefits:

  • Folds in either forward or parent-facing position, saving you space
  • One hand fold for quick and compact storage
  • Fits into small boots thanks to removable wheels

Bugaboo Fox 2 Complete Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H: 34 x W: 52 x L: 86cm

Unfolded Dimensions:

H: 10, W: 860, D: 108cm

Folded Dimensions:

H: 86, W: 52, H: 34cm approx.

Weight with seat: 9.9kg
Weight with carrycot: 14.19kg

Benefits:

  • Central joint suspension gives a bump-free ride
  • Two-wheel position makes it easy to push in sand or snow
  • Smooth on any surface thanks to the big tires

Good to know…
If you’re planning on getting your hike on, avoid wheels that swivel around. Choosing a pushchair that has lockable wheels makes it really easy to switch between smooth pavement and rougher trails. Some models offer both kinds of wheels – perfect if you’ll be going between city and countryside.

Best pushchairs for growing families

You might only be expecting your first, but if you’re dreaming of having a brood of babies one day then it’s handy to plan for the future, too. Some pushchairs can be converted so that a second child can sit in it, or you can add on an extra seat or platform that your older child can stand on. And if you’re expecting twins, a double buggy, tandem or convertible pushchair will be the one for you. Here’s how the different types work:

  • Twin pushchairs allow your babies to sit side-by-side
  • Tandem pushchairs sit one child in-front of the other, making it narrower and longer
  • Convertible pushchairs will let you add on another seat at a later date

Our Picks:

Cruise Twin Folding Buggy

Folded Dimensions:

H:45 x W:41.5 x L:108cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H:110 x W:78 x L:82.5 cm approx.

Weight: 13.8kg approx.

Features:

  • Designed to be used for toddlers or small children
  • There are 2 independent seats that can be adjusted separately
  • Your children will have a comfy ride thanks to front suspension
Nuna Demi-Grow twin pushchair

Nuna Demi-Grow Pushchair

Folded Dimensions:

H: 84, W: 62cm, L: 58cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H: 124 x W:62, L: 87.5- 96cm approx. 

Weight: 13.9kg

Features:

  • Converts from a single pushchair to a double or twin with the compatible accessories
  •  Easy to switch to carrycot and car seat – perfect for your newborn
  • You and your babies will have a comfy ride thanks to dual suspension

Bugaboo Donkey 3 Duo

Folded Dimensions:

H: 52, W: 60, L: 93cm approx.

Unfolded Dimensions:

H: 90, W: 74, L: 75cm approx.

Weight with seat: 15kg approx.

Features:

  • Side-by-side carrycot and seat layout is perfect for your newborn and toddler
  • Carrycot converts into a seat for bigger children when they’re ready
  • Easily folds with one hand and stands upright once folded

Good to know:
If you’re after a twin model with side-by-side seats, it’s worth bearing in mind that this will make it a little wider than your average pushchair. If you’re travelling by public transport or need to get in and out of tight urban spaces, you might want to look at a tandem. These allow your little ones to sit one behind the other, making it much slimmer to fit through shop doors and train aisles.

Ready to shop?

Hopefully we’ve helped you feel a little more clued up on your pushchair purchase. Our top takeaway tip is to really think about how you’re getting from A to B, then find a model that’ll not only make this easier, but be comfy for your little one, too.

We’ve got over 40 pushchairs, strollers and buggies over at our Mamas & Papas site, including our award-winning all-terrain Ocarro and our super-lightweight Strada. You’ll also find some of our favourite pushchair brands, like Bugaboo and Maxi-Cosi, with prices to suit any kind of budget. Remember, it’s all about your lifestyle and the adventures you’re planning with your little one – once you’ve got this nailed, you’re all set to pick out that pushchair.