Pushchairs, strollers and buggies - the most important
considerations before you buy
Should a pushchair by practical or pretty? How about easily
collapsable or extremely cheap? With hundreds of
pushchairs/strollers/buggies available the only way to know what
is most important is to ask the parents?
There is a myriad of pushchairs and strollers on the market.
Wonderful sounding names such as Bugaboo and Cosatto. Most
parents will know of Mamas and Papas - but what are the most
important aspects to choosing the right pushchair for your child
Is a pushchair or stroller a fashion statement? You could be
forgiven for believing that it is. Many new pushchairs boast
ultra-modern designs, colour changing abilities and they come
with a price tag to match.
I first became interested in pushchairs when I became a father
- obviously! - and like many parents fell into the marketing
trap, choosing a pushchair for all the wrong reasons. The right
reasons for choosing a pushchair are weight - it should be
light, mobility - it should be easy to push, price - it should
be affordable and sensibly-priced, it must meet safety standards
and it should be a manageable size.
In terms of size this was our first mistake. There are some
wonderfully attractive three-wheeler pushchairs/strollers
available (the sort you see in glossy magazines, being pushed by
celebrities out jogging) but wait, they are not practical on a
day-to-day basis unless you intend to go jogging. Try getting
through a shop doorway - many are as wide as twin pushchairs.
What if you have twins? Tandem strollers have one seat in front
of the other, but if you have ever tried to push one you will
realise that trying to wheelie up a kerb-stone is like doing it
will a full supermarket trolley.
Then there are tandem buggies that are no longer than a single
buggy - but they have really high handles so if you are 5 foot
or just a little taller they will be impossible to push.
There are lots of things to consider when buying a pushchair or
buggy. I created a pushchair review site so parents could post
honestly about their experience to ensure fewer people fall into
the huge marketing trap surrounding pushchairs.
There are lots of really positive, good points and there are
some wonderful pushchairs with clever designs, good looks and
Visit My Pushchair
for more information.