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The 10 best pushchairs and prams suitable from birth

We've completed rigorous, in-depth testing and combined our results with the knowledge of real parents to give you the 10 best prams and pushchairs suitable for newborns to buy right now.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated May 19, 2022

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Choosing the right pushchair for your growing family should be easy, right? But, as anyone who’s been there before will tell you, the world of prams and buggies can be a bit of a minefield.

Do you go for a travel system that caters for all your needs? A lightweight buggy for nipping around the city? A double pram for ferrying about two children? Or a pushchair that can be converted for growing families?

With such a huge range of different styles of pushchairs on the market, we’ve done the research and testing for you. Whether you’re a new parent, a growing family or simply looking for a good pushchair for taking on holiday, we have selected the best prams and pushchairs for all your needs. We’ve also answered some of the questions you might have as you hunt for the best pram for your family.

To help you whittle down which pushchair is right for you, we’ve combined the knowledge and experience of real parents along with our own extensive testing and expert recommendations to ensure we found the best pushchairs to cover a range of needs and budgets.

How we chose our recommendations 

1. Collecting unbiased recommendations from parents

To ensure we find products that can withstand family life, we always look for recommendations from our trusted Mumsnet users. With over 7 million users each month, we know we’re getting products that have been thoroughly put to the test in everyday situations.  

2. Consulting the experts

When compiling our list of recommendations, our trusted and experienced parenting journalists spend hours researching each product category, using a variety of sources to evaluate which products are the best. 

This means checking that it is highly recommended by experts and stands up to scrutiny. We consulted expert review sites, such as Which?

3. Checking they're loved by consumers

Knowing that the real experts are you, the consumer, we make sure to check online reviews on retailers such as Mamas & Papas, Argos, John Lewis and Amazon, to make sure the products are up to scratch. We look out for both negative and positive feedback, considering the quality, safety, value for money and extra features to ensure they performed well across the board.

4. We put recommendations through their paces

Finally, we put each one through its paces with the help of real parent testers, during which they test and determine several factors, including: ease of use, storage available, how the recline and brake performed, the quality of accessories, cleanliness, aesthetics, and value for money. Our parent testers spent hours with each stroller, testing how well it coped with shopping trips, muddy walks in the park, in the car boot, and on rougher terrain when out and about. 

Once tests were complete, each parent provided detailed notes, scoring them out of a total of 48 points on how well they performed in each area. When the final scores were in, the products that performed the best were included in our round-ups; lightweight strollers, travel systems, and double buggies. In this guide, you'll find the best ones from those lists that are suitable from birth and for newborns.

Here are the best prams and pushchairs for newborns to buy right now.

What is the best pushchair suitable for a newborn baby?

The 10 best pushchairs for 2022

1. Best overall pushchair: Nuna Mixx Next

Nuna Mixx Next best pushchair

Price: £580 | Buy now from John Lewis

“I’ve got the Nuna Mixx and absolutely love it! It’s got lots of little features that make it stand out for me so I think that the cost is well worth it.” BopaEli 

Flexible and oh-so-trendy, the Nuna Mixx Next is comfort and style rolled into one. It’s the third generation in the range, an update on the Nuna Mixx 2019 which features a new, more compact fold and improved suspension for a smoother ride. 

One of the pushchair’s big appeal is the number of options the Mixx offers. It can be used as a stroller from birth, with a spacious seat that can be either parent-or world-facing or switched out for a car seat or carrycot with the included adaptors.

The frame is very sturdy with large rear wheels and improved suspension so it’s a dream to push over all kinds of terrains. This does mean that it is not the most compact of folds, but the Next does fold down smaller than its previous model. It’s easy too – though you do need two hands - so you can quickly get it in and out of your car boot. 

The shopping basket holds up to 4.5kg, which is more than enough for a day out shopping or off-roading in the countryside. There’s also like that there is a handy zip pocket on the back and the seat is padded with a mesh back for keeping children comfortable in all seasons. 

Pros

  • Suitable from birth
  • Reversible seat with five-position recline
  • Travel system compatible
  • Easy to manoeuvre over all terrains
  • Leatherette accented and height-adjustable handlebar
  • Simple to fold
  • Good storage basket and pocket
  • Comes with three position adapters, footmuff and rain cover
  • Good sun coverage
  • All-wheel suspension

Cons

  • Quite heavy and bulky
  • Not the smallest fold
  • Buckles can be a bit fiddly

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (around four years)
  • Weight: 11.09kg (without canopy, armbar and insert)
  • Folded dimensions: 42 x 65 x 52.5 cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Rubber, foam-filled tyres
  • Carrycot included?: No, unless you buy the bundle

2. Best lightweight pushchair: Cybex Gold Eezy S+2 Pushchair

Cybex Eezy S+2 buggy

Price: £350 | Buy now from Boots

“With regard to lightweight buggies, the Cybex Eezy S range is light and suitable from birth.” Dillydally2020

Designed for urban life, the Cybex Gold Eezy S+2 Pushchair proves that lightweight buggies have a lot to offer. Parents can choose between using it as a stroller with the fully reclining padded seat or as a travel system, although it is only compatible with Cybex or gb infant car seats. You can also add the Cot S Carrycot if you want somewhere cosier for your child to rest.

While it may be a lightweight stroller, the pushchairs' large tyres and an all-wheel suspension ensure this pushchair glides over grass and gravel as well as it does around a supermarket aisle. The 5kg storage basket is bigger than on the likes of the Chicco Goody Plus and is ample enough for fitting in all the essentials for a day out. It can also be folded with one hand and is compact and light for easily storing at home and in the car. 

With a sunshade that is extendable for giving good coverage on a sunny day and other extras, including a rain cover and a bumper bar, this is a great option for those not wanting a bulkier travel system.  

Pros

  • Large swivel-lock wheels and all wheel suspension for all terrain
  • Lightweight
  • Easy fold
  • Travel-system compatible 
  • Decent storage basket
  • Extendable UPF 50+ sunshade 
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Cons

  • Sunshade doesn’t give full coverage 
  • Only compatible with Cybex or gb car seats
  • Seat is only world-facing
  • Height of handle may be too small for taller parents

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Newborn to 22kg (around four years)
  • Weight: 7.6kg
  • Folded dimensions: 45 x 33 x 60 cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes, but only with car seat or carrycot
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Rubber coated wheels
  • Carrycot included?: No

3. Best budget pushchair: Chicco Goody Plus Pushchair

Chicco Goody Plus buggy

Price: £199 | Buy now from John Lewis

“I’ve got the Chicco Goody and my 2.5-year-old still sleeps well in it as it has a raised leg rest and reclines flat. Can steer one-handed and it has a decent-sized basket too.” Fiestyfish 

If you’re looking for a decent pushchair without forking out hundreds of pounds, the Chicco Goody Plus Stroller has lots of great features for getting out and about with your baby. 

A lightweight stroller that can be used from birth, it’s perfect for families who are on the go and want a pushchair that can be quickly and easily folded for busy school runs or shopping trips. One of the best things about the Goody Plus is the automatic fold which quickly pops down with the click of a button and it’s thought to be compact enough to go in some airline overhead cabins.

The pushchair can be used as a travel system, but don’t get too excited as it’s only compatible with Chicco car seats which aren’t widely available in the UK. You can buy the Chicco Soft Carrycot to add to the pram though.

The seat is padded and spacious, but is world-facing. The basket holds up to 3kg so it struggles with a large changing bag inside, but the pushchair is sturdy enough to hold it on the handlebars instead. We also love the eco leather handlebar and stitching which adds a bit of style to the pram.  

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Stylish eco-leather handle and stitching
  • Wide, padded seat with adjustable leg rest
  • Bumper bar can be used as a handle
  • Compact, easy fold
  • Can add carrycot

Cons 

  • Seat is only world-facing
  • Sunshade doesn’t cover the whole body
  • Tyres look worn quite quickly
  • Can only be used with Chicco car seats, which aren’t widely available  

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (around four years)
  • Weight: 6.4kg
  • Folded dimensions: 56 x 46.5 x 25 cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes, with car seat and carrycot
  • Car seat compatible: Yes 
  • Wheels: Transparent polycarbonate wheels
  • Carrycot included?: No

4. Best pushchair for travelling: Ergobaby Metro+

Ergobaby Metro+ buggy

Price: £300 | Buy now from John Lewis

“100% vote for the Metro+! We love ours, it's actually the only stroller we use now because I just don't need another one. It folds easily, goes in the overhead bins, fully reclines (you can use it for newborns and toddlers so helpful if you have a little one and one an older or ever will) and has a big hood and plenty of storage for us.” EisforElephants

A good compact pram is a game changer when holidaying with babies - how else do you get them and all their stuff to and from the plane without overloading your arms?

The Ergobaby Metro+ can be used from birth, with an ergonomic near-flat seat that has comfortable padding, an adjustable leg rest and built-in newborn flaps to provide extra support for young children. You can also use the pram with a car seat.

An update on the Metro, it has 16% more storage than the previous model but it’s still not huge compared to Cybex Gold Eezy S+2 Pushchair  and struggles to fit a changing bag inside so you’ll need to be careful not to overpack. Still, what it lacks in storage, it makes up for in size - a super compact fold and weighing just 7.8kg, it can easily fit in car boots, on public transport and in most airline overhead cabin compartments for when you’re jetting off abroad. It can also be folded with one hand, for those times when your arms are full!

The Metro+ is also really nice to push, even on rough terrain, making this a pushchair that’s great for everyday life too. While the UPF 50 sunshade comes in a range of nice  colours, it doesn’t give full coverage on sunny days. The adjustable vegan leather handlebar is a nice touch though and the seat pocket is handy for storing small items.  

Pros

  • Ergonomic seat for providing extra support
  • Suitable from birth
  • Infinite recline
  • Wheels handle all terrains with ease
  • Folds small enough for most airline overhead cabins
  • Handy seat pocket
  • One handed fold 

Cons

  • Storage basket doesn’t hold as much as other pushchairsSeat is only world-facing
  • Sunshade doesn’t give full coverage

Key specs 

  • Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 7.8kg
  • Folded dimensions: 54 x 25 x 44cm 
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes, but only when using a car seat 
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: PU rubber
  • Carrycot included?: No

5. Best pushchair for city living: Bugaboo Bee6

Bugaboo Bee 6 buggy

Price: £859 | Buy now from Bugaboo

“I have a Bee 6 now for dd2 and wouldn’t be without it. She’s 2.3 and fairly petite but has bags of room, I like that both the seat height and depth can be adjusted.” YouHaveNoAuthorityHereJackie

The Bugaboo Bee6 is a stylish lightweight pushchair which should last well into the toddler years. While it may not fare well in the muddy terrains of a woodland walk, in cities and on public transport, this pushchair is the stuff of urban dreams. 

It can be used from birth with the Bugaboo Bee Bassinet or a car seat and from six months as a stroller. The ergonomic seat has extra ventilation for ensuring your child is safe and comfortable when out and about and it can be reversed to parent-facing if you want to keep a closer eye on your baby.

The frame is light and compact, with an extendable handle and swivel wheels for easily pushing around the city and hopping on and off public transport. The fold can be done one-handed and is petite enough to store in a small car boot. 

Come rain or shine, this pushchair has got you – or should we say your baby – covered. The included rain cover has its own pouch for easy storage when it’s not in use and the UPF 50+ sun shade gives full coverage for sunnier days.  

What lets it down in terms of functionality is the basket which can hold 4kg but struggles to fit a changing bag inside. It also takes over an hour to assemble. 

Pros 

  • Can be used from birth with carrycot
  • Nice range of colours
  • Rain cover comes with its own storage bag
  • Machine-washable covers
  • Easy to switch between parent and world-facing
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Sunshade gives good coverage
  • Good for public transport
  • Lightweight and compact

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Seat isn’t as padded as other prams
  • Long assembly time
  • Basket isn’t big enough for changing bag

Key specs 

  • Suitable from: Birth to 17kg
  • Weight: 9.9kg
  • Folded dimensions: 66 × 54 × 19cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors sold separately)
  • Wheels: Rubber
  • Carrycot included?: Yes

6. Best pushchair for longevity: BabyJogger City Tour 2

baby jogger city tour 2 buggy

Price: £264 | Buy now from Amazon 

“I bought the BabyJogger City Tour 2 and I love it. It folds small and compact but not as small as the Yoyo. And you can also buy a bar separately for it if you want to. It is very comfortable to sleep in too, the foot flap can be lifted. I still use it for my nearly 3-year-old and he still fits in comfortably.” Katia2511

Although the name suggests this pushchair is ideal for city life and travel, the BabyJogger City Tour 2 is a great option for any family.  

Weighing just 6.5kg, this is a super-lightweight buggy that offers plenty of space for a child to grow for up to around five years, making it a great value purchase. An upgrade on the original Baby Jogger City Tour, it can be used with a carrycot and baby car seat so it’s suitable from birth with plenty of options for seating your child when you’re on your travels. You do need to buy them separately though. 

The Tour has a one-handed fold mechanism which locks into position and is compact for storing away whether it’s in your home or your car – although it doesn’t stand up on its own so this may be a problem if you’re short on space. Unlike many of the pushchairs on our list, the City Tour 2 doesn’t come with a rain cover so you will need to buy that separately  

Pros 

  • Longer age range than most strollers 
  • Good value for money 
  • One-handed fold mechanism
  • Compact when folded
  • Reclines fully
  • Comes with a carry bag
  • Extendable UPF 50+ canopy
  • Adjustable calf support

Cons 

  • The harness can be fiddly 
  • Not as smooth ride as other prams
  • Raincover not included
  • Not freestanding when folded 

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Folded dimensions: 59.5 x 49.5 x 19 cm 
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: No, unless used with car seat or carrycot
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Swivel rubber tyres
  • Carrycot included?: No

7. Best all-terrain pushchair: Mamas & Papas Ocarro

mamas and papas ocarro pushchair

Price: £849 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas

“Bought this pram back in 2017, DD will be 3 in 4 months and we still use it now. Would definitely recommend.” Mummyh2016

The Mamas & Papas Ocarro is an all-in-one pushchair that is every bit as stylish as it is practical. Dual suspension and large puncture resistant wheels means it can handle any terrain well, and the padded seat and head pillow offer maximum comfort for any small passenger. 

When it comes to storage, the Ocarro comes up trumps with a large basket that offers plenty of space for when you need to pack the pram up for any off-roading adventures, however it’s worth noting that during testing we found it was only accessible from the back.

The frame is sturdy but that means it’s not the lightest of pushchairs, weighing in at 13.7kg, a fair bit heavier than Baby Jogger City Tour 2, so it may not be ideal for using on public transport. It is easy to fold though and can be done when the seat is world-or parent-facing and is freestanding for easy storage.

The seat is soft and snug, made even more cosy by the memory foam style insert to provide extra support for newborns. The Occaro is also travel system compatible for use with the carrycot and a car seat. While it is a heavy pram, it is a dream to push with wheels that turn smoothly and glive over any terrain, making this a great option for country living. 

Pros

  • Can be folded down when seat is forward- or-rear-facing
  • Large hood and basket
  • Deep padded seat, head pillow and chest pads
  • Good on-board storage space
  • Ideal for country living
  • Luxurious material
  • Extendable handlebar

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • Not great for public transport
  • Basket can only be loaded from the back
  • Quite heavy

Key specs 

  • Suitable from: Birth (with a newborn carrycot or car seat; otherwise six months) – 15kg
  • Weight: 7.45kg
  • Folded dimensions: 27 × 46.5 × 65.5cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes (with newborn carrycot)
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (only with Maxi-Cosi car seats)
  • Wheels: Plastic
  • Carrycot included?: No, but it is carrycot compatible

Read the full review

8. Best double buggy: Mountain Buggy Duet V3

Mountain Buggy best pushchairs

Price: £709 | Buy now from Samuel Johnston

“Only 15 months between my two so a double was essential! I have a MB Duet and really like it. Yes it is a bit on the heavy side but not so heavy I can't lift it into the car myself. It is a dream to push and there hasn't been any doorway, shop, etc that I struggled to fit through. The basket is plenty big enough.” Lockdown Mummy

This is one for parents who are expecting twins or their second child and need to find a good double buggy for ferrying their family around. Mountain Buggy Duet V3 is a side-by-side buggy with lots of different configurations for life with young children. 

The seats lie flat so can be used from birth but you can also buy a newborn carrycot or cocoon if you want to provide extra support. You can also add up to two car seats to the frame too. The material on the seats is cosy but durable for providing plenty of support for young children and with a secure 5-point harness.

Speaking of safety, one of the buggy’s standout features is the two brakes - a footbrake and a handbrake, which is similar to bicycle brake - for use on steep hills. 

Even though it’s a double buggy, it’s the same width as some single strollers so the Duet is great for everyday life, especially with the pram’s suspension and four air-filled tyres that glide around everything from narrow shop aisles to mountain trails. With a basket that can hold up to 10kg – and handy zip pockets -  you won’t have to worry about not fitting in all those newborn essentials!

You will need to buy a rain cover though and the cost of the pushchair could get quite high if you want to buy a newborn carrycot or cocoon too. 

Pros

  • As slim as some single buggies
  • Can be used from birth
  • Suitable for twins or siblings
  • Has both a footbrake and handbrake 
  • Travel system compatible
  • Individual hoods
  • Adjustable individual footrests
  • Really good storage
  • Suspension and air-filled tyres suitable for all terrains

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Footbrake is hard to engage
  • No rain cover included

Key specs

  • Suitable from: birth to 18kg in each seat (around 4 years)
  • Weight: 14.5kg
  • Folded dimensions: 31 x 63 x 89 cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes, with car seat or carrycot
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Air-filled tyres
  • Carrycot included?: No 

9. Best pushchair with travel system compatibility: BabyStyle Oyster 3

babystyle oyster 3 pushchair

Price: £559 | Buy now from John Lewis

“I love our Oyster 3. Easy to fold. Folds with pram attached which for me is a bonus. Doesn't take up the whole boot (I have a Kia Sportage so admittedly a big boot but it take about half. ) has a lay flat seat. Light and easy to push. Would highly recommend.” Whatelsecouldibecalled

The BabyStyle Oyster 3 is a large well-built travel system that’s designed to last well into the toddler years. 

You can buy the pushchair on its own or its available in three different bundles to suit different budgets, from the Essentials package – which includes a car seat, carrycot, car seat base and adaptors - to the Ultimate, which also includes a bag, parasol, footmuff and much more. The Oyster 3 also comes in a range of stylish colours to suit different tastes.

It doesn’t just look good though, it’s super functional too – with a world- and parent-facing seat which can be folded down in either position. While you can’t do it one handed like the Bugaboo Bee6, it is light and compact for fitting into a car boot and you have the option to remove the wheels if you need more space. 

With a maximum weight of 22kg, it should last a long time although the seat isn’t as spacious as other prams. With an extendable handlebar, chunky rear wheels for giving a smooth ride and a large basket that can fit your shopping bags inside, this is a functional and stylish travel system. 

Pros

  • One-handed recline
  • Seat lies flat for newborn
  • Compact fold for easy storage
  • Easy to carry
  • Chunky rear wheels that handle off-roading
  • Great for use on public transport
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Shoulder pads and headrest for comfort
  • Choose from a range of packages at a reasonable price 

Cons

  • Can’t be folded one-handed
  • Carrycot can be tricky to remove from the frame

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth (with carrycot) to 25kg in single mode and 15kg in double
  • Weight: 12.1kg (with one seat)
  • Folded dimensions: 60 × 28.5 × 70cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
  • Wheels: Puncture-resistant
  • Carrycot included?: Yes

Read the full review

10. Best compact stroller for everyday life: Silver Cross Reflex

Silver Cross Reflex buggy

Price: £239 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have the Reflex and love it! Almost 4 years old now but going strong. It’s been on holidays by plane too. It has the bumper bar that the pop did not when we brought it and worked well when dd was younger for testing her legs, draping a blanket over. The spark wasn’t available back then. Can push one handed easily and manoeuvres well. Does last up to 25kg and lots of room. Would buy again and recommend.” Bert2020

When it comes to a reliable everyday buggy, you can’t go far wrong with Silver Cross. Their Reflex buggy is popular with parents because it offers great versatility and features for making life easy with young children. 

With a lie-flat seat, padded cover and head support, it’s a comfortable place for your baby to lie in the first six months. The ergonomic seat has been designed to mould to your baby’s back to provide extra support and allow air to flow through. Bear in mind the seat is world-facing only, but you do have the option to add a Silver Cross Simplicity car seat with the included adaptors.

It's also easy to push over any terrain so you don’t need to worry about rushing from the shops to the park as the Reflex can handle it all. If you’re a busy parent on the go, you want a stroller that can easily fit into your life and the Reflex has lots of great features for doing just that. It has an easy umbrella fold with a handle on the side for carrying around, a bumper bar which folds away, a UPF 50+ extendable hood, and a 5kg basket.

Do check where you plan to keep your buggy though as the umbrella fold isn’t as compact as the likes of the Chicco Goody Plus so it may take up more room in your car and your home.

Pros

  • Good storage basket
  • Easy umbrella fold
  • Travel friendly buggy
  • Full suspension 
  • Comfortable ergonomic backrest 
  • Hood extends for good coverage
  • Head-hugger provides more support for newborns 
  • Adjustable calf support

Cons 

  • Can only be used with Silver Cross car seats
  • Bulky when folded

Key specs 

  • Suitable from: Birth up to 25kg (around five years)
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Folded dimensions: 110 x 31 x 40 cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: No
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Not specified
  • Carrycot included?: No
dad pushing newborn in pushchair

What is the best pushchair on the market?

A travel system that is both stylish and functional, we think the Nuna Mixx Next is the best pushchair to buy right now. With a reversible seat, the option to add a car seat or carrycot, large wheels for pushing over any terrain and easy fold, this pram is versatile and easy to use. The sleek design and plentiful storage also make this a great choice for new parents.

Why do babies need to lie flat in a pram?

To use a pushchair in the first six months of your baby's life, you'll need the seat to lie completely flat. A lie-flat pram will support your baby's spine and help to keep their airwaves open.

This could be in the form of a seat that fully reclines or a carry cot which can be attached to the frame.

What should I look for when buying a pushchair for a newborn?

1. What are the different types of pushchair?

Travel systems  

Travel systems have an interchangeable seat so you can add a baby car seat or cot onto the frame instead of the regular seat. Some manufacturers sell packages including a car seat, but many don't.

Unlike lightweight buggies or strollers, most travel systems offer a bit more flexibility on how the seat is positioned. You can turn the seat so that it faces you, which means you can see your baby in the pram, or so that it faces outward, so that they can look out as you are walking.

In the early months, it's nice to be able to keep a close eye on your baby when you're outdoors, but as they grow older you might find that they're happier looking out at the world.

Lightweight buggies  

A lightweight stroller is usually smaller than a complete travel system and more lightweight. While some can look quite flimsy, a good buggy can be a lifesaver when your child starts walking but isn’t yet able to cope with longer distances. They’re also great for going shopping, taking on holiday and for busy families who need to quickly get a pram in and out of the car.

Some buggies have seats that can lie flat for newborns, but not all do so it’s important to check this before buying. They’re often considerably cheaper than a travel system, plus they’ll take up less space in your house. The downside is that the wheels can be smaller and the seat can be less padded and lower to the ground, which could make for a bumpier ride for your child.

All-terrain pushchairs

If you like to go off the beaten track or go running, these buggies have been designed to withstand rough terrain. They’ll have a good wheel suspension and robust tyres – either three or four wheels – but they tend to be bulkier, so you’ll need space to store the pram and it won’t be as useful when it comes to wheeling it around narrow shop aisles and getting on and off a bus. 

Double buggies 

If you plan to have more than one child, some prams can be transformed from a single pushchair to a double by adding another seat. For families who already have more than one child, you may want to go for a double pram that already has two seats for ferrying your children around. 

Alternatively, you could baby carry

If you don't like the idea of pushing a pram, you might want to consider using a sling or baby carrier to carry your newborn in the first few months. Lots of parents find that this offers the chance to bond with your new baby with the added benefit of keeping your hands completely free. Also handy (wahey!) if you're looking after an older baby or toddler alongside your newborn.

Do keep in mind, though, that you may not be able to carry your baby in a sling in the first few months if you have a c-section, so it could be a good idea to have a back-up plan in place in case this happens.

2. How much do pushchairs cost?

Prices vary widely depending on make and performance. You can get a lightweight buggy for as little as £50, but for a decent travel system you can pay anywhere from about £300 up to £1000 if you’re after a designer brand with all the bells and whistles. 

If you’re set on a high-end design, it may soften the blow to know that they do tend to retain some of their value, so you could look at selling it once you’ve moved out of the pushchair stage. Equally, if you’re not keen on the idea of shelling out hundreds of pounds, it’s worth taking a look at a local reseller or eBay for a good deal on a secondhand pram.

3. Which pushchairs are best for storage?

Some travel systems are built for comfort but not for small homes – or small cars for that matter. So have a think about where you'll keep your travel system before you buy one.

If you live in a flat, you may find that you have to carry the pushchair up and down flights of stairs regularly. In that case, you'll need something small and lightweight. Trust us on this. Having a baby is hard work as it is, so you don't want to add the back-breaking stress of lugging a 15kg contraption into the mix if you don't have to.

4. Where will you use it?

Whether you tend to travel by car or on public transport could have a big impact on your decision. Some prams are designed for public transport, but some are definitely not. If you do use public transport regularly or you plan to use it for shopping trips, look at how much it weighs and how wide it is. A lightweight, compact pram could be the best option for you – just make sure the seat can lie flat for the early months. 

Equally, if you live in the countryside, or think you’ll spend a lot of time on trails and footpaths, a nifty lightweight buggy with tiny wheels might not be the right fit for you. You’ll probably want to consider looking for a pram with a good suspension and robust puncture-proof wheels instead.

dos and don'ts when buying a pushchair

5. How do you fold it?

If you plan to be getting the pushchair in and out of the car a lot or will need to fold it away for storage, looking for a pram that will quickly and easily fold down will save you a lot of time and effort. Some lightweight strollers fold down so compact that they can fit in an overhead cabin luggage on a plane, which is great for holidays. Travel systems tend to take longer as you may have to remove seats to fold it all away.

Make sure to try it out yourself first. No matter how easy they make it look, folding any pram or pushchair takes a bit of practice, so try out a few in store before making a decision.

6. Do you want to attach a baby car seat to the frame?

One benefit of a travel system is that, with the right adaptors, you can take your baby car seat out of the car and clip it onto your pushchair.

Clever, but perhaps not as essential as it first appears. Most car seats don't have a lie-flat mode, which means newborns can only safely stay in that seat for 30 minutes at a time. So while it is handy to have the option to transfer your baby from car seat to pushchair without waking them up, you may not use this feature very often.

If you are planning to attach a car seat, make sure the travel system you choose is compatible with your preferred seat. Car seat adaptors cost anywhere between £30 and £60. Most travel systems sell adaptors to fit major car seat brands, but double-check just in case.

7. What features are important?

Adjustable handlebars  

A handlebar that can be adjusted will make the pram much more comfortable to push and will come in handy for parents who are different heights. 

Shopping basket

This may be one of the most important features of a pushchair. With all the nappies, bottles, snacks and change of clothes that come with a baby, it’s almost impossible to travel lightly, especially if you plan to pick up shopping while you’re out. Pram baskets vary from around 1kg to 15kg, but no matter how big it is, make sure you can access it easily. Some pushchairs also come with handy storage pockets.

Seat 

If you want to ensure your child is comfortable, look for a pram that has padded seats. The angle of the recline is also important for ensuring your child can sit comfortably. Some seats have an infinite recline so you can choose the angle, while others may only have a few options. A seat with a leg rest or support will prevent children’s legs from dangling over the edge of the seat - some are adjustable so you can alter it as they grow.

Wheels

Pushchairs tend to have three or four wheels. Generally bigger wheels are easier to move on rougher terrain, with air-filled tyres better suited for off-roading (but they can get punctured). If you want to be able to easily push your pram, swivel wheels move in any direction to make it easier to push. This can make it tricker to navigate over uneven ground, so look for wheels that lock so you have the option to use both.

Accessories

What does the pram come with? Accessories can include a cup holder, footmuff and rain cover. Check what it comes with before buying as things like rain covers are essential for keeping your little one dry so you’ll need to factor in the extra cost.

7. When do I need to buy a pram?

It’s good to be prepared in advance but also consider the storage space that you have available and take time to choose the right pram for your lifestyle.

This is when some Mumsnetters ordered their prams:

“I'm 15 weeks. Our plan is not to buy anything until after 20 weeks but I think aim to buy most things around 30 weeks. We are going to get a Mountain Buggy. Once of my brothers had one and not only was it a nice pram and easy to use it lasted them 9 years for all 3 of their children!! They live in the sticks and it wasn't wrapped up in cotton wool either!” PrayingandHoping

“About 20 weeks I think as it was on offer then. My MIL had a bit of a meltdown about it being in the house as she’s superstitious. We just got it out of storage at 35 weeks ready for No2!” Gillian1980

Need more information? Our buyers guides to travel systems and buggies are here to help. For more on pushchair safety, visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

Mumsnet Reviews aims to combine the wisdom of the forums with expert advice and real-life testing.

To find the best pushchairs on the market, our team spends hours trawling the Mumsnet forums to understand what buggies and pushchairs parents rate.

Correlating our findings with expert recommendations and bestseller lists, we divided the top-performing products into three categories: lightweight buggies, travel systems and double buggies. Then we enlisted different families and Mumsnetters to push these buggies to the limit.

Through lengthy testing and research - taking into consideration road time, folding/unfolding ease, durability, aesthetics, washing ease and value for money - combined with expert reviews, the result is this comparative list to help you find the best buggy or pushchair for you and your family.

Five top pushchairs in each category were awarded a Mumsnet Best Badge. These are the products that we felt offered the best value for most families.

How we test and why you should trust us

During any testing process, our team - with the help of real parents and testers - put products through their paces in a mixture of ‘real world’ and standardised testing.

During the testing period for the best buggies and pushchairs, we make sure to:

  • Cover a variety of terrain (pavement, dry bumpy grassland, soft, wet ground and up a steep incline) over at least 80km each. In total, that’s about the distance from London to Leicester!
  • Test how easy it was to change the attachments, and how useful and effective each carrycot, seat, and car seat adaptor was.
  • Put them through their paces for ease of lifting up and down stairs, manoeuvrability in doorways and narrow spaces, turning circle and the speed with which they can be collapsed and opened.
  • Test the storage baskets for both volume and capacity, seeing if they would take a bulky rain cover and change bag as well as a bag of supermarket groceries.
  • Conduct a topple test, hanging a full bag of shopping on the handlebars to test how likely the buggies were to overbalance.
  • Analyse the materials used for durability as well as looks, studying everything from the chassis to the hood, and we thoroughly checked out the safety features of each, looking for five-point harnesses that couldn’t be clicked open by small fingers and sturdy straps no tiny human could wriggle out of.
  • Carry out a ‘comfort and joy’ test, asking how comfortable were the children in the pram? How much did they love it (or not), and how could each model make parents’ lives easier
  • Add into the equation their price, resale value and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight).

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