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The 10 best pushchairs for newborns

In our mission to help new parents, we've spent weeks researching and testing the best prams and travel systems on the market. Here we round up the top 10 pushchairs suitable for use with a newborn.

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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 travel systems and buggies can be a bit of a minefield. Never fear – here are our pushchair reviews to help you navigate it.

The best pushchairs for newborns as reviewed by Mumsnet

1. Bugaboo Cameleon 3
2. Babyzen Yoyo+
3. Joie Chrome DLX
4. Mountain Buggy Swift
5. Bugaboo Bee 5
6. iCandy Orange
7. Maxi-Cosi Laika
8. iCandy Peach Blossom Twin
9. Out 'n' About Nipper Double
10. Bugaboo Donkey 2

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, we spent hours trawling the Mumsnet forums to understand what buggies and travel systems 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 three families to push these buggies to the limit.

In 77 days of testing with over 154 hours of road time, the testers folded, unfolded, pulled, stretched, spilled, washed and covered over 80km with each pushchair, scoring them on six key areas: safety and stability, assembly, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics and value for money.

Five top pushchairs in each category were awarded a Mumsnet Best Badge – these are the products that we felt offered the best value for money for most families. Drawing from these three category lists, we've rounded up the best pushchairs suitable for newborns.

1. Bugaboo Cameleon 3

Bugaboo Cameleon3

Flexible, customisable and oh-so-trendy, the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is comfort and style rolled into one. Weighing under 10kg and suitable from birth to three years old, this is a great choice if you know you'll be doing a lot of walking. We awarded it Best Pushchair 2018.

What we like about the Cameleon 3

  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Swivel wheels (only the front wheels, but rear wheels are large) and all-wheel suspension
  • Easy to switch between parent- and world-facing

Great for parents who

  • Are expecting to do a lot of walking in towns or countryside
  • Don't expect to use public transport all of the time
  • Have a reasonable amount of storage space at home or in the car

Product information

Weight: 9.6kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Foam-filled

Price: £759 from Amazon (includes base unit, carry cot, seat unit, fabrics and shopping basket)

Read the full review

2. Babyzen Yoyo+
Babyzen Yoyo+

Tiny but incredibly comfortable, the Babyzen Yoyo+ is ideal for city living. Weighing in at only 6.7kg, it's one of the lightest travel systems on the market, and with the newborn pack it offers all the flexibility of a larger travel system without taking up too much of your hallway.

What we like about the Babyzen Yoyo+

  • The chassis folds down so small that it can be taken as hand luggage on most flights
  • Large sun canopy
  • Quick one-handed fold (once you get the hang of it)
  • Multiple seat recline options offering good longevity

Great for parents who

  • Use public transport regularly
  • Live in a small house or apartment
  • Like to travel light

Product information

Weight: 6.2kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes but only with newborn pack
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Rubber
Price: £389 from John Lewis & Partners (includes frame, 6 month+ seat, basket and rain cover)

Read the full review

3. Joie Chrome DLX
Joie Chrome DLX

Sturdy and dependable, the Joie Chrome DLX is a great pushchair at a very reasonable price. Bought with the newborn carrycot and Joie car seat, you’ll still manage to get it for under £500.

What we like about the the Joie Chrome DLX

  • Doesn't topple easily
  • Very easy to fold
  • All-wheel suspension

Great for parents who

  • Are expecting to do a lot of walking
  • Are light users of public transport
  • Have a reasonable amount of storage space at home or in the car

Product information

Weight: 12.7 kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Rubber, foam-filled rear tyres
Price: £299.99 from Very (with carrycot)

Read the full review

4. Mountain Buggy Swift
Mountain Buggy Swift

The ultimate off-road buggy, this rugged-looking three-wheeler is every bit as stylish as it is practical. Weighing only 9.1kg, the chassis is lightweight without compromising on comfort and narrow enough to cope with the odd bus trip.

What we like about the Mountain Buggy Swift

  • The freestanding fold
  • Easy-to-use handbrake

Great for parents who

  • Expect to spend a lot of time in the countryside/off-roading
  • Don't use public transport very often
  • Have a reasonable amount of storage space

Product information

Weight: 9kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent facing: Yes (only with newborn carrycot)
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Air-filled
Price: £349 from Amazon (includes frame and seat. Newborn carrycot £139)

Read the full review

5. Bugaboo Bee 5
Bugaboo Bee5

The Bugaboo Bee 5 is a stylish model which should last well into the toddler years thanks to its toddler seat suitable up to age four. While it may not fare well in the muddy terrains of a woodland walk, in cities and on public transport this lightweight pushchair is the stuff of urban dreams.

What we like about the Bugaboo Bee 5

  • Easy to switch between parent- and world-facing
  • Height adjustable handlebars

Great for parents who

  • Plan to use public transport regularly
  • Live in a place where space comes at a premium
  • Like to travel light

Product information

Weight: 9.46kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Foam-filled
Price: £689 from John Lewis & Partners (includes frame and 6 months + seat. Newborn carrycot £130, or newborn cocoon £89.95)

Read the full review

6. iCandy Orange
iCandy Orange

This is a sturdy and stylish pram system that is designed to grow with your family. The seat can be used in a whopping 30 combinations and a second seat can be added to convert it to a double buggy if you need it. It has a large basket and comes with a buggy board that can hold a nine-year-old (if you're brave/strong enough to agree to that, mind).

What we like about the iCandy Orange

  • Flexible seating
  • Freestanding fold
  • Carrycot included as standard

Great for parents who

  • Have, or are planning to have, two children in quick succession
  • Have a decent amount of storage space (this isn't a small beast)
  • Want a double pushchair that is compact enough for towns but can also cope with a little bit of off-roading

Product information

Weight: 12.1kg (with one seat)
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors included with the pram)
Wheels: Puncture-resistant
Price: £750 from Uber Kids (includes chassis, seat, carrycot, rain cover, car seat adaptors)

Read the full review

7. Maxi-Cosi Laika
Maxi Cosi Laika

Another great example of a lightweight buggy that is travel system compatible. The Maxi-Cosi Laika is a small but stylish world-facing and parent-facing pushchair with some nice quality finishes making it ideal for families who live in busy towns or cities.

What we like about the Maxi-Cosi Laika

  • Tight turning circle
  • Adjustable foot rest
  • Compact fold

Great for parents who

  • Plan to use public transport regularly
  • Live in a place where space is a premium
  • Travel light

Product information

Weight: 7.45kg
World facing: Yes
Parent facing: With newborn carrycot
Car seat compatible: Yes (Only with Maxi-Cosi car seats)
Wheels: Plastic
Price: £249 from John Lewis & Partners (includes rain cover and Maxi-Cosi car seat adaptors. Newborn carrycot £99)

Read the full review

8. iCandy Peach Blossom Twin
Peach Blossom Twin

When it comes to tandem pushchairs, it can be hard to beat the versatility of the iCandy Peach Blossom Twin. Like the iCandy Orange, the Peach offers bags of options on which way the seats face, and the tandem design makes narrow aisles and buses manageable.

What we like about the iCandy Peach

  • Freestanding when folded
  • Narrow enough to fit on the bus
  • Sturdy

Great for parents who

  • Want to use public transport fairly regularly
  • Want the flexibility to convert from single to double pushchair

Product information

Weight: 14.9kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Puncture-proof rubber tyres
Total price: £990 from Samuel Johnston (includes one chassis, two seats, two carrycots, two rain covers and car seat adaptors)

Read the full review

9. Out n About Nipper Double
Out 'n' About Nipper Double

It's absolutely essential that a side-by-side double buggy has sensitive steering and is easy to fold. The Out n About Nipper Double does both superbly. It's a smooth ride for passengers and parent, and perfect for long walks in the park or countryside.

What we like about the Out 'n' About Nipper Double

  • Pneumatic tyres and all-wheel suspension
  • Easy-to-use foot brake

Great for parents who

  • Want a buggy that can handle rough terrain
  • Don't plan to use public transport regularly

Product information

Weight: 12.8kg
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes with carrycot (£130 per cot)
Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
Wheels: Air-filled tyres
Price: £339.95 from Amazon (includes 6 month+ seats, newborn supports £26 each, newborn carrycot £114.90 each, storage basket £25.80)

Read the full review

10. Bugaboo Donkey 2
Bugaboo Donkey2

The Bugaboo Donkey 2 has a unique expandable chassis which converts it from a single to double pushchair fairly easily. As well as plenty of flexibility, the Donkey 2 offers lots of on-board storage space – handy when you have two kids in tow.

What we like about the Bugaboo Donkey

  • Unique design
  • Narrow for a side-by-side buggy

Great for parents who

  • Don't plan to use public transport regularly
  • Live in a town or city
  • Want the flexibility to switch from single to double

Product information

Weight: 13kg (with one seat)
World-facing: Yes
Parent-facing: Yes
Car seat compatible: Yes
Wheels: Air-filled tyres
Price: £1,654 for twin set from Mamas and Papas (includes frame, two seats and two carrycots.)
£1,179 for mono set from Mamas and Papas (includes chassis, one carrycot, one seat)

Read the full review

What you need to know about pushchairs

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.

For a pram to stay useful for more than six months, it also needs to have a good seat (maybe even a reversible seat), be comfortable and easy to push, and manage the terrain that you cover everyday, be it pavement, grass or hills. It helps if it doesn't take over your entire hallway too. And if you have a car, you probably want it to fit in your car boot.

In our mission to help new parents, we've spent weeks testing products in real homes with real families to find out which deliver the best value for most parents. From all-singing all-dancing travel systems to lightweight buggies, we've seen them all. Here's our round-up of the best prams on the market right now.

What to consider before buying a newborn pushchair

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1. Should you buy a travel system or a buggy?

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 buggies, 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.

A buggy 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.

It's becoming more and more popular for lightweight buggies to have a seat which can lie flat, making them suitable for newborn babies. The benefit of this is that they're often considerably cheaper than travel systems, plus they'll take up less space in your house. The downside is that the wheels are often smaller, which could make for a bumpier ride for your child. The seats can also be slightly less padded and lower to the ground, too, which may make you feel like your child is more exposed to the elements.

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 you want to spend?

Prices vary wildly depending on make and performance. You can get a decent travel system suitable for a newborn for around £300, but expect to pay nearer £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.

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3. How will you store it?

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 plan to use public transport every week, a lightweight buggy with a lie-flat seat could be the best option for you. Or you might want to try using a baby sling or carrier instead.

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 and no suspension might not be the right fit for you.

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5. How do you fold it?

Your dream travel system may fold down in three seconds on the YouTube video, but make sure you try it out for yourself. No matter how easy they make it look, folding any pram and pushchair takes a bit of practice, so do try out a few in store before you make 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.

Need more information? Our buying 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 we tested

In our testing process each pushchair is put through their paces through a mixture of ‘real world’ and standardised testing, by one parent tester per category. It's true, it would be quicker and cheaper to send each product out to a different tester, but we believe that consistent scoring and like-for-like comparisons are crucial.

During the testing period we made sure to:

  1. Cover a variety of terrains (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.
  2. Test how easy it was to change the attachments, and how useful and effective each carrycot, seat, and car seat adaptor was.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Conduct a topple test, hanging a full bag of shopping on the handles to test how likely the buggies were to overbalance.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Add into the equation their price, resale value and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight).

Prices correct at time of publication

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