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The 10 best pushchairs and prams suitable from birth

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

By Laura Westerman | Last updated Jul 16, 2021

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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.

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So we’ve done the research and testing for you, and selected the best products for new parents, as well as answering some of the questions you might have as you hunt for the best pram for your baby. Shopping for two? Take a look at our double buggy reviews.

Here are the best pushchairs suitable for newborns.

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The 10 best pushchairs for 2021

1. Best overall pushchair: Nuna Mixx

nuna mixx pushchair

Price: £475 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

Flexible and oh-so-trendy, the Nuna Mixx is comfort and style rolled into one. As an upgrade to the Nuna Mixx2, the 2019 version features new colourways and enhanced seating.

With a lightweight but sturdy frame, a roomy seat, large rear wheels and a good-sized shopping basket, it's ideal to use whether you're out shopping in town or off-roading in the countryside.

What we like about the Nuna Mixx

  • Lightweight frame
  • Tough foam-filled rubber tyres with all-wheel suspension and front swivel wheels
  • All-season seat – converts to mesh for summer weather
  • Easy to switch between parent- and world-facing
  • Pairs with the Nuna Mixx2 flat-pack carrycot
  • Compatible with Nuna's infant car seats: the Pipa, the Pipa Lite and the Pipa Lite LX

Great for parents who

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

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 20kg
  • Weight: 12.53kg
  • Folded dimensions: 88.8 × 60.1 × 56cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
  • Wheels: Foam-filled
  • Carrycot included?: No, but you can buy one as part of a bundle from John Lewis for £799

Read the full review

2. Best value pushchair: Maxi-Cosi Zelia

maxi-cosi zelia pushchair

Price: £238.78 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for a reliable pushchair that won’t cost the earth then you won't get much better than the Maxi-Cosi Zelia.

Retailing at just under £300, you can use this travel system as soon as your baby is born without having to shell out for any extras. Bought with a compatible Maxi-Cosi car seat, you'll still manage to get it for less than £400 too.

What we like about the Maxi-Cosi Zelia

  • Parent- and world-facing
  • 2-in-1 pushchair – the seat unit can be transformed into a bassinet
  • Easy one-handed, compact fold
  • Extendable sun canopy
  • Quite possibly the best travel system under £400

Great for parents who

  • Live in the city or suburbs
  • Want a fuss-free pushchair
  • Need a travel system that can be used right from the get-go

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 15kg
  • Weight: 9.6kg
  • Folded dimensions: 75 × 64 × 36cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (adaptors included)
  • Wheels: Rubber
  • Carrycot included?: No

Read the full review

3. Best pram for the countryside: Mamas & Papas Ocarro

mamas and papas ocarro pushchair

Price: From £503.48 | Buy now from Amazon

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.

What we like about the Ocarro

  • Can be folded down forward- or rear-facing – and you don’t have to remove the seat either
  • Large hood and basket
  • Deep padded seat, head pillow and chest pads

Great for parents who

  • Need a decent amount of on-board storage space
  • Like to go for country walks or live in the country
  • Don't use public transport daily

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 15kg
  • Weight: 13.5kg
  • Folded dimensions: 37 × 59 × 76cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (adaptors sold separately)
  • Wheels: Puncture-resistant
  • Carrycot included?: No

Read the full review

4. Best versatile pushchair: BabyStyle Oyster 3

babystyle oyster 3 pushchair

Price: £479 | Buy now from Amazon

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

It’s got a lovely sunshade, bigger than most we tested, and the height adjustable handlebars go from 99 to 111cm, which means it can be adapted to different heights whether you're five or six feet tall.

What we like about the BabyStyle Oyster 3

  • The smooth ride it offers
  • Suitable for children up to 22kg
  • Compact fold – folds with seat unit still attached
  • Easy to carry thanks to the retractable carry handle
  • Chunky rear wheels that can handle off-roading

Great for parents who

  • Frequently use public transport
  • Have limited storage space at home
  • Need a pram that offers good longevity

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 22kg
  • Weight: 11.7kg
  • Folded dimensions: 71 × 37 × 57cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Wheels: Foam-filled
  • Carrycot included?: No

Read the full review

5. Most stylish pushchair: Bugaboo Fox

bugaboo fox pushchair

Price: £995 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’ve already started looking at pushchairs, you’ll probably have heard of Dutchbrand Bugaboo. While most of their products are on the pricey side, most, if not all, come highly recommended by Mumsnetters.

With a high seat, a unique ballpoint break and easy one-handed steer, it’s hard not to be tempted by the sleek design of the Bugaboo Fox. If you’re happy to make the investment, it’s a pushchair that offers good longevity as well.

What we like about the Bugaboo Fox

  • Attractive design
  • Big tyres and joint suspension give a smooth ride on different surfaces
  • Effortless steering
  • Really small when folded
  • Has a large storage basket

Great for parents who

  • Expect to do a lot of walking, especially in the city
  • Aren’t constrained by budget
  • Are short on storage space

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

Read the full review

6. Best pushchair for travelling: Babyzen YOYO

babyzen yoyo pushchair

Price: £476 | Buy now from Amazon

Tiny but incredibly comfortable, the Babyzen YOYO² is ideal for city living.

Weighing in at only 6.2kg, 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 YOYO²

  • The chassis folds down so small that it's below the recommended IATA-approved carry-on baggage size for flights
  • Large UPF 50+ sun canopy with peekaboo window
  • Quick one-handed fold and unfold (once you get the hang of it)
  • Multiple seat recline options offering good longevity
  • From birth, it offers two solutions for lying flat: a newborn pack and bassinet

Great for parents who

  • Use public transport regularly
  • Live in a small house or apartment
  • Like to travel light
  • Are looking for a buggy to take on holiday

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth (only with a newborn pack or bassinet; otherwise six months) to 22kg
  • Weight: 6.2kg
  • Folded dimensions: 52 × 44 × 18cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes, with newborn pack or bassinet
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
  • Wheels: Rubber
  • Carrycot included?: No

Read the full review

7. Best lightweight pushchair: Maxi-Cosi Laika

maxi-cosi laika pushchair

Price: From £180.84 | Buy now from Amazon

Another great example of a lightweight buggy that is travel system-compatible, the Maxi-Cosi Laika is a small world- and parent-facing pushchair with some nice quality finishes.

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 Maxi-Cosi Laika

  • Tight turning circle
  • Adjustable foot rest
  • Compact fold
  • One-handed collapse, which is great for when your hands are full

Great for parents who

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

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 pram for city living: Bugaboo Bee6

bugaboo bee5 pushchair

Price: From £645 | Buy now from Amazon

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.

What we like about the Bugaboo Bee6

  • Easy to switch between parent and world-facing
  • Adjustable handlebars

Great for parents who

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

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 17kg
  • Weight: 9.4kg
  • Folded dimensions: 90 × 46.5 × 32cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adapters)
  • Wheels: Foam-filled
  • Adjustable handlebar: Yes
  • Carrycot included?: No, but you can buy the carrycot as extra

Read the full review

9. Best single to double pram: iCandy Orange

icandy orange pushchair

Price: From £699 | Buy now from Amazon

This sturdy and dependable iCandy pram 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. When used as a tandem pushchair, the design also makes narrow aisles and buses more than manageable.

It has a large basket and comes with a buggy board that can hold a nine-year-old (if you're brave and 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 buggy by any means)
  • Want a double pushchair that is compact enough for towns but can also cope with a little bit of off-roading

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 pushchair for suspension: Joie Chrome DLX

joie chrome dlx pushchair

Price: £299.99 | Buy now with cot from Amazon

Sturdy and dependable, the Joie chrome 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 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

Key specs

  • Suitable from: Birth to 17kg
  • Weight: 12.7 kg
  • Folded dimensions: 93cm x 60cm x 39cm
  • World-facing: Yes
  • Parent-facing: Yes
  • Car seat compatible: Yes (with adaptors)
  • Wheels: Rubber, foam-filled rear tyres
  • Adjustable handlebar: No
  • Carrycot included?: Yes, if you buy the set with the carrycot

Read the full review

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What is the best pushchair on the market?

Overall, we found the Nuna Mixx to be the best pushchair on the market and our testers loved the lightweight frame, ease-of-use and versatility of the pram. The sleek design and plentiful storage made this a great choice for new parents.

It’s also available to buy on its own or in a five-piece bundle for £799, which includes a carrycot.

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.

For a pram and pushchair 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.

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

1. Do I need to buy a travel system or a lightweight 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 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.

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.

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 pushchairs cost?

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.

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 plan to use public transport every week, a lightweight pram 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.

dos and don'ts when buying a pushchair

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.

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 made sure I had mine delivered by week 34. Just in case. My mother threw a fit over bad luck having them in the house but seriously, you need them ready, and we live two hours away from family! Also means you can practice using them, setting up and folding away etc. The crib we put together at 38 weeks and moved our furniture to get it in all ready. If you have space I would get on and order it.”

“I'm 24 weeks and am going shopping on Friday. I realise it’s a bit early but the pram and car seat are the main high value items we're buying and I'd rather know that it’s been sorted out. I've also been pretty much in denial about preparing/buying/getting too excited until after the 20 week scan and the last 5 weeks have been quite fun starting to think about our little one and getting prepared for that…”

Need more information? Our buyer's 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, we spent 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 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 most families.

How we tested and why you should trust us

During our testing process, each pushchair was put through its paces in 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.

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During the testing period we made sure to:

  1. 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!
  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 handlebars 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).

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