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.

Dad with newborn baby in pushchair

Choosing the right pushchair for your growing family should be easy, right? But 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.

The best pushchairs for newborns

1. Bugaboo Cameleon3
2. Babyzen Yoyo+
3. Joie Chrome DLX
4. Mountain Buggy Swift
5. Bugaboo Bee5
6. iCandy Orange
7. Maxi-Cosi Laika
8. iCandy Peach Blossom Twin
9. Out 'n' About Nipper Double
10. Bugaboo Donkey2

What you need to know about pushchairs

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

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

In our mission to help new parents, we've spent weeks scouring our forums, researching bestsellers and testing products in real homes with real families to find out which pushchairs 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 ones on the market right now.

Read more about our top 10 pushchairs

What to consider before buying a pushchair

Mum with toddler and newborn in pushchair

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 also 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 walk along.

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.

Buggies are usually smaller than travel systems and much 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 use from birth. The benefit of this is that they're often considerably cheaper than travel systems and they'll take up a lot less space in your house. The downside, is that often the wheels are smaller, making for a slightly bumpier ride. The seats can also be slightly less padded and lower to the ground, 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 free. Also handy (wahey) if you're looking after an older baby or toddler alongside your newborn.

Though do keep in mind, 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 that happens.

2. How much do you want to spend?

The price of buggies varies wildly depending on make and functionality. 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 added extras. If you're set on a high-end pushchair, 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. 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 lightweight. Trust us on this. Having a baby is hard work as it is, you don't want add the back-breaking stress of lugging a 15kg pushchair into the mix if you don't have to.

4. Where will you use it?

Whether you're planning to travel by car or on public transport could have a big impact on your decision. Some prams are designed for public transport, some are decidedly not. If you do plan to use public transport regularly, 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 of any kind of pushchair.

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.

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 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, you may not use this feature very often.

If you are planning to attach a car seat to your pushchair, make sure the travel system you choose is compatible with your preferred car 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 pushchairs are here to help.

The 10 best pushchairs for newborns reviewed by Mumsnet

1. Bugaboo Cameleon3

Bugaboo Cameleon3

Flexible, customisable and oh-so-trendy, the Bugaboo Cameleon3 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.

What we like about the Cameleon3

  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Large wheels 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: £859 from John Lewis (Includes pushchair base unit, carry cot, seat unit, fabrics, shopping basket and rain cover)

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)

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: £369 from John Lewis (Includes pushchair frame, 6 month+ seat, basket and rain cover. Newborn pack £195)

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: £399.99 from Very (Pushchair and 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
  • Light users of public transport
  • 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 pushchair frame and seat. Newborn carrycot £139)

Read the full review

5. Bugaboo Bee5
Bugaboo Bee5

The Bugaboo Bee5 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 lightweight pushchair is the stuff of urban dreams.

What we like about the Bugaboo Bee5

  • 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 (Includes pushchair frame and 6 months + seat. Newborn carrycot £130, or newborn cocoon £80.95)

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 also comes with a buggy board that can hold a nine-year-old (if you're brave/strong enough to agree to that).

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 pushchair designed like a lightweight buggy but with the functionality of a travel system. 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: £224.10 from John Lewis (Includes pushchair, rain cover and Maxi-Cosi car seat adaptors. Newborn carrycot £81)

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 functionality and flexibility 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 comfortable ride for passengers and parent, 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: £348.99 from Amazon (For pushchair and 6 month+ seats, newborn supports £29.50 each, newborn carrycot £104.95 each, storage basket £25.80)

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10. Bugaboo Donkey2
Bugaboo Donkey2

The Bugaboo Donkey2 has a unique expandable chassis which converts this pushchair from a single to double pushchair with relative ease. As well as plenty of flexibility, the Donkey2 offers lots of on-board storage space, handy when you have two 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

How we tested

In our effort to find the best pushchair on the market we spent hours scouring the Mumsnet forums, reading bestseller lists and speaking to experts. Using this research we put together a list of 10-15 pram systems that we feel reflect the best value for parents. Next, each of the travel systems selected were thoroughly tested, including a range of ‘real world’ and standardised testing by one tester. 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. With far fewer variables in the testing process than other sites, we can be absolutely confident in our recommendations.

During the testing period we made sure to 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, so they all had a good outing.

We made sure to test how easy it was to change the attachments, and how useful and effective each carrycot, seat, and car seat adaptor was.

We also 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.

We tested the storage baskets for both volume and capacity, seeing if they would take a bulky raincover and change bag as well as a bag of supermarket groceries. On that note, we also carried out a topple test, hanging a full bag of shopping on the handles to test how likely the buggies are to overbalance.

We analysed 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 Houdini could wriggle out of.

Last, but by no means least, we carried 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?

Having scored the buggies on the above criteria, we then added into the equation their price, resale value and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight) to work out which models really offered the best value for most parents.

More tips on how to choose the right newborn pushchair

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And a few rules of thumb…

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Prices correct at time of publication

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