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Which pushchair would you recommend to a new parent?

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TinaMumsnet · 05/11/2018 12:00

We're making plans to test and review new pushchairs and we'd love to know which ones you'd recommend.

There are so many options on the market, it can be hard for new parents to know which ones are really worth investing in. So if you've used a great travel system/pushchair in the last two years, we want to hear about it!

Tell us the make and model of the pushchair you rate, and why you'd recommend it to others. Your comments will help us to create a shortlist of pushchairs to test and recommend to new parents.

Also, if you have any helpful advice on what to look out for when shopping for a pushchair, we'll include it in our buyer's guide.


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Spudlet · 05/11/2018 15:43

I had a Maxi Cosi Mura 4 and loved it. We live rurally so we neded a beast - it's been round events, to the beach, over ploughed fields, through the woods, it's been manhandled over fallen trees and balanced over plank bridges, and heaved over stiles, and it's taken it all withh nothing more than the odd puncture. It was parent facing as well - which when I was looking seemed to be a bit of a rarity in off-roaders.

It wouldn't be a great choice if you lived in a town as although it is very manouverable it is big and unwieldy to get through narrow gaps and heavy to haul onto buses - and it has to be froward-facing if it's to be folded in one piece. (That said I did manage fine with it in town, it just wasn't ideal). But if you need a land rover of a pram, it's great.

susurration · 05/11/2018 15:47

Mama's and Papa's Ocarro and Armadillo Flip.

Soubriquet · 05/11/2018 16:48

Out n about

It doesn’t parent face which is one down side but apart from that it’s fab. It’s lightweight, easy to push, and way to collapse, suitable from birth and an all round good pushchair

MamaOoohhh · 05/11/2018 16:56

The mothercare journey has been amazing.

1/3 of the price of the others we considered and it's been perfect!

Chocolala · 05/11/2018 17:00

Babyzen Yo-yo+

It folds up tiny, goes in hand luggage on planes, is easy to carry using the padded carry strap, can be pushed one handed, and is all round a winner. It’s the perfect city pram/buggy and takes children from birth to fully walking.

hormonallyspeaking · 05/11/2018 17:10

When we bought a travel system we were light on money and in the process of moving out. We bought the Hauck Lacrosse and love it.

£200 for the full package. Admittedly we don't use the car seat much but the carry cot and seat unit are brilliant. For £200 it's excellent and perfect for living in a flat. It's good enough to take our dog on hour long walks three times a day and still looks relatively spotless. Though the tyres are a bit scuffed now. Cheap and cheerful but really good

SputnikBear · 05/11/2018 17:27

I have the Mamas & Papas Urbo and it’s great. It’s nice and small and lightweight. Plus it’s one of the few travel systems that looks stylish. It comes in neutral colours with matching footmuff and parasol. The frame and wheels are both silver and industrial looking, or there’s a rose gold option. I got the all grey version which looks chic and coordinates with all of my (and baby’s) outfits.

ballsdeep · 05/11/2018 17:40

Uppababy vista. Love it!

Ruddle91 · 05/11/2018 18:27

Not a bugaboo cam- bulky, small basket, bloody faff, stupid toddler seat

I loved my cosatto giggle but tiny carry cot sadly and the toddler seat is stupid

Overall - mamas and papas sola. Toddler seat is large and lays totally flat for sleeping.

Racecardriver · 05/11/2018 18:31

I’ve had two push chairs. A bugaboo that was so rubbish I had to replace it and a silver cross (wayfairer) which is brilliant.

MissesBloom · 05/11/2018 18:38

I tried many different strollers and travel systems, some absolute waste of money and others were my ride or die.

The best travel system/newborn suitable was 100% my uppababy vista. I also got the Cruz but the vista was amazing. Sturdy with a huge basket and very easy to manoeuvre.

I found I had differing need at different times. The vista was perfect for newborn upwards but then we got a dog and I needed a proper off road buggy so we got the out n about. I'd recommend this to anyone who lives rurally. Easy to open and fold, lightweight, perfect easy recline, big bicycle wheels are fantastic over rough terrain.

The best light weight stroller is easily the one we have now..... the mountain buggy nano. Weve had maclaren strollers over the years and thought this was as light as we could get and as small but now after a lot of research I've found these pocket/travel strollers are superior to the umbrella fold ones. Mine fits in an overhead locker on a plane, has a deep recline for my sleeping toddler, huge sunshade, lovely sized basket, folds tiny and comes with a carry bag and carry strap so you can sling it over your shoulder and most importantly it's easy to manouevre with one hand....something which I couldn't do with any of my maclarens.

goodtimesarecomingaround · 05/11/2018 19:00

Some of these pushchairs are ££££

I think you need to test a range of prices to suit everyone's budget.

I have a Maxi-Cosi pushchair and it's absolutely fine and of course my first Maxi-Cosi car seat fitted into the frame for it too. It's was about £300 and still going strong into toddlerhood and I walk daily no car plus a dog, so we do miles on various terrains. Ideally I'd have a mountain buggy but hey my budget can't stretch that far.

Avegemitesandwich · 05/11/2018 19:04

I didn't like our Bugaboo: the wheels were awful and would always get mud and leaves caught in them but if you turned it into 'off road' mode it was impossible to steer. It was quite tricky to recline and also you pay all that money and you can't even convert it into a double! I also never felt that the fabrics and stuff were that great quality compared to say the iCandy buggies. Luckily we got ours second hand for free Smile

I have heard great things about the Uppababy vista.

For when they are slightly older, the Baby Jogger City Mini is the nuts!

teenybean · 05/11/2018 19:33

Icandy peach without a doubt!
Ours has done 2 1/2 children from birth so far & is still going strong after 6 1/2 years. Wish we had got it from the beginning with our first, but we were talked out of it, but got it when ds was 1, (after our rubbish silver cross 3D vogue thing broke for the final time, & we skipped it)
It is so sturdy, easy to push, put up & take down, & is as reliable as the day we got it, plus the basket is a really good size.

teenybean · 05/11/2018 19:35

Plus the icandy peach is super easy to convert into a double & still isn't bulky!

wwwwwwwwwwwwww · 05/11/2018 19:38

I like the cyber priam. It is a very smooth ride.

I think a key thing is how the fit in cars.

wwwwwwwwwwwwww · 05/11/2018 19:40

I clearly meant *cubex priam.

Whalehello2 · 05/11/2018 19:51

Love, love, love our out n about nipper v4.

newyearnewname18 · 05/11/2018 19:52

Baby Jogger City Mini every time,

4 wheeled version goes up to 25kg weight in case it's needed for older children. Easy to push one handed, big enough basket underneath and lies flat.

Genuine one hand fold and it doesn't break the bank to buy.

QueenGoblin · 05/11/2018 19:55

Silver Cross Pioneer

I love the basket, it is huge.
It's so easy to get around and manoeuvre. Curbs are not a problem, walking through the park is a breeze.
I like the pedal/button break.
It feels solid and study.
I liked that the seat could face both ways.
The seat/carrycot wasn't really low like with some other prams.
It isn't as heavy as it looks, I can lift it up in one arm (with my son in it) and carry it up/down a short flight of stairs.

It is a bit bulky, especially compared to slim city prams like Bugaboo or Yoyo. And it isn't very compact when you fold it down so you do need to have storage space for it.

Stuckforthefourthtime · 05/11/2018 20:13

Babyzen yo-yo.
For London families it's hard to beat - it fits on every bus and in very car boot, is easy to carry up and down stairs and folds so small.
With my older DCs I had a baby jogger city mini gt - fab but big, then a city mini double (incredibly wide and turned out to be faulty) and then a bugaboo donkey (good in double mode but in single mode too big to easily fit in the car or on a pavement, and people give you evils and you feel like carrying a sign saying 'this is narrower than my city mini, I swear it'). Got the yoyo for the younger middle one, who napped in it until 3, and have just bought the baby nest for my youngest. It's so good!

Another one on the affordable end is the Zeta Voom - so cheap on Amazon and we found pretty good as a second or travel buggy

simplepimple · 05/11/2018 20:16

Please consider including how ergonomic the buggy is to push for the mum - this often gets left out of reviews.

How easy is it to manoeuvre the buggy - nothing touches the smallest reclinable Maclaren for ease of use - we often test drive with just a baby in the seat when you spend more time pushing a toddler - how hard are some of the newer buggies to get up and down kerbs - sometimes the buggy handle seems to be weirdly positioned - meaning the 'pusher' can't even stand up straight without bumping their legs or bending round - and the seat positioning isn't always the best for the centre of gravity. Please please also consider doing a review of vintage buggies or even adding in a big traditional bouncy pram - perfect for rural babies in winter!

mommybear1 · 05/11/2018 20:31

Another vote for the Uppababy Vista 2015!

NickMyLipple · 05/11/2018 20:53

I went to the baby show with intentions of buying a bugaboo chameleon.

I came away with a Hybrid Edge.

So many reasons for this:

Much cheaper, smaller fold, weighed less, can be converted to a double if needed, basket has a handy flap which folds up and out to create more storage space, fabulous sprung suspension - up and down kerbs and cobblestones are really no issue at all, height extenders for the seat, handle could be extended really high (hubby is 6'4"), and I loved the sleek design - it felt much more solid than the bugaboo.

Things I'd look for now: height extenders for the seat itself. My daughter is much higher up and can look out to the world with ease. She also is much closer to me so less bending for wiping her face etc. Good suspension. We live somewhere with lots of cobbles so that's a must for me. The fold is small - I have a Tiguan and I struggled to get the Bugaboo Donkey in!

I also love that if I have baby #2 it can convert to a double without much trouble.

Mummabear2212 · 05/11/2018 21:24

Mamas and Papas Ocarro. Massive basket, looks great, easy to push and fold. I love mine

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