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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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NanooCov · 06/11/2018 08:38

Bugaboo Cameleon - has lasted is through two children and still bomb proof. The only drawback is having to fold in two parts, but it then actually makes it easier to manoeuvre into boot or store so not a big issue.

Baby Jogger City Mini - we have the double and I love it. Sturdy, comfortable and durable. The single is excellent too.

Notso · 06/11/2018 08:39

Bugaboo cameleon
Babyjogger city mini
Out n about nipper 360
The nipper was my favourite for everything except the fold.
Babyjogger fold is brilliant as is the giant hood and basket.
The cameleon was lovely for babies. They looked so comfortable in the carrycot and seat.

Disliked Britax B-Dual, Oyster Max and a Silver cross. I-candy was nice to push but found the lower seat for pushing two difficult to access. Phil n Teds is like pushing a tank!

Scubalubs87 · 06/11/2018 08:43

I love my I Candy peach. Solid, sturdy, light to steer and easy to put down. It is big and takes up a lot of room in the boot but is fine in my car. We go for a decent length walk every day and I wanted something that felt sturdy but easy to steer - completely fits the bill! I know lots of people knock travel systems but we’ve found the carrycot useful for downstairs napping and it’s been handy to put the car seat on when you’re nipping somewhere quickly and don’t want to keep getting the baby in and out. I would hate to have my sister in law’s bugaboo - tiny wheels, and looks flimsy in comparison to the I candy despite being in a similar price brackets.

RidingMyBike · 06/11/2018 08:51

Could you split the recommendations up into price categories - under £400, £400-800, £800+? That would help a lot of people.

I remember beginning to look at travel systems when pregnant and being horrified that all the recommended ones seemed to be ££££ which would have ended up costing more than our car . As I posted above, we have been so happy with our under £300 travel system and it was perfect for us. It would help if people realised that there are perfectly good options in the lower price ranges.

BertieBotts · 06/11/2018 08:58

To be fair - I've never not folded my pram on a bus because it's too difficult to fold, but I have been unable to fold it because it's full of sleeping child/loose luggage in the basket which wouldn't fit when it was folded up and that I couldn't hold plus wrangle said child with only two hands. (And this would only be to let another pram in, obviously a wheelchair user has priority).

Show me a pram which keeps the luggage intact when it's folded and parents will be able to use it more socially on a bus.

Incidentally the Mutsy is great for buses as the handle folds right in making the footprint tiny, similar to a Maclaren.

BertieBotts · 06/11/2018 08:59

YY Riding. I can recommend loads under £500. I don't understand why anybody would want to pay more really.

FraterculaArctica · 06/11/2018 09:04

Another BJCM GT fan here. Bought ours in 2013 for DC1, now 4.5 and he still rides in it occasionally when he can kick DC2 out! Never needed to buy another pushchair and it will easily see us through a DC3 if we have one.

Fashionista101 · 06/11/2018 09:43

Stokke xplory

3luckystars · 06/11/2018 09:46

Baby jogger city mini.

I'm embarrassed to say how many prams I have owned (about 29)

The baby jogger city mini is hands down the best pram in the world.

I bought it 7 years ago and it has lasted 2 children and is absolutely perfect. I will keep it forever because it's perfect.

stationaryace · 06/11/2018 09:57

Uppababy Vista fan here. Bought ours in 2014 and it's still going strong - gets my toddler to nap every day so worth it's weight in gold Wink Very easy to manoeuvre, and the high seat meant we could use it when eating outdoors at cafes etc without having to find a highchair. Plus at 6ft I wanted something my dh could use without hurting his back, so the extending handlebars are great.

If you were a frequent traveller I'd consider something like the Babyzen Yo-yo, but having bought one expensive system already I can't justify another, so we have a cheap travel buggy from Tesco which folds in half so fits flat in my car boot which umbrella buggies don't. Doesn't steer anywhere near as nice but does the job.

KeysHairbandNotepad · 06/11/2018 10:15

Joie pact lite

Lightweight , slim , suitable from birth , has a huge basket and is good value. It has a great , small , one handed fold too.

If you like the look of a yoyo but don't want to pay that much the pact is a really good option.

driggle · 06/11/2018 10:25

I have a Maxi-Cosi Zelia and I love it. It's lightweight - I can easily pick up the chassis one handed. It folds and unfolds really easy. The carrycot converts into a seat, which saves space in the house and it means the carrycot doesn't become obsolete once baby is sitting. The basket underneath is really big which is always a bonus. I love it!

LivLemler · 06/11/2018 10:30

Love my Uppababy Vista. So bloody user friendly (two pockets in the huge shopping basket that are the perfect size for the rain cover and car seat adaptors so I always have them to hand, for example). Easy to fold. I'm a short weakling and have no trouble getting it up kerbs or into the boot etc. I could push it for days.

It is large so I wouldn't get it if I was on the bus every day, for example, but for us it's probably been our best baby buy.

katek82 · 06/11/2018 11:06

Baby Jogger City Mini- great with carrycot for newborn, and really sturdy and comfortable when used as pushchair. Folds up easily too to fit in a boot or cupboard at home.
Only downside is the wheels are quite large, so if you live in a city and use public transport it can be quite cumbersome getting it on and off a bus when another buggy is on board.
We also have the GB Pockit + - so light, easily to fold and fits in snuggly on buses and tubes. A good option for holidays.

CleopatrasMum · 06/11/2018 11:18

Bugaboo Cameleon definitely. Bought in 2009 for DD and being used again for DS. Match it with a Maxi Cosi car seat and it is a great travel system. It turns on a penny so is really easy to push and steer.

Can be turned round so big wheels are at the front for use in snow and there is also a way of making it easier to use in sand.

Storage wise there may be better pushchairs out there but for everything else it is great.

Also I gather they hold their value well so we will sell it on when DS is finished with it.

We also have the Silver Cross Pop Sport for use when we need an umbrella fold pushchair. It is great too and DS loves it. It is easy to fold and unfold one handed. It is quite narrow so DD grew out of it quicker than the Bugaboo. However I think the Pop may be bigger, and the Sport has been discontinued so that may not be an issue now.

ToastyFingers · 06/11/2018 11:48

Cosatto giggle 2
Easy to push one handed, went up and down kerbs no problem, big basket, faces both ways, bright and beautiful and a 4 year guarantee.

I recently switched to an umbrella fold type stroller for my almost 3 year old and really wish I hadn't.

2ManyChoices · 06/11/2018 13:11

I adored my single baby style oyster so much that I bought the double when I had my son, 16 month age gap, I've also had the mountain buggy duo and that was ace although very heavy compared to the oyster max.

Cucumbum · 06/11/2018 14:47

Depends on your budget of course but I would recommend the Cybex Priam. We're now using it for our second child afyer going 3 years with our first the condition is still as new. In our budget I also considered the:
Bugaboo Chameleon - thought it felt too flimsy for the price, hated the handbrake and not a fan of the bucket seat. Also 2 part fold is a pain.
Icandy Peach - same issue with bucket seat, also seat and carry cot were just so small and I knew we were having a giant lol just as well as we did have a tall baby who wouldn't have been able to use that carry cot comfortably past 3 months old.
Uppababy Vista - wanted the option of taking the bus and this was just too massive to do so easily.

If I had to do over I would buy the Cybex again.

BayBeeSham · 06/11/2018 15:32

I would say the Babyzen YoYo for metropolitan babies and the bugaboo chameleon for less urban little ones! The yoyo is amazing for flying and you can change the fabric set for £45 so it is easily refreshed. The chameleon is so adaptable, really like the summer cover with the insect net.

mumto2babyboys · 06/11/2018 16:44

Same with icandy bought on recommendations and every part of it was a hassle and too small after a while. The adapters. What a pain and mine grew out of carrycot by 7/8 weeks old.

I have had several in the last 3 years for my two.

Main one i still use is the cosato supa dupa as they can both lie flat and folds up easy for planes and cars and the hood is individual on each side but has uvf protection

I think I wasted loads on the icandy when a car seat and folding stroller type pushchair is so much lighter and so much easier to get in your boot with out changing car seat adaptors

I think first baby you want something that looks good and by second Baby you want something that will actually fit in the boot in 10seconds yet lies flat for them to sleep

NinkyNonkyNinkyNonk · 06/11/2018 17:14

Not a lot of votes for cosatto but have had four of their pushchairs/travel systems at various stages and all were fantastic.

Easy to fit in and off buses (even the side by side double)
Fun patterns
Good value... rain cover foot muffs etc and all the small things that other brands charge you for were included too
Fit in my small car
Four years guarantee and customer service is fantastic.

YouBoggleMyMind · 06/11/2018 17:27

BabyZen Yoyo
Small, easy to fold, fits in my C1 with room to spare, doesn't cost the earth, has car seat adaptors if needed.

Ragh · 06/11/2018 18:26

I wish someone had explained that lots of pushchairs can still be travel systems as I discounted lots of great prams that didn't come with carrycots included in the box. Best for a single child would be the Cybex Mios - super lightweight, compact fold, one handed push and can be a travel system too

helly29 · 06/11/2018 18:32

Baby jogger summit x3 - great running/off road but also fab as an everyday one. Sturdy, easy to fold, durable (3.5yrs and counting and not a scratch). Not the lightest/most compact but that's not what it's for. Also loved that there's no need for a carry cot as it goes flat.

PurpleFlowersInMyHair · 06/11/2018 18:33

The problem with a lot of expensive travel systems that mumsnet recommends are that...

  • they invariably have a bucket seat which won’t fit a toddler comfortably- I’m not even talking a big one. They’re legs dangle out pretty fast
  • They leave your kid exposed to the elements (bucket seat) and have no shade so parents have to attach flapping muslin cloths with hair clips or precariously balance a silly umbrella (I’m looking at you bugaboo)
  • the bassinet is often too small to past past 10/12 weeks
  • they fold in two pieces and are not practical for the car/ bus/ restaurant / plane/ anywhere you need to fold it quickly (while balancing a small child)
  • they are cumbersome on the bus and impractical to fold should you need to (see point above) also know people with Uppababy Vista who can’t get them down the aisle at our local Cooperative shop
  • they cost a lot and most people I know have ditched them at the end of Mat leave for a cheap umbrella fold

They’re basically a bit rubbish in terms of transporting a child from birth to 3 in a variety of situations. And the child can outgrow them pretty fast. So if you do buy one of these, expect to have to buy another for more flexibility later on. Or get a truly birth to 3 buggy which will give you value for money.

Makes me wonder who is reviewing them for the mumsnet recommendations Hmm
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