Should I buy a buggy, a pram, a pushchair or a travel system? I’m confused
Buying a buggy, a pram, a pushchair, a stroller, or a travel system shouldn’t be all that confusing, if you know precisely what you are looking for. Well… in a perfect scenario, of course.
In reality, however, this isn’t always the case as there are numerous brands and designs jostling for your attention.
While this may be good business for brand owners whose expertise is to provide new mums with an array of choices, it could also be counterproductive for the mum who’s trying to get acquainted with the mazy world of pushchairs!
Or worst of all, turn what is supposed to be an exciting experience into a web of frustration.
Simple and easy
In my previous post, 12 things you need to know before you buy a pram, I talked about the 12 judgement calls you have to make before you buy a pushchair et al.
Today, I’ll be explaining the differences between the most commonly used four-wheel devices with handles, used to push babies around.
Hopefully,you will be able to tell them apart and know which is best for your baby,after today. My intention is to make this exercise as simple as possible for you.
Knowing the differences
In a broad sense, they are all four-wheel devices with handles,used to push babies around, right? Right.
They are all four-wheel devices with handles all right, but they are distinctively different in size, functionality, feature, style, and price.
Their prices could range from £90- £2000 depending on your need.
As a mum, I know that not all pushchairs are suitable for your newborn baby. I made the mistake of buying a stroller meant for an older baby, for my baby.
As a matter of fact, I made that mistake twice!
It didn’t recline enough.Worst of all, it didn’t have paddings which made the seat uncomfortable for her.
When buying a pushchair, you should go for the one with a seat that reclines as far back as 150 degrees or more to support baby’s tender spine and to help him or her breathe properly.
Here are some of the differences
A buggy is a lightweight pushchair, smaller than a stroller and quite compact when folded.Our city centres,shopping malls and public transport systems are awash with babies in buggies.
What this tells me is that, they are manageable, convenient and easy to use.
They fold easily and can be carried around without stress but not suitable for rough and patchy pavements.
Buggies are ideal for older babies who can sit up without support.
They are world-facing and generally less expensive.
A Pram is the most practical choice for a newborn baby. Because it’s bedlike and roomy, it’s ideal for the first few months when baby is always fast asleep.
The advantage of being flat is that it provides adequate support for your baby’s fragile back and helps baby breathe properly.
Prams are usually parent facing to allow for mum and baby eye contact.
They’re sturdy and may come with a frame (chassis) that may or may not fold flat. This makes them bulky and awkward for mums with small storage spaces.
Some prams can also be converted into pushchairs by simply unclipping or unzipping the fabric depending on the the style.
A Pushchair is sturdier than a stroller and as a result can withstand the rougher busy streets.
The good thing about it is that it can serve both newborns and older babies depending on its features.
If it comes with an option where a pram or carrycot can be attached to its seat,then it’s brilliant for newborns.
Otherwise it’s in built seats are ideal for babies who are up to six months old.
Pushchairs are either parent facing or world facing, manageable and can fold easily.
A Stroller is similar to a buggy only slightly bigger. Some people see both as one and the same.
None the less,it’s distinctively different from a pushchair because it’s lighter in weight and not suitable for the rough busy street pavements.
A stroller like the buggy is easier to manage because it’s lightweight and easy to fold.
This makes it ideal for moving around in the city and suitable for those who commute by bus and train.
The standard stroller is suitable for older babies but not newborns as it doesn’t recline as far back as 150 degrees or more.
However certain brands now make strollers that are newborn baby compliant.
A Travel System
A Travel System is an all-encompassing device that comes with a pushchair to which you can attach or remove an infant car seat or a carrycot. It has the added advantage of being parent or world facing.
It’s good because it meets all your baby travel needs and best for car owner mums. It can be used from birth to about six months to nine months.
The snag about it is that, it’s expensive,very bulky, heavy and can’t be used beyond nine months.
And then, there is this…The All-Terrain Pushchair
The All Terrain Pushchair
An All Terrain pushchair is a three-wheel pushchair that sits on a triangular frame.
It’s great for the outdoors because it’s sturdy and dynamic enough to adapt to all sorts of terrains- smooth and rough.It has two wheels at the back and one in front.Some come with either rotatable (swivel) or non-rotatable (lockable) wheels or both.
The All-Terrain Pushchair is maneuverable because it has good wheel suspension which makes it particularly suitable for the outdoors and rough roads.
A major snag about it, is that it’s too bulky for city and everyday use and definitely not for the train or bus.
A Three Wheeler
A lot has changed, with the All Terrain Pushchairs nowadays, thanks to newer contemporary designs which are sleeker, like the three wheeler. They come with smaller wheels and can be used within town.
Despite this,they are still bulky enough to take up space for a mum who has limited storage. Typically,they are expensive.
Important point: Babies must never be left unattended in any of these devices. The maximum time babies should be kept in these devices is two hours.
All pushchairs et all must comply with British and European Safety Standards.
So, mums, I hope I have been able to help you decipher in the simplest way the difference between all four-wheel devices with handles, used to push babies around.
In my next post, I’ll be telling you about which of these pushchairs are most suitable for your lifestyle and more.
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