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The best pushchairs to buy and why… Part one

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The best pushchairs to buy are those that match the features of a good pushchair, and also come highly recommended by parents.

Remember too, that a good pushchair has to be durable, safe, comfortable, and easy to use.

Buying A Pushchair

In this concluding part of the pushchair series, I’ll be telling you about some of the best pushchairs to buy and why.

These conclusions are drawn from the strength of what parents have said about their pushchairs and my product reviews.

A pushchair is a one-time expenditure that you must make count!

Meaning that you need to get value for your money.

This requires planning, budgeting, and research.

Planning

In planning, you would ask yourself: Should I buy at the beginning of my pregnancy or wait till late?

I wouldn’t say wait till late because by then, you may become too tired to do things like test drive your choice before you buy, as I explained in the post, 12 things you need to know before you buy a pram.

Planning

Planning and Research

Neither would I say to get it done and out with it early, without proper research. Buying early is excellent if you have done your due diligence.

Which is doing your research on  what pushchair suits your lifestyle and baby, best , and  identifying  a good pushchair.

One, not  plagued with the most common faults in pushchairs.

Where you want to buy

Would you prefer to go to a physical shop or buy online? This global pandemic has changed shopping as we know it forever!

Credit Charles Deluvio: A Mum To Be Browsing The Net On Her Phone

It has further ingrained the notion that the online shopping options could be a more convenient alternative to traditional shopping practices.

The downside of online shopping is that, you may not get the  face to face support, as you would in a brick and mortar set up.

A new way of doing things

Britax Romer, the British Babycare manufacturer, has an online instant  livechat service, which has been in place, a few months  before the pandemic, according to one of their online Safety Experts.

These kinds of support services are here to stay and would continue to improve to meet the unique needs of customers.

Mamas & Papas, the UK based baby products retailer, is providing an online video call service, for mums who can’t visit the store.

A live in-store colleague from the store floor provides sales support to customers by answering their questions and showing demos to those who request for one.

A new way of doing things

A new way of doing things

This online video service is available during opening hours.

According to Internet Retailing:

‘’The retailer is also introducing virtual Parents to Be group session to offer advice on parenting issues, with each session followed by a live Q&A. A new partnership with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) will see practitioners answer questions on pregnancy and birth over Instagram and offer advice through the Mamas & Papas blog.mamasandpapas.com.’’

For those who prefer the brick and mortar set up, it will be best to do your shopping at a time when you’re well able for it.

By so doing, you get to see what’s out there, test drive your choice, and know precisely what is included in the price.

It’s also advisable to call the store to know if they have early shopping arrangement for expectant mums.

As you well know, you are classed in the vulnerable category.

Budgeting

Budgeting

Budgeting

You, having a budget can’t be overemphasized. In budgeting you would be asking yourself : How much resources do I have available to spend? 

Where  your resources are very slim, don’t underestimate the importance of discounts, sales or offers.

Research

Researching the best pushchairs to buy could be somewhat of a minefield. It might be a great deal of help for some or a ton of confusion for others.

A safe way to start, could be from recommendations from other parents and a product review.

And please note that, if  you  purchase any item  through the  retailer link on this site, I may  earn an affiliate commission.

Discounts and Sales!!!!

If you are one, who is not keen on preowned items, then you have to be a huge fan of discounts, offers and sales.

Mamas & Papas, for example, has a big sales  event and they are offering up to 50% discount on a large selection of popular range of pushchairs and accessories, buggies and strollers, car seats  and lots more.

Check  them out.

Vertbaudet is also offering up to 60% discount  on a wide range of baby and children’s  items from clothes, nursery, toys, bedding and bedroom furniture   in  their  summer  sales.

Offers and discounts like these,will definitely help  make your money go far!!

It’s wise to make good use of opportunities such as these.

Convertible Pushchair

Credit Jonathan Borba Unsplash: A Growing Family

Convertible pushchairs typically serve as  the pushchair for  the  growing  family.

Andy said:

‘’I’ve been down this road a couple of times and there are always different considerations you need to consider depending on circumstances.

It was always important to work out how these things would collapse and transport in the truck of the car and still leave space for shopping and other items.

Also, if you know you are going for walks in the country or on rough terrain then you need a buggy or pram with larger wheels.

I like the convertible systems as I found they lasted longer.’’


Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black)

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black)

Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono Demo Video

This is a single pushchair that can convert to a double stroller simply by extending the frame.

The extension adapters are sold separately.

The Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono is suitable for children between 0- four years.

I personally like the look of this pushchair; it has that sleek and easy to push, feel.

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black)

It ticks all the boxes of what a good pushchair should be like; maneuverable, durable, comfortable, good brakes and wheel suspension, reclinable seat, five point harness, world and parent facing and adjustable handlebar.

It’s fresh and modern compared to what I used for my children.

A lot of parents sing its praises.

It’s a travel system and is compatible with Maxi Cosi, Besafe and Nuna car seats.

But! car seat adapters have to be bought separately.

Credit Amazon: Bugaboo Donkey 2

Pros

It’s easy to use and to maneuver. It has a sleek glide to it.

It has a sizable shopping basket.

It has adjustable handlebars.

It’s reclinable and good backrest support.

It’s sturdy.

It’s good quality and well-constructed.

The seat and carry cot  can stand independently on their own, on the ground, which implies you can use them indoors.

Cons

It’s bulky and would pose a problem with storage.

I find the fold a little awkward.

Even though, it’s presented as being easy to fold, I would consider it’s folding technique  a bit clumsy.

It looks a little too complicated for me, especially if you are in a hurry.

Verdict

It is highly recommended by parents. I like it, despite that it’s bulky and may have a folding difficulty.

I think it’s of superior quality, safe, comfortable, and good value for money.

 

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black)

RRP £1,039.00

You Pay  £800

You save £239.00 (23%)

Available at  Amazon & Free Shipping

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Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black/Ruby Red)

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono (Black/ Ruby Red)

RRP   £1,039.00

You Pay £ 800

You Save £239.00 (23%)

Available at  Amazon & Free Shipping

Buy Now


Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono ( Black /Soft Pink)
Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono ( Black/Soft Pink)

Credit: Amazon Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono

RRP £1,039.00

You Pay  £800

You Save £ 239 (23%)

 Available at  Amazon  & Free Shipping  

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Bugaboo Donkey 2 Duo  ( Black /Ruby Red)

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey Duo 2

Credit Amazon Bugaboo Donkey Duo 2

Bugaboo Donkey Duo 2 Demo Video

You Pay £1,270.39

Available at Amazon

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Click here for more reviews on some of the best  travel systems, pushchairs, and strollers  to buy and why.

Baby Jogger City Select

Credit Credit Amazon Baby Jogger City Select (Black)

Baby Jogger City Select Demo Video

This 16 configuration convertible pushchair can be used from birth to around three years.

It can serve you as a single, double tandem, triple, and a travel pushchair.

It’s both parent and world facing with features such as a compact fold, a secured latch, a five point harness and a flip-flop friendly hand operated parking brake.

Please note: You can attach a glider board, car seat or a bassinet, which are sold separately.

Pros:

The wheels are maneuverable.

The frame is sturdy.

The seats recline.

It has extra-large storage basket and storage pouch.

Cons:

Although it’s been pitched as lightweight by the manufacturers, some mums find it heavy.

Despite that, it is advertised as having 16 configurations, a parent felt that only two positions worked well for her.

Another snag  is that, it lacks enough leg room for two c hildren.

It’s not a travel system, so you need to buy adapters that are compatible with your car seat to be able to use it.

Credit Amazon 16 Configurations

Verdict

I would say, it’s a mixed bag. It’s good value for your money; stylish, durable, and comfortable for your baby.

It is of  superior quality; easy to maneuver, easy to use brakes, good wheel suspension and easy to push, all right, but mums have a difference in opinion about its weight.

Some find it very heavy, while some think  it’s compact fold, and secure latch makes it easy to lift.

Credit Amazon Baby Jogger City Select Single

You Pay £519.90

Available at Amazon & Free Delivery

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Baby Jogger City Select Single ( Charcoal Denim)

Baby Jogger City Select Single (Charcoal Denim)

You Pay  £492.19

Available at Amazon & Free Delivery                                     

Buy Now 


Baby Jogger City Select Single ( Red)
Credit Amazon Baby Jogger City Select (Red)

Credit Amazon Baby Jogger City Select (Red)

You Pay  £526.64

 Available at Amazon   

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Baby Jogger City Select Stroller Double



Not a Convertble Pushchair  but good value for money

Britax B-Agile 3

Credit Britax: Britax B- Agile 3 (Cosmos Black)

Britax B Agile -3 Demo Video

This is a three-wheeler pushchair which can be used as a travel system with the aid of  the  Click and Go adapter  ( sold separately).  It is compatible with Britax BabySafe infant car seats.

Credit 东旭 王 Unsplash: A New Mum

This pushchair has a lightweight aluminum frame and is  suitable from birth to four years.

It’s typically a world facing pushchair, but you can attach the carrycot and car seat in a parent facing position.

It ticks most of the boxes of a good pushchair as it’s durable, comfortable, lightweight, easy one hand fold, compact and  a secure latch to hold it in place.

It’s maneuverable, has  good wheel suspension, and easy to use parking brakes.

Credit Batang Latagaw Unsplash: Mum and Baby

It has an adjustable backrest, straps and five point harness which can be adjusted as the baby grows. It also has a well-structured and reinforced footrest.

It has a generous amount of storage space, a large canopy to shield baby from the elements, a large shopping basket and a storage pouch.

 Pros

It’s easy to use for both car owner and bus and train mums.

It’s comfortable and safe for baby.

Good for newborn to around age four (15kg).

It comes with a rain cover.

Good value for money.

Accessories – Optional (Sold Separately):

  • Carry Bag
  • Change Bag
  • Car Seat
  • Carry Cot
  • Car Seat Base
Cons

It’s hard to push and heavy, when weight is added to it, a mum complains.

The major snag about it, is that the handlebars, though well-padded are not adjustable. This makes it restrictive for a variety of users.

Verdict

I think that Britax B Agile 3 Pushchairs is very good for the price, for starters.

Those who love it! And those who don’t, don’t.

I think it’s easy to use and has a very compact fold. It’s   easy to carry in and out of a car boot and does well in all terrain.

It is ideal for both the car owner and bus and train mum. I like it because of the price.

Credit Britax:Britax B Agile 3 (Cosmos Black)

Cheapest Price: £161.00

Available at Boots.com

Buy Now

 

 

Click here for more reviews on some of the best pushchairs,travel systems,  and strollers  to buy and why.


 

Credit: Rainer Ridao Unsplash; Mum and Baby

So, mums, I have given you my opinion about some convertible pushchairs, that were well-spoken of by some parents.

I have also included demos for you to watch to make up your mind.

Next week, I will bring you more recommendations from mums and more  reviews  on  travel systems, three wheelers  and strollers.

Keep safe.

Ibi

Please leave a comment and don’t  forget to share.

 

Source and further read

Internet Retailing

13 Comments

  1. samuel

    June 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing the great content! It let me know more and understand which pushchair more suitable to baby. Personally like Bugaboo Donkey 2 Mono 😉

    1. Ibi

      June 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Dear Samuel,
      I am happy know that you found this article help.
      Please feel free to share. Thank you

      1. Russ

        June 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm

        Thanks for sharing this. We have an iCandy and its a nightmare to fold it away. It’s also very bulky. I will take a look at a few of your recommendations in depth. Thank you

        1. Ibi

          June 21, 2020 at 8:21 pm

          Dear Russ,
          Thank you very much for this valuable contribution. I’m sure a lot of parents would find this helpful. Very much appreciated. Thank you

    2. Maureen

      June 25, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks a million lb for this insight you re giving to mums, especially the first time mums. That’s thoughtful of you. Keep it up.

      1. Ibi

        June 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm

        Dear Maureen
        I am pleased to know that you found this post.
        Please feel free to share.

        Thank you

  2. C.N.

    June 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this highly informative article, Ibi! Two of my best friends are currently with child, and I want to buy pushchairs for both of them. I really like the selection of pushchairs you have chosen here-they’re all premier, high-quality, top of the line chairs with safety and comfort at the forefront of it all. Thank you so much for being thorough in your analysis of the different types of chairs-you are making my decisions much easier! Haha God bless you!

    1. Ibi

      June 20, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Dear CN
      I am glad to know that you found this article helpful.
      Please feel free to share with your friends. I wish them divine protection.
      Thank you

  3. Habib

    June 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    One of the best articles I’ve read on the internet about how to buy pushchairs. This is highly informative for the new parents who are sometimes not sure what to choose when there is so much choice available out there.
    You’ve guided the new parents from the planning to all the way purchasing. Also being transparent about the prices, pros, cons and verdict. This is the most honest review I’ve ever come across on buying pushchairs.

    Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes

    1. Ibi

      June 21, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      Dear Habib
      Thank you very for your post. I am glad to know that you found it to be informative and truly help.

      Please feel free to share.

      Thank you

  4. James Kelly

    June 22, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Congratulations on producing this top quality and instructive article on the best pushchairs for parents to buy for their new children. As a grandparent I cannot really comment from my own recent personal experience. However I have observed the types of decisions my sons and their wives had to make in purchasing these essential items for their three children and I didn’t envy their task in finding the right ones as there is such a great variety to choose from these days. It is great to see that these days many pushchairs are lightweight and come with loads of accessories than those on offer when we ‘oldies’ made our purchases many years ago. Well done on producing such an excellent article.

    1. Ibi

      June 22, 2020 at 7:18 am

      Dear James,
      Thank you so much for taking your time to read this and for sharing your experience with us.

      You are very right to say that it’s tough going these days.

      Your contribution is very valuable.

      Thank you

  5. Sunny

    June 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Ibi for this in-depth product review. Now buying a pushchair is easier as you have broken down the difference and where to get what at affordable price

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