Pushchairs, Strollers, Travel Systems & Tandems Guidence

Pushchairs, Strollers, Travel Systems & Tandems Guidence

What's the definition of each category of pushchair?

1. Pushchair - Groups all 5 categories. While the terms pushchair, buggy, and stroller are often used interchangeably, a pushchair is generally anything compatible with an infant car seat or carrycot. It typically includes a lie-back seat unit or a reclining bucket seat.

2. Stroller - Strollers are characterised by their lightweight, portable, compact, and versatile design. Well-suited for public transport and travel, they fold into a compact size, making them easy to store when space is limited. Typically suitable for children aged 6 months and older. While they may not be compatible with carrycots or infant car seats, some models feature a lie-back function, making them suitable for newborns.

3. Prams - Suited for newborns as they provide the recommended lie-flat position and offer support, comfort, and protection in a secure, rear-facing environment. Some prams feature a seat unit that reclines fully flat or a pramette seat unit that transitions from a lie-flat pram mode to a pushchair seat unit for older babies.

4. Travel Systems - Travel systems consist of an infant car seat paired with a pushchair or pram. This option is perfect for car travel, offering a comprehensive solution without the need for additional components.

5. Tandems - For parents with twins or closely spaced children, double buggies and tandems offer practical solutions.

Finding the right Pushchair for you

- Lifestyle

- Car compatibility

- Baby/Child ages 

- Budget

Lifestyle

When choosing a pushchair, consider your lifestyle for optimal safety and convenience. For regular users of public transport, a lightweight and compact folding pram or pushchair is recommended. Models with seat units that fold away compactly are advantageous for those with limited space at home.

For those who walk frequently, a robust model with lockable swivel wheels is recommended. Swivel wheels enhance manoeuvrability, while fixed wheels provide better handling on rough surfaces. Some pushchairs offer the flexibility of both fixed and swivel wheel options. Regardless of your mode of transportation, ensure you choose a pushchair with the appropriate handle height for your comfort.

Car Compatibility

For car users, it is crucial to check the dimensions of your car boot and compare them with the folded dimensions of the chosen pram or pushchair. A multi-function travel system, combining an infant car seat and pushchair, can be ideal for regular car users. This system allows seamless transitions from home to car to pushchair without disturbing a sleeping baby.

It is important to note that infants should not remain in their car seats for more than two hours unless using a lie-flat auto carrycot or lie-flat car seat travel system. These models, designed for newborns to sleep in, do not have the two-hour limit restriction of conventional infant car seats.

Baby/Child ages

For a newborn - Pushchair needed that lies flat as when newborn the safest means of transporting your baby until around 6 months of age is by lying flat using a carrycot on a pushchair/pram. Newborns require a flat position until they can support their own head weight, ensuring proper spinal development and unobstructed airways. A carrycot or a lie-flat car seat/carrycot combination achieves this while allowing your baby to explore hands and feet, fostering interaction with parents.

After 6 months - Pushchair or Stroller is suitable as the baby can sit in a forward facing seat unit.

Multiple babies/children at same or different ages - For parents with twins or closely spaced children, double buggies and tandems offer practical solutions. See below on Tandems and Double Buggies for further info.

Budget

Pushchairs and travel systems vary significantly in price, at BabyJoy we ensure we have a range of products at different price points to suit all family budgets.

1. Pushchairs

While the terms pushchair, buggy, and stroller are often used interchangeably, a pushchair is generally anything compatible with an infant car seat or carrycot. It typically includes a lie-back seat unit or a reclining bucket seat.

Considerations:

  • Lie-Flat: Ensure the pushchair accommodates newborns in a lie-flat position. Options include a carrycot or infant car seat combination, or a pushchair with a lie-back recline suitable from birth.
  • Seat Unit: Some models have a reversible seat unit, allowing your baby to face you or look out as they grow older.
  • Folding: Consider how the pushchair folds, whether with the seat unit attached, with one hand, or if it's freestanding when folded. A carry handle can add convenience, especially for public transport or car use.
  • Wheels: Different models come with various wheel types (fixed, swivel, or lockable) suitable for different terrains. Wheel size varies, with larger wheels often providing better suspension. Some models have pneumatic or PU tires for enhanced shock absorption.
  • Baskets: Shopping trays, baskets, or pram changing bags can add convenience for running errands with your baby.

Three-Wheeler and All-Terrain Pushchairs:

All-terrain pushchairs are meticulously crafted to navigate challenging terrains and are equally comfortable for everyday use. They boast a modern aesthetic, easy maneuverability, and a lightweight design, making them versatile for various scenarios.

There are two types of all-terrain pushchairs to choose from:

  1. Four-Wheeler City Pushchairs: Designed for daily use in both urban and rural settings.
  2. Three-Wheel Pushchairs: Maximize stability over uneven ground, making them ideal for rough terrains or jogging. They offer a sleek look, easy maneuverability, and are lightweight.

Both types are suitable for newborns if equipped with a fully reclinable seat unit, carrycot, or infant car seat.

Three-wheeler pushchairs stand out as the ultimate choice for all-terrain use. The design with three wheels enhances stability on rough surfaces compared to four-wheelers. This is because, with three wheels, the pushchair maintains continuous contact with the ground. It's akin to a tripod on uneven terrain where all three legs stay grounded, unlike a table with four legs that may have at least one leg off the ground, causing instability.

2. Strollers

Buggies and strollers are characterized by their lightweight, portable, compact, and versatile design. Well-suited for public transport and travel, they fold into a compact size, making them easy to store when space is limited. Additionally, they serve as an excellent choice for grandparents to have at their house when the baby visits.

Buggies or strollers are typically suitable for children aged 6 months and older. While they may not be compatible with carrycots or infant car seats, some models feature a lie-back function, making them suitable for newborns.

Ideal for: Smaller homes, travel, public transport, and holidays

3. Prams

Prams are well-suited for newborns, providing the recommended lie-flat position. They offer support, comfort, and protection in a secure, rear-facing environment. Some prams feature a seat unit that reclines fully flat, while others require a separate carrycot or pramette seat unit that transitions from a lie-flat pram mode to a pushchair seat unit for older babies.

Ideal for: Spacious homes, country walks, colder weather

4. Travel Systems

Ideal for those who frequently drive, travel systems consist of an infant car seat paired with a pushchair or pram. This option is perfect for car travel, offering a comprehensive solution without the need for additional components. Travel systems are user-friendly, provide excellent value as the car seat is included, and seamlessly transition from car to pushchair.

The infant car seat easily attaches to the pushchair chassis, facilitating a smooth transfer of your baby between the car and pushchair without disruption to their sleep. This feature allows for effortless continuation of your journey on foot.

A crucial reminder is the 2-hour limit for very young babies in car seats without a break. For extended car journeys, consider a lie-flat auto carrycot or lie-flat car seat travel system, as they don't have the 2-hour limit restriction of conventional infant car seats, ensuring a safer and more comfortable travel experience.

Ideal for: All-round use, particularly suitable for drivers

5. Twin and Tandem Pushchairs

For parents with twins or closely spaced children, double buggies and tandems offer practical solutions.

Tandems: Tandem pushchairs have one seat in front of the other, providing a practical way to transport your babies simultaneously. This design minimizes interference between toddlers, and some models allow the addition of infant car seats or carrycots, making them suitable for newborns. Some pushchairs also offer the option to attach a second seat unit, transforming from a single pushchair or travel system into a tandem, ideal for a growing family.

Double Buggies: Double and triple pushchairs typically feature side-by-side seats, allowing children to keep each other company. Suitable from birth to 15kg, these models usually do not have the option for a car seat or carrycot.

 

Accessories for Your Pushchair

Changing Bag: A smart solution for carrying essentials like nappies, wipes, and baby bottles when on the move. Many changing pram bags include a PVC changing mat, pockets for soiled items, and insulated pockets.

Sun Parasol: Provides protection from harsh sunlight with anti-UVA sun parasols and shades that offer a high UV protection factor of 50+.

Seat Liner: Adds extra comfort for your baby or toddler, providing support for their bottom and acting as a barrier against spills. 

Footmuff: Keeps your baby warm, with some models featuring easy in-out access and the ability to convert into pram quilts and liners.

Head Support Cushion: Specially designed to give young babies extra support and comfort in pushchairs, car seats, and bouncing chairs.

Raincovers and Insect Nets: Protects your baby from bad weather and keeps bothersome insects away.

Pushchair Toys: Ideal for entertaining your baby or toddler during travels, these toys easily attach to most pushchairs and are suitable for car seats as well.

 

Pushchair Safety Tips

By law, all pushchairs in the UK must comply with British standards, and travel systems with car seats should meet European standards ECE R44/04 or R129 i-Size.

Follow these tips to ensure your child's safety:

Do:

  1. Read Instructions: Carefully read the instructions and familiarise yourself with all moving parts before using the pushchair.
  2. Demonstrate Operation: Show anyone using the pushchair how to open and fold it, operate the brakes, and use locking and safety mechanisms.
  3. Check Locking Devices: Ensure all locking devices are secure when opening the pushchair. Release safety locks before folding.
  4. Secure with Harness: Always secure your child in the pushchair using the five-point safety harness.

Don't:

  1. Leave Unattended: Never leave your child unattended in the pushchair.
  2. Overload the Pushchair: Only carry one child unless the pushchair is designed for multiple passengers.
  3. Use PVC Rain covers Indoors or in Sunlight: Avoid using PVC rain covers indoors or in strong sunlight, as this can lead to overheating.

Car Seat Buying Guide:

For information on buying car seats, refer to our car seat buying guide here

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