This baby essential is one of the most important items you will buy so it's best to take your time when making your decision on which one to buy.
Like most baby products, there are lots of options and it can be overwhelming. Our pram buying guide is here to help make things a little easier.
Should you buy a pram or pushchairWhat's the difference? A pram is the traditional coach-style one where the baby lies flat towards you while a pushchair is one where the baby sits facing away from you. A popular option now is a pram-style pushchair which offers both upright and flat options and a comfortable padded seat. It's recommended newborns lie flat for the first 12 weeks.
Other features to consider include swivel wheels, a seat that can face towards or away from you, detachable carrycot and being easy-to-fold. If you might have more children, you might consider a double buggy as you could need one in the future. If you use public transport, lightweight and foldable prams are a must; if you drive, it should easily fit in the car.
If you don't need your baby to sleep when you're out (if you're only going out for short trips), a flat folding pushchair with a fully reclinable, padded seat is a cheaper option altogether. Features can include an underseat shopping basket, multi-position seat and adjustable handle height.
3-wheeler or all-terrain pushchairs are very popular, but also expensive and bulkier, so unless you go walking in the countryside or intend to run around the park with your new baby, they may not be worth it.
Top tip: Even if you're planning to buy your pram online (you could get a good deal or get cashback on your purchase) it's always a good idea to test your chosen model in store first. Get the store to give you a full demonstration of the pram or pushchair and measure your car boot and doorways to ensure it will fit.
Where to buy one: Best prams There are plenty of places you could get your hands on a brand new pram or pushchair for your little one. There’s no right or wrong option when it comes to buying a pram – it’s a matter of function and taste.
Mothercare's bestselling pram
Mothercare Genie Pushchair £349
Age range: Suitable from birth to a max weight of 15kg
Features: Complete pram and pushchair combo. The seat unit converts to a lie flat pram mode for newborns. Comes complete with cosy toes, chest pads, pram apron and liner plus a weather shield. The front end of the pushchair can be pulled out, extending the size of the shopping basket. This pram can convert to a travel system with a compatible car seat and adaptors. It will also convert to a tandem pushchair by adding a second seat unit (sold separately)
GoodtoKnow: All fabrics in contact with baby have been treated with Silver Nano technology to ensure a fresh environment for your little one.
John Lewis's bestselling pram
Bugaboo Cameleon Classic £899
Age range: Suitable from birth.
Features: This pram features a one-hand release carrycot, lightweight frame and sturdy four wheel design, micro-fleece quilted lining, leather-look handlebar and carryhandle.
GoodtoKnow: The pram frame is compatible with a car seat.
Where to buy one: Best pushchairs
Mamas & Papas' bestselling pushchairArmadillo Flip XT £499
Age range: Newborn to toddler
Features: The innovative 2-way flip technology lets baby face you or the world in one easy movement, and its compact fold is perfect for saving space. The big seat gives them the room they need for a natural lie-flat sleep.
GoodtoKnow: The XXL hood on this pushchair protects them in all weathers and will keep your little one safe and snug.
Amazon's bestselling pushchair
Maclaren Triumph Pushchairs (Black/Charcoal) - 2016 Range £119.99
Age range: Suitable for children 6 months and up to 15kg.
Features: Every Maclaren stroller comes with a UPF+50, waterproof hood and wind-blocking raincover, oversized hood with storage pocket and lengthened leg rest area. Wheels and handle grips are high-wear items that can be easily replaced to extend the life of the buggy. All Maclaren strollers include our unique Global Safety Standard backed by the best warranty in the industry.
GoodtoKnow: The seat is removable and machine washable for easy clean up.
Amazon's bestselling duo pushchair
Graco Stadium Duo Pushchair Oxford £134.95
Age range: Birth to around 3 years (0-15kg)
Features: The ultra manoeuvrable double pushchair has a quality, sturdy frame which provides safety and comfort for your child along with a 2 x 5 point harness. This pushchair comes with elevated rear seat and transparent window in hood canopy allows better visibility for the elder child.
GoodtoKnow: This buggy is shipped in 'Certified Frustration-Free Packaging' which means it should get to you safely, undamaged and with hardly any packing to throw away when it arrives.
How to buy a cheap pramWe’re all about saving money here at GoodtoKnow so we’re sharing some of our top tips for buying a pram on the cheap including second hands do's and don't's as well as sales to keep an eye out for.
- Online vs in store: Sometimes holding off and waiting until you get home to have a look online can pay off. Some stores have exclusive discount deals that are only available online so always worth checking before buying. And it can work the same way for in store too – some shops will only offer in store deals so do your research!
- Second hand: Some baby products really are best bought from new but if you’re really short on money and can’t make an exception second hand would work. Just make sure it complies with the safety regulations, has a BIS number and if you’re buying online, you collect in person so you can make sure its in working, safe condition.
- Sales: Holding off until there are sales on is a great idea – Black Friday, Boxing Day sales, January sales and end of season sales are great for bagging yourself a bargain! Just make sure you've seen the buggy or pram in the flesh before you buy so you know exactly what brand you want to buy or design you're looking for.
- Vouchers and discount codes: It’s always worth having a look on Google to find out if there’s any recent discount codes for the store you’re buying from – even if its free delivery, it’ll make a difference to your overall budget and save you a little bit of money which you can spend on other essentials.
Pram safety guidelinesAll prams, buggies, and pushchairs must comply with British Standard 7409:1996 or BS EN 1888:2003 so make sure you check this before you buy.
Other than looking out for the code above on your chosen pram, there are a few things you also need to check before purchasing including the following:
- Check the brakes: The brakes on your pram or pushchair should be easily accessed and easy to apply. Make sure they’re in working order – and it’s worth checking the buggy's tiers too to make sure they’re firm.
- Check the locking device: Pushchairs should have two locking systems to stop the buggy from collapsing when you want to flat pack it to store away or put in the car etc. You need to make sure both of these work properly.
- Check the safety harness: When your little one gets older and sits up in the your chosen pushchair or buggy they need to be strapped in for safety. Make sure the fastening is secure. A five point safety harness is preferred which fits over your child's shoulders, as well as around their waist, and between their legs.
- Check the angle of the backrest: If your pram is for a newborn the seat’s backrest needs to able to recline flat. When your little one starts sitting upright this can be adjusted.
- Check the weight limit: All prams, buggies or pushchairs come with a weight limitation so make sure you know what it is and you don’t overfill it. Putting a child who is above the weight limitation of the buggy could make it very unstable.
- Check the stability: Make sure your new pram won’t topple over. A wide-based pushchair or pram will have greater stability.
Second hand buggies are ok to buy but again need to be thoroughly checked with above rules and regulations before purchasing.