If you have no idea where to begin when it comes to buying a pram, we’re here to help as we've rounded up some of the best prams out there.
From Amazon to Argos, here are some of the best prams on the market. From price to age range, we’ve made choosing a buggy easy.
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 buying guide is here to help make things a little easier. Here are some of the best prams and pushchairs which should be on your radar…
Should you buy a pram or pushchair
What’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.
Three-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.
Amazon’s best-selling pram: Silver Cross Pioneer Fully Adjustable 2-In-1 Baby Pram and Pushchair
Age range: Pram suitable from birth up to 6 months using the carrycot, and from 6 months to 25 kg with the pushchair seat attachment.
This product is double the fun – not only is it a pram but it also converts into a pushchair when needed. The lightweight and compact design means it’s easy to fold down and transport. Seating can be reversed from a parent-facing pram to a forward facing pushchair as the baby grows, which means you’ll get use of out it for a longer period of time.
Mamas and Papas bestselling pram: Ocarro pram
Age range: Birth up to 22kg or 4 years – whichever comes first.
This pram is ready to be used from birth as it’s both carrycot and car seat compatible. It can be easily be folded using just one hand – which is very handy when you have a baby in the other. It also boasts ample storage with an easy accessible under-seat basket and has a ergonomically designed chassis – making it easy to navigate kerbs and steps.
Where to buy one: Best pushchairs
Amazon’s bestselling pushchair: Maclaren Techno Arc Stroller
Age range: Newborns and children up to 25kg/55Ib
This pram’s padded breathable seat – complete with a with memory foam footrest – reclines into four positions and can transform into a cocoon environment for newborns. The structure offers protection from the elements and has a generous storage compartment for baby essentials. It also features a headhugger and shoulder pads, so you know your baby will be as comfortable as possible.
Mamas and Papas best-selling pushchair: Strada pushchair
Age range: Birth to 15kg
This pushchair has been designed with ease-of-use in mind. The small lightweight frame means it’s easy to navigate on busy streets and it can be folded down with just one hand. Not to mention it’s stays super compact when it’s down, so can be easily tucked away. The peek-a-boo window lets you keep an eye on your baby at all times and the pushchair offers multiple recline positions, which means they can comfortably sit up or lie down for a nap.
How to buy a cheap pram
We’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 guidelines
All 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.