buyer's guide

everything you need to know about prams, pushchairs & buggies

In the market for baby wheels? With hundreds to choose from it may seem overwhelming at first, but that’s where we come in. We'll help you choose the perfect pushchair for you, your baby, your lifestyle and your budget. And get it right first time.

  • Try before you buy: go for a spin on our in-store test tracks. Find your nearest store
  • Shop with your partner: so you’re both comfy with handle height and legroom (and you both know how it works!)
  • Read customer reviews: good honest advice from customers who’ve been there and bought it
  • Spread the payments: spending over £250? Make life easy with 0% finance* Terms and conditions apply. See in-store for full details

a beginner's guide to prams, pushchairs & buggies

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your questions about prams, pushchairs & buggies

out and about

Do you travel by car?

Travel systems make life easier and quicker with a car seat that simply snaps on to your pushchair frame. Plus you can transport your sleepy baby from car to chassis without waking. Travel systems tend to be bigger than regular pushchairs so check the folded dimensions will fit in your boot (if you’re in-store allow us!)

Do you travel by public transport?

If buses, trains and planes are big in your life think compact and lightweight. Choose a buggy or stroller with a carry handle and one-hand steering and folding – it makes life easier, trust us! Bear in mind that baby needs to lie flat for the first six months so if you have a newborn you’ll need a full recline model.

Do you do lots of walking?

You’ll need a sturdy pushchair that’s up to the job. If you’re tall, choose a model with adjustable handles. For navigating city streets a lightweight model with swivel wheels is best. On rougher ground your baby will thank you for an all-terrain model with suspension and lockable or fixed wheels. And if you’re an all-weather walker choose a warm pushchair with a footmuff included.

At home

Will your pushchair fit?

Remember to check how big your hallway is and how wide your doorway is. If you need to squeeze your pushchair into an elevator or small car boot do check the dimensions.

Do you have steps?

Don’t forget that you’ll have baby in one arm, bag over your shoulder (keys in your mouth…) so lightweight and collapsible are key considerations.

Short on storage space?

If space is at a premium a compact pushchair that’s freestanding when folded will be a lot less cumbersome than a sturdy travel system. If space isn’t an issue a travel system or pram is ideal so you don’t have to disturb a sleeping baby when returning home.

And finally…

Which accessories are included?

Check whether the car seat, raincover, Cosytoes and sunshade are included or whether you can buy separately to customise your wheels.

Is your family growing?

If you’re thinking baby-making thoughts it’s worth investing in a study model that will go the distance. Also consider a pushchair with the option to add a double kit so your children can ride in tandem.

Do you really love it?

Read the online reviews, watch the product videos, take it for a spin, check (and double check) you can fold it… you’ll be spending a lot of time with your pushchair so it has to be absolutely right.

* on orders over £29.99 to UK mainland


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safety considerations for your pram, pushchair & buggy

Do

  • Watch product demo videos and read the instructions
  • Use the 5-point harness for every journey (even the shortest ones)
  • Make sure your little one is protected from the elements
  • Bring your wheels to Kiddicare any weekday for a free 5-point MOT
  • Make sure anyone using the pushchair knows how to brake, fold, open and lock

Don't

  • Leave babies in car seats for longer than 2 hours at a time – little backs need to straighten out!
  • Put your child in a pushchair without checking it’s fully open (partially collapsed pushchairs can pinch)
  • Hang heavy bags on the handles as it could easily tip over
  • Use PVC raincovers indoors or in strong sunlight as baby could overheat
  • Go down an escalator with your child in a pushchair
  • Let your child stand up in a pushchair!

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