Buying a stylish chariot for your little one can be confusing. Not only do pushchairs come in different shapes, sizes and styles, there is also a variety of accessories too. Stroll-On Baby has three Pram and Nursery Retail Shops in Devon and reveals some pros and cons of the different types available to help you find the perfect pushchair.
Buggies and strollers are great pushchairs for flexibility and are usually reasonably priced, with a simple umbrella fold that’s ideal for day-to-day use. Strollers are generally lightweight and compact, which is good if you live in a flat or rely on public transport. However, be aware - some models aren’t suitable for newborns because the seat doesn’t recline enough and many aren’t ideal for bumpy ground, as they normally have small wheels and little suspension.
Off-road buggies and all-terrain pushchairs are ideal for the great outdoors. Usually three-wheels, these pushchairs have large, chunky tyres, which make them ideal for crossing bumpy terrain. All-terrain pushchairs provide a smooth and comfortable ride and can cope with rough ground, however, you’ll need a big boot and muscles to put them in the car, as they are bulky and usually quite heavy.
Travel Systems and Combination Pushchairs are versatile and offer you an ‘all-inclusive’ option for all your baby transporting needs. Whilst some car seats and carrycots slot directly onto the chassis, others fit over the normal pushchair seat. Travel Systems are great for car owners as the baby can be transferred between the car, pushchair and house without disturbing them. However, it is not recommended that your little ones spend too long in their car seat. On the flip side, travel systems can be quite large and your baby with outgrow the car seat and carrycot at around 12 months (and sometimes before), so you need to think about storing these components when not in use.
Pramette is a pram which cleverly turns into a pushchair, so offering more versatility and value. Pramettes can be purchased with the option of a matching car seat too. It is also worth noting that the pushchair seat can often face the parent or can be forward facing, thereby offering the ‘walk talk’ option with your little one.
Julie Eales heads up the Stroll-On Baby team and says “Buying a pushchair for your new arrival, or even a growing toddler is a special time and we are looking to offer that extra special service for the extra special occasion. With over 100 prams and pushchairs on display, in all sizes and colours, as well as cots, cot beds, car seats, highchairs, walkers and a vast array of baby products, we are sure to find something to suit everyone, not only in style but budget too.
Stroll-On Baby offers practical help and support and welcomes you to pop in and see them at Market Street, EXETER (EX1 1BP), 26 Western Approach, PLYMOUTH (PL1 1TQ) OR 92 Queen Street, NEWTON ABBOT (TQ12 2ET) or go to