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Advice on choosing a pram or pushchair for your baby

It's important to ensure your baby is comfortable and safe when you take him out. Here we look at some of the things you’ll need to consider before you buy your baby’s transport.

As well as choosing a stylish, comfortable fabric design for your pram or pushchair, there are a lot of practical issues you also need to take into account. The first thing to think about is your lifestyle – where you live and your usual way of getting out and about are important factors.

For example, if you usually walk everywhere, you will need a pram with good suspension and manoeuvrability.

However, if you use the car, you’ll need one that folds down and fits into your car boot. If you travel on public transport or have a lot of steps to negotiate, you’ll want a pushchair that folds up easily and is light enough to carry.

Always check how easy the brake is to apply as it should always be on if you leave your child in the pram. Storage is another thing you will need to consider – where will you keep your pram or pushchair when it’s not in use?

These give a comfortable ride and will last through babyhood – but are not suitable for a toddler.

Combinations and travel systems

Fully reclining prams that convert to a rear/ forwards facing pushchair for when your child is older. Add-ons include carrycots and portable rear facing baby car seats.

Pushchairs and strollers

Lighter than a pram, these come in a variety of styles – many are suitable from birth through to toddlerhood.

All terrain pushchairs

These are three-wheeled prams that are ideal for use over different types of surface and are often three-wheeled. Many can be used from newborn.

Car seats

Your baby must travel in a rearward facing car seat placed in the back of the car.

The car seat must be suitable for your child's height – height is more important than age. Always buy new and make sure that the seat complies with safety standards and it is best to get proper advice in-store.

Get it installed correctly – many stores offer fitting advice. Not all car seats fit all cars, so check that the seat you buy will fit yours.

Carriers

These are an ideal way of carrying him snugly against you while leaving your hands free.

However, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines when using a carrier or sling and to keep a check on your baby whilst he is in it.

Many carriers adapt from facing towards you for a newborn to outwards facing, which is suitable from three months onwards.

Always try before you buy to make sure that the carrier is comfortable and that you can get it off and on without help. It’s also a good idea to check that the carrier is washable.

Buying second-hand

Although buying second-hand can save you money, never buy second-hand items that could have been damaged, such as a car seat. And be sure to get operating instructions – these are essential for the safe use of any baby equipment.

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