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Buggies and strollers: What you need to know

Buggies and strollers are a good lightweight option when you're out and about, here's our picks

The lowdown on buggies and strollers

Thinking about a buggy or a stroller? Here's what you need to know

	strollers

A lightweight buggy or stroller has traditionally been used as a second-stage pushchair for older babies and toddlers once they’ve moved on from their initial pushchair. Many strollers now however, have all the features of these more expensive models but in a more compact size. They’re ideal for travel, an urban lifestyle or hopping on and off buses and trains.

What to look for

One of the key features of a stroller or buggy is that it should be easy to fold and open, so try this before you buy. It’s also worth checking the manoeuvrability, as you’ll be looking for something as nippy as possible, for negotiating busy streets and public transport.

A one-handed fold is also useful if you need to collapse it on public transport and a carry strap if you need to transport it once folded. Traditionally strollers have 'umbrella-folded' into a long narrow shape, many now can fold into increasingly more compact shapes – some even can be carried onto planes as hand luggage!

There isn’t often much storage space on a lightweight buggy, so check the size of the shopping basket to see if it’s big enough for your needs.
Wheels that can be fixed or left to swivel are useful for manoeuvrability and tackling different terrains.

Need to know

Not all strollers are designed for newborns; only models with a fully reclining seat are suitable. Models can have a wide range of features such as transforming into a travel system, having a carrycot, while other models are extremely basic.

Checklist

  • Check what age the stroller/buggy is suitable for
  • Try out the fold and manoeuvrability
  • Decide whether you want a basic or feature-heavy model

    Latest products on the market:

mothercare lightweight

Mothercare XXS Pockit Stroller RRP £129.00

  • Super lightweight at 3.9kg
  • Fits into an airplane’s overhead compartment or under a seat on a bus or train
  • Comes with its own carry bag for easy transportation
  • Has front swivel wheels and a 5-point safety harness with padded covers
  • Suitable for babies from 6 months old

We love this reasonablypriced buggy. It’s ideal for travel and despite its compact size, it includes a sun canopy, carry bag and a shopping basket.

Specifications:
Weight complete pushchair: 3.9kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 14 x 32 x 34cm
Maximum child weight: 15kg
Adjustable handle: No

Summer Infant UME one lightweight

Summer Infant UME one RRP £129.99

  • Suitable from newborn to 15kg
  • Includes innovative compact umbrella fold and multi-position recline
  • Has a fully adjustable canopy with flip out sun-visor
  • Very large storage basket and hood canopy
  • One handed harness and footrest function

We love this ultra-lightweight buggy as it has all the features you’d expect from a larger, more expensive pushchair - including a cup holder and practical hood.

Specifications:
Weight complete pushchair:
6.5kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 31x 31 x 109cm
Maximum child weight: 15kg
Adjustable handle: No

Silver Cross Zest lightweight

Silver Cross Zest lightweight RRP £130.00

  • Suitable from birth
  • Extremely lightweight at only 5.8kg
  • Can be folded compactly and reclined with just one hand
  • Huge SPF50+ hood for protection on sunnier days
  • Handy carry strap for easy transportation

We love this new and improved version of the Zest, that’s now suitable from birth in a range of attractive fabrics and designs.

Specifications:
Weight complete pushchair:
6kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 48 x 64 x 107cm
Maximum child weight: 25kg
Adjustable handle: No

Babystyle Oyster Switch lightweight

Babystyle Oyster Switch RRP £169.00

  • Has a lightweight aluminium chassis and compact telescopic fold
  • Has a fully reclining seat suitable from birth that can be parent or forward-facing
  • Travel-system compatible with Maxi Cosi Pebble and CabrioFix car seats
  • Other features include rear suspension and lockable front swivel wheels
  • Freestanding when folded

We love that this lightweight buggy can transform into a travel system, and the seat can be easily flipped to be forward or parent facing

Specifications:
Weight complete pushchair:
7.1kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 23 x 28 x 103cm
Maximum child weight: 15kg
Adjustable handle: No

Buggies and strollers: What you need to know