Choosing a buggy for your little one can be fairly daunting when you start. With so much choice available you can get swamped on colours, sizes, prices and even functionality. As they have become more stylish in recent years, they can also instill a sense of longing and jealously as you fall in love with your friend’s stroller that you really just can’t afford.
While it can be an overwhelming and stressful time, if you let it, asking yourself the following five questions can make it that bit easier:
1. How much can I spend?
First and foremost it is important you set yourself a budget that works for your family. Buggies, strollers and prams can be extremely expensive and you can lose the run of yourself when surrounded by so much choice.
2. What am I going to be using it for?
Your lifestyle and what you plan on using the buggy for is pretty important when making your choice. If you plan on exercising with Baby then you might consider a cross-country three-wheeler, but if you will be popping in and out of the shops regularly you’ll want to go for a small, handy one that folds up easily.
3. How long do I want to use it for?
Do you want a buggy that will stay with you until your little one is in school? Or if you have an older kid’s stroller at home you might just need an infant pushchair. They are fairly pricey so you really need to consider this before you make your choice - you don’t want to have to replace it earlier than you’d like.
4. Where will I store it?
Before you fork out a fortune for a large, three wheeler with all the accessories, do consider where you plan on storing it when it’s not in use. If you have a small house or you live in an apartment you don’t want to invest in something large and bulky that will take over your home. Whether you are going to keep it under the stairs, in the shed or at the back of the kitchen you need to know you have enough space to store it.
5. Do I need all these accessories?
Pushchairs and strollers come with a lot of added extras; extras that can make your purchase even more expensive. Ask yourself if you need the seat liner or the baby cocoon and if your little one can live without the attached rattle.