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5 Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Baby Buggy

Your buggy is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make for your baby, so understandably it is one that many new parents spend a lot of time considering.

There are some important questions you should ask yourself before you hit the shops to test them out. Trish Keenan looks at the main criteria to consider.

Initially, look for answers to the following practical questions:

  • How easy is it to fold? 
  • Will it fit in the boot of my car? 
  • Will it store conveniently at home? 
  • Can I continue to use it for baby number 2?  
  • Are there both forward- and parent-facing options?

It’s also important to consider which type of buggy mom you are, or plan to be! Gathering information about the functions of different buggies is a good place to start, but the real test is how it will fit in with your life. The right buggy will make your life with your newborn so much easier and less stressful, as well as safer and more comfortable.

The first thing to think about is how you will be using your buggy. If you plan to jog every morning on the beach then you’ll need more than your average umbrella stroller. Maybe you are a dedicated city girl who knows her own style or someone who likes to travel. Maybe you are a die-hard fashion lover or perhaps you’re more interested in practicality over aesthetics. No matter which type of buggy mom you are, these five questions are a good starting point on your buggy-buying journey.

The right buggy will make life with your newborn much easier and less stressful, as well as safer and more comfortable

5 points to consider when buying your baby's buggy

Does it fold and open up easily? Can you picture yourself effortlessly comforting your baby with one hand and folding your buggy with the other? If you find a buggy that you can fold one-handed with your eyes closed, it should definitely make it to the shortlist. Practise makes perfect with a buggy fold, and it’s definitely one of the more important features for a busy mom.

Are you sporty? Chances are if you’re sporty, then you’ll be looking forward to getting back out there with your new baby. Jogging buggies are a difficult market to navigate, but you can whittle it down to two types – those with a stationary wheel and those with a swivel wheel. Most serious jogging buggies will usually have a hand-operated brake too. If you’re really planning on hiking and off-roading with your buggy then you should choose one with a stationary wheel. A proper jogging stroller will offer a super smooth ride for both mom and baby.

Will it need to grow with my family? Whether you are just starting your family or expecting twins, a double buggy can be a pretty convenient way to get around. Double buggies come as a tandem – when one child sits behind the other, or side-by-side. Most buggies these days offer a double option on a single stroller, some even offer a triple option. The option to switch between forward-facing and parent-facing is definitely a plus here too, especially when it comes to nap time!

Is there enough room for a changing bag and some light shopping? An oft overlooked feature by first-time buyers, your buggy basket will feature everyday you’re out with your buggy. A large basket is a must-have. How else will you pick up those last bits in the shops or manage a day out in Irish weather (coats on, coats off)? A cup-holder may feature too, but you’ll find most buggies either have one built in or it comes as an affordable accessory.

What’s your style? If you’re a self-confessed fashion addict with a penchant for all the mod cons, there are plenty of options that will satisfy your love for all things designer. Designer buggies will definitely hit your pocket more, but it’s something you will be using every day for the next few years, so you want to like it too right?

What are your tips for buggy shopping? We'd love to hear!

Read next: The 4 Stages of Buying for Baby


About the Author

Trish Keenan works in digital marketing and freelance journalism, writing about everything from arthouse to wendy houses. She grew up in the 80s, the youngest in a family of 6.

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