Choosing a pushchair can be difficult. You want to make sure you get it right first time (let’s face it, a set of wheels for baby isn’t cheap) and you want to make sure it offers everything you need. Here are my top pushchair shopping tips.
• Go to a shop.
Looking online is great, and it is certainly worth researching on the internet first – reading reviews, narrowing down your search to 2 or 3 models. But there is nothing quite like seeing the pushchairs in real life. You can try the fold, push them around, test out the recline, and even try the accessories out for size. If you then want to go away and order online – great. But at least you will know what it is you are getting, and you will know that it suits you.
• Set a budget before you go.
It is all too easy to be swayed by the all singing, all dancing luxury model (I know, I have been there). But it may not be the one for you – and it may well not be in budget. Know what you can afford to spend comfortably, and ONLY look at pushchairs in that price range.
• Consider pre-loved.
A lot of people shy away from pre-loved pushchairs, but there are some real bargains to be had if you look carefully. The majority of owners really look after their set of wheels, and so a pre-loved pushchair can be in great nick. Make sure you always view before buying, and take someone along with you for a second opinion.
• Make sure you only buy the accessories you will
Most pushchairs these days will have a whole host of optional extras – but take care to only buy the ones you will need. A travel bag is great – but if you don’t intend to travel very far then it’s probably not necessary. Car seat adaptors are a great little extra – but if you have a fixed car seat or don’t intend to use your pushchair as a travel system – don’t buy them!
• Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
This ties in with the point above. If the pushchair comes with car seat adaptors which you won’t use, ask if you can leave those and have the price knocked off the package deal, or enquire whether they could be swapped for a more useful accessory for you. The worst that can happen is the sales assistant will say no – but if you don’t ask you don’t get. It might just be worth it, and it might save you a few pennies along the way.
Pushchair shopping can be confusing, daunting and expensive. But if you plan beforehand and go with a clear idea of what you need, it can be a breeze.
What would your advice be? Do you have any top tips to make things easier?