What’s The Difference Between Pushchairs, Prams, Buggies & Strollers?
Buying products for your new baby or toddlers can be confusing at the best of times and manufacturers make it equally as difficult when it comes to transporting them about too. Do you need a pushchair, a pram, a buggy or a stroller?
We look at what the differences are between pushchairs, prams, buggies and strollers to help you narrow your search down and find the right products for you and your growing family.
What is the difference between a pushchair, a stroller, a pram and a buggy?
We appreciate this title sounds a bit like we’re about to crack a punchline, but we’re going to explore the key differences between them all below.
- A pushchair is relatively sturdy in comparison to a stroller (we will explain this below). Pushchairs should have the ability to recline the seat fully and have it either forward-facing or parent-facing. It’s usually suitable for both newborns and older babies, and can often fold flat – great for boot space in your car.
- A pram is designed to carry newborn babies or younger babies, usually while they’re still lying down. It’s sturdy and generally can’t be folded fully flat – which does mean boot space is compromised.
- A stroller is lightweight and collapsible making it ideal for older babies/toddlers.
- A buggy can be a pushchair or a stroller, but this completely depend on who you ask or what company has manufactured the product!
Lets have a look at a visual representation of the differences between them by featuring some products on the GenieBaby website.
When starting to look at pushchairs, you’ll first need to think about your lifestyle and if possible, your longer-term plans. This will help you to narrow down your choice.
There are a number of pushchair types to pick from (just to make your decision even more difficult):
– three-in-one or two-in-one pushchairs, which include a carrycot
– all-terrain pushchairs / “three wheelers”
– travel systems, which include a car seat
– double or tandem pushchairs
This Bugaboo Cameleon Classic All-in-One pushchair comes with the carrycot and is one of the more popular options for new parents. The prices of pushchairs do vary hugely based on the manufacturer and what is included but majority are priced between £500 – £1,000 so therefore, becomes one of the more expensive purchases. Pushchairs are ideal for babies that are starting to sit up a bit more and hold their own weight.
Designed to carry newborn babies or younger babies, prams tend to look ‘more traditional’ and feature a classic looking design. They, too, often come with a carry cot and include a flat base for babies to sleep in comfort whilst out and about. Prams are a great starting option for newborns and therefore may be one of the first things you buy when you’re expecting.
This Silver Cross Sleepover 3in1 Pram System features a ‘lie-flat’ carry cot and provides a cosy-yet-safe environment for your newborn baby. When your baby starts to grow and begin to sit up, it might be time to look at getting a pushchair instead of a pram, so they’re more comfortable as prams are predominantly for newborns.
When your baby outgrows a pushchair or pram, it might be time to get a stroller as they’re better suited for older babies and toddlers. Strollers also tend to be more lightweight than pushchairs or prams and fold easier into your car boot and storage.
This Obaby Chase Stroller is cheaper than the pram and pushchairs shown above (and generally cheaper than most too) and features a lightweight aluminium chassis with the ability to be forward or rear facing. This stroller is easy to collapse and carry, due to it being light, which means it does take up less space too. Strollers, as mentioned, tend to be for older babies and toddlers so you’ll likely purchase this when your child is 1+ years of age.
As mentioned previously, buggies (dependant on who you ask) is either a stroller or a pushchair . This Easywalker MINI Buggy is more like a stroller as it is suited to older children who are able to sit up. This is quite a cost effective choice compared to most. This model is also lightweight and practical, weighing just 7. 5kg which means it is simple to fold and store.
Here are some tips to consider when purchasing travel products for your baby or child:
- When considering buying any baby products it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. It is always good to test how a pram or pushchair manoeuvres when you’re in the earlier stages of pregnancy as your spatial awareness changes throughout.
- Keep an eye out for the sales and discounts. Fashions can change from season to season, and you can benefit from this! You can often get last season’s colours or even last years designs for a fraction of the price you’d have paid when they were ‘in season’.
- Talking of seasonality, it is good to think about when you’re likely to use the pushchair or pram. If you’ll be using it in the summer, and want to take your little one(s) to the seaside, think about whether you want to use the pushchair on the sand, for example. The same applies for the winter too – how easy the pushchair will be to use in winter? Will it grip on ice and snow?
If you’d like more help and guidance on finding the right pushchair, pram, stroller or buggy, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you find the perfect choice for you and your family.