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Pushchairs and Car Seats


Different Types of Pushchair

Types of Recaro BABYZEN Pushchair

Travel systems

  • Suitable from birth
  • Available in various styles of pushchair with a matching baby car seat

Britax B-Smart 3 Wheeler Pushchair with SHR Car Seat A travel system is essentially any pram or pushchair that you can attach a car seat to. Travel Systems can be divided into two types, with those that are compatible with both a rear facing suitable from birth car seat and a carrycot, and those that you can only attach a group 0+ car seat to. The car seat or carrycot can both 'click' in and out of the pushchair, helpfully allowing you to move your sleeping baby without waking him up. Sometimes adaptors are required to enable the car seat or carry cot to click onto the pushchair.

However, it is important to remember that the car seat is not suitable as a long-term sleeping place, with increasing research stressing the importance of babies lying flat to ensure proper spinal development. For more information, please click here.Having said that most newborn babies don't sleep for more than a couple of hours during the day, so it is not the issue that some make out. As long as you give your baby a break from the car seat at frequent intervals then the car seat can be a very safe and snug place to be.

Buying a travel system is perhaps a more economical way of purchasing both a pushchair and separate car seat, although you will still need to purchase another car seat when your baby reaches 13kgs. When considering a travel system, it is essential to ensure that the car seat in the travel system fits your car safely and securely. If it does not, then you will need to buy a pushchair and a separate car seat instead. For more information, see our section on travel systems in our definitive car seat guide.

A travel system includes a range of units, such as those listed below, which you buy depending on what you need at the time:

  • A collapsible chassis with fixed shopping tray or basket
  • A reclining pushchair or carrycot that locks onto the chassis
  • A first-stage infant carrier car seat with a carry handle that locks onto the chassis. The seat may also be used at home as a low baby seat with reclining or rocking options. However, always remember that it is important not to keep your baby in an infant carrier or car seat for a prolonged period of time, especially if the baby cannot lie flat in the seat
  • The pushchair is suitable from birth to around 3+ years
  • The car seat is usually suitable from birth to around 13kg, depending on the make

As the items are usually sold separately it helps to spread the cost over time. However, the most important consideration is whether the car seat fits safely in your car. If you are not happy with the fit, do not buy it, however much you like the idea of the system.

The Maxi Cosi Mura 3 Pushchair is a good example of a travel system, comprising of a highly manoeuvrable pushchair that is readily compatible with a matching Maxi-Cosi car seat and a Mura carrycot. The Britax B-Smart 3 Wheel Pushchair with carry cot is another option, and includes everything you could possibly want, with a carrycot, optional Britax SHR car seat, rain cover, foot muff, sun canopy, all included with the pushchair.

Other travel systems, such as the Quinny Zapp Xtra Pushchair and the Out n About Nipper 360 pushchair V2 are currently only compatible with car seats and not carrycots. The Maclaren XLR is a modern pushchair that can become a travel system when teamed with the matching Maclaren Techno XLR Recaro car seat, whilst the Bugaboo Bee pushchair has adaptability for various car seats including the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix car seat. Baby Jogger Compact Carry Cot

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Double Pushchairs

This is a twin or tandem pushchair designed for two children of different ages or sometimes twins, and comes in a variety of styles:

  • Side-by-side pushchair with one wide pushchair for two
  • Tandem with one child seated behind the other
  • Tandem with one underneath the other

Double pushchairs are suitable for two babies, or a toddler and a baby, up to the age of four years. However, it should be noted that not all double pushchairs are suitable for twins. Some double pushchairs are only suitable for a newborn and a toddler, rather than two babies of the same age. For example, with the Graco Stadium Duo, which is a tandem pushchair, the front position is only suitable from 6 months whilst the rear seat is suitabOut n About Nipper Double Pushchairle from birth.

Some double pushchairs have three wheels for extra manoeuvrability, as these pushchairs can often be heavy and awkward to manoeuvre, particularly if there is an older child on one side. Wheels that swivel and lock may also provide extra help in steering the pushchair. Some twin pushchairs, such as the Out n About Nipper Doublepushchair, enable babies to be side-by-side in one slightly wider pushchair with two independent seats. The independent recline function of the Out n About Nipper Double Pushchair means that whilst it is ideal for newborn twins, it is also a good choice if you have a newborn baby and an older toddler.

Phil and Teds Explorer PushchairAlternatively, some tandem pushchairs enable babies to sit one behind another, such as the Phil and Teds Explorer Pushchair, meaning that they are narrower and often easier to take out and about than side-by-side pushchairs. A further benefit of tandem pushchairs is that putting one child in front of the other can enable a newborn baby to sleep undisturbed by an older toddler who may also be sharing the pushchair.

Tandem pushchairs are, however, significantly longer than twin pushchairs, and often less compact when collapsed. Tandem pushchairs are generally outgrown more quickly than side-by-side pushchairs, especially if there is a limited amount of legroom. Tandem pushchairs are also available where the seats are positioned with one child slightly underneath the other. This type of pushchair usually enables a baby from 6 months to sit facing outwards, whilst a newborn baby is positioned further back and slightly underneath.

Lightweight pushchairs

Lightweight pushchairs are much easier to transport than other models ofQuinny Zapp Xtra Pushchair pushchair and are also more practical for storing at home. Lightweight pushchairs are only suitable for newborn babies if the seat fully reclines flat, and only from three months can a baby use a partly reclining pushchair.

The Quinny Zapp pushchair is the world's smallest pushchair when folded, meaning that it is the most compact pushchair around and perfect for taking on holiday or easily transporting in the car or on public transport. Some models of lightweight pushchair have an optional car seat designed to fit on the frame of the stroller, such as the Baby Jogger City Mini pushchair, which has the ability to attach the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat.

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