The best pushchairs, prams and buggies for safe travel with your baby

best pushchairs, prams and buggies

by Emily Gilbert |
Updated

It's an essential purchase all new parents have to make, but deciding on the best pram for your newborn can be difficult as the choices are endless. Do you go for a lightweight pushchair that makes getting it in and out of the boot a breeze? Or do you go for a complete travel system that allows you to clip your car seat onto your pushchair frame? There are a few questions you need to ask to make this decision, and we're here to help with our pick of the best prams and pushchairs.

The most essential factor you're looking for when it comes to buying a pushchair for your newborn is safety. It's advised that newborns should lay in a flat position for at least their first six months. While some pushchairs offer a lie-flat option, some are only suitable for babies from six months, so keep this in mind when shopping.

You'll also need to consider the type of terrain you'll be walking your pram on each day as if you're in the countryside, you may need one with larger wheels. How much space you have free in your car and home to store your pram is another important factor to think about, as you might need to opt for a compact stroller. Also consider cost, prams really do vary in price, as well as thinking about how easy the pushchair is to clean, and also how much it weighs, because you'll need to be able to carry at some stage.

The best prams and pushchairs at a glance:

Best overall pushchair for newborns: Nuna TRIV Next pushchair - Buy now on John Lewis
Best premium pushchair for newborns: Mamas + Papas Ocarro - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best newborn pushchair for versatility: Silver Cross Tide - Buy now on Amazon UK
• Best pushchair for newborns with lie-flat position: Joie Litetrax Pro - Buy now on John Lewis

Is there a difference between prams, pushchairs, buggies and strollers?

Pushchair

A pushchair is sturdy, even the most lightweight pushchairs. You should be able to recline the seat fully so that your baby is lying down and have it as either a forward-facing stroller or parent-facing stroller. It'll usually grow with you, meaning it's suitable for both newborns and older babies. Some pushchairs are designed not for newborns but for about six months old, so always check whether the model you choose is suitable from birth.

Travel system

A travel system is where your baby's car seat is easily attached and detached from the frame and will either clip on top of the pushchair component or attach directly to the chassis with the seat removed. This means if your baby falls asleep in the car seat, you can click the seat onto the frame and be on your way without waking them (hopefully).

If you're often out and about in the car, a travel system could be ideal for you.

Pram

A pram is designed to carry newborns and young babies, with a lie-flat design, almost like a bassinet in appearance. They're sturdy and generally can't be folded flat, and aren't suitable for toddlers.

Stroller

A stroller is lightweight, collapsible and is ideal for older babies and toddlers, with many parents using a travel stroller for holidays. Especially good for taking with you on your travels, strollers are a good compact stroller option which often fit in the boot of your car, on public transport or in the overhead compartment of a plane.

Buggy

This is just another name for a stroller or pushchair. A buggy is usually an affordable, lightweight travel option and is easy for transporting your toddlers around. These are often not suitable for newborns as they generally don't offer a lie-flat recline option.

Double options

As the name suggests, this one is for you if you have twins, multiples or children close in age. The options include:

Double prams

• Double pushchairs

Double strollers

• Double buggies

Which one is best depends on the purpose and age of your children.

Choosing the right pram or pushchair for you

The type of pram or pushchair that you choose will need to suit your lifestyle and be convenient for your to use. There are a range of things you can take into consideration...

Who is the pushchair for?

Having your first baby? You'll need to look at a pushchair that comes with a carrycot or just a pram until your baby reaches six months.

If you're going to travel in the car a lot with your new baby, a travel system is indispensable.

However, if you're planning on having baby number two soon after baby number one, a convertible is ideal, as you can add another infant car seat, carrycot or pushchair seat if your family grows. If you're expecting a baby and also have a toddler who still uses the buggy, a twin or tandem pushchair is perfect for siblings close together in age.

Is it for everyday transport or occasional use?

If the pushchair is your baby's main mode of transport, you need a robust option with a sturdy frame. If it's for occasional use – such as taking on holiday, leaving at the grandparents' or keeping in the car boot for emergencies – then a lightweight pushchair or stroller will do.

Where is it going?

Think about your lifestyle and environment. The perfect pushchair for an outdoorsy life in the country won't necessarily suit city living. An all-terrain pushchair is perfect for pushing uphill and down in all weathers, whereas one made to glide effortlessly over shiny shop floors will make light work of steering your way through busy shops and streets.

Who is pushing it?

Will you always be at the helm of your baby's pushchair, or does it need to be adjustable to accommodate your partner's height too? If the grandparents are on hand to help, choose something light and manoeuvrable, which they won't feel they need a PhD to operate.

For how long will you use it?

Some parents buy several pushchairs and then upgrade as their needs change. You could choose a travel system for your baby's first 12-18 months and then switch to a lightweight pushchair or stroller once your baby is walking. But if you'd prefer to avoid forking out for more than one set of wheels, choose one which will continue to suit your needs as your baby – or your family – grows.

How Mother&Baby selected the best pushchairs

Our product recommendations are based on a combination of real-world testing from our burgeoning army of mum testers and the extensive knowledge of our experienced editorial team and product specialists. Where we can, we also consult experts who specialise in that field to ensure you get the right advice along with the right product, and we listen to what you say as well.

Our thriving mum community on our Facebook group #mumtribe also often hold great insights as to which products mums really like best and why, helping us highlight the products that meet what you really want.

For the essential products, our annual Mother&Baby Awards shortlist the top products tested, and you can find full reviews from our mum testers provided on the product page. The winners and runners-up for each category then will appear in our top picks article for that product, along with other products that were rated highly by our team.

When it comes to testing pushchairs, prams and buggies we considered various things such as budget, safety, longevity, weight and dimensions, ease of use and comfort.

Pram and pushchair safety

• Check the safety standards: all prams, buggies, strollers and pushchairs should meet the British Standard 7409:1996 or BS EN 1888:2003 safety regulations according to ROSPA. If you're buying a second hand pushchair always check they comply with the latest regulations.

• Check the brakes and tyres regularly for wear.

• Locking devices – Always make sure that the locking devices are fully locked before putting baby in the chair. There should be no areas where your child's fingers could get stuck.

• Safety harness – Whether it's a three-point safety harness or five-point harness, it's essential for the harness to be secured and fastened at all times when your baby is sat in it.

• Stability – The bigger the base, the more stable the pushchair so check how stable it feels before fasting baby in. You also need to make sure you don't overload the pushchair with too many bags and pram toys.

• All pushchairs, prams, strollers, and buggies have a weight limit so it's important to be aware of this before you put your child in it.

Our real mum testers and expert journalists have put the top pushchairs to the test, so you don't have to. Taking into consideration the needs of both parent and baby as well as use on different terrains and weather conditions, we've compiled a list of the best pushchairs for newborns to keep them comfortable, safe and happy when out and about.

The best prams, pushchairs and buggies for 2024

Best overall pushchair for newborns

nuna triv next pram unboxedmamas & papas

The Nuna TRIV Next was awarded Silver and Gold for Best Pushchair at the Mother&Baby Awards 2023 and 2024.

If you live in a city or travel a lot, this compact pushchair should be on your radar. This bundle includes a pram, car seat and carrycot, so you've got every essential covered. The Nuna TRIV™ is cleverly designed with a seat that can face both ways and fold both ways and can easily convert to a travel system.

In terms of comfort, one reviewer said their child isn't great at napping, "but there seemed to be something about this pram that helped him get off to sleep quickly and comfortably". They also added that it's easy to manoeuvre and good for getting into tight spaces, plus slots nicely into the boot of the car.

Our testers liked that the ring adaptor can even fold with the frame, creating the perfect sidekick to your everyday adventures. For a quick trip to the supermarket or getting across town, our reviewers said that the TRIV is user-friendly, packs up quickly, folds with one hand and stands on its own, keeping your busy hands free. However, our testers didn't think the suspension was great. That aside, this is still proof that great things can come in small packages.

Read our full Nuna TRIV Next review.

Pros

  • Very compact when folded
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to steer

Cons

  • Suspension could be better
Suitable from:Birth to 22 kg
Dimensions open:L85 x W57.5 x H105.5cm
Dimensions folded:Not stated
Weight:8.72 kg
Carrycot included:Yes
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • Compact fold: Folds up quickly with one hand and stands on its own, making it simple to use out-and-about as well as store away.
  • All-wheel suspension: Spring suspension seat technology, all-wheel suspension and large tough, foam-filled rear wheels mean you're ready for smooth rides.
  • Travel system compatible: simply attach any infant carrier to the included post adapter and customise the tilt to baby's needs. It also easily converts to a pram with the included post adapter, compatible with the TRIV series carry cot.

Best premium pushchair for newborns

MamasandPapas-OcarroLorna White

**The Ocarro won a Gold Award in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Pushchairs category.
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Ideal for rural and suburban living, this pushchair has a large, robust design perfect for all-terrain journeys. Our testers were impressed with how the dual suspension can handle the ups and downs of off-roading while baby stays snug and cosy in the large, padded seat. The iconic one-hand fold makes life easier, especially if you're caught in the rain, like one of our reviewers during testing.

The Mamas & Papas Ocarro stores away easily, even with the stroller seat on, ready for the next adventure, but be warned; it doesn't stand up easily when folded. Other features our reviewers loved are the fact that the hood comes down quite far, the zip to let some air in and the flap to check your baby, for peace of mind.

Read our full Mamas & Papas Ocarro review.

Pros

  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Reflective wheel rims for nighttime walks

Cons

  • Difficult to stand up straight and balance when folded
Suitable from: Birth to 22 kg
Dimensions open:101 m x 59 cm x 101 cm
Dimensions folded:40 cm x 59 cm x 78 cm
Weight:13.5 kg
Carrycot included:No
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • Easy to fold with just one hand
  • All-terrain
  • Large padded seat
  • Folds with seat on
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Reflective wheel trims

Best newborn pushchair for versatility

Silver Cross Tide Robyn Cann

The Silver Cross Tide was awarded Silver for Best Pushchair at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

Designed for busy families, the three-in-one Silver Cross Tide comes complete with a stylish chassis, a carrycot for travelling straight from the start and a pushchair seat unit that reverses and reclines, although this does come at a price and some testers thought it was expensive. We liked that this exciting travel solution is equally comfortable in the urban jungle as it is on off-road adventures.

Our parent testers agreed that the Silver Cross Tide is a versatile pram, balancing function and size without compromising on comfort. One reviewer noted its thoughtful features, such as "the extendable hood/canopy with ventilation panel" and "the magnetic style buckle [which is] so much easier than other major pram brands I have used".

Crafted from high-quality materials (in true Silver Cross style), it provides a smooth, well-padded ride for your little one, and folds down compactly without needing to remove the seat. The only negative? We'd love to see more colourways available, but we're really trying hard to find any cons at all.

Read our full Silver Cross Tide review.

Pros

  • Stylish chassis
  • Adjustable features for personalisation
  • Suitable for all terrains
  • Spacious under-seat basket
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Only available in three colourways
Suitable from:Birth to approx four years (22kg)
Dimensions open:L72 x W59 x H89-105cm
Dimensions folded:L 76 x W 59 x H 38cm
Weight with carrycot:11.15kg
Weight with seat unit:10.7kg
Carrycot weight:3.9kg
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Multi-terrain wheels
  • Water-resistant exterior fabrics
  • Extendable hood with ventilation panel and UPF50+ sun protection
  • Add the optional Dream i-Size Car Seat with the included Adaptors
  • Includes Carrycot Raincover and Seat Unit Raincover
  • Genius™ Harness System with magnetic buckle
  • Dynamic 4-wheel suspension
  • Multi-position seat recline

Best pushchair for newborns with lie-flat position

Joie LitetraxJim Foster

The Joie Litetrax Pro was awarded Bronze for Best Pushchair at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

The Joie Litetrax 4 allows your child to travel in comfort and style from birth to four years old. We liked the fully reclining seat which allows newborns to travel in the lie-flat position and converts into a travel system with Joie's 0+ car seats. It also includes an adjustable leg rest and a large hood with a ventilated panel, plus a "good size rain cover which covers the whole pushchair perfectly", according to our reviewers.

The Litetrax 4's swivel wheels allow for easy steering and lock into a fixed position for better control over bumpy surfaces, although testers did not think it handled rough terrain well. It has a simple one-hand fold function, which our testers agreed is great for parents on the go, and can easily be folded away.

Read our full Joie Litetrax Pro travel stroller review.

Pros

  • Allows newborns to lie flat
  • Easy steering
  • Large hood
  • Big storage basket
  • Quick, compact fold
  • Automatic fold lock
  • Fits perfectly in small boots

Cons

  • Handle does not extend
  • Not great on rough terrain
Suitable from:Birth to approx four years (22kg)
Dimensions open:93.6 x 58 x 104 cm
Dimensions folded:Not stated
Weight:9.98kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • One-touch brake
  • 5-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers
  • Secure, removable bumper bar
  • 4-position mechanical recline
  • 2-position adjustable leg rest
  • UPF 50+ sun and water-repellent canopy
  • Large shopping basket

Best for rural areas

Thule SpringKatie
Price: $399.95

Our parent testers loved the Thule Spring for its lightweight design, making it easy to carry up and down steps. Its three-wheel configuration offers excellent mobility, with one mum commenting, “the 3 wheels make the mobility great, whether you’re pushing the stroller across grass at the park or navigating narrow aisles in a shop.” The stroller’s performance across different terrains, including city streets, grass, and beaches, is impressive. The foam-filled wheels ensure a smooth ride, ideal if your baby is napping, while the easy-to-adjust reclining seat adds to their comfort.

The canopy is a standout feature, providing good sun protection and additional coverage when needed, thanks to its extendable zip compartment. “If you’re caught unprepared out in the rain you know that the canopy can be unzipped and extended further.” One mum tester said. The mesh panel allows parents to monitor their child easily and the adjustable handlebar makes it more comfortable for taller parents, promoting better posture. Parents also love the simple foot lock system, with a double locking feature providing extra safety on inclines. The five-point harness ensures your baby’s security, adding to your peace of mind. 

One of the most appreciated aspects is the user-friendly design, including a single-hand fold mechanism for quick and easy transportation. Its compact size allows it to fit conveniently in a car boot alongside other items. “Its compact size is ideal” said our tester. “I can even fit it in the back of the car alongside my Golden Retriever with ease.” She continued.

Read our full Thule Spring review

Pros

  • Compact and easy to store
  • Lightweight so perfect for carrying up stairs
  • So comfortable for both you and your little one
  • Stylish with coloured canopy

Cons

  • It would be good if it came with the bumper bar, rather than as an added extra
  • Fold/unfolding
    5.0
  • Style
    5.0
  • Ease of use
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Durability
    5.0
  • Worth the money
    5.0
Max child weight: 22kg
Pushchair style: 3 Wheeler
Weight: 9.5kg
  • Quick and simple to fold with one hand when carrying a child
  • Compact fold and self-standing capability make for easy carry, transportation and storage
  • Swiveling front wheel with suspension that can be locked into a fixed position for a comfortable ride anywhere
  • Vented canopy with see-through mesh for peekaboo feature gives your child a pleasant ride in any weather (canopy selected separately)
  • Step-in footrest makes it easy for older children to climb into the buggy on their own
  • No-puncture foam filled 8.5” (21.5 cm) tyres for a smooth ride on a rougher surface
  • Five-point harness for a secure ride

Best pushchair for everyday use

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 productRobyn Cann

**The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 was shortlisted in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Pushchairs category.
**
With large wheels, dual-action rear suspension and front suspension, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is one of the smoothest rides in the business. Don't let that fool you, though, it still folds down into a compact package for easy storage and transportation, is lightweight and is easy to manoeuvre. If you want the full package, you will need to purchase the carrycot or newborn insert separately, so it is an investment.

Our parent testers found this pushchair extremely comfortable to use. The brake, handle, and suspension worked efficiently, and the folding mechanism was quick and easy. Our tester, Hannah, found that the basket space was "big enough for a large change bag and several shopping bags", which will definitely make life easier.

Read our full UPPAbaby Cruz V2 review.

Pros

  • Stylish appearance
  • Can be adapted as a travel system
  • One-handed recline
  • Huge shopping basket
  • Lots of colourways to choose from
  • Great for taller parents

Cons

  • Carrycot/newborn insert sold separately
  • Two-hand fold
Suitable from:Birth with newborn insert (sold separately) up to 22kg
Dimensions open:95.3 cm x 109 cm x 57.8 cm
Dimensions folded:41.9 cm x 83.8 cm x 57.8cm
Weight: <meta charset="utf-8">11.6kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • 5-point harness
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • Five reclining positions
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Converts to a travel system

Best pushchair for style

Nuna Mixx NextRobyn Cann

**The Nuna MIXX Next won a Silver award in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Pushchairs category.
**
Ready for any terrain, the Nuna MIXX Next has all-wheel suspension and can be manoeuvred with one hand. The seat can be folded flat for a deep, relaxed sleep, which our testers loved, although there aren't many recline options overall. It packs away into a neat little bundle, making it great for those with limited boot space.

Our parent testers liked the overall height and look of this pushchair, commenting on how stylish it is - and they really loved the phone pouch. They also liked how easy it is to switch from parent-facing to front-facing, plus the amount of storage space, and the comfortable leather-look handles. They raved about the carrycot, telling us, "the sun shield on the carrycot is excellent, with lots of options for varying shade and air ventilation, and the magnetic fastening is a clever and neat way to attach. The mattress on the carrycot feels very padded and comfortable."

Read our full Nuna Mixx Next review.

Pros

  • Adjustable features
  • Stylish
  • Great suspension
  • Can adjust from parent facing to front facing easily
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Large shopping basket
  • Removable lining

Cons

  • Could do with more recline options
  • Raincover won't fit the chair with the seat fully reclined, and hood extended
  • Light-coloured fabric, so may stain easily
  • Limited accessories
Suitable from: Birth to 22 kg
Dimensions open:82 cm x 60 cm x 110 cm
Dimensions folded:76 cm x 60 cm x 42 cm
Weight:11.09 kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: No
  • All-season seat for temperature control
  • Quick-release, five-point harness that converts to a three-point harness as baby grows
  • Removable, water-repellent UPF 50+ canopy
  • One-touch brake and front swivel wheel locks
  • Height-adjustable handle
  • All-wheel suspension

Best pushchair for shopping trips

Joie versatraxRobyn Cann

The Joie Versatrax was shortlisted in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Pushchairs category.

This elegant pushchair is as easy to fold as it is on the eye – the handy quick release on the back of the seat will have you packed up and ready to go in the blink of an eye, whether the seat is fixed forward or rear facing. We loved how the clever freestanding-when-folded design also makes it easy to lift and store, although the handlebar can be a bit temperamental. The Joie Versatrax handles like a dream thanks to the Sweet StrideTM single front swivel wheels, all-wheel suspension and one-touch brakes.

Our parent tester really liked the foldability of the pram, plus its robustness and high-quality build, noting that the thick wheels are great for different terrains. She also noted that the easy-pull handle is "such a great feature and makes getting it in and out of the car so easy."

Read our full Joie versatrax review.

Pros

  • Quick release on the back of the seat
  • Carry handle for easy lifting
  • Huge shopping basket
  • Rearward and forward-facing
  • Folds compactly
  • Freestanding design when folded
  • Adjustable features

Cons

  • Handlebar can be temperamental
Suitable from: Birth to 22 kg
Dimensions open:88-101 cm x 58 cm x 99-108.5 cm
Dimensions folded:34 cm x 65 cm x 81 cm
Weight:11.7 kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • Freestanding design when folded
  • PunctureProof™ foam-filled rubber tyres
  • One-touch brakes
  • Front-swivel wheels
  • Mechanical 3-position recline seat unit
  • Extendable UPF50+ and water-repellent canopy
  • Adjustable calf support and handle and removable armbar

Best transportable pushchair for newborns

Bugaboo ButterflyEmily Gilbert

We love that the Bugaboo Butterfly stroller arrives pre-assembled, requiring only the attachment of the seat in-lay. Although it is designed for children six months and older, it can accommodate newborns with additional adaptors and a compatible car seat, sold separately. The Butterfly’s stylish design comes in three colour options on a sleek black chassis, maintaining Bugaboo’s aesthetic appeal.

The stroller is lightweight, ensuring smooth and effortless pushing and steering on various terrains. “While the wheels are quite small, this didn’t affect how the Butterfly tackled bumpy surfaces and having tested the stroller on a variety of terrains, I found it faired comfortably on the likes of cobbles and steps” our tester commented. The brake system, though requiring some force, is centrally located and secure. The stroller’s standout feature is its fold mechanism: a simple push of two buttons collapses it, making it compact enough to fit into airplane overhead lockers and easy to store at home or in a car.

The seat is spacious, accommodating children up to four years old, with a 56cm high backrest. “It’s important for me to be able to get the most out of my baby products” commented our tester, “and I feel confident that the Butterfly with its 56cm high backrest (63cm in total with the headspace included) will last my daughter until she is four due to its spacious seat.” She said. The reclining seat, while not fully flat, is comfortable and easily adjusted. The extended sun canopy provides ample shade and includes a mesh panel for ventilation and visibility. The under-seat basket is surprisingly large for a compact stroller, holding up to 8kg of storage and accessible from both the front and back. “The flexible opening in the rear was handy when popping things in and out as with previous strollers, I’ve found a bit of manoeuvring was needed.” Our tester said.

Read our full Bugaboo Butterfly review

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact fold so can be taken on many planes as carry-on luggage
  • Stylish design
  • Roomy adjustable seat
  • Large basket
  • Extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy

Cons

  • Limited colour choice
  • Seat doesn't fully recline
  • Fold/unfolding
    5.0
  • Style
    4.5
  • Ease of use 
    5.0
  • Comfort 
    5.0
  • Worth the money  
    5.0
Pushchair weight:7.3kg
Age range:6 months – approx. 4 years old (max 22 kg/48.50 lbs)
Seat capacity:22 kg
Underseat basket capacity:8 kg
Compact fold:45 x 23 x 54 cm
Dimensions:92.5 x 45 x 102.4 cm
  • IATA-compatible so can take as luggage on a car, train or plane
  • Fold and unfold in one second without adjusting anything
  • UPF 50+ sun canopy with extendable breezy panel
  • Car seat compatible with dedicated adapters

Best double pushchair for newborns

Bugaboo donkey with baby and toddlerEmily Gilbert

Offering multiple configurations, both as a single or double stroller, the Bugaboo Donkey 5 is versatile, easy to push, and compatible with multiple car seats. If you're thinking of expanding your family, you can easily convert it in a few easy clicks so it can carry two children. Our feature and reviews editor considers the Donkey 5 "the equivalent of owning the road in a range rover", with a lot of "well-thought out parts that make the difference as a parent".

She notes that the build is ultra-high quality, feels cushioned on various terrains and, considering its size, is easily manoeuvred, even on the spot, helped by the large single wheels.

Read our full Bugaboo Donkey 5 review.

Pros

  • Comfortable to use
  • Height-adjustable handles
  • Easy to fold down
  • High-quality build
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Spacious
  • Converts to a double buggy

Cons

  • Doesn't fold well with seats attached
Suitable from:Birth to 4 years
Dimensions open:89 cm x 60 cm x 111 cm
Dimensions folded:52 cm x 90 cm x 60 cm
Weight:12.3 kg
Carrycot included: Yes
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • 3-point harness
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • Extra large canopy
  • Peekaboo window
  • Elevated seat and carrycot
  • Puncture-proof wheels

Best travel pushchair

Babyzen Yoyo with mum and babyMaria Martin

The YOYO² is loved by celebrities across the globe, and for good reason. It's versatile, extremely lightweight (just 6.2kg!) and ideal for city dwellers and those who fly regularly. Suitable from birth with the newborn pack or bassinet (both sold separately) or from six months as a stroller, it's compact enough to be carried over your shoulder, easily folding down. It comes in several delightful shades, and there's a good range of accessories to choose from.

We found it easy to put together, although we did follow the YouTube video rather than the picture-only instructions, and it feels well-made. It is a little on the small side, so taller parents might find they have to bend down quite a lot - the handlebar doesn't adjust, which we'd have liked to see. Also, the wheels aren't quite hardy enough to tackle tough terrains; it's definitely better as a city pram.

Read our full BABYZEN YOYO2 review.

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Can be worn over the shoulder
  • Compact enough to take as carry-on luggage
  • Supplied with a carry bag
  • Easy to put together
  • Well-made
  • Stylish
  • Good sized basket

Cons

  • Handlebar can't be adjusted
  • On the small side
Suitable from: 6 months - 22kg (or from birth with newborn pack/bassinet)
Dimensions open:106 cm x 66.2 cm x 44 cm (newborn pack)
Dimensions folded: 52 cm x 44 cm x 18 cm
Weight: 6.1kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible:No
  • 5-point harness
  • Canopy window
  • Anti-UV fabric (UPF 50+) treated with waterproofing
  • Zipped back pocket
  • Multi-position reclining backrest

Best eco-friendly pushchair

JoolzGeo3Raman

Parents loved how easy this pram was to fold and its overall size. Assembly was straightforward, requiring only wheel attachment and cot expansion, and although there was some initial difficulty with unclear diagrams, the demo video on the Joolz website was very useful. “The demonstrator in the video managed to click components in place with ease, whereas I had to use some force. This may be because it was the first time setting up the cot.” Our mum tester said. The pushchair arrives in fully recyclable packaging, with a fun cut-out template for kids to play with.

This chic pushchair comes in a range of stylish colours. “I loved the choice of colours available and chose sage green.” Commented our mum tester. We also love that the pram is made using sustainable fabrics (recycled plastic bottles). Safety features include a sturdy chassis, reflective wheel strips, a supportive bumper bar, and an extendable handlebar for users of different heights. Its puncture-proof XL wheels and 5-point safety harness ensure smooth navigation and secure rides over numerous terrains. The large sun hood offers UPF 50 protection and water resistance, and the rain cover provides full coverage. The washable fabrics and good ventilation make it practical for any hot weather.

Performance-wise, the Geo3 handles various terrains well, though it felt bumpier on uneven pavements. Its lightweight design allows easy maneuvering and one-handed use. “It feels lightweight to push and easy to manoeuvre one-handed but also heavy enough for my baby to feel safe and secure in the cot.” Our mum tester commented. Folding and unfolding is effortless after a bit of practise, and the compact size makes it easy to store and transport. The spacious cot and adjustable seat height were appreciated, as was the large under-seat basket for shopping.

Read our full Joolz Geo3 review

Pros

  • Stylish design and colours
  • Easy to assemble
  • Good for all seasons - Large hood, ventilation & UPF 50 fabrics
  • Large basket – can hold up to 15kg
  • Easy to steer one-handed
  • Eco-friendly - sustainable fabrics, tree planted for every pushchair sold

Cons

  • Instruction manual is not clear as demo videos
  • Cot sheets are sold separately
  • Rain cover is purchased additionally
  • Fold/unfolding
    4.5
  • Style
    5.0
  • Ease of use
    5.0
  • Worth the money
    4.0
  • Safety features
    4.1
Suitable from:Newborn to 4 years (max 22kg)
Folded with seat length:93cm
Folded with seat width:60cm
Folded with seat height47cm
Weight pushchair with cot:14.1kg
Weight of cot:4.4kg
Volume shopping basket:60L
Max capacity shopping basket:15kg
  • Super-sized basket
  • XL wheels
  • Expandable

Best affordable pushchair

Graco MyavoSamantha Ball

Its automatic stand-alone fold allows for easy folding with one hand, which is especially useful when holding a baby in the other arm. The stroller's compact design and integrated folding lock ensure it takes up minimal space in the car, even fitting into the footwell of a car. “I loved the compact build of the stroller” said our tester, “as it meant I could leave it in the boot of the car when I did the weekly food shop and still fit all the shopping in, whereas I really struggled to do that with my other pram as it was a lot larger and I'd have to constantly move the pram and bags around just to get everything to fit” she continued. The UPF50+ knit canopy adds a touch of luxury while protecting baby from UV rays.

The Myavo is suited to a range of terrains, from zoos to beaches, handling all smoothly. The stroller is easy to assemble, with the wheels attaching effortlessly. However, the seat's design occasionally causes the child to slide down, though the secure harness system prevents any falls. The harness can switch between a five-point and a three-point system, offering flexibility and ease of use. Adjusting the harness straps can be tricky, but once set, they ensure safety and security.
Parents love the 360-degree front swivel wheels, making the stroller easy to push on different surfaces. The stroller is also lightweight enough to carry with the bumper bar doubling as a handle. The reclining seat lies nearly flat, providing comfort for naps.

The compact build doesn't compromise storage space, as the large under-seat basket accommodates bags, coats, and even the rain cover. Our tester said, “One thing that concerned me about the stroller being compact was I thought there would be limited storage space underneath, however, I was amazed at the large storage basket.”

Read our full Graco Myavo Compact Stroller review

Pros

  • One-handed fold
  • Lightweight design
  • Compact
  • Large storage basket

Cons

  • One-handed lock feature can be tricky to use at first
Dimensions:101.6 x 88 x 52cm
Weight:5.8kg
Suitable for ages:Birth until approximately 4 years old
  • Automatic standalone fold
  • Integrated folding lock
  • Removable bumper bar
  • Large storage basket
  • Rain cover
  • UPF50+ canopy

Best for active parents

The OutNAbout Nipper Sport v5 is an excellent choice for active parents living in the countryside, offering versatility and sturdiness for off-road adventures and smooth jogs. Its three large 16” air-filled tires and wheel suspension ensure a comfortable ride for the baby across varied terrains. “We were amazed at the smoothness of the ride both for us and for our daughter - particularly over off-road terrain.” Said our mum tester. The buggy's easy-to-remove wheels and compact folding make it convenient to store.

They successfully assembled the buggy in about 45 minutes, despite initial confusion with the front brake pad, which was resolved with prompt support from Out n About. “We found the images in the booklet slightly confusing” said our tester. “We did have an issue with the front brake pad constantly touching the wheel on our first set up, the instructions for rectifying this weren’t overly clear. However, we got in touch with Out n About support and they swiftly advised us on how to sort the issue.” She continued.

The Nipper Sport v5 performed impressively on various outings, including a family holiday. Its smooth ride over off-road terrain, secure 5-point safety harness, and effective front-wheel brake provided comfort and safety for their daughter. The extendable shade with UV visor and peekaboo window were also appreciated.

The buggy’s spacious storage area accommodated essentials without being bulky. It collapses easily, fitting well in a small car boot. The fixed front wheel, while excellent for jogging stability, posed challenges for everyday indoor navigation.

Read our full Out n About Nipper Sport review

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Excellent suspension
  • Comfortable for baby/toddler
  • Smooth across rough terrains
  • Easy to fold and compact when folded

Cons

  • Not so easy to manoeuvre round corners
  • Less suitable for use indoors
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Safety features
    4.0
  • Worth the money
    4.0
  • Ease of use
    4.0
  • Ease of cleaning
    4.0
Size:(W) x 103cm (H) x 137cm (L)
Size Folded (wheels on):61.5cm (W) x 61cm (H) x 104cm (L)
Size Folded (wheels off):48cm (W) x 29cm(H) x 90cm (L)
Handle height:83cm - 111cm
Weight:9.8kg
Maximum load:22kg
Age suitability:Newborn to 4 years (approx.) 6 months+ for jogging
  • Light, easy to fold, easy to clean
  • 16” air-filled tyres and suspension for bumpy terrain
  • Parent-facing car seat compatible

Best foldable pushchair

Baby in Graco EezefoldEmily Gilbert

The Graco EeZeFold is a lightweight, compact pushchair, and our testers said that its "promise of being perfect for families on the go certainly rings true." Its main selling point is its one-second one-hand fold alongside its portability, but there are many other features which make this pushchair so appealing, including a UPF 50+ canopy and multi-position recline. Some testers wished there was an adjustable handlebar and also said the shoulder pads sometimes slid down.

Read our full Graco EeZeFold review.

Pros

  • Extremely easy to fold
  • Compact
  • Stands upright and easy to store
  • Simple assembly
  • Good size shopping basket

Cons

  • Handlebar non-adjustable
  • Shoulder pads lack comfort and easily slide down
Suitable from:Birth to 15kg
Dimensions open:94 cm x 60 cm x 104 cm
Dimensions folded:86 cm x 60 cm x 34 cm
Weight:9.5 kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: Yes
  • Removable bumper bar
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Four-wheel suspension
  • One-step brake
  • UPF 50 + canopy
  • Multi-position recline

Best option to become a double

UPPAbaby Vista V2 pushchairDANIELLA HAMILTON

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 pushchair is a favourite amongst parents. The carrycot offers a classic pram look with modern durability and stability, ensuring comfort for the baby. Made from luxurious fabrics and leather, the pushchair is designed with both child and parent in mind, featuring comfortable, adjustable handles. It is easy to clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

The under-seat storage is spacious, and the carrycot doubles as an overnight sleep solution when used with a stand. “This was extremely useful when staying away from home as we did not have to worry about taking additional cots on our journey.” Our tester said. The carrycot includes a mattress, an extendable UPF 50+ canopy, breathable mesh for airflow, and both bug and rain shields. While the Vista V2 is wider and heavier than other pushchairs, it excels in outdoor use with large wheels and four-wheel suspension for smooth rides over various terrains. The front wheel locks have a visual indicator for added convenience.

The pushchair is compatible with various car seats through multiple adaptors and offers a range of accessories. It can be adapted for multiple children with configurations like the PiggyBack ride-along attachment. Despite its higher price, the Vista V2's features and adaptability make it ideal for growing families with ample car space. Assembly is straightforward, and it folds to stand alone, making storage easy. “Compared to other pushchairs on the market, the Vista V2 is wider in scale which is perfect for me however I do appreciate not everyone will have a car boot large enough to fit it in.” Our tester adds. The bundle includes a storage bag for accessories.

Read our full UPPAbaby Vista V2 Pushchair review

Pros

  • Large storage space beneath the pushchair
  • Combines the functionality of a modern stroller, with the bassinet style of a more traditional pushchair
  • Stands alone when folded, so really easy to pop anywhere for storage

Cons

  • Is larger than some other pushchair options
  • Fold/unfolding
    5.0
  • Style
    5.0
  • Ease of use
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Durability
    5.0
  • Worth the money
    4.0
Accessories included: Carry Cot, Seat Unit, Extending Sun Shades, 2 x raincovers, 2 x insect nets
Handle height:100-108cm
Maximum child weight:22kg
Suitable from:Birth
Weight:16.4kg
  • Can be doubled up for use for twins or as a double pushchair (adaptors sold separately)
  • Flat folding for easy storage and transportation when not in use
  • Adjustable seat that can face you for maximum interaction or face outwards so they can look out at the world
  • 5 reclining positions for uninterrupted snoozing on the go
  • Four wheel suspension ensures a smooth ride 
  • Pull out, extendable sunshade on the toddler seat extends to shield your child from harmful UV rays (UPF 50+)
  • The extra large shopping basket can carry whatever you need so you can focus on your little one rather than struggling with bags

Best value for money pushchair for newborns

Silver cross ClicRobyn Cann

**The Silver Cross Clic stroller won a Bronze Award in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller category.
**
Light and easy to use, the Silver Cross Clic Stroller has a lie-flat, one-handed reclinable seat and. is suitable from birth to 22kg. We love that if your little one is ready to explore their surroundings, you can pull out the strap and carry the Clic on your shoulder. When not in use, the strap stores away neatly inside the seat. Our parent tester loved that it allows for lots of room in the car (great for family trips), plus it made day-to-day life easier as it's so easy to get in and out of the boot.

Read our full Silver Cross Clic review.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Convenient shoulder strap
  • Quick one-hand fold
  • Stylish design
  • Will fit in the overhead cabin

Cons

  • Doesn't include peekaboo window
  • Pinch release to sit baby up is tricky
Suitable from:Birth to 22 kg
Dimensions open:82 cm x 105 cm 46.5 cm
Dimensions folded:54 cm x 46.5 cm x 25 cm
Weight:5.9 kg
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible: No
  • Five-point safety harness
  • Shoulder strap
  • Extendable hood with UPF50+ protection
  • Pop-out sun visor
  • Lockable swivel wheels

Best lightweight pushchair for newborns

Inglesina Quid² strollerKatie Nickerson

When it comes to pushchairs, having one that’s lightweight can be a huge game changer, particularly if you’re travelling with your pushchair. The Inglesina Quid² is easy to assemble and weighs just 5.9kg. “We were both pleasantly surprised that the only ‘building’ it required was attaching the wheels which even I could have managed!” Our mum tester said.

With a one-handed fold, our parent testers found it easy to fold the pushchair in one hand while holding baby in the other. It folds up very compactly and can stand in an upright stand when collapsed. “We were able to load it into the overhead locker on the plane with ease and meaning we didn't have the extra stress of waiting for it to be unloaded from the cargo hold once we landed.” Our tester said. 

The pushchair manouvers smoothly over different terrains meaning baby can nap at the same time. “Our little one found it extremely comfortable and at nap time, she quickly fell asleep once we reclined the pushchair using the simple release mechanism.” While parents love the extendable UPF 50+ canopy, the only drawback was the loud velcro on the ventilation window, which could disturb baby. Despite its higher cost, parents found it was worth it for frequent traveler's.

Read our full Inglesina Quid² stroller review

Pros

  • One handed fold and unfold
  • Ultra compact
  • Super lightweight
  • Stands upright on its own
  • Simple assembly

Cons

  • Velcro for ventilation flap very noisy
  • <meta charset="utf-8"><li>Fold/unfolding</li>
    5.0
  • <meta charset="utf-8"><li>Style</li>
    4.5
  • <meta charset="utf-8"><li>Ease of use</li>
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.5
  • Durability
    4.0
  • Worth the money
    4.0
Suitable from <meta charset="utf-8">birth up to 22kg
Weight5.9kg
Dimensions103cm x 76cm x 46.5cm
Folded dimensions 58cm x 19cm
Suitable for plane travel yes, fits in the overhead locker
  • One hand fold
  • Four different colour options
  • Lightest stroller on the market
  • Fits in airplane overhead storage

Best compact pushchair for newborns

Toddler in Graco MyavoSamantha Ball

With an automatic, one-handed fold, the Graco Myavo is compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to take on the go, although the one-handed fold can be tricky to get the hang of. We liked that it has the option to be a three or five-point harness system to keep your little one secure and a detachable bumper bar to make it easier to put them in and take them out.

Our writer, Sam, said that her daughter "was actually happy to stay sat in the stroller... she felt comfortable enough to stay sat in it, [and] she would normally try to climb out", which is a testament to its comfort.

Read our full Graco Myavo review.

Pros

  • One-handed fold
  • Lightweight design
  • Compact
  • Large storage basket

Cons

  • One-handed lock feature can be tricky to use at first
Dimensions: 101.6 x 88 x 52cm
Weight: 5.8kg
Suitable for ages: Birth until approximately 4 years old
Carrycot included: No
Travel system compatible:No
  • Automatic standalone fold
  • Integrated folding lock
  • Removable bumper bar
  • Large storage basket
  • Rain cover
  • UPF50+ canopy

Best comfortable pushchair for newborns

 Didofy StargazerANNA SKY MAGLIOLA

Our parent testers found it easy to assemble, taking just 10 minutes to lock the wheels and set the seat direction. The stroller's unisex grey design is visually pleasing and feels sturdy yet folds and unfolds easily with one hand. As well as the one-hand fold, it also features easy maneuverability, UPF 50 hood, and a large shopping basket underneath. The one-hand fold is particularly handy when holding a child, and the stroller is easy to push with one hand if needed. “The easy manoeuvrability is brilliant if you find yourself needing to carry your toddler and you only have one hand free to push” our tester said. 

The UPF 50 hood, with a peek-a-boo window, extends for full coverage. The five-point harness is easily adjustable, and the large shopping basket is great for carrying essentials when out and about. The included rain cover, however, doesn't fully cover longer children’s feet.

Our testers found the stroller performs best on pavements and smooth grass but struggles with potholes and curbs. Parents found their little ones were very content in the seat however, with one commenting about her daughter, “she never fought us as I put her in and she seemed to enjoy the higher-than-average seat.” The full 11-piece bundle includes a collapsible bassinet and an i-size car seat with an ISOfix base, which is easy to install but lacks a swivel feature. The stylish changing bag with ample pockets is also part of the bundle.

Read out full Didofy Stargazer review

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Comfy
  • Folds easily
  • Large basket underneath
  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy to control with one hand
  • Comes with drinks holder and raincover

Cons

  • Raincover doesn’t cover the full stroller
  • Difficult on some curbs
  • Bassinet doesn’t come with a raincover
  • Style
    4.0
  • Ease of use
    4.5
  • Comfort
    4.5
  • Worth the money
    4.0
  • Fold/unfolding
    4.5
Suitable from:birth up to 22kg
Weight:9.9kg
Colour:Black, Green, Grey
Extendable handlebarYes – up to 110cm
Folded SizeFrame on its own: W64cm x H69cm x D37
Unfolded Size:W64cm x H110cm x D74cm
Frame with seatW64cm x H69cm x D39cm
CarrycotW39cm x H30cm x L82cm
  • One-handed fold
  • One-piece fold in both parent and world facing modes
  • 92 recycled PET bottles are used to make each stroller
  • Extendable UPF 50 waterproof hood with peekaboo window
  • Car seat compatible with most brands, including Maxi-Cosi and Cybex, as well as Didofy
  • Colour choice of black, green or grey

FAQs

Key features to look for before purchasing your pushchair

Seats

Stand-out features to look for are reversible seats, so you can push your baby facing you but turn them around to look at the world when they are old enough.

Folding

It's also good to look for a pushchair that is easy to fold (as you'll be doing this a lot) and easy to convert as your baby grows.

Size

How much storage space do you have in your boot? And how much space do you have for the pushchair in your house?

Basket size

Don't forget to check the size of the basket - babies have a lot of stuff, and so do us parents, when we're out and about, so a decent-sized basket is a must. We'd also recommend investing in a pram cup holder if there isn't one included too!

Wheels and tyres

If you live out in the countryside, you'll probably want to make sure the wheels and tyres of your baby's pushchair can handle the rough terrain so that your baby's ride isn't too bumpy.

Things to consider before purchasing your pushchair

Will it fit in your car boot or hallway when folded?

Make sure the pushchair fits wherever you need it to. Take very careful measurements – and check them twice!

Can you fold and unfold it with one hand?

But can you really? You'd be surprised how many pushchair manufacturers make this claim. Don't take their word for it. Put it to the test.

Are the straps easy to adjust?

It's difficult to imagine your tiny bundle growing fast, but he will! Being able to adjust the straps easily after a sudden growth spurt is immensely useful.

Can you steer one-handed in a circle in both directions?

This seems like a pointless exercise, but you'll thank us the first time you turn a sharp corner whilst holding your toddler's hand or nursing a very large takeaway coffee!

Could you carry it up a flight of stairs even with your baby in it?

Some pushchairs are seriously heavy. Try lifting it in and out of your car boot, and consider whether you could carry it up a flight of stairs unaided without risking a hernia. Factor in that a growing toddler is a surprisingly heavy additional weight.

Is it easy to clean?

The ability to quickly and easily remove all traces of a spilt drink or a leaky nappy is worth paying extra for. Machine-washable, removable fabrics are your friend.

Will you love the way it looks a year from now?

You could still be using your pushchair several years from now, so make sure it's a print/style/colour that won't date quickly and leave you feeling behind the times. Getting out and about with your baby can do wonders for your well-being – you don't want to put that off because you've fallen out of love with your wheels.

When should you buy a pram or pushchair?

Babies should be in a flat lying position in their pram for at least the first six months of their life; this is important for their developing spine. Not all pushchairs lie completely flat, so you'll need to check this before buying.

Also, be aware that the term 'lie-flat' used by some pushchair manufacturers doesn't always mean that the pushchair can go completely flat; the term can be used to describe pushchairs that recline 'at least 150°', not the full 180° that you might expect.

Many frames come with a newborn carrycot and the option to switch to a reclining seat once your baby is old enough, meaning you get both pram and pushchair with the one frame.

Does a 2 year old need a pushchair?

Yes, at two your little one will still need a pushchair or stroller. They may want to do a little bit of walking and then rest in a pushchair, but their legs will get tired when walking long distances. You might want a lightweight, compact stroller for convenience as your little one gets bigger, or one which is easy for your little one to hop in and out of.

When can baby change from pram to pushchair?

Newborns need to lie flat and even when your baby is old enough to sit up slightly, they will still likely nap when out and about, so the option to lie flat is important. You can think about changing from a pram to a pushchair from 6 month, as long as your little one has the core strength to sit up. However, at around 12 - 18 months, your little one will definitely be more ready and you will enjoy the convenience of a transition to a pushchair. Of course though, you know your little one best, and you will know when they are ready. By the time they are walking and probably getting in and out to explore, a pushchair might be easier to use and more convenient for keeping in the back of the car too.

Should you get a carrycot?

Unless your pushchair can recline to a completely lie-flat position, then your newborn will also need a carrycot as it's the safest way to transport your baby in those early months.

What about a travel system?

The carrycot can then also fit onto your travel system. This allows you to place your baby in their carrycot onto their pram frame and then straight into the car, allowing them to stay undisturbed and comfortable whether you might be travelling with them.

Do I really need an expensive pram?

No, it's up to you what pram you choose and you can prioritise what you need from a pram or pushchair. It might be that you need something compact, or lightweight, or having a pram compatible with travel system is important to you. There are lots of factors to consider such as style, safety, weight, age suitability, how it manoeuvres or the terrain a pushchair can cover, and cost is another such consideration, especially if you love the idea of a designer pram. There are lots of budget prams to choose from, with prams, buggies and pushchairs ranging greatly in price. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what is important to you when choosing a pram.

Emily Gilbertis the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

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