Do you know the difference between a pushchair and a pram? How about a buggy or a stroller? I didn’t. Well, I still don’t, really, not without a good old google to be sure.
“A pram is designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually while they’re lying down. It’s sturdy and generally can’t be folded flat. A stroller is lightweight and collapsible, ideal for older babies. A buggy can be a pushchair or a stroller, depending on who you ask!” – Source: Baby Centre
Well there you go. Clear as mud huh? Or is this just another one of those cobs, baps, rolls or barm cake situations. Seriously, a “barm cake”? We all know they’re called “cobs”!
For the sake of this post, let’s just assume I’m talking about a pushchair. I think I am, so that will have to do for now.
There are lot’s of things to consider when choosing your pushchair. Ok, scratch that. For the mummy to be, there are lots of things to consider when choosing your pushchair. For the daddy to be, i.e. me, I just want to make sure that it’s tall enough for me to push without having to hunch over like I do for so many tasks in life. Tall guy problems huh. Washing the dishes. Hunched over. Hoovering. Hunched over. Looking in the bathroom mirror. Hunched over.
Jen however, is the sensible one here though. She’s looking at the size of when it’s folded away. The weight for when she has to pick it up. The suitability of the wheels for those walks around the reservoir. The capacity of the basket underneath. What car seats can be fitted. The list goes on and on. Thank God for Jen is all I can say. When our kid is older, I’ll make sure to tell them that Jen made all the important decisions like this. I’ll just get to decide which football team they support, and at what point in their life I’ll introduce them to peanut butter.
Where do you start though when looking for a pushchair? Do we look to close friends and family and see what they have? For us personally, that range from a pushchair that cost more than my first car (and probably Jens first car. Combined) and one that is all a bit too girly looking when you don’y yet know if you’re having a girl or a boy.
So first of all we started online, with a good old google. We soon had a front runner in the Crosswalk by Jane. While the promo picture (below) is of a happy, selfie taking mum and smiling baby, and carries a headline saying “chic in the city, strong in the country”, it’s not hard to see who this is being aimed at. But then there’s terminology such as “Independent suspension and shock absorbers” and “all-terrain wheels”, and all of a sudden I start to get interested.
Following that, we paid a visit to John Lewis where we saw a couple we liked, but more importantly ruled out a couple of brands we’d previously had an eye on.
Then the other week, on our way for a weekend treat of coffee and cake, we noticed a local independent trader called Shop 4 Tots in Kingsthorpe. So we decided to go check it out. It turns out it’s been there quite a few months although we’d only just noticed it. That probably has something to do with the fact that we’ve only recently started looking out for pushchairs and other baby stuff.
It’s a lovely little shop and actually a family run business that’s been trading online for 12 years. Amongst a host of nursery and baby products, we saw a pushchair in there that is now also one of our front runners. The BabyStyle Hybrid Edge also referred to as the Hybrid Stroller. Now, on first appearance, the wheels are, well, not to our taste, but that’s ok because you do have the option of an alternative set of wheels which we much preferred.
What we liked about this one was the general seat position was quite high. Which means less hunching for old lanky here, and less general strain on Jen’s back. The wheels were good for town and country, and there was quite good storage space underneath. Not the biggest we’ve seen, but ample.
I can’t properly review either of these pushchairs, as I’ve not spent enough time with either of them. But I just thought I’d share where we’re at so far.
Whichever we do go for, which might not even be one of these two, I’ll be sure to let you all know how we get on. Hopefully I’ll be telling you how we made the right decision and just how great it is. And fingers crossed, we won’t have to spend a small fortune either. Otherwise, when our child is 17, I’ll have to tell them how we spent their “car money” on a pushchair.
T-minus 159 days!