With a wide range of pushchairs available, there are a variety of different design features to choose from. However, the standard features listed below apply to all pushchairs, and are features that you should primarily focus on when making your decision:
Large, spoked wheels give a traditional pram look that many new mums love, but can make the pushchair bulkier and more difficult to move around and store when not in use. Chunky tyres are better for off-road use. Small and medium sized wheels that swivel improve manoeuvrability, but can be more difficult to control. Swivel wheels are often lockable for better control on gravel or bumpy ground
These can vary depending on the model. Check that they are quick and easy to apply
This needs to be comfortable for both you and your partner. Some pushchairs have an adjustable handle height
All new pushchairs come with a five-point safety harness which fits over the shoulders, round the middle and between the legs. Check the clasp is easy for you to undo but difficult for a toddler
Accidents are inevitable. Check whether the covers are removable, machine washable or sponge cleaned.