Well, conversely to what you might think, they are not exactly the same.
- A pram is designed for new-borns and younger babies, usually having them lying down. It’s sturdy and generally can’t be folded flat.
- A pushchair is suitable both for new-borns and for when your baby is a bit older and can sit up, and they are relatively robust, compared to a stroller. The seat can face towards or away from the parent, and is able to fully lie down. They usually come with useful features like carry cots (included) and swivel wheels, and they are travel-friendly, as they often fold flat, in order to fit into a car boot. Their price is usually higher, and they are heavy and bulky. You should also consider that, although they are better for younger children, not all pushchairs are suitable for new-borns, as some types and models don’t come with a flat backrest. So, price aside, when browsing for a pushchair, make sure the backrest is adjustable and able to lie completely flat if you are buying for a new-born. For the outdoors lovers, there are also all-terrain pushchairs, ideally suited for adventure, as their chunky wheels (usually three) and good suspension system, ensure a smooth ride across any terrain. Downside is, their larger size might not fit into your car boot, depending on your vehicle. So be sure to measure well prior to purchasing one.
- A stroller is suitable for toddlers and young children; it’s not as sturdy as a pushchair, but rather lightweight and collapsible, ideal for travel.
- A buggy is a word referring to either a pushchair or a stroller, and opinions can vary, depending on who you ask.
- Travel systems is a set consisting of a pushchair chassis, complete with a carrycot and car seat, thus covering all your baby’s travel needs. Upside is, the attachable carrycot or car seat can be used while your baby is still very young. As useful as this might sound, your baby will outgrow this type of pushchair before you know it.