Convertible buggies – what are they?
Convertible buggies are pushchairs that change from a single to a double buggy so you can use it with one child or two children.
To convert a buggy from a single to a double, you need to be able to fix an additional seat unit, carrycot or car seat to the existing frame.
If the pushchair is suitable for twins (not all are) then the chassis must be able to hold carrycots or car seats at the same time.
But if you have a toddler and a newborn, look for a buggy that can be converted to hold a single carrycot and seat unit. It’s worth knowing that in some cases you’ll need to buy special adaptors to allow your buggy to be converted. Check carefully with the manufacturer if you need any extras.
Some convertible buggies are inline or tandem, meaning the seats are stacked one on top of the other like the iCandy Peach Blossom. Others are side by side buggies like the Bugaboo Donkey. Read on for our top picks!
Graco Trekko Duo, £150 for complete single to double mode
A value-for-money single to double pushchair, the main seat of the Graco Trekko is suitable for newborns, while the sibling seat is good for little ones 6 months plus.
The Trekko is travel system compatible (with the the Graco Junior Baby car seat), has a very large basket and the main seat has 3 recline positions.
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Hauck Freerider Shop ‘N’ Drive £169.95 for complete single to double mode
The Hauck Freerider is a great budget option for a double pushchair that’ll grow well with your family. The most versatile buggy in the Hauck collection, it can sit one child or two children of different ages.
Travel system compatible, it can be used with the brand’s Zero Plus infant car seat and very easy to fold – just what you need when out and about!
Our MFM reviewer says the Hauck Freerider Shop ‘N’ Drive is very comfortable for little ones, easy-to-push and a great time-saver as it can be folded down in single or double mode with both seats in place.
Read the full Hauck Freerider Shop ‘N’ Drive review
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Baby Jogger City Select (single £394, double £524)
A lightweight convertible pushchair that has 16 possible seating configurations suitable for one child, twins or two siblings of differing ages.
The Baby Jogger City Select has a very quick, one hand folding system, and will give your child a smooth, comfortable and safe ride while allowing you to easily push, fold and store the pushchair in virtually any location.
Check out the review of the Baby Jogger City Mini here
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Babystyle Oyster Max (single £439, double £568)
The Babystyle Oyster Max has lots of fans including Prima Baby, who gave the buggy a Gold Award for its versatility, its 25 seat positions (yes, really) and for the ease with which it converts from single to double, inline buggy.
Compact and easy to fold, the Oyster Max hit the market three years ago and became fondly known as the “Bugaboo on a budget.”
Ready to roll straight from the box, as a single buggy it’s suitable from 6 months old and with the carrycot or a car seat attached the Oyster Max can be used from birth. Twin mums can use two carrycots or two car seats, and for toddler and baby there’s the combo of buggy seat and carrycot or buggy seat and car seat.
Read the full review of the Babystyle Oyster Max
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