16 of the best buggies and prams suitable for a newborn

The best prams, pushchairs and lie-flat buggies suitable from birth

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From birth buggies are those that either feature a carrycotlie flat seat or a 2-in-1 carrycot that converts into the buggy seat.

Lots of buggies are advertised as being suitable from the day of your baby’s birth but many will require a carrycot that attaches to the chassis in order for your little one to lie flat.

Newborns need to lie flat so that their lungs can develop and they can breath easily. A lie flat position is also essential for your baby’s spinal development because it will help spine growth and in time strengthen muscle tone.

We’ve tested hundreds of buggies to select the best pushchairs for your newborn baby

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1. Maxi-Cosi Zelia, £299

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £299

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair under £400 – Gold

Here’s a great 2-in-1 pushchair at an exceptionally reasonable price. A big bonus of the lightweight Maxi-Cosi Zelia stroller is you can easily switch from the newborn bassinet to seat (holding up to 15kg) without the need for any additions. If you want to transform it into a travel system by adding a Maxi Cosi car seat, they’ve popped adaptors in the box too.

The pushchair measures a neat 75 x 64 x 36 cm when folded, so you’ll find it fairly compact to store.

MFM judge Sophie says: “The Maxi-Cosi Zelia is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, while still feeling sturdy and secure. It’s a great choice for parents who want a 2-in-1 pram that takes up little space without compromising on comfort or quality.”

Although the Zelia isn’t quite as smart as the Mothercare Journey Edit, it does come in a choice of fabric colours, with nice matching accessories to upgrade your baby’s ride.

Read our full MFM review of the Maxi-Cosi Zelia

Available from: Maxi Cosi, Mothercare and Precious Little One

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2. Cosatto Woosh XL, £279.95

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot:  £89.95

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £369.90

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair under £400 – Silver

The Cosatto Woosh XL is compact and light at just 7kg, but stable and hardy too. It can be used from birth with the lie-flat recline but you might want to go for the additional cosy carrycot for a more secure ride.

Tot-pleasing benefits include eye-catching prints under the hood and a cute cuddly toy, and as your little one grows they’ll enjoy seeing the world from the outer-facing seat – it’s worth a mention too that it holds up to 25kg.

]There are nice little extras for parents too. MFM judge Tara says: “This has an amazing fold that’s different from any I’ve seen. There’s also a coffee cup holder, a great little pocket for bits and a big basket. It looks way more expensive with its beautiful finish, so is fantastic value.”

Combine it with the Cosatto 0+ Dock i-Size car seat and the pushchair becomes a travel system.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Cosatto, Mothercare and Boots

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3. Mothercare Journey Edit, £350

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £350

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Newborn Pushchair under £400 – Bronze

This pleasantly priced baby bundle has all the features of the much-loved Mothercare Journey pushchair, with the bonus inclusion of a newborn carrycot.

Adaptors will attach a Mothercare, Maxi Cosi, or Cybex car seat, and from 6 months, your baby can sit either parent-facing or world-facing in the seat.

MFM judge Lauren says: “The Journey Edit is very aesthetically pleasing and I can fit a lot in the underneath storage – complete with a zip-up compartment. The brakes and wheels have also handled my shopping trips and countryside walks well.”

Stylish fabrics, a luxury leatherette handlebar and polished chassis give this value stroller a premium look to rival upper-spend buggies such as the Joolz Day3.

What’s more, the pushchair comes with everything you’ll need from day one such as the apron, soft jersey liner, cosy footmuff, raincover and a separate hood for the carrycot – making the package even more value for money.

Available from: Mothercare, Very and Amazon

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4. Babyzen Yoyo+, £389

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot:  £190

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £579

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair £400-£800 – Joint Silver

The Babyzen YOYO stroller has long been rated for its high-style, teeny-tiny compactness and longevity up to 15kg, but it’s an extremely good buy for a new baby too. In the pushchair’s 0+ newborn pack, there’s a parent-facing flat nest with a five-point harness, a pop-up canopy, foot cover and sherpa fleece headrest, to keep baby safe and cosy.

At 6 months (or when baby weighs 9kg) you simply switch the fabrics for the 6+ set and turn the multi-recline seat into world-facing mode. What’s more, the YOYO is compatible with the Babyzen car seat, or other models using adaptors.

MFM judge Michelle says: “I’d highly recommend the YOYO as it’s a lightweight stroller that’s good to use from birth. It comes in lovely colours, is very practical and easy to use, and best of all is so compact it slots nicely into tight spaces.”

It can’t tackle terrain like Bugaboo’s Fox, and you’ll find the YOYO’s basket not as quite as roomy as the storage with the Oyster 3 or Diono Quantum 2 – but considering how fast and small this pushchair folds on public transport, you probably won’t mind the trade off.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: John Lewis, Natural Baby Shower and Amazon

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5. Oyster 3, from £499

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot:  £169

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £668

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair £400-£800 – Gold

The Oyster 3 is a popular choice for parents thanks to its birth and beyond versatility and numerous smart features.

For new babies, the seat reclines to a full lie-flat position or there’s a robust carrycot you can buy separately to click onto the chassis.

The carrycot’s standout details include a rocker base to gently soothe baby to sleep when on a solid surface and a silent mechanism on the large, protective hood.

When it’s time to use the reversible seat, it has a whopping 22kg weight capacity and you’ll notice fancy little touches like the comfy calf rest and an adjustable hood and harness that’s handy as your child grows.

When out and about, the Oyster 3 boasts an ultra-smooth ride with a quick, compact fold – regardless of seat position.

MFM judge Kim says: “The Oyster 3 is a superb all rounder as it can easily switch between a carrycot, pushchair seat, or car seat – using adaptors. It’s an excellent option for parents looking for a full travel system.”

Available from: Mothercare, Kiddies Kingdom and Baby & Co

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6. Babystyle Quail by Egg, £599

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: £179

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £778

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair £400-£800 – Joint Silver

With many of the premium features of its big sibling, the Quail is the mini-model of the bestselling Babystyle Egg.

It boasts a lightweight frame with a super-compact freestanding fold and can be used from birth up to a generous 22kg.

For parents looking for a nippy birth-to-tot stroller that can be used as a travel system too, this does it all.

MFM judge Michelle says: “The Quail Egg oozes class and it deserves its high-end label as it looks so luxurious. I especially like the Quail’s compact fold and the overall finish is sleek and smooth.”

As with the Egg, the carrycot is a separate purchase – it’s slim, lightweight and comes with a mattress and raincover. This does hike up the overall price to beyond that of the similarly nimble YOYO, but the cot is not a necessity – the seat’s lie-flat recline is also suitable and cosy for newborns.

When baby is ready to sit up, the seat can be turned outward-facing and interchangeable magnetic panels allow for a truly customised look.

Available from: Uber Kids, Pram World and Mothercare

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7. Diono Quantum 2, £700

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £700

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair £400-£800 – Bronze

The beauty of the Diono Quantum 2 is the unique 3-in-1 XL smart seat. It’s used from birth with the all-in-one padded newborn inserts and then converts into a toddler seat as your baby grows.

MFM judge Rachel says: “The newborn insert for the buggy means you don’t need to buy or store a separate carrycot, and this is a massive plus when you think about all the other baby gear slowly filling your cupboards.”

The XL reversible seat will later accommodate tall toddlers, and another useful feature is the four-tier canopy, which gives great coverage and ventilation for new babies.

Other highlights include the six-position handlebar, one-step brake and XL storage basket with plenty of room for a changing bag and more.

If you’d like that extra bit of security and cosiness, you can always purchase a Newborn Pod too.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: AmazonDiono and Precious Little One

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8. Joolz Day3, £849

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £849

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair over £800 – Gold

Joolz excels at creating well-made prams, so the sophisticated Day3 is understandably packed with baby-friendly benefits and thoughtful features.

The included carrycot is spacious and insulated, but also features zip-down sides for a flow of fresh air to keep a newborn cool.

From around six months, a baby or toddler can nap or watch the world in the six-position seat that’s the perfect height to double up as a highchair when out and about.

Handy highlights include a peek-a-boo mesh window in the hood – that’s shared by the cot and seat, an adjustable leatherette handle bar and puncture proof wheel so you can tackle all terrain. It’s travel system compatible.

MFM consumer & reviews editor and mum of 2 Christy says: “The Day3 is lovely and nimble to push. Fitting the carrycot on is super easy – it just clicks into place really nicely, and the whole pushchair feels really well-made.”

Unlike the extras that are thrown in with Ickle Bubba’s Stomp V4 or the Mothercare Journey Edit, you do pay a premium for the Day3’s gorgeous accessories. In return for the overall big price tag however, you get a pretty luxurious package.

Available from: Joolz, Mothercare and Natural Baby Shower

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9. Peg Perego Ypsi, £500

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: £230

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £730

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Newborn Pushchair over £800 – Bronze

The Peg Perego Ypsi looks beautiful, is hailed as a pleasure to push, and when teamed with the pushchair’s carrycot and car seat, is an all-round premium pick that works well with a new baby.

Unlike the full lie-flat recline seat on the equally luxurious Babystyle Quail, this stroller’s seat can only be used from 6 months – but it is reversible and has a hefty 22kg hold.

Buy the newborn-friendly carrycot and you’ll find it robust and secure, with good ventilation and a gorgeous leather handle for easy carrying.

The pushchair also boasts overall good manoeuvrability thanks to its slim frame.

MFM judge Christy says: “The Ypsi is lighter to lift than the Joolz Day3, and easy to fold too. I also like the good-sized shopping basket.”

Available from: Kiddies Kingdom, Uber Kids and Trendy Baby

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10. Ickle Bubba Stomp V4, £599

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: No

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £599

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Travel System Package over £500 – Gold

The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 is a one-stop-shop travel system that offers real value for money with a newborn, thanks to its bundle of extras and a comparatively low price tag.

For under £600, there’s a carrycot with apron and hood, seat unit with comfy liner, plus the Galaxy Group 0+ car seat with isofix base, or a Mercury iSize car seat.

Choose between a bronze or chrome chassis and pick from a premium colour pack, and you’ll have a luxe-look system for so much less.

MFM judge Sophie says: “The Stomp V4 is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre and the luxury liner makes the interior very comfortable for my baby. All-in-all it really does have everything you need for a new baby – in an eye-catching design at a reasonable price.”

Completing the package of goodies is a raincover, cosy footmuff, and a changing bag and mat to stash in the large basket – extras that aren’t included when you buy the similarly priced Cybex Balios S as a travel system.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Ickle Bubba, Amazon and Precious Little One

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11. Cybex Balios S, £329.95

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: £119.95

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £449.90 (£640, for the full travel system)

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Travel System Package over £500 – Silver

Strong, sturdy and stable are just a few of the words you could choose to describe the Cybex Balios S pushchair.

It’s designed to be used on its own from birth, with the additional carrycot, or as the part of the Cybex 3-in-1 travel system.

The compatible ergonomic Carry Cot M is nice and wide and really protects from the elements with an XXL UPF50+ canopy.

Similar to the robust Peg Perego Ypsi, this is not a travel system buggy that sits alongside the nippy Oyster 3 or the ultra-small YOYO – it’s not particularly light at 11.2kg, or notably compact.

It does however pride itself on being a reliable ride and with features such a lie-flat reversible seat, all-terrain wheels and a sizeable basket, provides a dependable way to get around with a newborn – and then baby or toddler.

MFM judge Natasha says: “The Balios S is easy to push one-handed, and it’s a doddle to click in the pushchair seat and switch it from parent-facing to forward-facing. Plus, there are thoughtful design touches such as elastic to keep the harness covers in place.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Mothercare, Amazon and Kiddies Kingdom

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12. Silver Cross Coast, £950

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £950

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Convertible and Double Buggy over £500 – Gold

The Coast by Silver Cross is an understated convertible pram, offering both style and function for a growing family.

The stroller frame and seat unit come with a separate good-sized bassinet, that’s also suitable for overnight sleeping.

From this heritage brand you get the expected classic elements of premium tailored fabrics and a durable, long lasting chassis, along with a few contemporary touches such as a ventilated UPF50+ hood, mosquito net and cup holder.

Use the stroller as a sturdy single or add in a tandem seat, or car seat to turn it into a double.

A ride-on board takes the pushchair’s possible seat configurations to an impressive 27.

MFM judge Kayleigh says: “The seating on the Coast means that it’s easy to give both children a good view. The weight limits are also higher than average and even at 30 weeks pregnant, with it fully loaded with my two and three year old, I don’t struggle to push it or steer it.”

It’s worth noting that while the iCandy Peach can happily accommodate twins from birth, comparatively, the Coast is better for different aged children or older babies, as its chassis doesn’t allow for double carrycots.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Silver Cross, Mothercare and John Lewis

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13. iCandy Peach, from £999

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £999

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Convertible and Double Buggy over £500 – Joint Silver

You do of course get iCandy’s iconic design, nifty features and travel system compatibility with the Peach, but for expanding families it’s an oh-so-practical choice too.

The clever carrycot and seat fabrics share the same frame – meaning there’s no extra purchases to use it from birth-25kg. The seat has both world-facing and parent-facing positions and elevators heighten it if needed.

As your family grows, a second seat can be added, and for twins, the frame will easily handle two single carrycots.

MFM judge Alice says: “The iCandy Peach is a beautiful looking buggy and has a clever design that allows you to convert it from a single to a double, and back again. It’s also a bonus that even in double mode, it retains the footprint of a single buggy – so no hassle getting in and out of doorways or through tight spaces.”

Adjustable handlebars, six different seat positions and all-round suspension are just some of this buggy’s extra benefits.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: John LewisMothercare and Pramworld 

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14. Bugaboo Fox, £1,014

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £1014

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, All Terrain Pushchair ­– Gold

With big tyres, all-wheel suspension and a one-hand steer, the much-loved Fox is Bugaboo’s all-terrain option and promises a totally cosy ride for newborns –parents can take it in the forest or even onto the beach.

There’s a sleep-suitable carrycot with a maximum weight of 9kg, then switch to the seat that will last until your toddler is 17kg.

The buggy is also travel-system compatible, making it ultra versatile.

MFM judge Sheryl says: “The Fox is a great investment for new parents. The carrycot facilities, right through to having the option of putting a buggy board on at a later date, makes it a pushchair that will last for years, and even for more than one child.”

The fold is easy and at 9.9kg, it’s slightly lighter to lift than the iCandy Peach in single mode.

There are also some great customisable options that really ramps up its value.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Bugaboo, Natural Baby Shower and Uber Kids

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15. Uppababy Vista, £929.99

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: Included in the price

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £929.99

Stylish, practical and multi-tasking, there are more than a few reasons why the Uppababy Vista is great option for new parents.

Sleek and streamlined, it converts to a travel system with ease and the included large carrycot, doubles up as safe overnight sleeping option.

A reversible toddler seat and, like the Silver Cross Coast, the fact you can add another seat as your family grows, means you’ll never need another buggy. Little extras make it special too – luxurious fabric, a crease-proof extendable sunshade for protection, six reclining positions on the seat and 4-wheel suspension enabling a smooth ride for new babies.

Our MFM reviewer says: “I love using this buggy and it meets all of our family needs with ease due to its versatility, smooth manoeuvrability, comfort and excellent storage. The fact that it’s the only stroller you’ll ever need makes the price point more palatable.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Baby & Co, John Lewis and Natural Baby Shower

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16. Babystyle Egg, from £769

Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Yes

Additional cost of carrycot: £199

Travel system compatible: Yes

Total price of pushchair: £968

As one of the pricier pushchairs on our list and set as a rival to the likes of the iCandy Peach, the Babystyle Egg is a high-end stroller that’s a guaranteed head-turner due to its unique, curvy shape and clutter free chassis.

Appealing for the price is the fact that it’s car seat compatible and has a long lifespan – the inviting seat works from birth to 25kg.

There’s also an additional carrycot to pop on the frame, making it even more nest-like for newborns. Although it’s by no means light at 13.5kg, the Egg’s easy folding system, supreme comfort for little ones and great manoeuvrability makes it a great choice.

Our reviewer says: “I felt the Egg was sturdy but not bulky; quiet but easy to manoeuvre, and stylish but practical. From top to bottom, I loved this pushchair.”

To complete the overall look, a range of equally plush accessories – from changing bags to footmuffs, is available for each of the Egg’s luxe fabrics.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Mothercare, Simply Baby and Pram World

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