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12 of the best pushchairs suitable for newborn babies – tried and tested

The best buggies suitable to use from birth based on extensive testing by parent journalists and feedback from families

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With so many pushchairs available, finding the right one that’s suitable for you and your newborn baby can be overwhelming – that’s why we’ve meticulously researched and tested over 600 different models. Using a combination of  journalist reviews of different pushchairs, feedback from parent home testers and results from our annual MadeforMum Awards, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations to meet a range of needs, from city and country life, to compact folds and single-to-double options.

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Are all pushchairs suitable for a newborn baby?

No, babies need to lie in a flat position in their pushchair for at least the first 6 months. Some strollers are only suitable from 6 months, as they don’t lie flat enough.

“Lying flat helps to protect your baby’s back, development and breathing,” says buggy expert Charlotte Gelstharp from Natural Baby Shower, a leading online retailer for pushchairs.

Some pushchairs create a comfortable lie-flat position with a carrycot or cocoon (soft fabric carrycot). Others have a seat that reclines to a lie-flat position, which means you may not want an additional carrycot.  With this mind we’ve chosen some pushchairs that come with a carrycot included or with the option to purchase one separately.

Some pushchairs say they’re lie-flat but don’t look flat…

Yes, lie-flat doesn’t have to mean completely flat according to standards that assess whether a pushchair is suitable from birth. The definition of lie-flat is at least 150° (rather than 180° that is truly flat). This means that the base could actually cause your baby’s head to be raised by up to 30°.

Given the scientific evidence behind keeping your baby lying flat in a pushchair, we’d strongly recommend only using a completely lie-flat base for regular use – either via a carrycot or a 180° flat recline.

Do I need to buy a carrycot?

Carrycots offer a lot of benefits when you have a newborn including the fact that most are parent facing so you can keep an eye on your baby during their first few months. Charlotte explains, “They are also seen as offering your little one that extra touch of comfort and luxury with those added extras such as more space, a padded mattress, extra ventilation and larger canopy hood. ”

“Some parents also love the option of being able to remove the carrycot from the pushchair without disturbing your baby and let them continue to sleep.” Also, a carrycot can provide a portable sleep space to meet Safe Sleep guidelines, which advise having your baby sleep in the same room as you, night and day.

One other element worth thinking about is whether the carrycot is suitable for overnight sleeping (measured by the height of the sides and the ventilation enabling airflow, so allowing it to meet required standards for a standalone carrycot). This can replace the need for a travel cot in the first 6 months.

But it is an additional cost – a pushchair carrycot can vary from £100 to over £250. And once your baby has grown out of it (from around 6 months), you’ll need room at home to store it.

What else should I look out for when buying a newborn pushchair?

Folding/unfolding – Each pushchair comes with its own unique fold, and most are straightforward once you get the knack but reviews such as those on MadeForMums will give you a feel for how easy or complicated the fold is. Also, think about whether you can fold with the seat on (useful if you’re going to be storing it folded) and how compact the fold is plus can you fold it one-handed.

Lots of mums in our Facebook group stated that the fold was one of the most important features when choosing a pushchair. One parent commented, “My pushchair has to be easy to fold but not necessarily small and if it folds with seat on this is a bonus.”

Basket – “Don’t forget to check out the size of the basket,” advises Charlotte at Natural Baby Shower. “Babies need a lot of stuff and as a parent on the move you need somewhere to store it all. This is where opting for a large basket underneath your pushchair will become a real lifesaver to your day to day life on the move.” But the size of the basket isn’t your only consideration. Check how easy it is to access the basket – you’ll find with some pushchair designs that the basket is not so easy to access when using it with the carrycot.

Wheels and tyres – The general principle is the bigger the wheels, the easier they can handle rough terrain. Air-filled tyres are also great for rugged off-road pushing but do get punctures, so solid wheels are more common. Find out more about which pushchair wheels and tyres would suit your lifestyle best.

Single to double option – Some pushchairs transform from a single to a double buggy with the addition of an extra seat or carrycot and adaptors. It’s potentially a way to save money if you’re planning to extend your family, but of course, you can never second guess Mother Nature! You’ll also find buggies that can transform into doubles are likely to have heavier frames – so they can handle the weight of two children.

So that’s a pushchair, but what’s a travel system?

A travel system is simply a pushchair with a car seat attached. 63% of over 600 parents we surveyed opted to buy a travel system (a pushchair and compatible car seat), with 24% choosing just a newborn pushchair.

Travel systems enable you to move a sleeping baby from a car onto a pushchair frame – hopefully without properly waking your baby! However, you should only use your travel system for short journeys if your baby is in an upright car seat – read here about the 2 hour rule.

Most pushchairs can be transformed into travel systems but not all – usually strollers. Some come as a travel system bundle, with everything included; with others you buy the pushchair, relevant car seat and adaptors separately. Some car seats, particularly those from Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and BeSafe, fit many different brands of pushchairs. Check compatiblity in our reviews or on manufacturer’s websites.

Remember, that not all car seats fit all pushchairs and not all car seats fit all cars. So we’d recommend making sure that your car seat of choice will fit your car before choosing a travel system or pushchair.

When should I buy a pushchair?

In our survey, 61% said they bought their buggy between their 20-week scan and the early weeks of the third trimester, with another 19% buying a few weeks before their due date.

How much does a newborn pushchair cost?

Prices of pushchairs for newborn babies can vary significantly. They can range from a couple of hundred pounds to over a thousand; we’ve included pushchairs that cater for a variety of budgets.

Remember to check what you get with an advertised price – there may be many accessories that aren’t included in the cost, such as car seat adaptors, raincover and footmuff.

One way to save money is to look for bundles, where a retailer or manufacturer includes many extras within the price.

Here’s our pick of the best pushchairs for your newborn baby…

1. Bugaboo Fox 2, £1029
– Best for a lighter-weight choice 

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 9.9 kg I Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping No | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best newborn pushchair over £700 – Gold

At just under 10kg, the Bugaboo Fox 2 is one of the lightest-weighing standard pushchairs (though not as lightweight as a stroller). And yet there’s no compromise on how rugged and sturdy it is.

With its deep suspension and large wheels, the Bugaboo Fox 2 can take on all manner of terrains with ease, making it suitable for anyone who loves to spend equal amounts of time in urban and country areas.

As noted by MFM reviewer Natalie, one of the pram’s main benefits is its comfort. “The springy, central joint suspension is very giving and makes all the difference in providing a comfortable ride, allowing the buggy to soak up bumps from the core of the frame, not just from each wheel.” The same applies to the carrycot, which according to Natalie is one of the most ‘pillow-soft’ carrycots she’d encountered.

One space-saving feature that we like is the ability to turn the carrycot into the seat, so you don’t have to store a carrycot at home once your baby is ready to move to a seat from around 6 months. The Fox 2 also folds with the seat (and even the carrycot) on as well as off – giving you an easier-to-store one-piece fold.

Pros: Lighter-weight frame, easy to push, suitable for multiple terrains
Cons: Quite high when folded, expensive

Available from: Mamas & Papas, Natural Baby Shower and Bugaboo

2. Cybex Priam, from £829, with Priam Lux carrycot £1099
– Best for larger or taller babies

Suitable for: Birth to 17kg (approx 4 yrs) | Weight: 12.4kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Sold separately – two options Lux (£269) and Lite (£135) | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping: Lux – yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best newborn pushchair over £700 – Silver

The Cybex Priam is a stylish and luxurious model which can take on any terrain while also looking the part. In particular, MFM tester and mum of 1 Zoe praises how easy it is to push. “The major unique selling point was the ease in which it moves – I couldn’t believe how light it felt considering how big the actual system is”.

While it has head-turning style, this is not a compact pushchair, and will take up a lot of space stored at home or in a small car boot. However, the size is an advantage: Priam’s Lux carrycot is one of the biggest on the market, so would be great for larger or taller babies.

The pram’s sun canopy is also roomy, which one MFM parent tester says adds to its luxury feel, “It’s huge and is great for both sunny days and having a little nap time privacy. Everything about this product is premium.”

Another distinguishing factor compared to other similar pushchairs from competitors like Bugaboo and iCandy is its number of add-ons, from skis to multiple fabric choices, so there are lots of options to tailor it to your lifestyle.

Pros: Sturdy, high quality, generous size
Cons: May be too large for some cars or homes

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Cybex Priam

Available from: Mamas & Papas, Uber Kids and Kiddies Kingdom

3. Mamas & Papas Ocarro, from £799
– Best for country living

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 3 yrs) | Weight: 13.5kg  | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Sold separately (£199) | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping No | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best newborn pushchair over £700 – Bronze

One of the signature products from popular baby brand Mamas & Papas, the stylish Ocarro is a practical yet high quality all-terrain model which boasts a completely lie-flat seat which can be used from birth and double suspension giving a smooth ride.

MFM reviewer and mum Claire praises the Ocarro on how well it handles different terrains. “It’s smooth on pavements and I was able to mount the kerb without any difficulty. I could also easily control the pushchair on uneven terrain.”

Its rugged drive is thanks to its larger all-terrain wheels. However, they do add weight to an already heavy pushchair. With this in mind, we’d say it’s a pushchair particularly well suited to difficult terrains, and may not be the best choice if you’re constantly going to be frequently lifting it up to put in a car boot or up stairs.

The Ocarro has a generous size basket that can “comfortably hold two large bags of shopping, as well as my changing bag” explains our reviewer. However, it’s not the easiest to access, particularly when the carrycot is in place.

Pros: Smooth ride across a range of terrains, 180° lie-flat seat
Cons: Heavy, shopping basket can be tricky to access

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Mamas and Papas Ocarro

Available from: Mamas & Papas and Amazon

4. ABC Design Salsa 4 Air, £699.90
– Best for suspension

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 14.5kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes |Folds with seat on: No | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best newborn pushchair under £700 – Gold

The ABC Design Salsa 4 Air is ideal for parents looking for a competitively priced stylish pram that can handle a range of terrains. It provides a comfortable ride for your baby and feels light and responsive to push and steer.

“The suspension has a generous bounce thanks to the ball bearings on the wheels; all I needed to do when approaching a kerb was to gently press down on the wheels using the handle – and that gave enough momentum to easily mount the kerb,” she adds. This was also one of MFM tester Samatha’s favourite features, “The suspension is great on uneven pavements.”

MFM testers and reviewers agreed that its roominess was one of its key benefits, with its generous carrycot and comfortable and padded mattress that’s suitable for overnight sleeping up to 6 months.

Its sturdiness was also praised: “All four tyres are pneumatic and benefit from a large tread, meaning the pram is not only easy to steer, but can take on different terrains with ease,” comments MFM reviewer and mum-of-one Kayleigh Rattle.

Weighing in at 14.5kg  it’s a heavy pushchair but its sturdy suspension and robust wheels make up for the extra weight. Like the Mamas & Papas Ocarro, it’s recommended for handling rough terrains, and not a pushchair so well suited for frequent lifting or nifty city living.

Pros: Robust suspension, all-terrain wheels, affordability
Cons: Heavy, large carrycot can be tricky to take off the frame

Read our full MadeForMums review of the ABC Design Salsa 4 Air

Available from: Amazon and Pramworld

5. Baby Jogger City Mini GT2, £429, with additional carrycot £638
Best lighter-weight 3-wheeler 

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 4-5 yrs) | Weight: 10.3kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Sold separately (£209) | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes |Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best newborn pushchair under £700 – Bronze

This good value 3-wheeler from Baby Jogger features all-wheel suspension which allows you to negotiate any terrain with speed and ease, so it’s great for families who love rugged walks.

The ‘forever air’ rubber tyres are filled with foam rather than air, which MFM reviewer mum-of-one Becky Ferguson praised as light and easy to push, but without the risk of punctures. She loved the pushchair’s agility and the simple one-handed fold.

Becky also found the steering very ‘reactive’ – an opinion backed up by our home tester, who said it was “exceptionally easy to steer while feeling sturdy as well”. The hood was also praised for its large, factor 50 sunshade. All of these features make it great for long trips in the country, but as our reviewer found, you have to purchase the rain cover separately, which is definitely an essential when it comes to UK weather.

It’s also worth noting that, despite its name, it can’t actually be used for running and unlike most models it features a hand-operated brake rather than a foot brake, which can be off-putting for some.

Pros: One-handed fold, good suspension, affordable, generous hood
Cons: No parent-facing option, hand-operated brake, rain cover not included

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

Available from: Uber Kids and Amazon

6. BabyStyle Oyster 3, £499, with carrycot £648
Best for manoeuvrability

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 11.7kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Sold separately (£149) | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes

For those with space constraints, the Babystyle Oyster 3 is an attractive and affordable option. While robust and durable, it’s also easy to manoeuvre and collapses simply with a compact fold. The large extendable and ventilated hood proved very popular, especially the flip-out visor and ventilation. The latest updates to the Oyster include improvements to wheel and basket size to make them larger, as well as a higher seat.

MFM reviewer and mum-of-1 Becky praises it for being an excellent town and city pram, echoed by many of our parent reviews. “It is very smooth on pavements and easy to mount kerbs with ease of manoeuvrability in an urban environment, e.g. getting in and out of shops,” says Becky.  She also found it moved with ease over grass, so it’s good for trips to the park, but it was more challenged by very rough terrain.

Its space-saving qualities include the fact the Oyster 3 can fold down with the seat (in both directions) and is free-standing. One MFM user notes she can easily fit it into her “small car boot”, although some MFM users did note the pushchair can feel a little heavy to lift when folded with the seat attached.

Pros: Compact, affordable, easy fold with and without seat
Cons: Not great for difficult terrains

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Babystyle Oyster 3

Available from: Amazon and Pramworld

7. UPPAbaby Vista V2, £979.99
Best single-to-double option

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 4-5 yrs) | Weight: 12.4kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included |Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes

A versatile and stylish single pushchair that can convert to a double, the Vista V2 offers seamless all-terrain steering with excellent stability and storage. Our reviewer and home testers praise how easy the V2 is steer and manoeuvre, even when used as a double. It’s also known as a good buggy for tall parents, with your baby sitting at a slightly higher position than many other models.

The V2 is an upgraded version of the popular Vista, and improvements include a bigger toddler seat, a new sun canopy with extra zip-out fabric, improved wheels and better suspension. Unlike some other double buggies on the market, the UPPAbaby Vista offers configurations which allows both children to face outwards, so you avoid the ‘stacking’ issue where one child (on the bottom) gets stuck with no view.

With its 65.3cm width it’s not the slimmest pram on the market, something that’s noted by one MFM user  who commented, “The only negative is that the back wheels are particularly wide, we have had to remove them to get into the front door.” But its roomier size does allow for a generous basket with a weight capacity of 13kg, with a large opening each end and a spring-loaded front for sliding in bigger objects.

Pros: Multiple configurations, easy to manoeuvre, huge basket
Cons: Not the most compact fold (long in length)

Read our full MadeForMums review of the UPPAbaby Vista V2

Available from: John Lewis and Mamas & Papas

8. iCandy Lime, £650
Best for value

Suitable for: Birth to 25kg (approx 6 yrs) | Weight: 10.2kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best compact-folding pushchair – Gold

The Lime offers a compact pushchair with an impressively easy fold that can be done with the seat attached. Although iCandy is a premium brand, the Lime is pitched at a lower price than the Peach, yet as noted by many of our users and reviewers, it still manages to feel high-end.

MFM reviewer Michelle Martin particularly praises the iCandy Lime for its ease of steering. “The Lime handled a busy London park with multiple terrains with relative ease. We tried the pushchair on both grass and gravel and there was no marked difference.”

Described by one MFM home tester as the “perfect compact and lightweight pushchair”, the only niggles were the seat canopy being snug for older children, and one tester finding he and his (fairly short) partner kept clipping the brake.

We like its handy extras like the carry strap and integrated buggy board for growing families. “My toddler, who has been wary of buggy boards, was excited about taking a ride on the Lime’s integrated one,” explains one home tester. “The canopy (which is SPF50) has a huge coverage to allow for a good nap environment.”

Pros: Stylish, easy and compact fold, integrated ride-on board
Cons: Can clip the brake when walking, snug seat height for older children

Read our full MadeForMums review of the iCandy Lime

Available from: Amazon, Uber Kids and John Lewis

9. Silver Cross Pioneer 2020, £795
Best for versatile carrycot

Suitable for: Birth to 25kg (approx 6 yrs) | Weight: 10.2kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: No | Folds with seat on: Yes

The Pioneer, from heritage brand Silver Cross, is a stylish and sturdy option from a heritage brand which makes light work of navigating urban settings.

“It felt sturdy on the pavement and glided along nicely, while mounting kerbs was a doddle as it was light enough to tip onto the large back wheels,” says our MFM reviewer and mum-of-2 Gabrielle. “On grass and cobbles, the suspension came into its own as my baby was gently bounced rather than thrown around.”

Our reviewer also loves the fact that the pram comes with an especially high-quality carrycot, particularly as it’s suitable for overnight sleeping.

The Pioneer offers convenient extras such as a cup holder and a rain cover which fits neatly into a pouch. While its large basket is also one of its key attributes, some MFM users found it “hard to access” when the carrycot was in place on the chassis and others noted that they felt that in spite of the strong suspension and upgraded tyres, the Pioneer is more suited to navigating city life than countryside walks.

Pros: Solid, stylish, strong suspension, large wheels
Cons: Difficult to access basket with carrycot

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Silver Cross Pioneer

Available from: Silver Cross, Samuel Johnston and John Lewis

10. iCandy Peach All-Terrain Forest Double, from £1245 (for baby and toddler)
Best all-terrain single-to-double

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Suitable for: Birth to 25kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 19.5kg (double mode) | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Included |Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: No

The all-terrain version of the Peach from premium brand iCandy is designed for rugged country living. The pram boasts a multi-wheel functionality; you can easily switch between using 3 and 4 wheels depending on the terrain. Conveniently, as a 3-wheeler, the pram can also be used as a jogging buggy. 

Loving the smooth ride, our MFM reviewer and mum-of-2 Rachel comments that the wheels are “large, sturdy, super easy to fit and made using the buggy as a single a real pleasure. I definitely felt they coped with rougher terrains as well as cobbles in town, and I think they bore the brunt of any big bumps, leaving my baby blissfully unaware of the ride he was on when sleeping.” 

One of its key selling points is the fact that a converter kit means it’s easy to switch between using the pushchair as a single or a double. 

For all its practicalities and convenience, our MFM reviewer did highlight the size of the pram when steered as a double. It’s also not small when stored. The pushchair doesn’t fold with the seats still attached – either in single or double-mode – so you’ve got more pieces to store or put into a car boot. However if space or price isn’t an issue, and you have a growing family and adequate storage space, this is a great contender for taking on any terrain.

Pros: Multi-wheel functionality, multiple configurations, strong suspension, large wheels
Cons: Heavy to steer and manoeuvre when in double mode

Read our full MadeForMums review of the iCandy Peach All Terrain

Available from: iCandy

11. Babyzen YOYO, £375 with additional newborn pack £574
Best for city life and airplane travel

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 6.6kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Newborn pack sold separately (£199) | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping No | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes

It looks small but the super-light Yoyo is a versatile pushchair that can compete with some of its meatier competitors. It’s suitable from birth and takes a car seat to become a travel system. The first buggy to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker, it has a tiny fold, but this is the buggy for the city, not the country.

And with the addition of the Newborn pack (£190), you can convert your stroller into a parent-facing newborn pushchair with a cocoon, harness, foot cover and head support.

For MFM reviewer and mum-of-two Lucy, the lightweight nature – and stylish design – of the Babyzen is unparalleled. “My first encounter with the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ was like having a total pram detox – it’s smooth, streamlined and featherlight, without compromising on looks. For something so slight, it stands up well to any other city or travel pram I’ve tested.” She also praises it for its manoeuvrability. “On a smooth surface you can almost spin it around in a circle pushing with just one finger, it’s that easy to steer.”

While it’s incredibly lightweight and compact, it’s worth noting that for newborns, the baby nest can’t be detached from the chassis, so it can’t be removed for daytime naps.

For MFM home tester Hollie, she was particularly impressed with how little room the Yoyo took up in her car’s boot. Conveniently, it can also be carried on one shoulder with a strap.

In spite of being lightweight and compact, it’s well made and robust – but not everyone is a fan of its diminutive frame.

Pros: Lightweight, super compact fold, easy to carry
Cons: Carrycot can’t be detached, handlebar height can’t be adjusted

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Babyzen YOYO

Available from: John Lewis and Uber Kids

12. Nuna Mixx Next, £500, with additional carrycot £650
Best for versatile features

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approx 5 yrs) | Weight: 11.1kg | Travel system compatible: Yes | Carrycot: Sold separately | Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping Yes | Freestanding when folded: Yes | Folds with seat on: Yes

With its new and improved steering and a compact fold, the Nuna Mixx Next offers a sturdy and stylish ride at an affordable price.

One of the key selling points is its compact fold, which has been improved with the latest upgrade and thanks to the frame overlapping when folding and the wheels tucking in, even more space is saved. This makes it ideal for small spaces, car boots or travelling.

There’s an all-season seat to keep your child warm in the winter, and changes to mesh for a well-ventilated ride in the summer. There’s also a generously-sized canopy, providing plenty of coverage for sunny and rainy days, and featuring further ventilation.

While this pram nips through city settings with ease thanks to its one-hand steer and springy suspension, the tyres are also foam-filled meaning there’s no risk of punctures and you can take on more rural settings with ease, too.

Another bonus is its complete lie-flat function, and the hidden flaps which can be lifted into place, giving an almost carrycot-style protective environment without having to buy the additional high-sided carrycot. It’s not the same as a proper bassinet, but a better option than other lie-flats.

Pros: Compact fold, large canopy, lie-flat seat with flaps to make
Cons: Not too easy to lift up when folded

Available from: Nuna, Mamas & Papas and Pramworld

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