What to look for in a lightweight buggy

Need a buggy that will transport your child from baby to toddler, efficiently and effectively? We show you what to consider...

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A zippy, practical buggy is perfect for getting out-and-about with your little one. You may have day trips or holidays on your mind, which is where lightweight pushchairs really come into their own. But which one should you choose?

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Before you buy, here’s what to consider:

  • Hood, with sun visor and/or viewing window and/or sun visor
  • Foam handles for a comfortable grip
  • Multi-position seat back with recline facility and harness
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Shopping basket
  • Swivel wheels

    Consumer Editor, Alison Alexander’s inside tips:

  • Be realistic about how much you are going to use your stroller.
  • Spend more money if you are going to use it every day, and less if it’s just for occasional use, like going on a holiday.
  • For the comfort and safety of your child, avoid cheap strollers that don’t have seat recline, can’t support hood, swivel wheels or a padded seat with adjustable backrest.
  • In the summer, sun protection is vital, so make sure it has a roomy hood – and add a hat and sunscreen to keep your baby safe from harmful rays.
  • If you plan to use a stroller regularly, then be aware of how comfortable and durable your model will need to be – hours sitting slumped in a badly designed model is not good for your baby.

    We put 10 of the best lightweight buggies– all with umbrella fold mechanism and priced at around £100 – through their paces to help find the right one for you – click here…

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