Choosing a suitable pram

I'm currently expecting my second child, after a 6 1/2 year gap.

First time round I wasn't happy with my pram, but listening to other parents hardly anyone finds one they are really happy with! Things seem to have moved on a lot in the last few years, and there seems to be quite a lot of emphasis on parent facing options.

The vast majority of the time when I use it, I'll be fetching it in and out of the car and only using it for short times. For example, doing the school run twice daily (it's too far to realistically walk from home). Considering this, I'm putting more emphasis on being lightweight, compact, easy to fold, being able to attach the car seat, which I imagine will be what I use virtually all the time.

None of the options I have seen which have a parent facing seat option or can fit a carry cot fit the bill in the other ways - although it does lay flat and so can be used from birth without the car seat.

Does anyone have any useful input to help me avoid making an expensive mistake?
Shrinking my mortgage!
Nov 13 £166,000


Jan 17 £142,900

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  • I had a Loola Up with my last baby and loved it. It's small, compact and not too heavy. The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix carseat is compatible with it, which is also a good car seat. It's suitable from birth as it lies flat and you can get a compatible carry cot if that's what you want. They've updated it since I had one and it's still good, as far as I can see.

    Good luck!

    I have decided to go for the Egg pushchair this time round, but it is really not light at all, so wouldn't be suitable for your needs.

    P.S. I will also have a 6.5 year age gap between my last baby and this next one :)
  • We have the Graco Evo. Ticks all the boxes you mentioned and is quite reasonable. It is both front and parent facing, easy to fold and is a travel system so you can use a car seat / carry cot with it.


    It has great reviews on mumsnet which is why I opted for it. I have had it 18 months now and still love it.
  • Thank you both. I think I must have a different definition of 'light' to most people! Having lifted an Oyster and a Graco Evo, both of which make that claim weighing in at around 10kg, I was left feeling a little disappointed.

    The model I have been looking at that which weighs in at 6.9kg is the Oyster Mini. I also liked the Baby Jogger City Mini, which is 7.6kg. The city mini can take a carrycot unlike the oyster mini, but the fold has two annoying press studs that will get very annoying.
    Shrinking my mortgage!
    Nov 13 £166,000


    Jan 17 £142,900
  • Have you seen the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ - http://www.madeformums.com/reviews/pushchairs-and-travel-systems/lightweight-buggies-and-strollers/-babyzen-yoyo-0/1614.html It's meant to be very light and so compact it can be taken onto a plane as hand luggage!
  • GwylimT
    GwylimT Posts: 6,530
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    Personally if doing short trips I would use a sling.
  • I use a sling often, but also have a Bugaboo Bee. It's expensive, but mine is 5 years old and on its second useage (with occasional use for my step-daughter in the middle) and still works perfect. You can parent-face, clip the car seat on or use the newborn cocoon (I think the newest one actually has a carrycot) and it's as light as anything. The resale value later on is pretty good as well.
  • debtmess
    debtmess Posts: 711
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    I have a baby jogger city mini and love it, it's great for what sound like your needs, mine is a second pushchair (main one a Teutonia lives in the car). The city mini folds small with one hand I must admit I can be lazy with the press studs and used it many a time forgetting about them:o it also has a pretty good resale value.
    Debt free :beer:

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  • Waffle_On
    Waffle_On Posts: 408
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    Thanks guys, after many more discussions I decided that the parent facing option was important. I have bought a second hand bugaboo bee, having tried one out in the shops but having to sit down after looking at the pricetag. I have got the car seat adaptors and cocoon, so hopefully that will cover most eventualities for us.
    Shrinking my mortgage!
    Nov 13 £166,000


    Jan 17 £142,900
  • My bugaboo bee is my favourite buggy. I had had 6 over the years and this one is by far my favourite if only I had bought this one first time I would never use another one.
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