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16Jul 13

The five characteristics of a perfect pushchair

Buying a buggy can be a big decision! Most parents must think for a few weeks before purchasing the perfect pushchair ahead of their little one’s arrival. There are so many makes and models, that it can be extremely difficult to choose just the right one. First-time parents often leave stores with their heads spinning after listening to the sales person chatting on about all the different options.

The perfect pushchair

The perfect pushchair

Each parent has his or her own needs and wants, and this baby equipment is a quality investment. Therefore, I recommend taking your time to choose the perfect model for you. Here are examples of some features that you may not have thought about and that I certainly couldn’t live without:

Features of the perfect pushchair

  • Machine-washable fabric. Babies can be messy! They will drool, dribble and spit up all over the place. Being able to easily remove the fabric from the seat to clean in the washing machine is a big lifesaver! This way you can avoid stains and unhealthy bacteria.
  • Locks and brakes. Brakes are so important! Reliable brakes are placed at the rear wheels of the pushchair and can be pushed down with your foot. For extra security, some buggies have hand brakes as well. And locks are fantastic for keeping the pushchair folded up and in storage.
  • Safety harnesses. Most of us grew up with the 3 point safety belt over the waist and through both legs. Especially squirmy children can wriggle out easily, so if you want extra protection, I recommend a 5 point harness over the shoulders as well.
  • Sun shades. Protect your child’s eyes with shades! On a bright day, children, as well as adults, often squint which is horrible for their eyes. Many babies are especially sensitive to rays because of their fair eyes. A sunshade that swings down over the buggy and covers eye level of your baby can be extremely helpful, but not just on hot summer days. Depending on the type of fabric, they can also double up as protection from the rain as well!
  • A compartment case. Of course you want your toddler to feel secure in the pushchair with a strong, cushioned seat. Many have compartments underneath the seat to place diaper bags and other baby-related items. Give your back a break and let the wheels handle all the weight!

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