It’s Buggy Time…So many to choose from…
When we were pregnant with Eddison the time came to choose a buggy.
Lucky enough we had been visiting friends in Oundle, a beautiful part of England with lovely walks and forest trails. This gave me the knowledge of the types of activities and terrain would be using the Buggy for. But if it hadn’t been for this experience, I would not have even thought about the different needs we have for our ‘buggy’.
The choice of buggies was unbelieveable – different shapes, sizes, colours and most importantly prices.
My question to you parents out there is:
“How did you choose your buggy”
Some people go with the fashion and look for the number 1 make .. For example the ……. ICandy I am not putting any of these other makes down but for me they didn’t fit the criteria I had…
This blog outlines my input on how we chose our buggy and what we looked for in a buggy.
Other people go for the look and colour of the buggy… I took it a little further.. PRACTICALITY WISE
This is how I tackled the question in hand..
First – what exactly did I need to use the buggy for? Now, we love going for walks and when we are visiting friends this can be over rough ground and so we needed something that would absorb shock and be comfortable to push.
I don’t agree on spending over the odds on a buggy either because I feel the companies are praying of the emotions of young families at a special time of their life’s and know they want the ‘best’ for their new born to be. But on the whole it was the ease of travel – getting up and down kerbs, bumps, going over rough ground. This was the main objective.
So for me here are the list of no nos:
Small wheels – for me they are a waste of time. It’s worth adding there that we have a stroller for around town and in the shopping centres. But for going out walking small wheels not the best. Cross country is just not going to happen.
These wheels are too small for going on country walks
There can’t be much comfort for the little one if you are trying to walk across uneven rough terrain.
Look at this buggy trying to navigate across a pebbled ground.
Shape – not too upright, fragile looking
Cost – £400 was the limit for us – if we had to spend that much… And that was with the knowledge that my Dad was paying for it!
The end product We went for was the Mothercare ( http://www.mothercare.com/prams-pushchairs/prams_pushchairs,default,sc.html?view=grid ) own brand ‘xtreme’. 3 large wheels, very easy to manoevere (I can turn this buggy round 360degrees with one hand). £200!
£200…. Brand new and it was and still is amazing. Thanks dad by the way :)
Check out how good this buggy is at travelling around corners..
I use it all the time and love the swivel wheel at the front for quick turns. I know that not everyone will agree and I would love to hear why you made your purchase and the reasons behind it so we can gather as much information for new families. Please comment below and let’s get together a list of reasons why we buy what we buy.
On reflection and talking to expert Julie from WOT Fitness
(http://www.wotfitness.com/default.html ), Enfield is that the buggy was perfect for me but the handles for Sam are too high. The ultimate buggy therefore would be the same but with adjustable height handles. This is all to do with posture when you walk with the buggy. We have another blog on posture coming up soon which I will link to this blog once it’s written.
To recap, if you are the person who loves their walks is physical and will use their buggy in the outdoors. You might live in huge countryside or go to the countryside for visits – you need to get the big wheeled machines.
Take a look…The wheels below are just too small..
This size is better in my opinion.
If you are that person who will walk along the high street, maybe to a park or two with pretty flat ground- it’s your choice small wheels won’t be a hindrance.
I hope this has helped you guys out there thinking of purchasing. It seems like a trivial subject but it is not. A lot of money is involved and it is a purpose driven purchase, so think ‘will I need this buggy to do for me?’