Lightweight Pushchairs – Stroller Buying Guide.

Lightweight pushchairs/strollers are better for your toddler or baby and for the one that’s travelling frequently using public transport or other methods.

It’s easy to fold and put in or take out of the car. The lightweight carriage is a very good option if you travel away with the family.

You can use the pushchair at the airport to move about without you carrying your toddler or baby or even your things.

The airport usually has lightweight pushchairs or strollers you can use, but they cost and its usage is limited to certain areas which makes it a little bit useless.

It is therefore important to consider before buying your pushchair.

From my experiences travelling with my toddler, I can assure you that it’s very difficult to carry your toddler and your things with you at the airport.

It takes time and you get tired.

You can use a baby carrier but it still is a weight on you.

You shouldn’t have any weight at all so that you can travel with ease and with no disturbances.

A Better Option for Everyone.

The lightweight pushchair/stroller is a good option to leave at the grandparent’s house, other relatives, or babysitters.

This type of stroller is very easy to understand and use, and, therefore, spares you the time to explain to others how it’s used.

A normal pushchair comes with a lot of features that you may need, but at the same time, it can be heavy and not easy to use which can be difficult for some parents.

I bought a normal pushchair because it came with a lot of things and now I have difficulties using it because of how heavy it can be when my toddler is on it, especially when I’m going up on a hill.

I get very tired and now I`m not using it. My child walks, but sometimes she gets tired and needs to seat and rest but I just pick her up.

You can of cause buy a lightweight pushchair and put the other away but it’s better to buy a pushchair that is suitable for your child until they are comfortable walking.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Lightweight Pushchair/Stroller.

Age Suitability.

Nowadays many lightweight pushchairs are advertised as being suitable from birth, but that’s not always true.

Few of them don’t have a lie-flat option which can’t be used on your newborn up to 6 months old, this depends of course if you want to use the pushchair from birth.

I advise you to buy one you can use from birth because it always saves you time and money.

Make sure to always check to avoid buying something you don’t want. You can also buy a carrycot suitable for the lightweight pushchair which is also an option but is better to just buy everything from the beginning.

Parent Facing or World Facing Seats.

Many pushchairs have both options but a lightweight pushchair usually has a world facing option, so it’s always good to check depending on who it’s for.

Is it for your newborn or your toddler?  As for me, I had my baby’s pushchair facing me until she was 1 year old because I thought that time was right for her to have other views.

Before that, I thought she was too little, but it’s different for every parent, you choose what’s makes you comfortable.

Manufacturers are producing more of both options, but it usually costs more. The important thing is for you to buy the pushchair that’s best for you and your toddler or baby.

Children often want to face the world. You can do both, time to time when your child is little.

Sun Cover.

You need to buy a pushchair that has a sun hood or canopy to shade your child from the sun. I consider this to be extremely important especially if it’s a newborn, but of course, this is in every parent.

You still need to check before buying because not all of them come with it. Some lightweight biggies have shorter canopies/hoods.

Recline.

Most lightweights have a reclining option, this is important if your child has fallen asleep and you want them to lie flat as possible.

There other reclining options as well. It can be snooze reclining options or an upright option. Also available in other types of strollers.

Is not always common with lightweight buggies, especially older ones.

Adjustable Calf support/Leg Rest.

It gives your child somewhere to rest their leg but not all pushchairs have them so it’s good you check before if you require that.

This is important on lightweight strollers because they are usually tiny and don’t offer that much space. Having a leg rest would make your toddler more comfortable.

Shopping Basket.

Lightweight pushchairs have much smaller shopping baskets than normal pushchairs, if you plan to use the pushchair for a lot of shopping then it’s not the best one to buy.

Some light buggies have bigger baskets. It’s all about searching.

Having a big shopping basket can be helpful when you love to buy groceries. Some prefer to use strollers because it’s easier.

You, therefore, need to have a reason as to why you’re buying a specific pushchair.

Rain Cover.

Rain covers are extremely important to have especially if you live in a country where it rains a lot like the UK.

When I bought my baby’s pushchair it came with a rain cover and this made it possible for me to go out when it was raining or it did shield my baby from the rain when we were out.

These kinds of pushchairs are important to protect. Most of their fabrics and materials are not of the best quality.

Always check before buying or you can buy universal rain covers which suit most baby carriages.

Buggy Boards.

Not all of these light strollers are compatible with buggy boards. Buggy boards can help a lot if you have a baby and toddler, and you don’t have a double stroller.

These buggies are small and lightweight and some of their wheels are not the best. So, attaching a board won’t be possible.

If you have this plan right now, look for a lightweight stroller that offers it.

How to Pick a Good Lightweight Pushchair.

If you decide to buy a pushchair it always comes down to how much you’re going to use it, because in that way you will be able to buy a pushchair which fits you and your baby or toddler.

They usually advise you to spend more money if you’re going to use the baby carriage a lot because it gives you comfort.

This advice is good if you have the money, I will advise you to buy a Bugaboo pushchair. However, not all parents can spend that much on a pushchair especially when you have other things to buy.

As I mentioned many times on my previous post manufactures of these pushchairs are always finding a way to produce pushchairs which have a lot of quality, but it gets more expensive.

There are lightweight pushchairs out there that you can afford and be able to use frequently.

It’s not bad for you as a parent to want a quality pushchair that has a reasonable price. If you’re of course not going to use your pushchair frequently then buy a cheap one to save money.

If you’re going to use your pushchair then you should consider buying the one which reclines, has a rain cover, a spacious hood, swivel wheels, and all suspension wheels as well.

Think about the places you will use the baby carriage because a lightweight pushchair without swivel wheels and all suspension wheels may not be suitable to use everywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Do I Need a Lightweight Stroller?

The answer is yes and no. Depending on your situation you can need it and not. Many families use normal strollers when they are doing anything.

Lightweight strollers as you can see above can lack some things, and that’s why many don’t go for it.

At the same time, it offers lighter weight and many have the same features a traditional stroller offers. If you are buying for your toddler then, yes.

I advise you to take a light stroller because pushing can be hard, especially in winter.

Toddlers don’t need some extra features that babies need, so that’s why you see many parents go for a lighter stroller. 

If you travel frequently as well, always on the move. A lightweight might be good and for travellers. If you also live in a flat with many stairs.

Must I have a lightweight stroller? The answer is no, but much recommended for the reasons above.

You need to analyse everything situation you are in. 

When Can I Use a Lightweight Stroller?

Many lightweight buggies do offer suitability from birth, but some are mostly used from 6 months.

When your baby is 6 months they can sit upright and can support themselves. (Most babies).

Although some offer to be used from birth, it’s not always recommended by parents to use them. Carrycots are always better for small babies. 

Some of the Best Lightweight Pushchairs of 2020.

Since I began my journey with my site I have reviewed many light buggies. I will recommend those I think will be good for families. They might not be suitable for everyone.

Visit this site for more suggestions.

Single Lightweight buggies.

Double Lightweight Strollers.

The choice is yours.

Lastly, one thing I want to mention is every parent is different and therefore all of our needs are different so it is therefore always important to understand that you need to buy a lightweight pushchair that’s a better option for you and your baby.

Some parents may plan to use the baby carriage until their children are 1 or 2 or 3 and some even much later.

An example can be, some parents don’t want to use the stroller after the child is 1 year and that may impact your decision when you’re buying the carriage.

All of that is fine as long as you are satisfied.

Your baby’s development can also be a factor, some babies can support their head by 6 months or even less and others may need more time.

Some babies may walk by 10 months and others much later, but it’s always good you buy the one that doesn’t lack important features so you save money and time.

Do you think lightweight pushchairs/strollers are ideal for any family? Name 4 reasons why if you agree.

All the best,

Fatoumata.

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