Buggies come in all shapes and sizes; work out carefully what you need, if you need one at all.
What is it?
Do I need one?
Not necessarily. Depending on your situation, you can probably just use a sling as they are easier 95% of the time – your baby is closer and therefore happier, you’re hands-free, and you don’t feel like you’re trying to manoeuvre a tank. That said, I’m not against buggies as such – I have one and have used one, though I was very lucky in that I was lent one by a dear friend. Some of my favourite small people have sepnt a lot of time in that buggy and it’s dear to my heart. However, I think that, in my situation, I’d have regretted having paid for one.
What about multiple children?
Personally, I think this is where the sling/buggy combo comes into its own, but that’s because double buggies scare me. But double buggies and even triple buggies are available. You can have your kids side by side,behidn each other, on top of one another, or even facing each other. Here’s an article on Stroller Envy discussing the different kinds.
How do I get one?
- Do you have stairs and need one that will cope with them?
- Do you need a lot of storage space inside it?
- Does it need to fold up tiny for a small car?
- Are you concerned about how heavy it will be?
- Do you need it to be fitted to a wheelchair or any other kind of adaptation?
How much are they?
What makes some more expensive?
Manoeuvrability is a big one. Mine had a great little kick switch thing at the bottom that turned it into a single-wheeled device that was *much* easier for taking up and down stairs. It’s also about the way they carry and distribute the weight and therefore how smoothly they push along.
Some buggies are part of travel systems that hook up into car seats easily, and many are like transformer robots – changing shape to carry up steps, like mine, slotting up particularly small for transportation, moving to face forward or backwards (Preliminary research seems to suggest it’s better for babies to face their parents, at least when they’re very small.)