What should I look for when buying an all-weather pram?
Read on for all you need to know, plus three of the best pushchairs
Image: Stokke Xplory 6
Need to know
- A ‘travel system’ can be used from birth as a pram, with a car seat, or as a pushchair.
- Going ‘off-road’? Choose a model with pneumatic tyres and good suspension.
- Look for one with a handlebar you can adjust to your height.
- Check the folded dimensions to ensure it fits in the car boot.
- ‘One-hand fold’ allows you to collapse the buggy and hold baby.
Three of the best all-weather prams
1. HASSLE-FREE MANOEUVERS
Easy-swivel front wheels mean the Stokke Xplory 6 handles well, plus its two-wheel function and no restricting crossbar make it an easy stroll on rough, uneven and wet surfaces. Mama Carrie road tested it for us: ‘It’s easy to put up and add the carrycot, which is handy when it’s raining and you want to get moving fast.
It’s sturdy yet smooth to push. Impressive.' From £760, stokke.com
Image: Bugaboo Fox Stellar
2. BEING SEEN
On gloomy winter days you’re more likely to be out and about in the dark – morning and evening. The limited edition Bugaboo Fox Stellar in Midnight Blue has a reflective material finish (great for crossing roads), plus useful features like rugged tyres and central joint suspension. The basket will stash plenty of shopping, too. £1219, johnlewis.com
Image: Mothercare Genie (in double mode)
3. A GROWING FAMILY
Travel systems aren’t cheap so you might want one that lasts from birth to three or four years. The reversible Mothercare Genie seat lies flat for a newborn, changes into a pushchair and, if number two comes along, converts easily into a double with an additional Genie seat. Cosytoes and weathershield included. Great value. £490, mothercare.com
Compiled by Ali Horsfall