Its a difficult decision, what with huge amount of models available to you, all with varying styles, features and functions, its almost as complicated as choosing a new car or house.

So we thought we would help with some key things that you should ask yourself before rushing in and buying the latest must have pushchair or the one which is in a colour that you think is nice, as hopefully if you choose correctly then your pushchair will be used for the next few years.

Who will be using the pushchair?

This plies to the person that is pushing it, and of course its tiny passenger inside it. A pushchair is at the end of the day supposedly designed to carry baby from A to B, to give them comfort, support, and protection. Whilst at the same time it needs to be easy to operate, convenient to use, and comfortable to push.

So consider what age is your baby that is needing a new pushchair, as if they are newborn then you will be wanting a product that has full lieflat up until 3 months at least. Also you should also consider if you want to have your baby facing towards you, this aids the you and your baby to get to know each other a little better, but as they get older they do get inquisitive and want to see where they are going, so make sure that it can adjust for your babies needs.

If your baby is now more of a toddler, then its more likely that you will be looking for something more lightweight and compact to use for the occasional trip out, without the need for full recline or rearward facing, so consider looking at lightweight strollers for extra convenience.

How will you be using your pushchair?

If you are going to be in and out of the car lots, then making sure that your pushchair is able to become a travel system will be your first priority, however donít forget that not all infant car seats fit all cars, so you will need to check that first, then choose the model of pushchair that it attaches to. Not forgetting to check that the pushchair will fit in your car boot when folded, with hopefully a bit of room for the shopping too.

If you will be doing a fair amount of walking then folded size is not going to be your major concern, finding a product which has larger wheels to cope with varying terrains and extra suspension will be your first requirements.

But donít forget that if as well as walking you will be on and off public transport, then you will need something that you can fold and carry easily, remembering that youíve also got baby to contend with in the other hand.

Where will I keep my pushchair?

One thing that you must also consider is when its not been used where will you store it and how much space do you have at home to keep it in? Some people will leave it in the car boot, others will bring it in the house, so check that the folded size is enough for you to fit it in the cupboard, or in the space you have planned for it. Also consider how if you have to manage any steps or stairs to get to the house, and how you will deal with these on the way to the house.

How much will it cost me?

Prices vary from product to product, from brand to brand, from style to style on pushchairs, which is why its important to make sure that you buy the right product for your needs, as it can be a huge investment of you money at this time when you will be buying so many things.

Weigh up the key points that you need your product to have, and then select the models which meet those needs, then consider how much you can afford, and if it meets all those needs, which you find easiest to use, which you like the look of, which you think will be most comfortable for your baby etc. Oh and donít forget to ask is there anything extra that you need to buy as well as the pushchair, such as raincovers, cosytoes, bags etc. so that you can include that in the budget you have.

Product terms and features

When buying a pushchair you will come across a whole new language when it comes to different styles of product, different features, different functions, youíll be awash trying to understand what people are telling you, so lets try and explain a few of the most common terms you might come across.

Product Styles

Lightweight stroller

These generally tend to be for use from 6 months +, although there are models which are suitable from birth, most people tend to buy one of these later on for convenience rather than to use as their main pushchair as they rarely can be used rearward facing, and donít offer the comfort of a full size pushchair.

Travel Systems

This can be a pushchair of any style, but the main feature of it is that it allows you attach a group 0+ baby car seat onto it. There will be different ways for attaching the car seat to the product, some will require you to take fabrics off, add frames, or adaptors, so make sure you choose one which you find easy to use but also that feels secure in its attachment, not forgetting to check the car seat fits in the cars you will be using to transport baby.

2 in 1

This is a traditional term that used to relate to a more traditional model of pram, originally meaning that it the product was a full lie flat pram which faced towards parent in the early days, then the seat would convert into an upright pushchair seat and face forwards. But more and this term is being applied to more modern products which a more modern styling, and the functions of a traditional pram but with out the traditional styling.

3 in 1

A 3 in 1 used to be essentially a 2 in 1 product which had the additional part of a carrycot added to it, so allowing you to have a pram, a pushchair, and carrycot, this gives the added advantage of being able to allow your baby to sleep over night in the carrycot, as well as having the extra depth and protection that a carrycot offers over a pram/pushchair seat unit.

Three Wheelers

The name itself is pretty explanatory, originally these were developed to deal with varying terrains, for those with the active sports lifestyle, the 4x4 of the pushchair world, but as they have become more and more popular as a fashion statement then the softer version has evolved, giving features such as front swivel wheels for easier steering in and around town, with the option to lock the front wheel when on more bumpy terrain. But with the styling there can come compromise in folded size and the weight of the product, so always make sure that you can manage lifting it into your car boot.

Twins and Tandems

For those of us that have two children who need to ride in a pushchair then there are two options.

The twin pushchair is a side by pushchair, most of which allow for two newborns to sit and lie flat independently, but with putting two children next to each other you do of course have a wider than a single pushchair, so make sure that you buy one that fits through standard doorways and manage the size of it.

Tandem pushchairs are again two seats, but one in front of the other, mainly designed for a newborn in the rear seat, and an older child that can sit up in the front seat. A point to check out here is to how will it feel to push with the children in, with the extra weight being at the front, and will you be able to lift it to get over kerbs and obstacles that you might come across in your day to day use.

Of course with both of these products taking two children they are both generally larger and have more weight than a single product, so think about the folding, the carrying and the storage of it when not in use.