A pram buggy as the perfect travel companion
Finding the right buggy is usually not that easy, this decision is very individual from family to family and depends very much on your ideas. You have to ask yourself the right questions to find the right and most practical one for you from the sea of buggies.
When can I start using a buggy?
Most children begin to sit independently between 6 and 9 months of age, which means that your child can sit up and stay seated all by himself. Your baby's balance should already be such that he or she can shift and change position without any problems. Then you are ready for a buggy!
Caution there can be serious damage to the spine if you take your little one out of the carrycot and into the stroller or buggy too early.
Are baby buggies also available from birth?
In the meantime, certain manufacturers have even developed ways to use a buggy from birth. Ideally, a carrycot is attached to the frame, which can later be easily removed when the child is ready.
This is especially practical for parents who live in the city and don't need a bulky combination pram or for parents who like to be on the move and travel with handy luggage. The Joolz Aer with carrycot, the Babyzen Yoyo 2 from birth and the Mima Zigi buggy from birth are great options here.
Another way to use a buggy from birth is if the buggy has suitable adapters, with the help of which you can easily attach a baby seat to the frame and thus have a practical travel system. A great example of this is the Thule Spring Buggy 3in1 Set with baby seat.
What is my child's viewing direction in the buggy / Are there also backward facing buggies?
Normally, a buggy has a fixed seat unit, in contrast to a stroller, which can only be used forward facing. But here too, the market is making progress and offers different options to respond to the individual needs of our children.
Why a "backward-facing buggy"?
There is no such thing as a purely rear-facing buggy. But that would not be necessary either. Buggies such as the Moon Resea Sport Buggy and the ABC Design Limbo Buggy are more or less a mixture of a stroller and buggy. The seat unit is not firmly anchored and can simply be clicked out of the frame and turned around. This is in contrast to the Cybex Eeezy S Twist and the Cybex Eezy S Twist+ 2, where the seat unit can be rotated 360° on the frame.
This is especially meant for children who are not yet ready to get along without interaction from their mother and would like to interact with her as well. Sometimes a trip through the urban jungle can be almost a sensory overload for children, so it helps to focus on mum or dad.
Are there buggies with a reclining function?
Almost all buggies have a reclining function. The only difference is actually the adjustment or operation. There are buggies with an infinitely adjustable backrest, such as the Cybex Libelle buggy, but there are also some that can only be adjusted in steps.
Travel buggy as hand luggage on the plane?
This is an important point, especially for parents who like to travel. Whether in the car, train or plane, the buggy should take up as little space as possible when folded and be easy to stow away. However, it is particularly practical for air travel if the buggy does not have to be handed in at the counter and can be used all the way to the plane.
In fact, quite a few buggies can now be folded into such a hand luggage state and it is no longer quite so difficult to find a suitable model. However, our favourites include:
To make the buggy easier to transport and to protect it from scratches, there is a matching travel bag for many buggies if none is included.
Are there buggies for more uneven terrain?
Basically, buggies are more suitable for the city, for travelling or when you have to be in a hurry. Most buggies have small tyres and are not as stable and bulky as prams. After all, you want to be able to store the buggies easily and in a space-saving way.
There are, however, buggies that are well suited to uneven terrain, such as the Cybex Eezy S Twist+ 2, which has slightly larger tyres than its predecessor, but also the Thule Spring Buggy, which with its 3 tyres makes good progress over hill and dale.
However, if you are often out and about in the forest or in the mountains and perhaps even live in the countryside, you should consider getting an all-terrain pushchair. These are great for getting around and are safe on rough terrain.
Finding the right buggy is and remains a science in itself. There are countless buggies with different functions and price ranges. Now that you know which buggies are available, you should ask yourself the following questions before choosing a buggy:
What do I need a buggy for?
On which paths will I be travelling with the buggy?
Is my child ready for a buggy?
How much do I want to spend on my buggy?
If you have an answer to these questions and are unsure which buggy fits, you are also welcome to contact the kindermaXX team for advice.