The 5 pushchairs in our parenthood journey

5 pushchairs

When I was pregnant with Charley I couldn’t wait to go pushchair shopping. After a few years of trying to conceive and watching the new mums push their shiny new prams around towns and parks I couldn’t wait to choose my own. Little did I know how much of a minefield it would be. Did I want one for going around towns, the countryside, forward facing, rear facing? Did I need a cot, one that would fit a car seat?

5 pushchairs

Fast forward 4 years and we’ve had 5 pushchairs, and most have been much loved at various stages of our parenthood journey.

It feels like we are coming to the end of our pushchair journey and our very first pram/pushchair that Charley was gently pushed around in has now been sold on to new parents.

So I thought I’d put together my list of pushchairs we’ve owned over the last few years, many special memories accompany each one!

Mamas and papas Mpx travel system

First pushchair

The first pushchair I fell in love with. After a few visits to various baby shops and looking at pushchairs/prams we finally decided that this would be the one. I loved the colour, the way it manoeuvred, the size. It was a tad expensive but we both really took to it.

My pre- baby dreams of going for long walks with Charley in our lovely new pushchair didn’t materialise. I thought I’d be walking into our local town daily, but the truth was it was too bulky to lift up and down the stairs to our front door and as Charley fed for such long periods of time (and it took me 6 months to feel comfortable breastfeeding in public) it was a quick dash out in the car into town rather than the long, leisurely walk!

Out n About nipper (single)

Second pushchair

This was the pushchair that I thought was quite ugly to look at and had no desire for a three-wheeler when I was pregnant. However, only 3 or so months after Charleys birth we decided that an off-roader was required for walks around woods and getting down/up the steps to our front door.

Although, definitely not my first choice, this pushchair has been my absolute favourite. It has been so easy to manoeuvre, lightweight, the children have always been happy in it and it works well in towns and off-road.

McLaren techno

Third pushchair

When Charley was 6 months old we had our first holiday abroad to Spain. Our research on travelling with a little one made us think we needed a pushchair that did the umbrella fold. I’m not sure this is correct now but we ended up going for a McLaren as it seemed like a good travel pushchair. It reclined all the way back so the children have always been able to have naps in it and have always seemed comfortable in it. It’s had a lot of use as it’s so quick and easy to get in and out of the car.

Phil and Teds double

Fourth pushchair

After more pushchair shopping when I was pregnant with Bodhi we finally decided on a Phil and Teds double. Although looking lovely and compact I never really got on with this one. I found it too heavy to push, especially when they were both in it and heavy to lift in and out of the car. I really wanted to like it but it just wasn’t for me, maybe I’m a weakling!

Out n About (double)

Fifth pushchair

With Charleys diagnosis of Juvenile Arthritis not long after the birth of Bodhi we needed a double pushchair so we sold the Phil and Teds and went for a double Out ‘n’ About. This was just fab and it has also been well used due to it’s lightness and easy manoeuvring.

I’ve loved my times with our various pushchairs, such great carriers for shopping too. I’m not quite sure how my arms will cope when I no longer have an excuse to use one!

How many pushchairs have you had?

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17 Comments

  1. I love this look back at the various stages of pushchairs and the memories it evokes. A little bit sad as well that this stage will be over in such a quick time. Happy days though!

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  2. I love reading about the pushchairs other people have used, the amount of different pushchairs out there is crazy and the amount of research needed to decide is something else! When we’re out in our local Mothercare and I see parents to be trying to decide on which pushchair to buy brings back so many memories, I definitely miss those first stages x #KCACOLS

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  3. Its nice to be able to look back on things, I think we had three push chairs throughout my daughters life but if I have another I plan to do a bit more research! #kcacols

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  4. I still love looking at prams now even though my daughter is 10. I had issues with the pram I originally had for her and with 2 weeks of her being born it was exchanged 3 times! I think I actually had around 5 prams although my favourite was my Britax Voyaga one even though it was really heavy and bulky, we knicknamed it the X5 I loved it and was really sad when we passed it on #kcacols

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  5. My youngest is 7 and we’re expecting another baby in July – it feels like I’ve stepped right back to the unknown, especially with pushchairs!! We went to look around Mothercare yesterday and it was indeed a minefield! It was great, then, to come across your post via #KCACOLS! My husband suggested the out and about pushchair and I have to admit I wasn’t sure about how it looked but you have me reconsidering it! Mrs C x

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    1. Ha ha, I’d never have chosen the out n about as a first time mum but it has definitely been our best pushchair buy. It’s so tricky to get it right, there should be a place where you can try them out for a bit first. Good luck! #KCACOLS

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  6. My eldest who is now 12 had 16 pushchairs from birth till 3 and my youngest had 8! I had a bit of an obsession LOL I drove my hubby mad, alas they are al grown up now and I have no pushchairs, but my favourite was definitely the Maclaren Techno, it looked just as good after 1 years use as it did when we bought it!
    #KCACOLS

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  7. We’ve only had 2 – the iCandy to begin with and now the Maclaren XT – I love the Maclaren, it’s so easy and she can still nap on the go. I always wondered about getting an out and about though, they seem to be really good. #KCACOLS

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  8. What a lovely selection of pushchairs you have owned over the years. It must have be nice reminiscing as you put this post together. In the last six years we have owned a grand total of four pushchairs. We have owned Graco – I love my bear travel system, a Silver Cross buggy, Graco – EVO Stroller and a Mamas and Papas Swirl Petal buggy. We still have the last two.Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx

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  9. I m on my first push chair/travel system at the moment. I actully won it on another bloggers competition a few yers go while we were trying to get pregnant. It was in my dads shed for 2 years before we were lucky and our baby girl was born. It was a cossato travel system with car seat. Its quite a boyish design so everyone who doesnt know us always says what a lovely baby boy! but we dont mind we just then tell them the story of winning it! xx

    #KCACOLS

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