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What Buggy Should We Have?

maclaren2I remember when my nephew was taken on holiday to the USA in the 1970s. His parents took a lightweight  folding Maclaren buggy which was a hit with the Americans as they were still buying large push chairs and prams.

That buggy got handed down to my children and as you can see from the picture it was still going strong ten years later in 1982.

Nowadays everyone has some type of collapsible buggy for their children, although many pushchair travel systems are as complex and heavy as my first  travel pram.

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As a grandparent, you will probably find it easier to have your own buggy which you are familiar with.  I struggle to remember how to collapse my daughter’s buggy as I don’t do it often.

 

You want something that is light, easy to fold, and easy to push. While your children’s main buggy might resemble a Landrover, you’ll prefer a Mini.
Features to look out for:
• Easy to unfold and fold up
• Weight. You’ll want something as light as possible, I find pushing a heavy buggy plus grandchild very tiring on my wrists.
• Size and shape. You’ll want something that you can easily get in and out of a car boot. – Remember that if you have a small car you might struggle to get a chunky buggy inside. I know that you can often remove the wheels but how practical is that when struggling with the grandchildren at the same time.
I also find the buggies with a wide wheel base difficult to manoevour in tight spaces.
• Recline. This will depend on the age of the children, a basic recline can be useful for younger ones, or if you are going to be out all day and want them to nap.
• Raincover. Sadly, in Britain this is a must!
• Shopping basket. It’s useful to have somewhere to put a few bits and pieces, but remember that you can always hang a bag from the handles if needs be (although this is obviously not recommended for safety reasons as you must make sure that the buggy does not tip over).

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