Types of Buggy

Let us be clear about the different categories of buggies and prams we are talking about. We talk a lot about ‘buggies’ a lot on this website as this is the word most often used to talk about infant-transport but of course this is not accurate much of the time:

Carry-Cots: These are designed for infants from birth up about 4 months, when it is likely that your child is too heavy to carry comfortably. These tend to be a light weight cot with handles that can be carried around the home over short distances, and is often used as a main ‘bed’ for a very young child. Moses baskets are included as a carry-cot. Carry cots can come as a part of a pram, where the cot is detachable from the metal frame and wheels.

Carriers: These are the strapped harness that goes over an adult’s shoulders and clasps at their back, and holds a child upright close to their chest. These are easy and light weight, and can be used as soon as your child is able to support his or her own head (from around 2 months).

Prams: Called ‘perambulators’ until the 1970’s, these are cots on wheels, standing up to 4 foot in height, with a cover and hood. Until the 1960’s these were the main stay in child-transport and came in a vast range of sizes and qualities – they were passed down from generation to generation – they were large and heavy, and cumbersome, and were restricted in design by the types of materials accessible to manufacturers at the time. With advent of aluminium, in particular, becoming commercially available and cheap, designs have advanced dramatically.

Strollers: These are now extremely popular, three or four wheeled with an upright seat (that might be lowered for a younger child). These usually come with attachable covers or hoods, and may be designed to carry up to three small children, or may have a net sack for carrying shopping etc. Designs and quality vary a great deal, some designed for light use, others for going ‘off-road’ (over grass). The three wheeled types is a relatively modern innovation and improves the manoeuvrability of the stroller.

Buggies: These tend to be lighter weight than Strollers, easier to collapse and erect, but are usually less robust, with fewer attachments available. Some buggy’s today have over-size wheels for better all terrain ease and comfort, and so is ideal for country-side, out-doors, jogging etc.

Push-chairs: Larger than strollers and buggies, catering for slightly older children. These tend to be pretty robust as a result of being designed to carry heavier weights, but are themselves heavier, less easy to collapse and erect, and are less manoeuvrable.

Car-Seats: Car seats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and must conform to British safety standards.

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