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Buggies are a super invention for the child as well as for the parents. Buggies are smaller, more manoeuvrable and more flexible than bulky prams. This makes you much more mobile as a child and as an adult.

Transport and flexibility are the focus of the buggy. So that the child can quickly get in and out of the buggy and, if necessary, rest in a sleeping position. Buggies come in many different variations. First of all, you have to think about where exactly your own needs lie. Whether you need a normal everyday buggy, a robust sports buggy or a small travel buggy, because the range is huge. However, there are many differences in quality. That's why we're introducing you to some of the best buggies currently on the market. Have fun finding out more.




Summary

  • The main purpose of a buggy is to transport the child. Buggies should make everyday life easier for both child and parents. Therefore, they should be foldable, smaller, lighter, more manoeuvrable and more space-saving than a pram.
  • It is important for the use of a buggy that the child should be able to sit up straight on its own. That is, when the spine is strong enough. This is not the case for babies under 6 months. Therefore, a buggy should not be used from birth. Babies need good padding, which is not necessarily the focus of a buggy. The motto here is: better late than too early.
  • As a rule, a buggy is used for 3-4 years, usually until the child prefers to walk independently. Because then a buggy becomes less and less interesting, it still serves as a place where you can take a short rest. Attention, a buggy is not intended as a permanent sleeping place.

The Best Buggies: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for buggies

Above all, buggies should make everyday life with a toddler easier. But what exactly should you look for when buying a buggy? Here is a short list of the most important points to consider when buying a buggy:

Handling

The handling of a buggy in use is extremely important. This includes the weight of the buggy. Whether it is light in weight or can be folded with one hand.

A buggy is particularly useful for walks with a small child. A buggy makes you more flexible and mobile.

It is also easy to stow away and takes up little space. Moreover, it has a pull-strap, which makes it easier to transport on trains or planes. It should also be easy to push, manoeuvre and allow the child to get in and out easily.

Equipment

A very decisive criterion, or a must-have for a buggy, is rain and sun protection. This is important for the child's health and well-being. Other features include a coffee holder, a viewing slit in the roof, suitability for baby baths, etc.

Material

When choosing materials, make sure that they are free of harmful substances or contain only low levels of harmful substances.

Short-chain chlorinated paraffins and TCPP are suspected of causing cancer, which is why TCPP is banned in infant toys in Germany.

Furthermore, the material, especially the upholstery, should be easy to clean. Most upholstery can be washed at 30 degrees without any problems.

Stability and safety

This aspect is certainly very important for all parents. A good buggy should not only have good brakes and a good safety belt. It should also be able to stay on track, drive over different surfaces and be robust. A travel buggy should also not be wobbly or even tip over.

Comfort

In contrast to the spacious pram, the buggy is less comfortable. However, there are big differences in buggies when it comes to comfort. Here, too, the child should be able to sit comfortably. Decisive for this is a sufficiently wide seat, a long and adjustable backrest.

In addition, adjustable footrests make the journey in the buggy much more comfortable. A height-adjustable handle for the adults also makes the buggy ride extremely pleasant, especially for taller adults.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about buggies answered in detail

With all the manufacturers and models of buggies, a few questions are bound to come to mind. Therefore, we have tried to answer some of them in advance. Maybe yours is among them.

From when to when is it suitable to use a buggy?

A buggy can be used as soon as your child can sit up straight and independently. Generally, when the child is of walking age. Paediatricians advise against using a buggy before 6 months of age. This is because the spine is not developed enough and the child cannot sit independently.

What should I look for when buying a buggy?

Which buggy is most suitable for you must be decided on an individual basis. When buying a buggy, it is important to ask yourself what your needs are. Accordingly, which functions are important to you and what the price range looks like.

This quickly leads to the 3 main types of buggy: everyday, travel or sports buggy.

Therefore, you should ask yourself the questions: What do we want? What do we need? What is important to me in a buggy? Will the buggy fit in the car or can it be taken as hand luggage? Where will I mainly be travelling with my buggy? What accessories are important to me?

In general, the backrest of a buggy should be high enough. The harness should be a 5-point harness for good safety. The brakes are just as important, and a handbrake should be provided, especially for sports models. In addition, a sun canopy and rain protection are important. The viewing window in the roof can also be practical. Otherwise, the buggy should be easy to fold and stow away.

What are the advantages and differences between a normal buggy, a sports buggy and a travel buggy?

A small, lightweight travel buggy, a robust sports buggy or a normal everyday buggy, but what exactly are the differences?

Most everyday buggies have 4 wheels, where the rear wheels are usually larger than the front wheels. These may be sufficient for everyday use in the city. However, they are more difficult on uneven ground, such as in the forest, sand or snow.

Sports buggies, on the other hand, usually have 3 tyres, which are usually filled with air and are considered to be unflat, so to speak. Although these buggies are usually more robust, they are also bulkier, larger and correspondingly heavier than travel or everyday buggies. In addition, these models have better suspension, which absorbs shocks better. This means that the child can sit or lie comfortably and safely in the buggy even when the parents are doing sport. However, not every model is suitable for sports, but must be explicitly approved for jogging, skating, etc. In particular, children under the age of one should not be transported in the buggy. This is because the spine is not yet able to withstand the stress.

The mass and dimensions of a travel buggy are particularly important. Consequently, when travelling, whether by train, car or plane, the buggy should be light in weight and easy to stow away. Which is why lightweight materials are used. This does not mean that the buggy is unrobust or wobbly, but that it makes transport and travel easier. The wheels are usually smaller than those of normal buggies.

The "normal" everyday buggy is more comfortable than the travel buggy. This is because it usually has the function of a backrest that can be adjusted until the child is lying down. This allows the child to take a short nap now and then. They are often equipped with good sun and rain protection. They also have a sufficiently large storage space for shopping. The height of the footrest and the handle for the parents can usually be adjusted. The safety bar can often be easily opened and closed or removed. With some models, the driving direction can also be varied.

Conclusion

As a parent, it is difficult to avoid buying a buggy. This is because it is firmly anchored in the life cycle of a child or the parents. First comes the pram and when this is no longer desired or necessary, comes the buggy. The most important thing about a buggy is that it can be used safely. In this respect, it has a low pollutant content and guarantees safety.

A buggy is smaller, lighter and more compact than a pram. It is easy to transport and comfortable for both child and parents. A good buggy includes: a good harness, good padding, a large, wide seat and adjustable back and footrests. Also a handle that can be adjusted in height, enough storage space and that it can be pushed easily in everyday life. Other features such as sun and rain protection or the removal of the safety bar are also highly recommended.

The Joie Litetrax 4 buggy is definitely our winner. It not only stands out because of its equipment, but also has sensible features and proves extremely good in everyday use. You can't go wrong with this model.

But the Kinderkraft 6 in 1 Aveo and the Knorr Baby Joggy S are also convincing. The Aveo's price-performance ratio in particular stands out. It offers extraordinary versatility at a fabulous price. If you want a multifunctional buggy, this is definitely the right one for you.

The Baby Joggy S from Knorr is also convincing in its features and suitability for everyday use. Especially because it is easy to drive, even on uneven ground, and it is comfortable for both child and parents.

A buggy should be easy to handle and practical. This is exactly what has to be decided individually when buying a buggy. Which is the right buggy for your own child and for your own needs.

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