Pick the perfect set of wheels for your baby with our guide to the best prams for newborns.
Shopping for the best pram for a newborn baby is a daunting prospect. Working out which pram will best suit your baby can seem strange when you haven’t even met! To help you find the best pram for your newborn baby, we’ve compiled this round-up of the best options out there.
The prams we’ve included were shortlisted by our baby gear editor, who can famously identify almost any make of pram at ten paces, and then given to mums to road test with their babies for the ultimate expert review. All the prams in this line-up are suitable from birth and have either a lie-flat seat suitable from birth or a bassinet for newborn babies. Our panel of mums tested the prams over a period of several weeks with babies aged between three weeks and three months old.
Top 10 best prams in the UK 2021
1. Stokke xplory – The best pushchair for style, design and comfort
You pay a bit extra for Stokke products – we’re big fans of its highchair, which you can read more about in our best highchair guide – but for the extra money you get a whole load of extra features, not to mention advanced comfort and stylish design.
The Stokke xplory pushchair is no exception. Design-wise, you can instantly feel how premium this pushchair is because of its luxury woven fabrics, sleek lines and superb one-hand steering that only the Cybex Priam compares to. The seat is ergonomically designed and plush, providing a snug comfort in winter while being well-ventilated for the warmer summer months. There is also an extended, water-repellent, SPF 50+ canopy to keep the wind, rain and sun out.
The seat on the Stokke xplory reclines to help your little one sleep, rest, or see the world, and it’s height adjustable meaning you can bring your child closer to you – or closer to a table at lunch, for instance – at the press of a button. This is rare and incredibly welcomed. You can also have the seat facing inwards, or outwards, for you and your baby’s convenience.
Due to the nature of this height-adjustable seat, there is ample room under the pushchair for shopping and instead of a fixed basket, the Stokke xplory comes with a clever, fitted shopping bag capable of holding up to 9kg of shopping, and which can be sealed shut to protect your purchases from the elements.
As a pushchair, the Stokke xplory is suitable for children aged six months to three years but you can also buy a carrycot if you want to use this from birth. The Stokke xplory is also part of the travel system with Stokke BeSafe car seat.
2. Silver Cross Wave – Best premium pram for newborns
The Silver Cross Wave has a new, streamlined design that’s 1kg lighter than the previous model. This is a beautifully-crafted pram that’s as versatile as could be and cleverly-designed to adapt your family’s changing needs. You can use it as a single pram or convert it to a double so you can accommodate a baby and a toddler at the same time – perfect if you’re a first-time mum thinking of adding to your family and want to ‘future-proof’ your pram, or if you’re expecting your second baby but have a toddler who still uses the pushchair. You can add a tandem seat, an infant car seat, or even a second carrycot to create 30 different configurations for carrying a baby, siblings or twins. With the addition of a ride-on board, you could even carry three children at once. The Wave also has multi-terrain wheels and independent suspension for excellent handling on all types of terrain, so you can move seamlessly between the park and the pavement.
Johanna Hewitson, mum to Georgia, three months, says: “I fell in love with this pram on sight – it certainly lives up to the manufacturer’s claim that it’s both beautiful and luxurious. The finishing touches make it look so smart and chic. My husband also fell in love with it when he realised the carrycot and pushchair seat are two separate frames – meaning no fiddly assembly for him when setting it up or when switching from using the carrycot to the pushchair!”
Our tester likes the fact that the carrycot is positioned high enough to allow easy access to the shopping basket, and there’s plenty of space for storing shopping. The Silver Cross Wave also comes with a separate storage bag for each of the rain covers (one for the carrycot and one for the pushchair seat), and each seat comes with an insect net. “The inside of the carrycot is lovely and padded, and my daughter was definitely comfortable,” says Johanna. “I noticed her pressing her hands into the sides so she clearly liked the feel of it. Also, the zip-on cover is really easy to pop on and off.”
If you’re looking for a really luxurious pram for your newborn and don’t mind paying extra for first-class craftsmanship, the Silver Cross Wave is the best pram for you. Built to stand the test of time, it’s a perfect choice if your family hasn’t finished growing yet.
3. Mamas & Papas Ocarro – Best for country living
One of the signature products from popular baby brand Mamas & Papas, the stylish Ocarro is a practical yet high quality all-terrain model which boasts a completely lie-flat seat which can be used from birth and double suspension giving a smooth ride.
MFM reviewer and mum Claire praises the Ocarro on how well it handles different terrains. “It’s smooth on pavements and I was able to mount the kerb without any difficulty. I could also easily control the pushchair on uneven terrain.”
Its rugged drive is thanks to its larger all-terrain wheels. However, they do add weight to an already heavy pushchair. With this in mind, we’d say it’s a pushchair particularly well suited to difficult terrains, and may not be the best choice if you’re constantly going to be frequently lifting it up to put in a car boot or up stairs.
The Ocarro has a generous size basket that can “comfortably hold two large bags of shopping, as well as my changing bag” explains our reviewer. However, it’s not the easiest to access, particularly when the carrycot is in place.
4. Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus – The best all-in-one stroller
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 is the third edition of the iconic all-in-one design, immediately recognisable by its neat shape and bold colour options. The Bugaboo has won fans worldwide for its versatile handling and flexible functionality, with a fully reclinable and reversible seat, height-adjustable handlebar and adjustable suspension to ensure a smooth ride on any terrain.
The clever Dutch design includes a carrycot that converts into a seat (so you won’t need to stash it in your house when not in use), while a smooth and simple switch-and-lock of the X-shaped handlebar easily turns baby to face towards either you or the world. The Cameleon3 also comes with a host of accessories, including a rain cover and a sun canopy. It’s not the cheapest make or model on the market, but it comes highly recommended if you can stretch to it.
5. Kinderkraft Lightweight Stroller GRANDE
The large rubber wheels are abrasion-resistant, puncture-proof, and provide a good grip on difficult terrain while being lighter than pneumatic wheels. They work to reduce shocks, provide greater stroller stability and comfort. The large rubber rear wheels can handle high curbs and uneven surfaces. It has an aesthetic zipper that allows you to hide excess material in a folded hood and an automatic lock prevents the stroller from unfolding during transport.
6. Red Kite Push Me Twini Carbon Jogger – The best pram for twins
Having twins is a daunting prospect for any parent, but the Push Me Twini is designed to ensure transporting your twosome, at least, is a little bit easier. The seats and leg rests are independent and recline flat for newborns, while there’s a single overarching hood and rain cover.
The pushchair also comes with two footmuffs, and the large basket underneath comes in really handy. Best of all, it’s neither too wide, measuring 76cm across when unfolded, nor overly heavy at just 10kg. And, as it folds into a 80 x 74 x 42cm space, it will get into almost any car boot. If space really is at a premium, then the wheels have a handy quick-release function – and this feature also comes in handy after muddy walks, as you can just pop them straight into a plastic bag. For under £300, the Push Me Twini is a great buy that squeezes in lots of features at a sensible price.
7. Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 – Best lighter-weight 3-wheeler
This good value 3-wheeler from Baby Jogger features all-wheel suspension which allows you to negotiate any terrain with speed and ease, so it’s great for families who love rugged walks.
The ‘forever air’ rubber tyres are filled with foam rather than air, which MFM reviewer mum-of-one Becky Ferguson praised as light and easy to push, but without the risk of punctures. She loved the pushchair’s agility and the simple one-handed fold.
Becky also found the steering very ‘reactive’ – an opinion backed up by our home tester, who said it was “exceptionally easy to steer while feeling sturdy as well”. The hood was also praised for its large, factor 50 sunshade. All of these features make it great for long trips in the country, but as our reviewer found, you have to purchase the rain cover separately, which is definitely an essential when it comes to UK weather.
It’s also worth noting that, despite its name, it can’t actually be used for running and unlike most models it features a hand-operated brake rather than a foot brake, which can be off-putting for some.
8. Cosatto Giggle Quad – A compact and stylish pram for design-lovers
The Cosatto Giggle Quad is a light and compact pram in a bold, striking print.
Rohese Devereux, mum to Lemba, 11 weeks, says: “It was lovely to see my daughter captivated by the Fika Forest print, which features white, blue, yellow and grey trees on the inside of the bassinet, seat unit and hoods. The compact chassis makes doorways, bus aisles and narrow paths easily navigable. The bassinet has a deep, soft mattress that my daughter was comfortable on immediately, and the suspended bassinet rocked slightly during walks or when stationary, so she was comforted to sleep or calmness easily. The chassis is quite heavy to lift and awkward to unfold, but it handles kerbs and steps easily. It was also easy to assemble and I appreciated that much of it was already built on arrival, so less faffing around. It comes with a little toy to hang from the bumper bar, which is a thoughtful touch. Overall the Giggle Quad is very nippy – it moves and swivels like a four-wheeled suitcase – and can easily be pushed with one hand.”
Our tester particularly liked the shape of the frame, which means the baby is close to whoever is pushing the pram – and the baby has a great view. “This was a game-changer for two tall parents who usually have to bend low to speak to and reach our baby,” she says. “The Quad is brilliant on pavements and smooth road surfaces but it struggled a little on grass and loose stones. Unfolding it was not seamless either, as the wheels would often catch in the basket so the pram wouldn’t pop open. But overall, this is a lovely, well thought out pushchair that’s good value for money. My daughter really enjoyed journeys in it and was very comfortable.”
9. Cybex Priam – The best off-road pushchair
A second entry in this list from Cybex, but this time it’s for its premium, luxurious range of pushchairs.
The Cybex Priam is a customisable part-pram, part-stroller. It’s suitable from birth (when used with a carrycot) right up to four years of age – or a maximum weight of 17kg, whichever comes first – and it combines rubber wheels with plush suspension on a sturdy frame.
Despite its luxurious styling, the Priam is actually perfect for on- and off-road adventures. You can even buy an extension pack that replaces the front wheels with a pair of skis, if that’s your thing.
The basic frame of the Cybex Priam weighs 8.3kg and comes in a range of colours: rose gold, black, chrome with black details and chrome with brown details. The Priam’s overall weight then ranges from around 11kg up to 13.5kg, depending on which seats, wheels and attachments you choose to add to it.
These options include the choice of smaller, standard or all-terrain wheels, the latter being larger and having extra grip for off-road walks; a Lite or LUX carrycot; a Lite or more padded LUX stroller seat that each come in 17 colour and design options, and skis. The frame is also compatible with select Cybex car seats – namely the Aton and Cloud Z ranges.
One thing worth noting is that the Priam’s seat is designed to sit at the average height of a table – quoted by Cybex to be 80cm – meaning it doubles up as a makeshift highchair when out. Other small touches include an SPF50+ canopy, a pocket to store your phone and keys, and a shopping basket that folds down when not needed.
10. Silver Cross Pioneer Travel System – Best for versatile carrycot
The Pioneer, from heritage brand Silver Cross, is a stylish and sturdy option from a heritage brand which makes light work of navigating urban settings.
“It felt sturdy on the pavement and glided along nicely, while mounting kerbs was a doddle as it was light enough to tip onto the large back wheels,” says our MFM reviewer and mum-of-2 Gabrielle. “On grass and cobbles, the suspension came into its own as my baby was gently bounced rather than thrown around.”
Our reviewer also loves the fact that the pram comes with an especially high-quality carrycot, particularly as it’s suitable for overnight sleeping.
The Pioneer offers convenient extras such as a cup holder and a rain cover which fits neatly into a pouch. While its large basket is also one of its key attributes, some MFM users found it “hard to access” when the carrycot was in place on the chassis and others noted that they felt that in spite of the strong suspension and upgraded tyres, the Pioneer is more suited to navigating city life than countryside walks.
How To Choose The Best Prams?
Choose your pram wisely, and you’ll end up with something which will make your life that little bit easier. First, think about where you live. If it’s an urban environment, choose a pram designed for city living. The frame, officially called the chassis, should be light and compact so you can easily lift it into your car boot or fit it on public transport. Go for swivel wheels to help you steer around confined spaces like narrow shop aisles and crowded streets. If you live in a rural environment, you’ll need all-terrain wheels that can cope with muddy walks and off-road adventures.
Next, consider how light and compact you need the pram to be, especially if you’ll be lifting it in and out of the car boot or taking it on buses or trains. A robust, heavy frame might feel lovely and sturdy to push, but it’s less fun to lift. Size matters too, of course. If your car boot or hallway isn’t huge, choose a pram that’s compact when folded. Many prams are designed to be free-standing when folded so that you can tuck them neatly out of the way without tripping over them endlessly.
Other practicalities to consider when shopping for a pram include the size of the shopping basket – the bigger, the better – and how easily the pram folds – the simpler, the better. Can you fit a packet of special-offer nappies in the basket and still have room for your change bag plus some bread and milk? Bonus points for any pram that can be folded with one hand – you’ll be surprised how much you’ll appreciate being able to do so when you’re caught in a downpour and have to dash back to the car or hop to the bus stop unexpectedly.
In the world of baby strollers, pushchairs and prams, designers are always looking for new ways to improve their designs and ultimately create a safer and more comfortable space for children. Year on year, we see new buggies that will make the lives of parents easier, and we are incredibly excited to see what else is to come this 2021!
To find the perfect new stroller for your and your family this 2021, simply browse through our the best prams in the UK 2021 program has been of help, and are confident that you’ll find something that suits your needs and you can buy online for a great deal, today.