Now that the new baby has his/ her brand new chariot, the husband says it’s time to trade in the toddler’s wheels too. Imagine, the husband telling me to go shopping! Obviously, having already splashed out on a suitable baby travel system with a price tag to rival a Rolls Royce, he wants me to opt for a cheap pushchair (a cheap stroller, he calls it). He even approves of cheap travel systems, but would prefer a cheap pushchair. Did I happen to mention it has to be cheap?!
I’ve discovered that cheap pushchair does not need to mean shoddy pushchair. Oh yes, dear reader. I am capable of bagging a bargain. In fact, I love nothing more. So here goes. My guide to buying the ultimate cheap pushchair /cheap stroller/ cheap travel system.
- Don’t be put off by brands you’ve never heard of. Just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they’re rubbish. They might be the height of good quality in Sweden or somewhere…
- Consider your needs. The toddler only needs to be in his cheap pushchair now and then as he walks more often than not. We, therefore, need a cheap ‘run-around’. If you know you won’t be needing it every day, consider downsizing. It keeps the prices down.
- Accept that you don’t need the latest in drink’s holders or temperature guages. Like I said, you may only be using it once in a while.
- Remember that cheap stroller does not need to mean ‘fall-apart-after-first-use-stroller’. Check that the wheels are sturdy enough and if you’re not sure, move on. There are plenty of choices out there.
- Do you want it to fold flat or fold like an umbrella? What size car boot do you have? Or will you be keeping it at home only?
- Are you going to use it for the next baby? If so, cheap pushchair takes on a whole new meaning. Yes, get a cheap stroller or cheap travel system by all means- but don’t compromise with a model that won’t last. Make sure it is going to fulfil your needs.
- Shop around. Often there are deals on that you can take advantage of
p.s. the cheap pushchair in the picture is here