Two-in-one and three-in-one pushchairs
This page looks at the features, advantages and drawbacks of two-in-one and three-in-one pushchairs.
Around £100 to £820.
These can be three or four wheeled and become enclosed prams with the seat fully reclined and the footrest up, so are suitable from birth. As the baby grows, the two-in-one becomes a pushchair by adjusting the seat up and the footrest down. Some have reversible seats, so the baby faces you when very young and forwards when older. Two-in-ones fold in different ways - flat, inwards or even an umbrella fold. Seat covers, removable hood and apron are generally included, rain cover is extra.
Around £350 to £450.
Also three or four wheeled and suitable from birth since they have a lift-off carry cot and a separate reclining seat. The baby can face you from the carrycot and forwards from the pushchair seat. There are different folding methods as with two-in-ones. Generally seat covers, removable hood and apron are included and rain cover is sold as an extra.
- fully reclining and well padded so good for very young babies
- baby can face you when young and face the world when older, with many two-in-ones and all three-in-ones
- comfortable enough for baby to nap in - and to sleep in the three-in-one carrycots
- many models have medium size wheels and suspension to give a smooth ride
- swivel wheels on most models - good for manoeuvring
- many models have adjustable height handles
- generally have good size shopping carrier below the seat.
- bulky and relatively heavy to carry, transport and store
- cumbersome for active toddlers
- some handles that cannot be adjusted are fairly low
- folding can be complex and require good dexterity and strength
- relatively expensive to buy
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