Which? takes a sneak peek at brand new pushchairs, unveiled at the Harrogate Nursery Fair, which can be folded with their seats facing the parent.
In recent years there’s been a growing trend for pushchairs with reversible seats. These seats allow the child to face forwards or towards the parent, to encourage easier interaction between mum and baby in the early years.
Unfortunately many of these pushchairs can’t be folded with the seat facing the parent, which makes them inconvenient to use. But several new pushchairs on show at the Harrogate Nursery Fair address this problem, and can be folded no matter which direction the seat is facing.
To find out which pushchairs we’ve tested that have parent-facing seats visit our pushchairs reviews.
Easywalker’s June pushchair was one of the most interesting new pushchairs at the Harrogate show as it has several innovations packed into one compact buggy.
The seat unit is an unusual design and the handle for reclining the backrest is located under the seat. Operating it slides the seat forward and simultaneously pushes the backrest down, until the seat lies nearly flat.
The seat itself is quite compact, but will grow with your child because the back can be extended to increase head room under the hood.
Not only can it be folded when parent-facing, it also has a ‘memory recline’, which means that when you unfold it, it automatically resets the seat to the same recline position it was in before you folded it.
The travel system pushchair, which will be released in June, will cost £549 and can be used with Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. A separate carrycot is also available.
UPDATE 03/12/12: We’ve now taken a look at the Easywalker June at our offices, so check out our video to see it in action.
Baby Jogger City Versa
The new Baby Jogger City Versa is a travel system pushchair with a seat that can be positioned to be parent- or forward-facing. Like other Baby Jogger pushchairs, the City Versa can be folded with one hand by pulling up a handle in the seat. Unusually though, it doesn’t matter which direction the seat is facing to do this.
Baby Jogger pushchairs have become popular because you can easily fold them using just one hand. Their quick and easy folding mechanism has now been adopted by other manufacturers, including Britax (on its B-Agile pushchair) and Graco (on its Swiftfold pushchair).
The City Versa will be available in black, red and silver and cost £399. It is expected to be released in July or August.
See reviews of all Baby Jogger pushchairs.
UPDATE 03/12/12: Some Baby Jogger City Versa pushchairs have been recalled due to a folding problem. Find out what to do if your Baby Jogger City Vera is affected.
Baby Jogger is also launching the City Mini GT, an all-terrain version of its popular City Mini pushchair. Find out what we think of this pushchair in its single and double configuration our and .
Petite Star Bubble
This is the first umbrella-fold stroller that we’ve seen which has a seat that can be switched between front- and parent-facing without removing the seat from the chassis. The secret is that it has two seats back-to-back which share a backrest.
See it in action along with our first impressions in our Petite Star Bubble video.
Moving the backrest towards the front of the pushchair creates a parent-facing seat for younger children. Moving it towards the handles makes a normal-looking stroller for older kids. The hood can be inverted so it provides cover in both directions.
Petite Star is putting finishing touches to the prototype and it hopes to release it later in 2012.
Testing the latest releases
Manufacturers are making the last few tweaks to their designs before releasing these pushchairs.
Which? hopes to bring you our first impressions of them when they’re available and to include them in our future pushchair tests.