Our pushchair experts headed to the Harrogate International Nursery Fair to scout out the baby buggy trends you’ll be seeing this spring and throughout 2018 – from textured fabrics to sparkly glitter finishes, plus the ultimate in customisation to completely personalise your own pushchair.
Read on for our tip-off of the trends of 2018. If you want to buy now, browse our Best Buy pushchairs.
Indulgent and textured fabrics
Babystyle has new herringbone fabrics, and at Bébécar you can opt for a carrycot with white embroidered roses.
One of the more eye-catching trends spotted this year has been for sparkly or ‘bling’ finishes to buggies and pushchairs.
Prams from Venicci have a glitter finish, with some sporting a shiny, gold chrome chassis. While at Bébécar, they’ve gone all out with gold, glittery carrycots on the Hip-Hop Tech in the 2018 Privé collection.
At Mee-go we spotted a diamanté-encrusted version of its Milano pram.
Leatherette is set to make a real comeback this year, and not just on handlebars. Faux leather details not only add a touch of style to your pushchair but are also pretty practical – any spillages can be wiped away much more easily.
Look out for leatherette bumper bars, carry cots and car seat covers. We’ve spotted leatherette accents on the new Joie Signature range, with pushchairs featuring cognac-hued faux leather bumper bars.
Leatherette might be a key trend, but it doesn’t go down so well in our testing. Read our pushchair reviews to find out why parents aren’t particularly sold on it.
Mee-go has also launched a Milano special edition pushchair that includes a faux leather black carry cot.
The recent cold weather caused by the Beast from the East has seen demand soar for stroller hand warmers. These are cosy muffs that attach to the handles of your pram or buggy, and mean you can keep your hands toasty without the need for gloves, so you have your hands free to check on your baby while out and about.
We spotted Babystyle showcasing its popular Egg pushchair with matching stroller hand warmers that can be snapped up from Cuddle Co. Other manufacturers that are featuring hand warmers with their ranges include Bébécar, Mee-go and Roma.
Read the latest Babystyle buggy reviews.
If you want your pram or buggy to stand out from the crowd, it’s all about adding a few little extras. This year, we’ve seen lots of fur trims that can be added to the hoods of prams.
Babystyle is also offering parents the option to customise their changing bag with a selection of different guitar-style straps that can be mixed and matched to update your look.
Look out for a pushchair from Cosatto this year where you can swap the seat covers using a special ‘fashion pack’ of included colourways.
Picking the best pushchair or pram
A stylish buggy is one thing, but if it’s bulky or heavy to push, tricky to adjust and a nightmare to fold or store, no amount of glitter or fur will improve it.
When Which? tests pushchairs, we check all these things and more. Our reviews answer many of the key questions that parents have, including:
- Is the pushchair safe and durable?
- Is the seat comfortable for your baby?
- What’s the pushchair like to push?
- Is it easy to fold and store the pushchair?
- Is there anything I should watch out for?
To help you make a decision, read our guide on how to buy the best pushchair.