Buying a pushchair or pram in the new year? Take note of these nifty features and stylish fabrics that are going to be all the rage in 2019.
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The metallic pushchair chassis
Typically pushchair chassis were functional, not fun, but that was before gleaming metallic ones replaced boring black and silver.
The good news is you can take part in this trend already.
The Egg Diamond Black (£849) comes with a rose-gold chassis. We’ve also seen gold chassis frames at Venicci and on the Mamas & Papas Tour 3 (launching Spring/Summer 2019).
And rose-gold chassis are coming soon for both the stylish Cybex Priam and Cybex Mios (£995 for 3-in-1 travel system).
The breathable buggy
Hotter summers have made manufacturers aware of how important it is to have added ventilation in pushchairs and prams.
Pushchair makers can use mesh panels for easier air flow, or incorporate flaps that can be pulled to one side for an extra bit of breeze – plus a better view out for your baby.
Breathable mattresses in pushchair carrycots, or 100% cotton interiors can also help with a cooling effect in summer heat.
Nuna is adding ventilation to the hood on the carrycot of the Nuna Mixx (£400 for pushchair, £125 for carrycot) in January 2019.
We also spotted ventilation panels on the Silver Cross Jet and the GB Pockit Air.
Both of these are also cabin-friendly pushchairs that fold down small enough to comply with hand luggage rules for most airlines.
The fold-down feature plus the ventilation means these two pushchairs could be a great choice to take away with you on summer holidays in 2019. Reviews of both coming very soon so you can find out if they’re worth splashing out on.
The co-ordinated rucksack
There’s been a move towards changing bag rucksacks, rather than traditional over-the-shoulder nappy bags.
We say hooray for an end to shoulder strain from lugging a ton of snacks, drinks, nappies and tubs of Sudocrem around. Even better, these new-style nappy rucksacks come in sleek pushchair matching or co-ordinating colour schemes, too.
Check out the special edition iCandy for Landrover Peach All-Terrain, with its smart backpack.
Coming soon in January 2019, the Babystyle Egg pushchair in camouflage print with matching camouflage print rucksack (approx £150).
For those who like their shopping bag a bit more conventional, the new Maxi Cosi Lila features a large take-away-with-you shopping bag that doubles as the pushchair basket.
The 2019 update
Babyjogger will be updating its bestselling City Mini 2 stroller in time for May 2019, with a redesigned handlebar, sleeker hood, adjustable calf rest and a redesign of the chassis. The 3-wheel will retail for £299, 4 wheel for £349 and the the GT2 will cost £399.
Other updates to look out for in 2019 include the Mamas & Papas Flip XT3 out in February. It will cost from £649 for the pushchair only (and £189 for the carrycot). This is an upgrade on the XT2 and includes a new hood and a sleek chrome finish on the chassis, as well as retooled wheels and a reinforced hood visor.
The Britax Holiday 2 will also be new for 2019. It’s the same concept as the Holiday (a super-lightweight stroller that’s ideal for taking abroad), but with a new footrest and a practical zip-operated recline.
The heritage look
Get ready to channel your inner country gal or gent as tweed, herringbone and houndstooth patterns are the pushchair and pram fabric of choice for next year.
Mamas & Papas has collaborated with Abraham Moon & Sons, a British manufacturer of wool and tweed, to create a new line of fabrics for its popular Ocarro pushchair (£749) and carrycots. It’s available in January 2019.
Nuna has launched its Threaded Collection, which features finely tailored fabrics, such as herringbone, on models including the Demi Grow available as both the Nuna Demi Grow single (£540) and the Nuna Demi Grow Double (£800).
Uppababy is also turning heads with a distinctive checked fabric for its Vista. Find out what else impressed us by reading our full review of the Uppababy Vista (from £800).