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Which buggies can carry bigger babies?

We pick out the pushchairs for children weighing 18kg, 22kg, 25kg and more

Expecting a baby or just looking for a buggy that will last? We’ve found the latest buggies and travel systems that are suitable for babies of different weights.

The maximum weight limit for many pushchairs is 15kg – that’s around three to three-and-a-half years old, probably when your child no longer needs, or wants, to be in a pushchair.

But with NHS figures showing toddlers now weigh more than before, it’s not surprising parents are searching for pushchairs that can take a heavier weight, so we’ve outlined popular models that have increasing weight limits.

Compare all our Best Buys to find the best buggy, pram or pushchair for you and your family.

Can carry 17kg: Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus

The latest version of the iconic Bugaboo Cameleon isn’t cheap, but the 3 Plus will appeal to fashion-conscious parents with its new range of colours and fabrics allowing you to customise your pushchair. If you part with a bit more cash there’s even a premium colour collection available in a ‘subtle grey mélange’.

The redesigned basket is easier to get into, the seat has a sleeker look (aka: less padding) and the handle bars can swap direction.

There’s also adjustable suspension, which should help tackle whatever your daily route puts in front of you.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing when we put this pushchair to the test. Read our full Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus pushchair review to find out what we uncovered before you splash out.

Can carry 18kg: Ergobaby Metro

This lightweight buggy, a first from the Ergobaby brand, is compact and stylish.

It can be used from birth if you fork out for the Metro newborn kit (£130) and can be folded using one hand, making it super convenient when you’re out and about.

It weighs just over 6kg, so isn’t too heavy to carry about when you’re travelling, and it comes with a roomy 4.5kg shopping basket – larger than average for this type of stroller.

We’ve found lots to love about this pushchair, but some there are some niggles you need to watch out for. Read our full Ergobaby Metro buggy review to find out whether they will make you think twice before buying.

Can carry 20kg: BabyStyle Oyster 3

The original BabyStyle Oyster pushchair was one of our most popular pushchairs for a very long time. We’ve just tested the latest version, the Oyster 3, which has been completely redesigned.

Parent will love the larger shopping basket, the carrycot is easier to use, it folds smaller than the last version, has bigger wheels and it’s suitable to use with your newborn as the seat reclines far enough back. It’s travel-system compatible, too.

BabyStyle pushchairs have been hit and miss in our tests, so read our full BabyStyle Oyster 3 pushchair review to find out this one fared.

Can carry 25kg: Silver Cross Horizon

This stylish addition to the Silver Cross range comes with a clever seat that converts to a pram format. A great option if you don’t have spare cash to buy – or space to store – a full-size carrycot. A separate carrycot is available to buy, though.

Large multi-terrain tyres and all-round suspension should equal a smooth ride. It comes complete with the Silver Cross Simplicity baby car seat included in the price, so you’re all set to go from birth.

There are lots of extras included, such as a cup holder and rain cover, and plenty of attention to detail.

Can the seat really last until your child is 25kg in weight? Read our full Silver Cross Horizon pushchair review to find out.

Seat size

It’s not just maximum weight limits you need to watch out for if you’re buying a pushchair for a larger-than-average baby. The seat size is important, too. Some seats can be too narrow, or not deep enough to take a growing child.

Another common problem we see are pushchair seats with a backrest that isn’t tall enough to fully support a three-year-old, so the hood fabric can bunch around the head area.

We measure the size of the seat of every pushchair we test – width, depth, and the size of the backrest so we know what size babies pushchairs will fit.

Is there more choice for bigger babies?

We’ve looked back over our last 11 years of testing data and found that manufacturers are producing more buggies for bigger babies.

From 2008-2015, just 22% of buggies we tested were suitable for babies over 15kg. Now, 34% of them are.

Back in 2008, some big names, such as Mountain Buggy and Phil & Teds, sported larger maximum weights. Brands such as iCandy, with its Cherry pushchair, and the original Bugaboo Donkey had larger capacity seats.

The original Silver Cross Reflex, launched back in 2014, had a 20kg weight limit.

Main photo credit: Silver Cross

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