Top 5 Prams For Newborns

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By Lucy Woodbridge, founder of Butterbean

6 minute read

The Best Newborn Prams of 2023

When the exciting moment of expecting your first baby arrives, one of the key items on your shopping list is a newborn pram or pushchair. It's a significant purchase, and with so many options available, finding the perfect one for your newborn can be a daunting task. In this article, we will guide you through the top 5 newborn prams of 2023, based on extensive testing by parent journalists and feedback from families, catering to various budgets and lifestyles.

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Are All Pushchairs Suitable for Newborns?

Not all pushchairs are suitable for newborn babies. Newborns require a flat lying position for at least the first 6 months of their lives. This flat position is crucial for their back, development, and breathing. Some prams and pushchairs have recline settings but may not lie flat enough, making them suitable only from 6 months onwards.

To ensure your baby's well-being, it's essential to prioritise a pram that offers a completely lie-flat base. The industry standard for lie-flat is at least 150°, though some prams claim to be suitable from birth with a 180° flat recline.

Do You Need to Buy a Carrycot?

Carrycots offer numerous benefits for newborns. They are typically parent-facing, allowing you to maintain eye contact with your baby during their early months. Carrycots provide extra comfort and luxury with features like more space, padded mattresses, increased ventilation, and larger canopy hoods.

Additionally, some carrycots are suitable for overnight sleeping, which aligns with Safe Sleep guidelines recommending that your baby sleeps in the same room as you, night and day. This feature can eliminate the need for a separate travel cot during the first 6 months, saving both money and space.

However, it's important to consider the cost of a carrycot, which can vary from £100 to over £250. You should also think about storage space once your baby outgrows it around 6 months of age.

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Our Top Picks for 2023

Now, let's dive into our top picks for newborn prams in 2023:

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Micralite GetGo

The Micralite GetGo stands out for its impressive lightweight and compact design. It folds down in seconds, making it an excellent choice for parents with limited space or those who rely on public transport. While the seat fully reclines to a lie-flat position, we recommend purchasing the carrycot separately for a snug and secure space for your baby. The carrycot also doubles as a travel cot for occasional overnight use.

With four-wheel suspension and puncture-proof tires, the GetGo offers a smooth and easy ride. Its manoeuvrability, even with one-handed steering, makes it a practical choice for busy parents.

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Babystyle Oyster 3

The Babystyle Oyster 3 impresses with its compact fold and retractable carry handle, making it easy to store and manage. It offers a full lie-flat recline and includes a carrycot option for added comfort and versatility. The Oyster 3 is compatible with various car seats, expanding your options for travel solutions.

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Graco Near2Me

The Graco Near2Me pram features a unique raise and lower feature that allows your baby to glide up to your level, maintaining eye contact and closeness. While it may not fold as neatly as some competitors, it excels in under-pram storage space. The high positioning of the seat or carrycot makes access easy. Despite its bulkiness when folded, the Graco Near2Me offers excellent value, including a luxury footmuff and rain cover.

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Joie Mytrax Pro

Urban parents will appreciate the Joie Mytrax Pro's swift folding mechanism, making it easy to collapse with just one hand. It is lightweight and manoeuvres well in crowded city streets. The carrycot option adds comfort for newborns, and it remains budget-friendly, falling below the £500 mark.

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Silver Cross Wave

The Silver Cross Wave is an excellent pram. Sturdy, easy to push and transferrable to a seat from 6+ months. The Silver Cross basket is big - meaning you can load it with more than you probably need. If you have more than one baby, you can buy an adaptor to add an extra seat. This pram is seriously versatile!

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