OK so I was a childminder for 12 years, I have a list of must haves that have been tried and tested and reviewed over and over by me. Yes, new things do come out but there will always be the ‘greats’.
Below is a list of things I feel are essential to making your (working) day easier without having to make the mistakes over the years like I did. It is important to make an investment in the products you buy, you need them to last a long time but you also need to love them. If you don’t love them, other items will catch your eye and you’ll be tempted to purchase those and you don’t have time for that! (Childminders, contrary to what you may think, you are running a business-you need it to be profitable and professional 😉 ).
You will only ever need 3 types:
The ‘Parent Facing’ pushchair. (suitable from birth).
This is essential if you are caring for a baby. Small babies do not need or want to see the world, they want to see your smiley happy face glaring at them and talking to them. You are the world to them when they are small.
My recommendation: Mamas and Papas Urbo. Mamas and Papas Urbo Video (unfortunately I cannot find a good price online… I would search ebay, Facebook and car boots etc to find one at a good price!)
This ‘not too fussy’ pushchair can be world or parent facing, has a strong metal base (chassis) and has a genius hood that allows any aged baby or toddler a sun free nap. The handlebar is adjustable and its simple to fold down and small enough to fit in the smallest of car boots. (see video above)
I bought my first one in 2010 and still had it when my own daughter was born in 2015. It was still like new! I’d always looked after it and I used it most days in the week. When I stopped childminding (and realised I had 3 pushchairs and 1 baby) I had purge one of them and I chose this one… BIG MISTAKE! I sold it and a few weeks later bought another one because I missed it so much!
The ‘Buggy’. (Some available from birth, others from 3m and 6m.)
A really good addition to the family when baby is a bit older and you are out and about a lot more.
My recommendation: Baby Jogger City Mini
There are groups on Facebook just for this pram/brand it’s THAT good! It is suitable from birth and would easily fit in an average sized 5 year old!
It has super easy folding, a ginormous hood and is really robust. This pram is many peoples ‘go to’ once baby turns 1. Many childminders swear by this pushchair (and they’re the experts!). It is a little bit more expensive than the average umbrella folding pushchair but you will get far more use out of this pushchair, meaning you will get your monies worth!
I first got a second hand city mini once my youngest was 18m. I’d read lots of reviews and had asked random people who had one what they thought. There was never a negative comment! We loved ours and have only just sold it as our youngest doesn’t have an afternoon nap anymore and we weren’t reaching for it (our child loves to walk and run everywhere!).
The Double Buggy. (Some available from birth, others from 3m and 6m, suitable for twins and different aged children.)
I recommend Red Kite Push Me Twini
I actually bought this pushchair using my Tesco Club card points! I’d saved up £90 and used the ‘double points’ scheme in Tesco Direct to buy the £180 pushchair (2014).
The best feature of this? It’s so easy to push with 2 heavy children in it! It was a dream come true when I found this double! I’ve had MANY doubles over the years, some side by side, others tandem. This is the best! (I’ve even had a Baby Jogger double and the red kite is my first choice every time)
OK so there are my recommendations. I hope this has helped you make a decision on the different types of pushchairs and buggies to choose when it comes to buying for your little ones.
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