/ Recommend me a push chair
Any advice from other active parents would be great.
Forget the pushchair, go for a comfortable carrier for out walking. Avid the frame ones, they are fine but affect the centre of gravity so make the little one feel very, very heavy. Wraps and mei tais are good but if you are put off by them there are some good buckle carriers around like manduca, connecta, beco, ergo and so on. There are also some good lesser known makes (generally made by 'work at home' mums all over the world) like Babies in Space, doux doux and others.
It is worth visiting your local 'sling library' - do a search for one near you - as they will be able to advise you and you can rent them for a couple of pounds a week to find one that suits you before you commit to buying.
I like my LittleLife rucksac carrier but in terms of a pushchair, the cheapest one with 3 big wheels is the Little Nipper Out n About 360. I got one and like it lots.
Hence, push chair.
Three wheelers seem to be the popular choice for off-road baby-buggying! Personally,I have found our Bugaboo Chameleon (not a three wheeler) to be amazing in all conditions, and it is so adaptable. If the going gets rough, you simply reverse the handle so that the large wheels are at the front. If it gets rougher still, you can lock the small wheels, and if it gets super rough, or sandy, you can lift the smaller wheel right off the ground, and use it like a wheel barrow or off road sack truck... We took our down the muddiest of paths in New Forest, and it coped really well...
Watch out for pushchairs with inflatable wheels, as you spend you life doing puncture repairs if you use them off road (the Bugaboo has foam filled wheels).
I also have the out'n'about, it is great. However, take it from me I prefer to carry them far more than use the pushchair! I find I am rather restricted where I can go with a pushchair. I am female, 5' 3" and can carry my bulky 2 1/2 year old quite happily for long distances and my nearly 5 year old for a short way if her legs are tired. That's why I was suggesting trying a proper carrier, it makes them feel so much lighter than in a framed/ rucksack type carrier. (I stopped using the littlelife when they got to about a year old as they felt too heavy. I then discovered the world of 'proper' carriers and went back to carrying them - it really is so much easier!).
But thanks for the advice.
TBH, they get easier to carry as they get bigger in some ways - they don't get all that much heavier, and they wrap round you better and aren't so much of a dead weight. Definitely worth trying to find a slingmeet or similar to try different carriers.
Buggies - tends to tricky to find something that folds down and does off road. Depends a bit how bumpy - big wheels tend to make life easier. We had a mountain buggy; if I was choosing again, I think I'd go with the Nipper 360 which is lighter and has bigger wheels....
Great buggy for forest trails etc. Only had two punctures in 4 years of heavy use (often have two kids in a single buggy). Wife finds it light enough to fold and get in and out of car.
Phil & Teds Vibe, bought second hand, has a massive chair which should fit a large child, plus 3 wheels, very light & small turning circle, big basket & hood. Good for off road. We have 3 pushchairs and this is the biggest, we use it the most. The Mclaren is good for throwing in the car but not off road: the Quinny is much heavier and harder to control (although probably bigger than P&T). P&T has inflatable tyres though. But the bonus you can add a double set if you have another baby.
If it's all off road you want, then I agree you should look at something like the Nipper. Depends if you will use it on road as well (it's a bit like buying a mountain bike v a road bike, eventually you realise that you need both).
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