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How to buy: Baby strollers in Dubai

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Our friends at Good magazine have laid out the pros and cons of the different baby strollers on offer in Dubai so you can be a smart shopper. 


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You’ve been blessed with a little human and you need to get it from A to B. Just like cars, there are endless makes and models, which can be pretty overwhelming. So whether you’re in the market for a sleek, Bugatti-style cruiser or a more robust, Pajero sort of run-around, we look at some options, and what to consider when investing in a new set of wheels.

BUGABOO CAMELEON 

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What? Something of an icon in the stroller world, the Cameleon evolves with your little bundle, transforming from a reversible baby bassinet to a reversible child seat – both car seat compatible with Maxi Cosi adaptors. It’s also a dab hand in the sand, which is no bad thing in the UAE.

Age: Birth to 15kg.

Seat: Parent and forward facing.

Colours: Mix or match the base unit (six colours) with the hood (eight colours, ranging from soft pink to petrol blue).

Accessories? A raincover and shopping basket is included, but it’s the Bugaboo by Kaviar Gauche designer tote bag that we secretly covet.

Dimensions: H100.5 x W60 x D85cm (27cm taller with handlebar extended).

Dimensions folded: H84 x W60 x D30.5cm.

Weight: 9kg.

Anything else? Teaming up with Marc Jacobs, Victor & Rolf, Missoni and the Andy Warhol Foundation, Bugaboo has some serious design credentials. Their latest collaboration sees the birth of a camouflage Diesel Bugaboo. Yep, the hubby will want to push that one.

Best for… The stylish all-rounder.

Price: Dhs4,995 from Just Kidding.

ADD ON – Bugaboo Runner: If you’re the active sort, the brand new Bugaboo Runner could be your new exercise companion. Suitable for babies over nine months, this chassis fits most Bugaboo seats and has large air-filled wheels for a smooth, stable run. Built-in suspension absorbs shock and the handlebar adjusts to suit height and running posture accordingly. Perfect for a dash along the running track.

STOKKE XPLORY

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What? Feted as the ‘ultimate connection stroller’, the Xplory’s height adjustability raises your baby towards you, for optimum interaction, with five seating positions to choose from.

Age: Six months to 15kg. Purchase the carrycot separately for a newborn.

Seat: Parent and forward facing.

Colours: Eight, four in varying shades of grey, which suits the fabulous, futuristic design.

Accessories? Endless. Our pick? The cosy sheepskin lining, fit for a king.

Dimensions: H89-123 x W57 x L75-102cm.

Dimensions folded: H34 x W56 x L99cm.

Weight: 12kg.

Anything else? The chassis can support both a carry cot, single seat and sibling seating combos.

Best for… Parent and baby interaction.

Price: Sale price Dhs3,862.50 (regular price Dhs5,150) from Just Kidding.

BABYZEN YOYO 6+

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What? Thinking of travelling? This could be the one. Suitable for babies from six months onwards, this award-winning, one-hand drive stroller is based on the flat-pack concept and complies with cabin luggage restrictions.

Age: Six months to 15kg, but a newborn nest is available.

Seat: Forward facing.

Colours: Five (pink, red, blue, grey and black).

Accessories? Raincover and shopping basket are included.

Dimensions: H106x W86 x D44cm

Dimensions folded: H52 x W18 x D44cm.

Weight: 6kg.

Anything else? A push of a button and the entire frame and wheels collapses within five seconds.

Best for… Travelling. The Yoyo makes it much easier.

Price: Dhs1,990 from babysouk.com.

DOONA 

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What? A car seat with wheels, the Doona enables you to go from car to pushchair in 20 seconds flat. There’s no tricky manoeuvring or assembly, simply pull a lever and the wheels are lowered, extend the handlebar, and you and your baba are ready to roll.

Age: Birth to 13kg.

Seat: Parent facing.

Colours: Choose from a palette of beige, red, grey, blue and black.

Accessories? Travel bags and car bases to click your baby seat in.

Dimensions: H99 x W44 x D82cm.

Dimensions folded: H60 x W44 x D66cm.

Weight: 7kg.

Anything else? Doona passes both car seat and stroller safety tests.

Best for… Jumping in and out of your motor.

Price: Dhs1,895 from Just Kidding.

ARMADILLO

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What? While Mamas & Papas own brand stroller is compact (fitting in the boot of something as small as a Fiat 500), it’s surprisingly roomy when unfolded. The XXL UPF 50+ hood meanwhile, offers real sun protection.

Age: Birth to 15kg.

Seat: Forward facing.

Colours: Black, blue indigo and lemon drop yellow.

Accessories? Footmuff and parasol.

Dimensions: H100 x W55 x L92cm.

Dimensions folded: H30 x W55 x L72cm.

Weight: 8kg.

Anything else? We like the ‘flip-flop friendly’ brake.

Best for… Shielding the UAE heat.

Price: From Dhs1,199 from Mamas & Papas.

UPPABABY VISTA

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What? Unlike many other strollers, the UPPAbaby Vista comes with a carry-cot as part of the package. It can also accommodate a second and third child.

Age: Birth to 15kg.

Seat: Parent and forward facing.

Colours: Nine hues to deliberate over.

Accessories? A carrycot, toddler seat, two raincovers, two SPF 50 sunshades, two insect nets and car seat adapters are all included.

Dimensions: H100 x W67 x L94cm.

Dimensions folded: H84 x W67 x L35.5cm.

Weight: 12.5kg.

Anything else? The chassis allows multiple seating combinations to adapt to your family’s needs.

Best for… A growing family.

Price: Dhs4,500 from Just Kidding.

QUINNY BUZZ XTRA

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What? This robust, three-wheeler is built with all-terrain foam wheels and a gas sprung hydraulic system that automatically folds and unfolds the stroller with a touch of a button.

Age: Six months to 15kg, but you can buy an inlay for younger babies.

Seat: Parent and forward facing

Colours: A dark red, teal, black and navy.

Accessories? You get a sun canopy, raincover, shopping basket, parasol clip and baby car seat/carrycot adaptors, and can add more.

Dimensions: H102 x W64 x D85cm.

Dimensions folded: H37 x W64 x D85cm.

Weight: 12.7kg.

Anything else? By purchasing a few add-ons, you can utilise the three-in-one travel system, going from car to pushchair with ease.

Best for… Off-roading.

Price: Dhs2,900 from Just Kidding.

SHOUD YOU GO PARENT OR FORWARD FACING? 

Until the mid-1960s, parent-facing strollers were the norm, then manufacturers start making more lightweight, portable, outward facing models. Today, it’s really a personal preference, with many strollers providing both functions.

Parent-facing

Promotes interaction, encouraging communication between parent and child. Opportunity to be more responsive to child’s needs. Can be more expensive and heavier.

Outward-facing

Allows your baby to see what’s going on around them, aiding their learning and development.