Parent-facing pushchairs or strollers provide children with more "face time" and interaction with their parents. A British study concluded that these types of strollers assist in the social development of a child. Most pushchairs are large and bulky, but some reliable lightweight strollers are on the market.
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Peg Perego 2011 Pliko Switch Stroller
The Peg Perego 2011 Pliko Switch Stroller is the lightest pushchair model on the market. At just more than 7.71kg., it allows the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 car seat (sold separately) to be snapped into place either facing the parent or facing forward. A feature of the this stroller is that it folds down in an umbrella form for simple use. The Switch Stroller begins at £260. (All prices are as of January 2011.)
Bugaboo Bee Complete Stroller
The popular, 11.3kg. Bugaboo Bee Complete Stroller carries on the Bugaboo tradition. It offers an aluminium frame and four-wheel independent suspension for a smooth ride. At £390, the Bee is not inexpensive, but it can be quickly and easily open and closed with just one hand. A sun canopy can be purchased for an additional £32. Bugaboo also offers a lifetime satisfaction warranty with the Bugaboo Bee.
Peg Perego Venezia MT Stroller
The Peg Perego Venezia MT Stroller design by Pliko offers a pushchair weighing 8.16kg. and is the only pushchair that reclines to a fully flat horizontal position. Designed to work with the Primo Viaggio car seat, this £195 model also includes an adjustable handle for tall parents, an extra wide seat for toddlers up to 4 years of age and one of the largest stowing baskets available. This stroller also offers quad swivel wheels for ease of maneuverability.
Dreamer Design Park Avenue Stroller
At 10.9kg., the Dreamer Design Park Avenue Stroller can carry an infant or toddler. Its three-wheeled, all-terrain design offers a swivel wheel lockout, a height-adjustable handle and simple, one-step folding. The 12-inch wheels are air-filled for a smooth ride and ease of manoeuvring while jogging. At an offering price of just more than £195, this stroller is in the luxury lightweight stroller category. A bassinet option is available. The model also carries a five-year warranty.
Britax Vigour Stroller
The Britax Vigour Stroller offers a lot of the same great qualities as the other strollers but at a price of just more than £130. A full-size aluminium stroller, it is slightly heavier than the others at 12.7kg. but offers four-wheel stability along with air-filled tires and an all-wheel suspension to keep the ride smooth.
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