Do You Need A Carrycot For A Newborn?

Do You Need A Carrycot For A Newborn?

Updated: August 2020

The short answer: yes. Unless you have a pushchair with a seat that lies completely flat, then a carrycot is the safest way to transport your baby in those first 3-4 months. Of course, the benefits don’t just extend to your baby. A carrycot gives you the ability to transport your baby in their own little sleep pod. When used as part of a Pushchair Travel System for example, you can simply go out walking with your baby asleep on the carrycot and then detach the carrycot to extend their nap once back at home. Some carrycots are even suitable for overnight sleeping, doubling as baby’s first bed!

Can’t I just use my car seat instead of a carrycot?

Medical experts say that babies should not be left in their Group 0+ car seats for long periods. Why? Because babies’ lungs grow fast during the first few months of life, and need to lie fully flat to develop properly. The good news is that carrycots come with many benefits and price points. Not only that, many pushchair travel systems come with carrycots included, making them an even smarter investment.

Graco Evo Luxury Carrycot

Graco Evo Luxury Carrycot – padded newborn carrycot in a traditional style

The Graco Evo Luxury carrycot is a beautiful carrycot in a traditional style that will keep your baby laying flat while you enjoy strolling with the Graco Evo Pushchair.

Carrycot: the perfect first bed for your newborn

A carrycot doubles as a bed for as long as you baby fits in it. As a result, for the first 3-4 months, there’s no need for your baby to snooze anywhere else. Pop your baby into its carrycot for a morning nap, pop onto the pushchair for a trip into town. At night-time, carry the carrycot upstairs for the wee hours.

Cosatto Woosh XL Carrycot - Mister Fox

Cosatto Woosh XL Carrycot – Mister Fox – easy to carry upstairs and down.

The Cosatto Woosh XL Carrycot has really strong handles to make lifting baby a breeze. With its colourful print, it’s the adorable accessory for your Cosatto Woosh XL Pushchair.

Do you need a carrycot for a newborn? What about a cocoon?

A baby cocoon is a modern version of the traditional carrycot. These lightweight sleeping pods provide all the benefits of a traditional carrycot, but with a soft shell. Cocoons make fantastic carrycots for newborns as they provide extra warm and snugness when it’s really chilly outside.

Maxi Cosi Baby Cocoon

Maxi Cosi Baby Cocoon – compatible with every Maxi Cosi pushchair.

The Maxi Cosi Baby Cocoon is one of the warmest cocoon carrycots around. Even better, it’s compatible with every Maxi Cosi pushchair.


The Phil & Teds XL Cocoon – Black is the perfect soft-shelled newborn carrycot. It’s compatible with a range of Phil & Teds pushchairs such as the Go, Dot, Dash and Voyager, allowing your little one to lay completely flat. Despite being feather-light, it is ultra warm – perfect for freezing temperatures. Not only this: its strong carry handles make it easy to lift and transport your baby to and from the pushchair.

Is there a carrycot for UPPAbaby Cruz?

Yes. If you’ve set your heart on the Cruz pushchair but want to make it suitable for your newborn, then the UPPAbaby V2 Carrycot is what you need. Available in different colours and finishes to match your choice of pushchair, it features a large expanding sunhood with UPF50+ protection, a longer-length mattress for extra wiggle room and even a mosquito net.


Do I need a carrycot for a summer born baby?

Carrycots keep babies snug, so it’s easy to assume that they’re designed for winter born babies. However, the best carrycots keep your baby cool as well as warm, with ventilation points and mesh to keep the air flowing. If it’s really hot, simply pop your baby into its carrycot wearing just a nappy. Then let the integrated UPF panels keep your baby safe from the sun.

Nuna MIXX Carrycot

Nuna MIXX Carrycot – features a blackout curtain for daytime napping.

The Nuna MIXX Carrycot has a UPF50+ sun canopy  and a dream drape to create a a sleep-inducing blackout – even in the height of summer. Explore Nuna carrycots.

Is a carrycot better than a Moses basket?

Moses baskets, while similar in size to carrycots, are designed solely for indoor use. Carrycots however are designed for use outside, with weatherproof materials that repel sunshine and showers. Ready for a long walk? Pop your baby into his carrycot, clip into your pushchair travel system and go get some fresh air!

Ickle Bubba Stomp v4 Travel System with ISOfix Base

Ickle Bubba Stomp v4 Travel System with carrycot – stylish kit that’s perfect for showing off your newborn.

The Ickle Bubba Stomp v4 Travel System with ISOfix Base has a from-birth carrycot that clicks on and off the Stomp Pushchair chassis.

How long can my baby stay in a carrycot?

A carrycot can be used from birth until around 9kg, or until your baby can get up on their hands/knees. For most infants, this is about 3-4 months. That may not sound like long. But ask any mum – the first three months can feel the longest!

A carrycot, as well as being the safest way to transport your baby on the pushchair, gives you the freedom for baby to sleep anywhere, which is a massive benefit. Moreover, innovative brands such as Mountain Buggy, design carrycots that last longer than many others on the market.

Mountain Buggy Carrycot Plus for Urban Jungle, Terrain and +One

Mountain Buggy Carrycot Plus for Urban Jungle, Terrain and +One – a longer lasting carrycot that can be used up to 33lbs

Mountain Buggy Carrycot Plus for Urban Jungle, Terrain and +One converts into a parent facing seat with a switch of a fabric set. It reclines into three positions and can be used until your baby hits 15kg (33lbs) – giving longevity to your carrycot. Check out other Mountain buggy carrycots.

Can my baby sleep overnight in a carrycot?

Yes: but you must check that the carrycot has a mattress that is firm enough for night-time sleeping. Once that box is ticked, enjoy saying yes to more overnight stays! Cosatto Giggle 3 i-Size Everything Bundle – Charcoal Mister Fox comes with a luxury carrycot that’s suitable for overnight sleeping. It has built-in ventilation and an aerated mattress to promote good air flow.


What’s the best carrycot for jogging mums?

If you’re a keen jogger and want a pushchair you can jog with, plus all the benefits of a carrycot, then you’ll need to think ahead. The Out n About Nipper Sport v4 Pushchair is one of the best jogging pushchairs on the market and allows you to jog with your baby from 6 months old.

Until then, enjoy brisk walking with baby using the Out n About Nipper Carrycot – fun, sporty and comes in lots of great colours.

Out n About Nipper Carrycot

Out n About Nipper Carrycot – use with the Nipper Sport pushchair. Perfect for active mums.

What’s the best carrycot for twins?

Do you want a carrycot for a newborn twins? Then it’s no surprise that you’ll need two!

The Out n About Nipper Double Carrycot for the Out n About Nipper Double v4 Pushchair is a great carrycot that fixes onto your pushchair with the use of the Out n About Nipper Double Carrycot Double Adaptor.

Unlike most other pushchairs, the Out n About Nipper Double v4 Pushchair features lie-flat seats, so you can skip the carrycot if you want to. However, for convenience, portability and cosiness, we’d definitely recommend the Out n About Nipper Double Carrycot.

Out n About Nipper Double Carrycot

Out n About Nipper Double Carrycot – keeps two newborns safe and cosy on the pram or around the house.

In conclusion: Do you need a carrycot for a newborn?

We say YES. The right carrycot is a marvellous purchase that will make the first 3-4 months more enjoyable for you and your baby. With a carrycot, you can keep your baby safe and comfortable for the first new months of life. At the same time, you can greater convenience and freedom as a family. When bought as part of a pushchair travel system, a carrycot becomes an even more cost-effective investment.

Explore more carrycots from leading brands including Britax carrycots, BOB carrycots, Maxi Cosi carrycots and many more at BuggyBaby.




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