When you find out you are pregnant, there are lots of things you need to plan! Choosing the right pram is just one of these considerations and at first it might not seem to be a great deal of importance. It is in fact more crucial than most people realise, as your choice of pram will affect both how easily you are able to go out with your baby and your posture. Finding the pram or stroller which will suit you best requires a little bit of careful thinking. View it as an investment, rather like buying a family car. Reflect carefully on the following practical points to help you to make the right decision.
1. First of all, think about what age you need the pram from and how long you would like it to last.
Lots of prams nowadays are cleverly designed to suit you from 3 months to four years old. However, if the pram is for a newborn, the pram needs to recline at the very least 130 degrees from horizontal. Alternatively, if you are purchasing a pram for a toddler, you may prefer to choose a lightweight stroller. Then there is the future to consider. Are you hoping to use the same pram for future children? If so, a hardy and durable pram will need to be purchased.
2. Consider your budget.
Think about, realistically, how much you are willing to spend on a pram, taking into account other payment commitments you are making by purchasing items for the baby. Would a cheaper version of the pram you really like perhaps serve the same purpose? Would it be better to buy a pram that is adjustable for your babies development or would you rather buy a new pram from when they go from laying down to sitting up.
3. Ensure both parents are in agreement.
The pram needs to suit both Mum and Dad, in terms of design and the types of activities the pram needs to be suitable for.
· How heavy is the pram?
· How hard will it be to lift and fit the pram into the car or when taking it in or out of the house?
· Will you need an adjustable handle to suit Mum and Dad’s heights?
· How easy is the pram to fold or collapse? Picture yourself trying to set up the pram whilst also carrying your baby. Can it be done?
4. Consider the activities which will be done whilst pushing the pram:
· Exercising – If you are planning to run with the pushchair, you need to consider brands designed specifically for this purpose so you keep the baby and yourself safe.
· Going to the beach – Consider the effect exposure to sand and salt water on the pram’s surfaces.
· Shopping – There are some 3-wheel models which have a wider wheel base designed for jogging or rough terrain. These models may not be as suitable for using in a supermarket.
5. Other things to consider:
· Check the wheel locks – make sure they are not easily disengaged and that they are sturdy.
· Is the basket under the pram large enough?
· Does the pram have a 5-point safety harness which adjusts to suit the baby?
Whatever pram you end up buying, it should first and foremost be safe enough to carry your precious bundle of joy from A to B. It should also suit both you and your partner in terms of design and usability. If you are planning for more children, it might be wise to choose a pram which can continue to be used as the child gets older and which is hardy enough to last for the duration of your child-rearing years.
A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.