Finding Your Perfect Pram
Finding the right pram can be a challenge. If you search the web for five minutes you'll find hundreds of different prams on offer, all suitable in their own ways. It's difficult to filter it down; to know which pram is going to be best for you.
Whichever one you choose is going to directly affect your mobility, and whilst it might be tempting to choose the most stylish, or one with the biggest basket, this may not be the best choice. The last thing you want is to find out that the pram you've chosen is not suitable for you and your family.
So, before you buy, you need to think about these TWO key things:
1. Your Baby's Needs
Age is key in deciding which pram you should get. A newborn is going to need different things from a toddler, and the features of your chosen pram should reflect this:
Welcome to the world! This is a time of adjustment for your baby and as they can not yet support the weight of their heads, it's absolutely essential that they are able to lie flat. This will promote healthy spinal development and assist with your baby's breathing. You must bear this in mind when looking for a pram for your newborn.
What You Need:
- A seat which allows your baby to lie flat.
- A parent-facing seat. This is a new and scary world they're experiencing; allowing them to face you will put them at ease.
We Recommend: - A travel system, as this includes a Car Seat and/ or Carrycot. Both can be attached to the frame of the pram, ensuring that your baby can lie flat. Car Seats, in particular, are a useful addition as they are highly safe, and allow you to transition your baby from car to pram without having to wake them.
Don't use your Carrycot and Car Seat as a substitute for a crib. It's in the best interests of your baby if you transition them into a crib as soon as you get home, even if it means waking them up in the process. I know, not ideal, but this will reduce the risk of SIDS as a crib is designed specifically for unobserved sleeping.
From six months onwards your baby will be able to sit, and boy is it about time! Everything is new and exciting, and the curiousity that has captured your baby means that everything must be explored (which often involves objects being picked up and popped straight into their mouths).
From here on out, your pram is going to become your closest ally. Your outings will become longer and more regular so it's vital that your pram will meet your baby's every need.
What You Need:
- A good seat. It must be roomy, adjustable, and comfortable in order to accomodate those rapidly growing limbs.
- A 5-point safety harness. As your baby's bones and muscles strengthen, this will keep your little wriggler secure whilst you're moving around.
- A forward and backward facing seat. Whilst curiosity may often win and they'll want to look around them, giving your child the option to be able to sit facing you for that little bit of reassurance is a good idea.
- A larger shopping basket. No, this is not just for all you shopaholics out there, it will come in handy as you'll need take more things for your baby the longer you're out.
Your toddler is becoming more independent. Their new found walking skills are being put to good use as they run off in search of their next adventure.
At this point, your pram will become more of a base camp, the place to store all of the essentials your toddler will need on their quest, and a cosy place for a power nap.
What You Need:
- A lightweight and compact pram. This is mainly for your benefit, as being able to manoeuvre it one-handed will be beneficial whilst trying to keep a hold of your little explorer.
- A 5-point safety harness in order to prevent your toddler from launching themselves from the pram and racing after every new and exciting thing they see.
We Recommend: - A forward facing seat. Allow those curious little eyes to see the world around them and drink in all of the amazing things it has to offer.
2. Your Needs
The second thing that you need to consider before buying a pram is your own needs. It's important to remember that you will be using this pram just as much as your baby (not quite in the same way, but alas, we aren't all lucky enough to be chauffeured around).
What You Need to Consider:
- The PRICE.
- The SIZE. If you don't have much storage space, then a bulky, non-foldable pram is not going to be your friend.
- The WEIGHT. This is going to be important if you live in a block of flats, or use public transport often. In these cases, the lighter the pram, the better for your arm muslces.
- The SPECIAL FEATURES. What's going to help you the most? A large shopping basket? An adjustable handle bar? Swivelling front wheels?
- Your LIFESTYLE. This is one of the most important things you need to consider. Where you live is going to directly determine what type of pram you need. If you're an URBAN parent, then a nimble pram that's easy to manoeuvre will be ideal, along with a slightly larger shopping basket if you like heading into town. A RURAL parent will need a pram that can tackle any type of terrain, so good suspension and hardy wheels are vital. If you like to TRAVEL, then lightweight prams are the way to go. Also, make sure to go for a pram that's easy to fold so that you can board your plane without having to faff with your pram.
Now that you are armed with everything you need to know about buying a pram, go forth to www.prams.net and find your perfect match. With brands such as www.britax.co.uk on offer there's a whole variety of different prams designed to suit you and your baby's every need. You'll be spoilt for choice!
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