What to look for when choosing a pram
As soon as you see that little blue line appear on your pregnancy test, your mind goes into overdrive.
What will the baby be like? What will I call them? What colour eyes will they have? Will I be a good parent?
A million and one questions will scan through your mind – possibly before you’ve even flushed the loo!
Once you’ve got over the initial shock, the mind turns to more practical things. Namely, all of the ‘stuff’ you’ll need for a baby.
Top of that list is probably the pram, but what on earth are the differences between what feels like hundreds of options?!
What is a pram?
A pram is the traditional four-wheeled carriage for a baby.
You tend to use a pram for the first few months of a baby’s life when they are unable to sit up unaided and need most protection. Designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually lying down, it generally doesn’t fold flat.
What is a pushchair?
A pushchair is the next stage, and is a seat with a hood.
Typically a pushchair can used in both forward and backward directions, and reclines almost flat for younger children to nap in.
What is a travel system then?
As we tend to use cars more these days, travel system crosses the bridge between pram and pushchair.
Theoretically, a travel system can be collapsed and can accommodate a carrycot, car seat and pushchair seat to allow use from birth to toddler.
This means that a carrycot can be used early on, and once the baby outgrows the pram-style attachment, a pushchair seat can be swapped in when preferable.
What is a stroller?
Strollers (or buggies) are generally forward facing, lightweight and take up much less space, used for toddlers and onwards.
So to help you choose the right one for you, we’ve devised the following lists:
Pram / carrycot
|· Lie flat for newborn
· Offers lots of protection
· Often sound / weather proof
|· Child can’t sit up safely (no harness)
· Doesn’t fold flat
· No room to grow
|· Child will outgrow the size in around 3-4 months|
Travel system / pushchair
|· With adapters, can offer cot, seat and car seat
· Front and rear facing
|· Often more expensive
· Requires more space as can be bulky
· Can adapt with the child
|· Have to purchase separate parts e.g. cot, adapters etc.|
Stroller / buggy
|· Only forward facing
· Not all recline
· Not always as smooth to steer
|· Offers less protection from sun / bad weather|
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