When you’re planning to have a baby, buying a pram is an important decision that you need to make. Prams are an essential piece of equipment for any parent as it will be the primary mode of transportation for your baby for the first few years of their life. Therefore, it’s essential to choose the right pram for you and your baby. Here are seven things to look for in a good pram.
1. Make sure it folds up easily
The first and most important thing to consider when buying a pram is how easy it is to fold and unfold. You don’t want to struggle with a pram that is difficult to collapse and put up, especially when you’re out and about with your baby. Look for a pram that is easy to fold and unfold, so you don’t have to struggle with it every time you use it. Get a pram that collapses in a single press.
2. Not too big, not too small
Some prams look small in the store, but once you put them in your car, they take up a lot of space. Make sure you check the size of the pram and compare it to the size of your car’s trunk before making a purchase. You don’t want a pram that is too big and takes up too much space in your car, but you also don’t want a pram that is too small and doesn’t provide enough space for your baby. You will most likely have a vehicle that suits the size of your family members, so boot space will follow. Get a pram that’s an average, spacious size for the comfort of your little one.
3. Consider a capsule
Prams come in different types, some are only useful for a short period of time, while others can last for years. Think about how long you plan on using the pram and whether or not you want something specialized or something more versatile. If you’re planning on using the pram for only a short period of time, you might consider a capsule-only pram. But if you’re planning on using the pram for a longer period of time, look for a pram with a detachable capsule that can grow with your baby. There are a few durable prams built for versatility that can be used in multiple configurations; a bassinet, a seat, and a car capsule- all 3!
4. Take it for a spin
Or select an online seller who provides a trial period with free returns! Most great pram stores are online, and they offer free trials to test drive your pram. Just like a car, the wheels, tires, and suspension of a pram are important parts of the design. Make sure to test the pram on different surfaces and check the suspension to ensure it will provide a smooth ride for your baby. The wheels should be the right size for your needs, and the tires should be in good condition. The suspension should be smooth and comfortable for your baby, as a good suspension will make a big difference, especially if the baby’s asleep.
5. Do a few wheelies
With the pram upright, grip the handles and see how much play there is when you push it from side to side. Too much play can make it difficult to steer and maneuver. The pram should be easy to push and maneuver, so you don’t have to struggle with it when you’re out and about with your baby.
6. Make sure it fits all the things
Never underestimate the amount of things you will have to carry when you have a child. You’ll be unimaginably thankful one day when you have to do shopping with the family when you realize you’re pram can help you out. Some prams barely have space for the children’s items, while some prams go to the extent of helping parents out with a shopping basket! Get a pram with a large shopping basket that will be your friend on the longer run.
7. Weather protected
If your pram does not provide sufficient shade, you will constantly be draping DIY curtains on it that are sure to be a hassle. Good luck picking up the towels and cloth every time they blow away. Do yourself a favor and get a pram that provides the best sun protection for your baby. Some prams also come with accessories like clip on rain covers and mosquito nets that attach securely to the pram- this is a lifesaver when you need it the most.
Airflow for babies is equally important so lookout for webbed or netted pram bassinets or seats for better ventilation for your child.
In conclusion, a pram is a big investment, and you’ll be using it every day for at least 2 years. It’s important to choose one that is easy to use, the right size for you and your baby, and has good quality wheels, tires, and suspension. You can also check some mandatory pram safety requirements before you get your pram. Don’t be afraid to test drive a few prams before making a decision and do your research before making a purchase. This will ensure that you choose the right pram for you and your baby, and that you’re happy with your purchase for the years to come.