Choosing Your First Set of Wheels
Buying a pram isn't as easy as most people think. Searching our website for five minutes might reveal a whole array of prams that seem suitable, and this can create double the amount of questions.
Is it big enough? Do I really need that feature? Which one's best for me?
It's mind boggling, right?
Never fear, however, because Prams.net is here to save the day! We've dedicated this entire blog post to ensuring that your mind remains un-scrambled whilst you're undertaking the task of finding the right pram for you.
Buying a pram is much like buying a new car. There are a lot of different (and important!) factors to consider: safety, style, comfort, and whether or not it's going to suit your needs.
A pram is no different. This will be your baby's very own vehicle, the safe haven from which they will experience the outside world for the first time, and it needs to run smoothly and efficiently whilst fulfilling the role of a snuggly den that will send them sound asleep.
As such, we will explore three main things that you need to take into consideration when you're buying a pram:
1. Your Baby's Needs
What stage of life is your baby at? What does your baby need from a pram?
Age is important. Whilst a toddler's natural curiosity means that they might want to sit up and see the world, a seat which can't recline will not be suitable for a newborn.
For at least the first 3-6 months it is essential that your baby can lie flat. This will promote lung and spinal development and will assist with your baby's breathing. On top of this, as a baby cannot support its head until it is 6 months old, lying flat will ensure your baby's comfort.
If you want your pram to last for a long time, make sure you look out for prams which have multiple seating positions. For example:
- A Forward Facing pram will normally have a lie back facility which can then be put up into a seated position when your baby is old enough.
- Our Combi Prams enable your child to sit up, lie down, and often have a detachable carrycot; an added bonus for when you want to transition your sleeping baby from pram to car.
2. Your Needs
What features best suit you? What can you afford to spend?
You need to consider the size.
- Where are you planning on using your pram?
- How much storage space do you have?
These are both important questions you need to ask yourself.
You need to consider the weight.
- If you're like me and have no muscle at all, then do you really want to be trying to lift a heavy pram onto a train?
You need to think about special features.
- Do you need it to fold up (I'm thinking about public transport here)?
- Do you need it for its manoeuvrability?
- Would an adjustable handle bar be beneficial?
You need to think about price.
- Prams can stretch to over one thousand pounds, and we know that not everyone can afford to splash out on the most expensive pram you find.
Besides, the most expensive may not necessarily suit your lifestyle, which brings us to...
3. Your Lifestyle
This is a VERY important factor to consider. Where are you going to use this pram? Out shopping? In the city? Whilst you're running? To go abroad?
You must take a look at your lifestyle and where you live and decide what kind of pram will most suit you. Below, we have compiled a list of prams that you should consider for different lifestyles.
The Urban Pram
What you need: In the city, you're going to need a pram that's nimble, flexible, and able to cope with those tightly packed streets. Weight and portability will also be key, an easily foldable pram will be great for public transport, and a spacious shopping basket will be ideal for all you shopaholics out there!
Why we love this pram: The Mamas and Papas Urbo 2 Buggy is well adapted to city life. With an easily foldable frame, this pram can fit into narrow landings at home and on public transport. The swivelling front wheels are easy to maneouvre around supermarket aisles and over kerbs. With a chic, stylish design that won't fail to impress, you can't go wrong with this pram!
The Rural Pram
What you need: This time your focus is going to be more on the prams ability to traverse over all types of different terrain. The sturdier the pram, the better!
Why we love this pram: If you're a family who lives and breathes the outdoors, then this is the ideal pram for you. The air tyres and flexible front wheel make this pram the ideal companion for rough terrain. The soft inner material and sun roof means that your baby will enjoy the ultimate comfort whilst you traverse the countryside. It's ability to fold into a compact size, making it easy to fit into car boots, means that you can take your wanders a little further afield and discover some new and amazing places with your baby.
The Travel Pram
What you need: Lightweight is going to be key if you want to travel with your pram, as well as it being easy to maneouvre and fold so that getting on a plane will be no hassle at all.
Why we love this pram: This pram is 5.9 kg - that's light! Add onto that its compact size, and easy to fold frame, this pram is ideal for taking on holiday as it will fit into the areoplance compartments. With swivelling and lockable front wheels, this pram is super easy to maneouvre and the large shopping basket means that there's plenty of space to bring home your souvenirs!
The Well-rounded Pram
What you need: Sometimes you need a pram to suit all types of conditions, and we have loads here at Prams.net which are extremly versatile.
Why we love this pram: This is an elegant, classic looking stroller, which is as sturdy as it is versatile. The great suspension and four large, air chamber wheels will suit all types of terrain. The adjustable back and foot rest means that this pram can adapt as your baby grows, and the swivelling front wheels and large shopping basket ensures that this pram meets all of your needs whilst in town.
One Final Tip...
The most important thing you need to consider is what pram is going to suit you and your needs. Your baby will need a safe and comfortable pram to ensure that your adventures outside of the home are exciting and stress-free. Make sure you take the time to find out what type of pram is going to be best for you.
We hope this has helped you in your quest for your first set of wheels. Click on the names of the prams above to take a closer look or head on over to Prams.net to find others just like them.
Until next week!