When it comes to choosing a pram today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the wide range that’s available. From buggies and strollers to the more traditional flat-style prams, today’s mums can choose the travel system that’s most suitable to their own individual lifestyle.
So, what should you be looking for in a pram?
When it was first introduced in the Victorian era, the pram (which was short for perambulator), was a very innovative idea. Over the years the pram’s simple design has evolved and is now available in a multitude of styles – from the traditional Victorian-based design, to the modern and more versatile pushchair style.
When it comes to choosing a pram, you need to think first of all about your lifestyle and about how your pushchair will fit into it. City-based parents may look for a pushchair, which has a small, lighter frame and front-swivel wheels, which allow it to be easily manoeuvred around the shops and through busy streets.
Rurally-based parents, however, may opt for the three-wheel or more sturdy style of pushchair, which copes better with different terrains.
The safety and comfort of your baby will, of course, always be your primary concerns when it comes to choosing your pushchair. Fortunately, today’s prams and pushchairs come with head and seat padding, harness protectors and multiple recline positions as standard, so you’re virtually guaranteed a safe environment for your baby from the word go.
Remember that newborn babies need to be able to lie down, so make sure that the pram you choose allows your baby to do this.
Over the last decade or so, travel systems have become increasingly popular. These allow you to move your baby from the car to a pushchair and back again without having to waken them if they’re sleeping. The best models are those, which simply click together in one simple action, so, if possible, opt for one of those styles for your own convenience.
Other factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a pushchair include:
- Washable materials. Look out for fabrics, which are easily cleaned, or which can be removed for washing.
- Lighter colours such as pale pink and pale blue may be lovely to look at when it comes to choosing colour schemes, but they may not be the most practical when it comes to keeping the pushchair clean!
- Accessories. Today’s pushchairs come with a multitude of accessories, such as footmuffs, aprons, raincovers and changing bags, so opt for a style which comes with accessories that best suit your needs.
- If you’re a really trendy mum look for a pushchair that comes complete with temperature gauge, clock and play tray.