A pram is one of the biggest purchases you will make for your new baby and once your little one arrives you’re going to be using it a lot so it’s important to choose the right one. Unfortunately when it comes to buying a pram, there is a lot of misinformation out there that’s passed off as fact.

Here are a few common myths we hear all the time at Baby and Toddler Town and wanted to debunk for you.

Three wheel prams are unstable

Many people believe three wheelers are more likely to tip over than four-wheel prams but this is not necessarily the case. A good quality three-wheeler like the Joie Litetrax 3 that’s been safety tested should be just as stable as a four-wheel pram.

Joie Litetrax 3 Basic Travel System Stroller + Gemm Capsule & Base - Charcoal

Three wheel prams and jogging prams are one and the same

While three wheel prams are often referred to as ‘jogging’ prams, it doesn’t naturally follow that you can jog with a three-wheel pram. Jogging prams like the Bugaboo Runner fall into a specific category of pram that has been engineered for running. Standard three wheeler prams don’t come with special jogging tyres and can be dangerous to run with – always check first.

Bugaboo Runner Complete with Chassis and Seat

Your newborn must lie completely flat at all times

In some countries like the UK, safety regulations state that prams designed for newborns must let baby lie completely flat, but here in Australia, the regulations are somewhat more relaxed. Here, it’s considered OK to have a newborn baby in a slightly raised or curved position as long as his or her neck is supported. However, it’s always recommended that newborns don’t lie in a pram or capsule for longer than two hours.

It’s perfectly safe to hang your nappy bag over your pram’s handlebars

Everywhere you look, you’ll see parents with nappy bags draped over their pram’s handlebars. You may be surprised to learn that in reality the vast majority of prams are not built to have nappy bags placed on the handlebars. Only one pram in Australia has been tested and declared safe for use with a nappy bag hanging on the handlebars and that’s the Bugaboo Buffalo.

Bugaboo Buffalo Classic + Collection Complete - Grey Melange

Your baby can’t sleep overnight in your pram bassinet

If you’ve ever had to transfer a sleeping baby from pram to bassinet you’ll know how nerve wracking it can be as you contort yourself in a desperate attempt not to wake your little one. Believe it or not, there are some pram bassinets out there that are safe for baby to stay in overnight – some even detach from your pram and clip into a separate stand. Look for a pram bassinet that’s ventilated underneath and is specifically classified as safe for overnight sleeping.

Buying a pram is a huge decision for any new parent or parent to be and it’s important that you find the pram that’s right for you and your lifestyle. Come into the Baby and Toddler Town store and chat to one of our experienced sales consultants for help making the right choice.