When it comes to getting out with your baby, choosing a pram is one of the most important decisions new parents make. There is so many different types of prams to choose from, so we understand this may be a hard decision.

When choosing a pram for your baby, it is important to think about your lifestyle and longer term plans as it is a personal choice that only you can make.

There are several types available:

  • Stroller: Strollers are smaller than a pram and are easier for travelling.
  • Pram: A pram is larger than a stroller, they are suitable for newborns as well as toddlers.
  • Layback stroller: Baby can sit up, or lay down for a sleep, good for newborns and are easy to fold.
  • Jogger stroller: A three-wheeled stroller is great for active parents.
  • Double stroller: Double strollers are great for twins, newborns and toddlers. Double Strollers can be side by side or tandem.

Always try pushing the prams with one hand, check to see if the handles are adjustable so it is more comfortable for you and your partner.

Prams also manoeuvre differently when they have no weight in them, try putting a heavy item (such as a bag of rice, or a heavy full nappy bag) to test what it would be really like to steer and push as if there was a child in the pram.

Non reclining strollers or prams are not recommended for babies under the age of 6 months.

Prams can have reverse handles or the ability to remove the seat section and turn it around so the baby is either facing you, or facing away. Many young babies prefer to see mum or dad while in the stroller and can become distressed when facing away. As they grow older they are more open to seeing the direction they are going as they take in all the new things to see, so this feature can become important in your choice of pram.

Many strollers have accessories to use with your pram such as, bassinets, second seats, capsules and more. It is important in the early stages to consider if you are planning to have a second child close in age, as to whether you need to purchase a pram that has an ability to become a double pram with a choice of adding a second seat.

If you have an active lifestyle and are always outdoors an all-terrain pram may be a good option for active parents. All terrain prams have good sized wheels with suspension for a smooth ride for your baby. They are often larger than a standard size pram.

Strollers are a great option for travelling parents, they are light, compact and easy to fold. Strollers are suitable for newborns to toddlers, the majority of the stroller have a layback option so your baby can have a nap while you’re on the go.

Three-wheelers versus four-wheelers:

Three-wheelers:

  • Often wider, longer and heavier than four-wheelers.
  • Usually easier to push around, due to larger wheels (which are often on bearings so they pivot easily) and inflatable tyres that help absorb the bumps.
  • Easier to manoeuvre

Four-wheelers:

  • Umbrella versions are more compact and fold into a smaller package, so they can be a better option for public transport and travelling
  • Some have two small wheels at the front and two large wheels at the rear, which provide the stability of a four-wheeler with the manoeuvrability of a three-wheeler.
  • Suitable for newborns as long as they can lay back.

When purchasing a pram there is a few general points that should not be overlooked:

  • Does the chosen pram fit in your car? (Consider asking your baby shop to test if it will fit in your boot, some strollers fold compactly and others don’t, this will be an important factor if you intend to use it while you are out and about travelling or shopping)
  • Is the pram easy to manoeuvre?
  • Is the handle adjustable so it’s suitable for different heights, for you and your partner?
  • Consider the weight of the pram, is it light enough for you to lift in and out of the car or up and down stairs?
  • Are you planning on having more children? If so is your pram compatible with a second seat?
  • Does the chosen pram fit your lifestyle? (It may not be necessary to have a large all terrain wheeled stroller if you are mostly going to use it for shopping centres)
  • Is the storage basket big enough for all of your bags/groceries?
  • Is it easily folded?  Often you have to fold a pram with one hand while holding your baby/bag/child’s hand with the other so simplicity is key to avoid frustrations!

Before you have purchased the pram, consider if there are any accessories you need to purchase separately:

  • Rain cover
  • Sun cover
  • Cup holders
  • Pram liners
  • Foot muffs
  • Belly Bars
  • Food Trays
  • Parasols

Pram safety checklist:

  • Look for certification to Safety Standard AS/NZS 2088, preferably the 2013 version which is the latest and safest version.
  • Check for sharp or protruding parts or ones that could pose a choking risk, and gaps that could trap fingers or limbs.
  • Is there a child-resistant mechanism for locking and unlocking the frame?
  • Is the stroller stable enough not to tip easily?

Baby and Toddler Town have an extensive range of Pram and Strollers that will allow you to choose the right one for your lifestyle and needs. Visit our website to view our current range www.babyandtoddlertown.com.au