Pram/stroller buying guide Transport Suitable for stages: Pregnancy, 0 - 3 Months, 3 - 6 Months, 6 - 12 Months, 12 - 18 Months
When you or your baby don’t want the carrier, a pram or stroller is invaluable.
A pram or stroller is one of the bigger decisions when it comes to preparing for your baby's arrival for a few reasons. The main reason is that these things can get expensive and they have the potential to make transporting your baby around your local area, shopping centre or when travelling, that much easier. There are many ways to transport your baby, so you need to be realistic with yourself about where you will want to be taking your baby, for how long and how often.
It all gets very confusing once you start to look around because there are so many brands and so many models available. You need to know what you want and need before you can begin to narrow down your search.
Do I even need a pram/stroller?
A pram or stroller is just one of the many possible methods of transporting your baby. You can also use any combination of the following at different times:
- carrying (in arms/sling/carrier) - a great option to have a hands-free option for walking around with your baby.
- car or public transportation - To travel in a car, you will need a child car seat. For travelling on public transportation, a small to medium-sized pram or carrier can be a great option.
- bicycle (with a child seat or trailer/pod) - great fun and fitness in urban areas (smoother roads help with comfort)
- convertible tricycle (from 6 months) - a fun open seat for young children with either footrests or pedals where the parent can push much like a stroller or the child can pedal (once old enough). Great for walking but mostly for even or sealed roads or footpaths due to the quality of the wheels and suspension.
Pram or stroller what’s the difference?
To cover all bases, within this guide, I will refer mainly to the options as Pram/stroller.
To clarify the difference between a pram and stroller, the Australian Standards state:
A pram is a wheeled vehicle with a body of box-like or boat-like shape designed to carry a baby or child weighing up to and including 9 kg, primarily in a fully reclined position.
A stroller is a wheeled vehicle designed to transport a child in a seated position that can adjust to a semi-reclined or fully reclined position. Where the backrest doesn't recline more than 130°, the Australian standard states that the warning label "NOT RECOMMENDED FOR A CHILD UNDER 6 MONTHS" should be on the frame.
It is common to see combination prams/strollers on the market. These can seat children in upright, semi-reclined and fully reclined positions. These are considered strollers under the mandatory Australian standard. Modular versions of these strollers are known as travel systems or all-in-one systems. These provide an option to change seat configurations including use of car capsules, bassinets, and full size or compact toddler seats.
How do you choose when there are so many options?
There may be no one pram/stroller which does everything you want. You just need to find the best option for you. Many first-time parents find themselves eventually purchasing a second or third stroller for many reasons. It could be that the first purchase didn't suit their usage needs or didn’t adjust to their baby’s needs as they grew, their circumstances changed, they needed a travel stroller for a trip or took up running. The more you learn about Pram/strollers, the more you realise there is one to suit every type of use, but it’s difficult if not impossible to find one to suit all possible scenarios. It’s a bit like buying a car. You may need one large car to fit the whole family for longer trips and a second car for work or local trips. Both cars are great for different purposes. It’s the same with strollers, having 2 lower-priced strollers could make more sense than having one expensive one.
To prevent the dreaded buyer’s remorse or buying a lemon, you should ask yourself the following key questions:
How many children do you need it to carry?
How and where do you want to use your pram/stroller?
Where will you regularly need to store and manual handle the pram or stroller?
Is anyone using the pram/stroller very tall or very short or have upper limb problems?
How much storage do you need under or around the pram/stroller?
Do you care about accessories?
Do you care about the colour?
Do you need to stick to a budget?
If you take some time to answer these questions, you will have narrowed your search down to a list of must-have features. Then you will have a starting point to shop around.
The Stork Nest - shop Prams & Strollers including Maclaren, Joovy, Childcare & Bebe Care
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