Baby Prams: Choose The Best Baby Pram For Your Needs
There are so many baby prams on the market, parents are confused and choosing the wrong one for their specific needs. Bubs n Grubs offer below a detailed guide to help new parents choose the best Baby Pram or Stroller for your specific needs.
At Bubs n Grubs, we know that the statistics show that mums buy 5 baby prams/strollers over the lifetime of a child. This is a complete waste of your hard earned money.
We don’t want you to become a statistic. At the end of the day, everyone has different needs. This is not a statistic that baby stores should be proud of. It means that stores are NOT listening to the customers needs and giving them the right advice. My professional team at Bubs n Grubs are highly trained to ask the right questions and help you choose the best baby pram for your specific needs.
Below, I will walk you though the types of Baby Prams and strollers as well as what to look for so that you do not become a statistic. It is important that you choose the best baby pram for your specific needs.
“We can save you money with a great price, but if you buy 5 prams – all those savings are gone! This is why we are so passionate about helping our customers to choose the best baby pram for your specific needs.”
Top 7 common reasons mums change prams:
- The First one was chosen more because of the fashionable look or colour rather than practicality.
- They found it too hard to fold.
- They found it too hard to unfold.
- It was too large to manoeuvre through shopping aisles and checkouts.
- It was too large when folded in the boot with groceries or travelling on holidays.
- Too heavy to lift into boot of the car.
- Shopping basket too small.
These are things that you must consider when you are trying to choose the best baby pram for your needs.
The Different Types of Baby Prams and Strollers…
- Travel Systems (Prams or Strollers that are compatible with a baby capsule).
- Pramettes (pram/stroller combo).
- Umbrella strollers (fold up easily, like an umbrella).
- Layback strollers (baby can sit up, or lay down).
- Jogger strollers (with three wheels, rather than four).
- A double stroller for twins, or if you already have a toddler when the new baby arrives. These can be either side by side or tandem. (one in front of the other).
Choosing The Best Baby Pram / Stroller That Will Suit You?
There’s probably no one stroller that’s going to work for you in every single situation, so you need to consider what you’re most likely to be doing, which would work best in your situation. With so many baby prams on the market, this can be a challenge. Especially if this is your first! Remember, Bubs n Grubs staff deal with this every day and are able to assist you to choose the best baby pram for your needs, which is going to be different from your best friends needs.
- Where are you going to be using it? For shopping, you need one that’s not too wide or bulky (or it won’t get around small aisles). I has to have a good size basket.
- If you’re going to do a lot of jogging or walking, inflatable tyres make for a more comfortable ride.
- If you have a car, it needs to fit in the boot. If you’ll be catching public transport, something light and easily foldable is important.
- You might not have taken much notice of the footpaths around your area before, but what are they like? If you’re going to walk to the shops or the park, big wheels make the ride over rough ground easier and more comfortable.
- Will you get enough use out of a pram, or could you get by with a pramette (stroller/pram combo)?
- Do you want a Travel System with a capsule or bassinet?
Bubs n Grubs on Australian Safety standards
Strollers sold in Australia must meet certain safety requirements based on the year 2000 version of the Australian/New Zealand stroller standard, AS/NZS 2088. Most manufacturers have their strollers certified to the 2000 version, however the full version was revised in 2009. It’s largely the same as the 2000 version but addresses emerging trends in stroller design and includes some new voluntary safety requirements that address recently identified hazards.
Several models of baby prams don’t pass the 2009 standard. Many fail a newly included test that checks that the loops formed by the harness straps, when buckled together, aren’t a strangulation hazard. It can be dangerous for a child to slip through such a loop and get caught, as was found in a tragic fatality in 2005. Children are most at risk from this hazard when left unattended or when the harness is left buckled when not in use, so you can reduce the risk with practical steps. Nevertheless, there’s no need for this problem to exist.
What To Look For and Consider when looking at baby prams.
Car boot size: Measure it to make sure the stroller fits without needing the wheels removed.
Weight: Try folding it in the shop and see if you can lift and carry it comfortably.
Brake locks: Get an idea of how well they work by applying the brakes while you try to push the handle.
Straps: Give them a tug to check they’re secure and the seat doesn’t come away from the frame.
Wheels: Feel how soft they are. this is important if it does not have suspension.
To help you to Choose The Best Baby Pram, we suggest that you also consider:
- Are there protruding parts or ones that could pose a choking risk?
- Are there gaps that could trap your, or your child’s fingers?
- Are there sharp edges or points?
- Is there a child-resistant mechanism for locks?
- And is the stroller stable enough not to tip easily?
Here are some features to look for to choose the best baby pram for you.
- Wheels: Large ones tend to be better on kerbs or stairs; pneumatic (inflatable) ones generally give a more comfy ride. In a pramette, fixed rear wheels will become front wheels if you’re using it with the handle reversed, making it more difficult to steer. It will be easier to maneuver if you can lock or swivel both front and back wheels. In a three-wheel jogger stroller, look for one where the front wheel can swivel easily, it can make maneuvering easier, and some can also be locked in the forward direction, which is useful over rough terrain.
- Harness: A five-point harness with two shoulder straps (preferably attached to the backrest at shoulder level; padded ones are softer), a waist strap and a crotch strap, with adjustable length as your baby grows. The straps should be easy to adjust and the buckles easy to use (for you, but not your child).
- Brakes: Rear brakes; it’s handy if they’re linked, so the left and right brakes can be locked with a single action. Some also have front brakes — particularly handy on a pramette, as it means you can always lock the brakes nearest you (at the back) whichever way it is facing (pram or stroller mode). Locks that you can activate and release with your feet prevent you bending, but make sure your feet fit under them easily. Push on and Push off type ones are much easier to use – especially if you wear sandals or thongs.
- Adjustable height handle: This is handy for particularly short or tall people, as well as if two people of different heights will be using the stroller at times.
- Reversible handle: It can be convenient to have either head or feet end of your baby facing forward – unless the brakes are on only one set of wheels. Check in the store how easy it is the reverse the handle.
- Adjustable backrest: Some have an upright backrest that can also move to at least one semi-reclined position; some can be fully reclined (best for sleeping). A three position adjustment makes the stroller more versatile.
- Footrest: Reduces the chance of injury from your child’s feet touching the ground or getting caught in the front wheel.
- Front bar: A detachable bar your child can hold onto. But they’re usually not secure, so it’s not safe to use them to lift the stroller.
- Storage: A basket under the stroller is useful for carrying things like nappies, baby food, clothes and your handbag. Check its size and weight limit – and how accessible it is. A back pocket or pouch is good for lightweight items.
- Canopy: That you can extend for shade or shelter. Some have a viewing window so when it’s extended you can still see your child.
- Leg/boot cover: It’s a bag-like attachment you can pull over the child’s legs for protection against the weather. Often available as an extra, check the instructions or ask your retailer.
- Rain cover: A clear plastic you can drape over the stroller in wet weather. Again, check the instructions or with your retailer whether it’s available as an optional extra.
- Wrist strap: A leash on the handlebar of jogger strollers that you can loop around your wrist in case you lose your grip while jogging.
- Tyre pump: A hand-operated pump for inflating pneumatic tyres; some strollers have a clamp or holder for one.
A Travel System Or Not?
One of the first decisions to be made when you are trying to choose the best baby pram is if you want a pram that can be used with a baby capsule or bassinet. These are referred to as travel systems.
A lot of parents these days love the idea of having a baby pram or stroller that can have a baby capsule click straight in and out of both the car and the pram. The main benefit is that you do not have to wake baby up each time you pull them in and out of both the pram and the car. You just remove the capsule with baby in it and move them as required including carrying them into the house or where ever you are going. Once they outgrow the capsule, they are ready to move to a convertible booster seat. They key is to choose a baby pram that is compatible with the safest baby capsule available. This can be a confusing subject on it’s own. Our experts can help you with this also.
This is only the beginning. Come into store at Bubs n Grubs and let one of the friendly Bubs n Grubs trained professionals assess your specific needs and help you choose the best baby pram from day 1 so that you do not become a statistic.
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About the Author
Frank is a founding owner of Bubs n Grubs. He is also the sole author of the Bubs n Grubs Baby Blog. He has been personally evaluating baby products & testing them before offering them to our customers since 2009. In addition, he is consistently giving manufacturer’s feedback & product development advice, reviewing & getting customer feedback. He has been doing this since the business started in 2009. He is proud to be one of the rare baby store owners in Australia who regularly engages with customers in his store. Frank values the constant feedback and regularly seeks it out. He has been featured on the Morning Show & the Today Show on Channel 7 and Channel 9 and is a recognised expert in baby products as a result.