Pram shopping for newborn babies can be incredibly overwhelming. There are so many different baby prams and pushchairs on the market, and one mall can have multiple baby or pram shops.
With most families buying 2 – 3 prams per child, we have made it easier to help you find the right pram or pushchair for your family.
If you are in the market for a new pram, check out these prams from Your Baby Club.
Difference between a pram and pushchair
Prams are for newborn babies and are designed to allow the baby to lie flat on their back. It is important for newborns to lie flat to help with their growth.
Prams are not an adaptable travel system as older kids will not be able to use them. Prams are also very sturdy, but they take up a lot of space and can’t be folded up.
Most importantly, with a pram, you have the parent facing the baby and the baby facing the parent.
Pushchairs can be used for your new baby or older children. The pushchair frame can be folded up, and some pushchairs can be transformed into car seats.
In a pushchair, the seat can be forward-facing.
6 Thing to know before buying a pram
1) What do you intend to use your pram or pushchair for?
This is the most important question, and should not be influenced by recommendations from friends.
Ask yourself, questions like
- Do I need single or tandem pushchairs?
- Must I invest in twin pushchairs for future babies?
- How much space does it take up?
- Can I carry the baby’s pram?
- Where will I be using my pram?
2) Does your pram allow your baby to lie flat?
Pushchairs are not designed for a newborn baby as they have an upright seat unit.
Many pushchairs come with a bassinet accessory, which will be used for a few months until your baby can sit up.
A pram with added bassinet will take up a lot of space in your car or home. Rather look for a seat that can lay flat right from the start.
3) Does your pram fold easily?
If you are balancing a baby, groceries, a dog, wallet, cellphone and car keys, you do not also want to struggle with baby equipment.
Look for a pram that is easily foldable so you can fold it and store it easily.
4) Can you lift your pram?
A lightweight pushchair or pram is the way to go after giving birth. Either that or a pram that comes in separate parts and is easy to put together.
Many prams weigh around 20 kg, and when you buy a pram online the weight might not be listed. It is best to get to the store and test the weight of your pram.
You will find yourself in situations where you have to lift the complete pushchair frame over stairs or curbs, and you don’t want to struggle.
5) Will your pram fit in your car?
Small cars are great for a small family, but they also lack storage space in the car boot.
Make sure you check the folded dimensions of your pram prior to purchase and make sure it will fit in the car with all your groceries.
6) Is your pram weatherproof?
The weather can be unpredictable in the UK, and you want a pram that can withstand the weather – not only to protect your baby but also to cut down on pushchair maintenance.
Prams come in waterproof fabrics, and you also get detachable rain covers to protect your baby if it starts raining mid-stroll.
There is a huge range of pushchairs and prams available and your lifestyle and personal preferences will help you find the perfect pushchair.
What you do on a daily basis – like taking public transport, walking while running errands, taking multiple toddlers along, expecting twins, or whether you run – will all determine what kind of pram or pushchair will be the best for you.