A pram is an essential item for new parents. But there are many different options to consider. Factor in your lifestyle, budget and needs when choosing the perfect pram for you and your baby.
Ronald Govender, Dis-Chem Baby City FMCG Executive, advises parents to do their research. These are 5 top things to consider when choosing a pram:
Make sure the pram meets mandatory safety standards. It should have a five-point restraint harness and an easy-to-use brake system. A good suspension will also ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.
A travel system can save money. It provides the flexibility to bundle your pram with a compatible car seat, carrycot, and/or base.
Some ultra-compact prams are not suitable from birth if they don’t have a bassinet. This is because they do not recline flat allowing baby to sleep. Many compact prams have an outward-facing design that may not be ideal for young babies who require constant attention and monitoring.
Function over fashion
While pretty fabrics and finishes are a nice-to-have, look beyond aesthetics. The design, durability and innovative features are more important. Look for quality materials and features that will make travelling easier. Adjustable handles and seats, and storage compartments, will make life easier.
Active parents considering a jogging or running pram will look at stability and maneuverability. Assess the pram’s compatibility uneven or outdoor terrains such as grass, sand, and bumpy surfaces.
It’s also important to check the height of the handlebars. Bending too low could cause back pain.
Your baby will be most comfortable in a well-cushioned pram with a good suspension. The pram should also provide shelter from wind or sunburn. Add toys for your baby’s entertainment.
Check the fit
Consider both the folded and unfolded size of the pram. Will it fit in the boot of your car or in spaces provided on public transport? Measure your space and consider any future plans before choosing a pram.
Jogging prams and tandem/twin prams tend to be bulkier and take up more space. This is important if you have a small car or rely on public transport.
Ask the right questions
It’s fine to ask questions when choosing a pram. Your baby’s needs come first. Ask for a full demonstration of the pram in the shop. Try folding and unfolding it yourself. See if you can easily add the attachments. Check whether the instruction manual is clear and if the guarantee covers necessary repairs.