It can be a very hard task, picking a pram for your newborn. There is so much variety and choice available in baby prams, it takes careful consideration. Mother and baby magazines often carry features comparing prams, and all their features and functions, which can be very useful.
A major point to consider when purchasing a pram is to find one that suits you and your lifestyle. Safety and comfort are obviously top of your priority list but lifestyle will play a big part. Things such as if you own a car, would it fit in the boot? If you have to get public transport are you going to be able to collapse it with one hand and carry it? Will you require a shopping basket underneath?
All of those points you will need to bear in mind when researching the vast options open to you.
Safety points to remember when looking to purchase baby prams include looking at how stable it is. When hanging bags on the back, if the weight is not evenly distributed, the stroller will tip backwards and could cause serious injury to your child.
The braking system also needs to be taken into consideration. Some have a hand brake combined with a stronger foot brake. Others will only have a foot brake. Whichever type you choose, the brake has to be sturdy enough to prevent the vehicle from rolling if you park it on a hill. Baby prams can hold a larger amount of weight than its own and the baby’s, including whatever you decide to hang or store under it. The brakes have to be able to cope with this.
Seat belts are an important safety feature as they prevent the infant from slipping out. All newborn baby prams will have a five point harness which goes over the baby’s shoulders and then across the baby’s waist. Always strap your child in prior to starting to push the pram, as bumps, steps or slopes can cause your baby to fall out if not strapped in.
The types of wheels on baby prams vary enormously as well. You can have three-wheeled rubber, all-terrain wheels like the Mountain Buggy Urban, which will enable you to take it across any surface. They generally come with the front wheel being a swivel wheel, which makes maneuvering easier. Other baby prams will have small plastic or hard rubber wheels, which won’t be suitable across uneven ground, and you may find yourself stuck.
The weight and size of the pram stroller when open and collapsed is a crucial factor when deciding on your purchase. Some of the three-wheeler all-terrain baby prams are bulky when open and folded, yet don’t weigh very much. But these don’t fit in small car boots. The umbrella-folding baby prams will fold flat and are very narrow. But, deceptively, they can weigh considerably more than the bigger three wheelers. Although, they will fit in all car sizes and some umbrella folding prams are designed to fold to half their size again.
Swivel wheels, whilst making turning corners and sharp maneuvers easier, can go wrong and get the ‘supermarket trolley’ syndrome. This is where they do not wheel completely straight anymore and pull off to one side.