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10 Things to look For When Selecting a Pram

posted in Nursery Shopping Guides by Baby & Co on November 7th 2018 8:23 AM

You're used to navigating shops at your leisure and strolling through the aisles at the market in no particular hurry. But once you have a child, things will change.

You will need to think ahead about all the things you need to bring with you and have a place to store them. You will also have to consider finding a pram that allows you to make tight turns easily.

But that's not the only thing that goes into selecting the right pram. Read on to learn about the features you simply must have.

1. Easily Foldable

We've all seen parents in the car park at the shopping centre struggling to put their pram into their boot. But you probably don't see as many of them as you used to. That's because pram technology has advanced and now there are easily foldable options.

Try to find a pram that can fold down with just the press of a button. Keep in mind that you will have to explain how to do it to anyone who looks after your child so you want to keep it simple for them.

2. The Perfect Size

Even if you think a pram will for sure fit in the boot of your car, make sure you check the measurements. Sometimes they are bigger than they seem.

If you live in a building with a lot of stairs, then size & weight is more important to you than anyone. You may have to lug your pram up and down those stairs many times and if you have to go around tight corners navigating your pram will be difficult.

3. Proper Storage Space

When you are taking your child to a zoo, or anywhere for the day, you will have your pram with you making it a great place to store all sorts of items like nappies, drinks, formula, toys, and your purse items.

Make sure you select a pram that has the storage options you need. For example, you might look for a design that allows you to fill the bottom with large grocery items or a cupholder if you frequently have a drink with you.

4. Good Wheel Design

A pram's wheels should be a durable design that makes it easy to turn in tight areas. The last thing you want is a pram with fixed wheels.

When you are testing out prams, make sure you walk about the store and feel how sturdy it is. If it is at all wobbly, then it is a low-quality design.

You also need to make sure that you buy a pram that has solid wheels instead of inflated ones since getting a flat would be miserable.

5. Weather Protection

If you purchase a pram with poor shade, then you may need to create your own makeshift shade for your child on an especially sunny day.

Unfortunately, makeshift sunshades have a propensity for falling down and then getting stuck in the wheels of your pram.

Save yourself a headache by investing in a pram with the ability to completely cover your child built-in, like a sun canopy. You may also want to consider looking for a pram that has a window on the top of the weather cover so you can still keep an eye on your baby.

6. The Right Price

It's impossible to choose a pram without talking about the price. While you don't want the cheapest pram out there, you also don't want to spend hundreds of pounds for features you don't need.

Try to set a budget for your pram before you leave the house to go shopping. That way you won't be tempted to go for a pricier model.

Then make a list of the features you feel you need in a pram and rank them in order. You'll use this list in the store to select the pram in your price range that checks the most boxes.

If you are tempted to set a very small budget for your pram, consider if you plan on having any more children. In that case, investing in a model that has the potential to work for both children would be the best choice.

7. Off-Road Potential

You may think you only need to worry about using your pram off-road if you are a highly active person. But you never know when you might get stuck somewhere unexpected or decide to take a hiking trip. By purchasing a pram with off-road potential, you will be ready for anything.

8. Lightweight Design

With everything you will be putting in your pram, you need to save as much weight in the frame design as possible. Try to find a pram that is made from lightweight materials like aluminium. 

9. Conversion Options

Today prams offer you the ability to convert them in multiple ways. First of all, there is the conversion from car seats into prams. Then there are also seats that can grow with your child and turn to face forward or backward.

Think about all of the ways you want to use your pram before making a purchase.

10. Warranty

As a fairly expensive item, many prams come with warranties similar to when you buy a computer or television. These warranties will cover the parts of your pram for a period of years in the case of manufacturer defects or regular wear.

By selecting a model with a warranty, you have a little bit more peace of mind that the pram will make it to your next child. Offering a warranty is a sign that a company stands behind their product.

Where to Buy a Pram

Selecting the right pram starts with setting your budget and making a list of your must-haves.

Now that you know what to look for in a pram, it's time for you to go shopping! Check out our prams today.


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