A Guide To Choosing Your First Pram
Choosing your pram will probably be the first major purchase for your new arrival. When you start your research by asking friends, buying baby magazines looking online you start to realise that it’s a bit of a minefield. There is so much choice available now and so many brands, but which one should you choose? I’m not here to tell you which one is best, but to help you understand the market and ask the right questions that will enable you to make the right decision.
Why am I not telling you which pram to buy? Well it’s really only a decision you can make, what is right for one parent may not be right for another. So there is not the ultimate pram out there.
When a customer visits us at our baby store in Keynsham, Bristol looking for a pram they can be a little overwhelmed by all the choice. Now pretty much every pram will be travel system compatible, meaning a car seat can be attached, so there would be over 30 different products to choose from.
So we start by simply discussing their particular lifestyle and aspirations. On many occasions customers approach us with a specific style of pushchair or pram in mind; whether a traditional pram like the Silver Cross Sleepover or a more modern solution like the Bugaboo Cameleon or Joolz Day.
The first aspect is lifestyle and really this is the most important aspect for us at Baby & Co to understand. This encompasses everything from the size of the car, the boot; whether they live, in a small flat with stairs. Do they live in a town or the country? Will they be mostly walking everywhere or will they be using public transport or their car?
Once we have the answers to these questions we will be able to make some recommendations for the customer to try.
For example if we have a customer who lives in a town with an average sized house and car we might suggest the iCandy Peach 3 as this offers outstanding practicality and is great in towns and shopping malls. The compact fold is ideal for most car boots and with the addition of a BeSafe Izi Go car seat forms a really versatile travel system.
But if we have a customer who lives in the centre of the city in a flat for example, we would suggest something like the Bugaboo Bee. This is ideal as it’s suitable from birth so no need for a separate carrycot, it is car seat compatible so you can easily add a BeSafe or Maxi-Cosi car seat and folds up really small.
If we go to the other end of the scale a customer who lives in a more rural location and likes walks in the country we would look at a completely different pushchair. Maybe we would recommend the new BOB Revolution with a carrycot or maybe the Out n About Nipper. Both of these pushchairs are great outdoors and can cope with the roughest terrain.
Our current top sellers are the UppaBaby Vista, the Silver Cross Wayfarer any iCandy prams and Bugaboo Cameleon 3. But with our huge range there is bound to be something you will love.
So to conclude we have put together a few bullet points to think about when choosing your ideal pram.
- Size – Will it fit in my car?
- Parent facing – Do I want the seat unit to face me?
- Car Seat – Do I want to attach a car seat to the pram?
- Folding – Is it easy to fold?
- Weight – Is it easy to lift?
A great choice would be the Joie Nitro Stroller