Just to start…I suppose I should have mentioned this earlier…but as an American living in Australia my language has become very polluted. I use Australian and American terms interchangeably and really at this point can’t remember which country uses which word. Some baby examples: pram and stroller, nappy and diaper, dummy and pacifier, I have no idea what Australians call them but I use onesie to mean a one piece baby outfit. Anyway, back to prams…or strollers.
As an ex-New Yorker and as the owner of dog who feels entitled to at least two outings a day, I am an avid walker. Back in the days before maternity leave I walked half an hour to work, I walk to local and sometimes not so local cafes, I love to walk. So for me which pram to get was a big decision…huge. When I started looking at prams the options seemed endless. I literally spent hours reading formal reviews, checking out chat boards and visiting baby stores before I chose my pram.
So, how did I do it? How did I choose my pram?
First I thought about what I needed and what I wanted. Think about your life and about how you want to use your pram. Will a pram be your main mode of baby transport or do you think you will mostly use the car? If you are more of a car person you might be able to get away with just an umbrella stroller that has a reclining seat maybe supplemented by a baby carrier. Are you considering a jogging stroller? If you didn’t run a whole lot before you had the baby I hate to burst your bubble but I don’t think you are going to run a whole lot after you have the baby. Or, optimistically, maybe if you do end up running you can leave the baby with your husband and the jog can be your alone time. Are you already planning on having another baby? Maybe you should look for a pram that can expand to handle a toddler and an infant. Like I said the options seem endless!
Rather than detail the different pram options…I think we have established that they are endless…I thought I would just jot down
some of the elements that were important to me. Determining what five or so features you believe are necessary can help you narrow down the number of potential prams from about 2567 to about 7.
Definitely try to fold the stroller in the store a few times. Don’t just watch the sales assistant as they will make every fold look easy but get in there and try it yourself. If you find it complicated or awkward just remember it will be even more difficult when you are juggling a baby, a diaper bag, and hormones.
Since I walk a lot I really wanted to be able to interact with my baby while we were out and about so a reversible seat was important to me. Since having the stroller I must say I do love being able to look directly at Baby C when we are out walking…and I like to think he likes being able to look at me!
Again, I frequently walk to the shops so a pram with a big basket was a must. When looking at baskets keep in mind that your diaper bag will have to be stored somewhere. I can fit my diaper bag and two green Woolies bags in my basket…pushing that load home of course is another matter.
Other things to consider
Cost is of course an issue. Australians pay way more for things than the rest of the world and I would check out your options before paying a small fortune for a pram. I ended up getting my pram on amazon.com and even with the $200.00 to ship the pram to Australia it was still about $600.00 less than comparable prams available here. I will write a post…probably more like a rant…about how overpriced things are down under later so stay tuned!
And speaking of costs, check what extras the pram comes with…are a rain shield, a bug protector, a cup holder included or are they going to sting you for these options.
Are you going to use your pram in conjunction with your infant capsule as a travel system and if so does the pram support the use of the capsule you have?
When you are checking out the pram in person make sure you take it for a stroll to determine if your stride works with the stroller…if the handle height is adjustable it can prevent you from stepping into the basket.
Where are you going to be using the pram…on nicely paved sidewalks, over dirt paths, up and down lots of curbs…some strollers come to a screeching halt when faced with the smallest bump.
Where are you going to store the pram…do you have to lug it up a flight of stairs to your apartment, will it have to be stored folded…some prams are heavy with a capital h-e-a-v-y and some when folded take up just about as much room as they do when they aren’t collapsed and others don’t remain upright when folded.
And in Queensland I would think about how big the hood is and if it comes with any UV protection.
So I am sure the suspense is killing you…after all this what pram did I end up with?
The Uppababy Vista. And I love it.