Choosing a pram isn’t as easy as going to the store and getting the one that has the cutest design. You will be placing your baby in it so you must choose one that would keep your precious child safe. Here are some factors you need to consider before buying a pram for your child:
Safety and Security. All prams and pushchairs are required to have the 5-point safety harness that can be adjusted to any child’s size. Do check if the pram you’re buying adheres to this safety requirement. Those with small babies should opt for prams with bumpers, even removable ones that not only provide additional safety but can also be used for attaching toys. Check if the wheel locks are sturdy and not easily disengaged. Opt for prams with a view window that allows you to check on the baby while you’re pushing the pram.
Ease of Use. Ideally, you should be able to fold and unfold a pram using just one hand and one foot. This is very important when you need to hold your baby on one hand and would only have one hand free to deal with the stroller. It should also be light enough for you to carry and place inside the trunk without difficulty. Prams should also come with easy-to-access baskets where you could place your baby’s belongings and other stuff.
Stability and Maneuverability. Before buying a pram, take it for a test drive and make sure that it feels stable and can easily be maneuvered. If you’re often on your own, test if the pram can be steered with only one free hand. Three-wheeled prams are more maneuverable but may be less stable than four-wheeled ones. Your choice would depend on where you’d be using the pram.
Family’s Lifestyle. Do you exercise a lot or love going to the beach? If you’d be taking your baby with you for fitness runs, you must ensure that your pram is built for this type of activity. Those who love the outdoors including the beach should opt for wheel fittings and surfaces that can handle salt water and sand. Families that enjoy going to malls can opt for slimmer models that can be easily maneuvered between aisles and inside crowded shops.