Guidelines for buying a Pram
Shopping for your little one is always quite exciting! After all you have waited for nine long months to hold your little angel in your arms. You cannot compromise with quality and comfort when it comes to choosing products for your baby. Once the final wish list for shopping for your child is ready, there are certain things that you cannot afford to avoid. Pram or Stroller is one such product.
At KinderCart we respect your emotions and understand your need to buy the perfect merchandise for your child. We help you select the best suitable product through our carefully compiled guidelines.
Before buying a Pram
Taking your little one out in a park or in the neighborhood is great fun for both you and the baby since this way you can make your little wonder get acquainted with the outer world. The best way to do this is by buying the right pram for your child. But with such a wide range of brands, styles and qualities of prams available in the market, it seems like a very difficult task to select the right pram. So here we are, to help you make this decision, by giving you the best buying advice!
So first let us understand why do you need a pram in the first place and what is its utility in your life after your baby is born.
A pram is basically a four-wheeled carriage for a baby, pushed by a person on foot. It has a strong structure yet it can be folded so that it can be taken almost everywhere for the convenience of the parents and comfort of the child.
Types of prams:
- Multi-purpose pram: This is a three-in-one pram and can be converted into a carry cot, pushchair or car chair. The latest design available in the market has a detachable pushchair seat, pram with a carry cot, a travel system and a car seat.
- Pram plus stroller: This two-in-one pram is suitable for newborn that needs to lay down flat and then converts into a stroller. However, this can also be converted into a travel system by adding the car seat onto the chassis.
- Strollers / pushchairs: These are small in size and light in weight, and can be used from the time your baby is just born.
Parameters to be considered
Keeping the following parameters in consideration will definitely help you take the wise decision.
Age of the child: Consider the age of the child for whom the pram is meant to be bought. All prams are not suitable for newborns. For newborns the pram should have a flat and adjustable backrest, attachable carrycot or car seat, reversible seat and the facility to change the direction of the pram to let the newborn have a view of the parent and later on the view of the big wide world.
Offers smooth ride: In case the parents get tempted to go for a lightweight pram, it is essential to consider whether it will still give your baby a comfortable and safe ride.
Parents’ lifestyle: The traveling mode that parents are using plays a significant role in determining the kind of pram that will best suit their requirement. For parents using the public transport a stroller that is easy to take on/off a bus or train easily is the best option. In case traveling via car do check if the pram easily fits into the car cabin space.
Storage and moving space: Buy a pram keeping in mind the storage space that can be made available to it in the house. Also keep in mind the locality and building of the house for smooth ride of the pushchair.
Budget: Discuss the amount of money that you can comfortably spend on the pushchair with your partner before buying it.
Guidelines / Steps to buying a pushchair
KinderCart has set some guidelines before you take a final call on buying a pram for your bundle of joy.
Get in touch with experienced parents:Learn from the experiences of your friends or relatives who are existing parents. Take their opinion and understand the pro and cons of buying a particular style pram.
Explore as much as you can: Go for window shopping to explore the latest range of prams, travel chairs, pushchairs, or buggies available and understand the varied feature of each one of it.
Consult your partner while shopping: Ask your partner to test out strollers. It should be convenient for both the parents to use the pram.
Do not just go by popular trends: It is matter of comfort of your child and that of your own. There is no point in spending loads of money on anything that does not fit your requirement and you end up buying only because your closest friend recommended it to you. Analyze the utility and comfort of the product as per your need and then take a call.
Consider the season of your child’s birth: It is very important to keep in mind the season during which your baby is born. If the child is to be born in the winter the requirement would be a warm and cold breeze protected pram. In case the child is due to be born in summers than airy and cool colored stuff would be the right choice.
Babies grow very fast: Understand the needs of your child and buy a product that can be used for a longer duration. During the first few months the baby won’t be able to sit. You will either need to purchase a pram that will grow with your baby (either by reclining positions or by hooking in a car seat), or look for a pram to use during different times in your baby’s development.
Safety concerns:Check to make sure that the pram you purchase ensures that the manufacturer adheres to certain safety standards.
Take a test drive:Now that you have figured out your due date, factored in where you live and how you live, and you are ready to buy the perfect pram, consider the following tips to help you make the best decision for you and your baby:
- Borrow a pram from your friend to test out what you think is the right pram.
- Check out manufacturer recall lists to make sure the pram you are looking at has not been recalled. Even the priciest models sometimes have problems.
- Test drive some prams at your local baby superstore, but don’t feel like you have to purchase them there.
Your final checklist
Check for the following things on the final stroller that you have decided to buy for your little one:
- If it’s easy to fold
- Is safe and secure for the baby
- If it is easy to use the brakes
- If handlebars are adjustable
- If the basket is big enough to keep things
- If it is too heavy or too light
- If it is easy to steer
- Whether the front and back wheels swivel
- If the stroller fits into the car’s trunk