Choosing the right pram
The right pram can literally make or break your back. When it came time for us to buy a pram, two things were paramount in making our decision; how closely the pram fit our requirements and how much it cost.
As I was going to be using the pram most of the time and having already looked at those owned by friends, I had the following criteria in mind:
1. Is the pram easy to lift and move around?
2. Is the pram easy to assemble and disassemble? This is especially important if you are on your own and your bub has decided to throw a screaming fit on a shopping trip.
3. How much the cost of the pram would be – keeping an eye out for sales (including online) in different stores
We usually started off by saying we were first time parents looking to buy a pram and would list the things we were looking for.The store staff would take us to the pram section and we tried out all the prams:
- Pushing it around the store to check how easily the wheels maneuvered around corners
- Lifting the various prams to check how heavy they were
- Disassembling the prams to check how easily they could be pulled down & how much time it took
- Whether we needed the bassinet attached to the pram, or the pram just on its own
- A forward facing or backward facing bassinet attached to the pram
Prams range in prices from the higher end to the cheaper ones (some prams cost below AU $100). One advice to keep in mind; Do not opt for a very cheap type of pram as it is a long term investment. Cheap prams are just that; cheap and will fall apart pretty quickly. Remember if you are unable to drive, you will be using the pram wherever you go.
Also, the pram should have a reasonable amount of space to put your shopping in as it keeps your hands free.
Once you decide what pram you are going to purchase, keep an eye out over the next few weeks or months for sales and compare across different stores and online to ensure you get the best deal possible.