How to Buy a Pram/Stroller to Suit You and Your Budget
Many parents without some guidence can fall under the marketing spell and believe one of a few common myths that the best and safest pram/stroller for them is the most expensive. This is not always the case. To find your perfect pram/stroller simply follow this guide and learn that buying a pram/stroller is like buying a car. It is an exciting item to buy, there are many to choose from and you must consider your family needs, your lifestyle and most importantly your budget.
Consider these Factors when Choosing and Buying a Pram/Stroller
- Do you want a single pram/stroller or a double pram/stroller (twins or baby and toddler)? What size will fit in your car? Will it be for everyday or occassional use?
- Do you intend to use it for walking on footpaths or rough surfaces, at the beach/snow in and around the shops, on and of buses/trains, through doorways, aisles?
- Size and Weight:
- Collapsing and lifting a folded pram/stroller in and out of the car can be hard work and inconvenient if it is too bulkiy or heavy. Match one to your own strength and ability.
- Cost, Accessories and Budget:
- Have a budget in mind and stick to it. If you can buy a pram/stroller that includes extras (basket, tray, cup/key holders) it will help you save on buying these later. And don't discount buying second hand prams. Look around online, do your research, know what your chosen pram/stroller includes and what it costs to buy new and then compare with buying a used pram/stroller.
- Many may have quick release or a pull up sliding lock.
- Multiple Seating Positions:
- Look at prams/strollers based on your requirements. Layback position (newborns), semi-recline and upright.
- Adjustable Handle:
- Unless you will be the only person pushing the pram/stroller an adjustable handle helps make it comfortable for everyone.
- If you need to carry all the neccesities with you and babay then make sure the pram/stroller has a large storage basket.
- 5-Point Safety Harness:
- This is a must and is a requirement under the Australian Safety Standard AS/NZS 2088:2009.
- Other Accessories:
- Sun/rain cover, mosquito net, pram liner, blanket, footmuff, caddy, travel bag, clips, hooks, kiddy board.