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Prams Buying Guide

There's a lot of gear to choose from when you're trying to accommodate your new baby.  But one of the most important pieces to pick up is a sturdy pram that will help you cart you kiddie from place to place safely.  And from lightweight models that are great if you need to squeeze on the bus to jogging prams that are a good for keeping active, you have a lot of designs to choose from.  Use this guide to get you started on your stroller  search. 

Basic Models

Lightweight and Umbrella Prams 

  • Easy to pack into the car because they're light weight and compact.
  • Best for level surfaces--mall walking, city streets, etc.
  • Not meant for babies less than six months old because they don't offer enough neck support.
  • Easily stored in small spaces like apartments, garages and attics since they are often collapsible or capable of disassembly.

Full-Featured Prams 

  • Models come in either single or double styles.
  • These are the most common types, since they are versatile and able to accommodate tons of baby gear.
  • Since they have a bunch of extras, the price tags are often higher.
  • Added features means added weight and bulk, so these may be a bit harder to fit in the car or public transport.
  • Often made of more durable materials than their lightweight counterparts, these prams can handle rougher terrain.

Travel Prams 

  • Also known as all-in-one pushchairs .
  • Has a base and a removable carrier that doubles as a car seat (This is great if you want to remove your baby from the pram without waking him or her).
  • The car seat can be replaced without buying a new pram base.
  • Suitable for children of all ages--those with reclining sets are especially useful for infants.
  • You don't have to spend extra money on a separate car seat.
  • More bulky, thus harder to manoeuvre.

Special Designs

Tandem Prams  

  • Push two children in one pram with side-by-side, in-line and face-to-face designs.  
  • Not as easy to manoeuvre as single-chair models.
  • Bulkier and less portable.
  • Side-by-side models fold up easily, but don't have as many features as the face-to-face and in-line models.

Jogging Prams 

  • For parents who like to run or jog with baby.
  • Because this isn't suitable for all terrains and may not have the necessary features to suit your needs, you will probably need to purchase another pram in conjunction with this one.
  • Should only be used for children older than 6 months old.
  • Serious joggers need 50 centimetre wheels minimum to ensure a safe and smooth ride for the child.

All-Terrain Prams 

  • Three  or four -wheel styles.
  • Good for hiking trails which require heavy-duty suspension and larger tires.
  • Heavy and bulky, making them awkward to pack up in a small car.
  • Swivelling front wheels help manoeuvre turns.
  • Some all-terrain pushchairs double as joggers.

Mobile Car Seats 

  • No need to buy a separate car seat and pram.
  • Ideal for short trips with level surfaces.
  • The car seat may be more difficult to install than the "regular" ones.

Major Manufacturers of Pushchairs

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International Resources

For this resource in your home country, please see:
NL: Kinderwagens Shopgids

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