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28/12/2013 at 21:15
How do I go about choosing a pram and narrowing it down to a few options?!
I know I want a pram with a carry cot and the option to clip in a car seat, but apart from that I have no idea what to look for or where to even start!
28/12/2013 at 21:31
We decided it was 'time' and were away for the weekend somewhere with a big Mothercare, Babies R Us and Mamas & Papas. I knew I wanted pushchair, carrycot and car seat combo, and half decent wheel size for dog walks. The lady in Mothercare talked us through about 6 models, grilled us on how much we'll walk, how much is in/out of car, what size car we have etc, and there was one we really thought suited us. Then went home and ordered it when it was on offer.
28/12/2013 at 22:10
I know you mean about not knowing how/where to start! I was overwhelmed with how many options there are and also the amount of info/opinions online about different travel systems! In the end we went and tried out a load - I found that really helpful as some we could immediately discount in the flesh as they were too bulky/too small basket etc.
I have the Icandy peach and things I find good about it are - large basket, easy to fold down, sturdy but manoeuvres well, pushchair can be rear or forward facing.
29/12/2013 at 01:45
Definitely go somewhere to try some out.
I was the same and felt so overwhelmed and didn't have a clue what the difference between them all was. So we went to a mothercare and I said to the woman please tell me all about what the difference between them is. That gave me a much better understanding to then be able to look at all the different features
Things to consider-
How adjustable is the handle. I'm 5ft, H is 6.2ft so that was important.
Can seat be both forward and parent facing.
Can it fit in the boot easily.
Is it light to lift in and out of the boot.
How big is the shopping basket.
Easy to steer one handed.
Do you just use it in towns- ie pavements, or will you need it for off road ie dog walking etc .
Do you need to pay extra for a carry cot (which you then have to find somewhere to store), or can main seat be used from birth (must be able to lay fully flat)
What do you get included for the price/what do you have to buy separate- a lot we looked at looked a good price but once you added up all the other bits and pieces you had to buy on top they cost more. We bought the surf and got included rain cover , sun mesh cover thing, parasol, foot muff, car seat, baby neat to enable it to use from birth.
29/12/2013 at 01:54
I would also say that it's good to try as many out as possible. When I was pregnant with W I think we lived in baby shops- we seemed to go to various places every weekend.
Quite a few people told us not to spend too much on a pram as you will buy various ones once they're born. I totally disagree with this though.
We used the same pram for W the whole time until baby number two arrived when W was 22month, and now B has arrived I'm using it again for her. I never felt any need to get a different pram as she got older. I use it every single day and walk everywhere as H has the car mid week, so it has absolutely been worth every penny.
29/12/2013 at 10:09
I went about it slightly differently to others and picked one pram that was all singing all dancing and had a demo of it in john Lewis. It was the bugaboo chameleon. From that, I worked out what I liked and dislikes about it eg. Doesn't clip together when folded, doesn't stand upright when stored and was very heavy with big wheels. I liked tray the carry cot could be used for occasional overnight sleeping and pushchair could be rear or forward facing. I then went about finding a pram that had all the good points and less of the bad and ended up with the m&p sola. I didn't want to look at loads initially as I knew I would get confused. The which? website is good for giving an outline of all the different ones
29/12/2013 at 10:25
After being told by everyone not to spend a lot on a pram as I will barely use it, I have actually used it everyday since R was 3days & plan to continue this.
I did a lot of internet research in the early days & narrowed down what I thought I wanted to 3 prams. My main concern was I needed to walk a dog & push a pram at the same time. I tested out the 3 I liked the Bugaboo Cameleon, Bugaboo Buffalo & the Uppababy vista.
The Uppababy vista was my preferred choice as it was so light & easy to use and there were no hidden costs you paid one price for everything.
It all depends on what your main needs are, I would write these down, either research on the internet or pop into a few shops for advice.
29/12/2013 at 12:18
other thing to consider is if you want an isofix base for the car seat - to me it's an absolute must, so needed to be sure that the car seat was isofix compatible. And that I can fit the pram chassis in the boot of the car.
One problem I did have was that I couldn't fit the carry cot and chassis both in the car boot, which was fine when I wasn't going out for long so I put the cahssis in the boot and just put the car seat on top, but there's times I wanted the carry cot especially in the early days so had to try and wedge it in the car somehow. Also,when baby was bigger and no longer in the infant car seat and I needed the pushchair I ended up buying a stroller so that I didn't have to try and put the chassis and pushchair part in and out the car, again both didn't fit in the boot. I believe some prams (bugaboos?) have just been used right the way through rather than buying another stroller, so the price of doing that might be worth considering. Also if you are going to be going on holidays, whehter it's UK or abroad, consider the room you'll have in the car for the rest of your belongings, or if you're going abroad what you'd be happy to put in the hold of an aeroplane (i.e. you might be happy enough putting in a £60 stroller but not a £600 travel system?)
29/12/2013 at 12:20
Oh - and another thing, some prams the carrycot converts to the pushchair, and some they are separate so consider what storage you have too
30/12/2013 at 13:32
Thank you everyone! Think I will plan a Kiddicare/Mamas & Papas/Mothercare trip to see a lot 'in the flesh' and then hopefully narrow it down a little!
You have all given me a lot to think about, will have to start on my list of requirements!
30/12/2013 at 15:45
This website is really for comparing pushchairs and provides more detail than some of the online stores - http://www.bestbuggy.co.uk
30/12/2013 at 16:17
Some really good advice here. It is so confusing. I started by figuring out which car seat I wanted first so as to narrow down which travel systems are compatible. The safety aspect of the car seat was more important to me than the pram. Then we worked out that it had to fit comfortably in the boot and roughly what we would want to spend.
Test driving them is a really good idea. Also a helpful shop assistant is a godsend. The woman in BabiesRUs was amazing. I feel bad I didn't end up buying it there.
04/12/2015 at 22:26
I need to buy a new pram during next 4 weeks. Do any of you know some good and checked online store, where I can buy one for resonable money ? I will be grateful for sugestions:)
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