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16/08/2013 at 09:22
I realise this is a long way off for me yet but I was blethering to my mum last night about the price of prams and she asked (out of curiosity) if I would really need one or if I was buying one because it's just something I expected to get...and it got me thinking! We live at the top of a REALLY big hill and so if I was going for walk from the house a sling would probably be far easier. I'm just wondering if/when a pram is really helpful to have to help me think through the practicalities. interested in others experiences!
thanks in advance!
16/08/2013 at 09:30
Just wondering if you'd managed to carry the sling, change bag and a bag of shopping up and down the hill? I understand that slings are good for baby feeling close but it's still handy to be able to put your baby somewhere safe to sleep and leave you hands free if you are out and about, at GP, clinics, shops, visiting friends etc. Do you drive or will you be doing most of your socialising, chores by foot? Lots to consider.
16/08/2013 at 09:37
Because I'll have the car i probably won't have to carry messages up the hill. It would be more for walks but yes being out and about in general is a thought. Thanks the considerations Carole!
16/08/2013 at 09:42
if you drive and have an infant car seat you might be able to get a cheaper frame to pop it onto if you need to push baby when you are out and about, rather than a full pram mode type. when is baby due? I always thought that we'd have a proper pram/carry cot because I was a due a winter baby and I wanted the protection of baby being enclosed and snug against the weather. We ended up with a pushchair but that's a long story!
16/08/2013 at 09:43
I rarely used a pram, at one point I didn't own one. As you drive you'll be able to leave baby in car seat for things like dentist/doctor which was the only time I really needed a pram (I was also a single parent so no one to leave the baby with). I managed v well with a sling (well slings lol). My son didn't like the pram which is why I used a sling, we'd go out for coffee etc and he'd sleep happily in the sling whilst I drank coffee and ate cake!
I still want a pram this time, for various reasons but I'm sure there'll be lots of days when I only ever use the sling.
16/08/2013 at 09:45
Morning lovey! I actually thought the same thing, especially with having R, would I be better with just a sling for walking etc and the baby would be in the car otherwise. When I thought it through though, if I went to meet friends and took the car, then I would be putting the baby in the sling when I took them out of the car but then that's all I have for the whole time I'm anywhere, so I can't put them down somewhere even to sleep they would be tied to me the whole time. Or if I walked to meet friends say, again I would probably want to take the baby out of the sling when I got there but I would have nowhere to put them.
A huge consideration for me also was for H, I know he would be a million times more confident taking the baby out in the security of the pram than just carrying them and with us having a winter due baby, I don't want to be out walking with the baby in a sling when the weather is bad. I'd be stressing incase I fell or something!
16/08/2013 at 09:47
Not till march Carole so loads of time but I just want to be mulling over the options meantime rather than just going through the motions of buying the things I think I should be rather than what I'll actually need/use!
Isis that's helpful to know! What's making you go for the pram this time? *nosy*
16/08/2013 at 09:48
We used a pushchair from 7 weeks last time so a pram was badely used. This time I've got a second hand chassis for car seat and then will use pushchair and carrier. Its easy to get something cheap second hand and then if you don't use it much it doesn't matter.
16/08/2013 at 09:51
Yeah good point MDD! I was going to make a comment on having a spring baby but then did it not snow in April this year?? I don't mind spending the money if I think we'll get good use out of a pram but H is quite comfortable with a sling too. Hhhmmmm....lots to think about!
16/08/2013 at 09:52
I've been wondering that IDC thank you!
16/08/2013 at 09:53
I barely used our pram/pushchair. I sling'ed most of the time. (H and grandparents did use the pram - although my Dad, refused to use pram/pushchair and carries LO in my sling if he takes her out. He thinks its so much comfier than the metal framed rucksack he used to carry me in when i was a baby/toddler!!).
I had a rucksack for changebag, so could pop any little bits of shopping in that if needsbe.
I started using pushchair in ernest when i got pregnant 2nd time as i found sling tight around my tummy made me feel really queasy however at 20weeks i have reverted to using sling again as the waist belt fits nicely under the bump now! (LO also walks a lot now too!)
I am not planning on getting double pushchair. New baby will be sling'ed all the time. Toddler can walk or go in pushchair - shopping can also go in pushchair!
16/08/2013 at 10:31
I have a few reasons, one of them is very superficial in that I just really want a bugaboo bee lol h smokes so I won't let him sling, hopefully he'll have quit but who knows and grandparents especially in laws wouldn't be comfortable with a sling. I know there's times when I'll want to pop to the shops and the pram will be useful especially with Jude but I don't drive either so any shopping I either need to carry, push or pull in a granny trolley which I did have with Jude. I don't know really other than I just want one lol I certainly don't need one though.
Slinging is amazing btw having the baby so close :) I used the sling regardless of weather, I fell once in the last 4 years and it was v icy, I had my hands free to break my fall, I'd have probably pulled a pram over tbh.
16/08/2013 at 10:41
We bought a travel system as I loved pushing my baby in a buggy. We never had a carrycot bit though. I always felt its what you should do as a mum. We've got a mai tei and ergo carrier now as D has suddenly decided she loves being in the buggy again. So I plan to do lots of baby wearing this time. I'm glad I had my buggy though. D was a summer baby and carrying her was a struggle x
16/08/2013 at 14:24
Brilliant thanks ladies. It's useful to get lots of different perspectives.
16/08/2013 at 14:40
No way would I cope without a pram. I drive everywhere so he falls asleep in the car and then I can pop the car seat onto the pram frame without disturbing him or if we are going to be a few hours at the shops he goes into the carrycot. I wouldn't like to be left carrying baby in a sling for saying 5 hours as my back would be in agony and I wouldn't think it be fair on a baby either. I also love my pram to take him out a walk so he falls asleep and then I can just lift the carrycot off the frame into the house and sit down and enjoy a cuppa without having a baby attached.
16/08/2013 at 14:42
Tis a good other side of the argument TP! I did wonder about the lying flat thing.
16/08/2013 at 14:58
Why isn't it fair on the baby to be in a sling? It's a lot more natural then being in a pram!
16/08/2013 at 15:07
I think the right carrier at the right age does no harm. Good carriers you can use from birth have baby in almost foetal position anyway? I can't wait to use my ergo again (but even with infant insert I will have to wait a few months). Also a good carrier should be comfotable. I carried my boy until he was 18ish months (then couldn't use it pregnant) and it was always comfy for me and him.
16/08/2013 at 15:45
Idc why would you have to wait a while to use ergo with infant insert? I was planning to use it straight away.
16/08/2013 at 15:56
I prefer using the sling to the pram. I think if I drove, I wouldn't really use a pram at all as I mostly use it for shopping.
For doing things like meeting friends, it's far easier to sling - you can sit anywhere rather than fitting around the pram.
Being curled up against mummy or dad keeps most babies happy and there's no need to worry about not lying flat - slinging is a more natural position and will help prevent babies getting flat heads too (not that I'm saying a pram gives them a flat head though).
My H never uses the pram, he always slings E.
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