Are you struggling to choose the best pram or stroller for your baby?
Not all prams and strollers are created equal, and choosing what’s right for you comes down to a lot of different factors. So we’ve broken it down to help you understand what to look for and choose the option that best suits your needs.
When it comes to our children, safety is paramount. All Australian prams and strollers must pass the Australian standard AS/NZ 2088 to help keep your child safe. It is important to consider the Australian safety standards in considering buying a pram from overseas as it may not pass these standards and could put your child at risk.
The terms pram and stroller are sometimes used interchangeably and can refer to the same products. In Australia traditionally a stroller has been a more upright model and a pram has a flat sleeping option. A stroller is often not recommended until a child is 6 months or older and a pram can be used from a newborn.
Start by thinking about how you will use your pram. Will you be jogging? will you take it to the shops? will you be putting the pram in and out of the car a lot and will you use it for more than one child (now or in the future)?
A decent sized storage basket is useful if your pram us used while shopping
This allows baby to face their parents and can help comfort a newborn. When looking at a new pram try the handle in both positions and ensure the brake works well in either setting.
Not all prams have adjustable handle heights, and this is rarely a feature for strollers.
For taller and shorter parents having the wrong handle height can make the pram awkward to push. Check for adjustable heights and make sure all adults who will be using the pram test it before purchase.
A newborn baby will need a fully reclined backrest. With older children some strollers have only slight recline, this can be awkward when the child falls asleep in the stroller.
Removable capsules allow baby to stay asleep when transferring them from the stroller to the car and back again. Keeping a baby asleep can be a parents dream. The capsules will only last for about 6 months and by the end will be very heavy and can be awkward to transfer between the two.
These are standard in prams and strollers however the mechanisms for adjustment will vary in quality as will the quality of the straps. Padded straps will add comfort for your child and they should be easy to adjust to keep your child secure. Ensure a child cannot undo the clasps.
The extent of sun cover varies from pram to pram. Consider where you live and how well protected the pram will be from the UV rays.
Practise folding the pram in the shop. Ideally the pram collapses with one hand, to allow you to do this while holding your child.
These are not a safety feature, however they can be convenient for your child to hold on to and to fasten toys to distract a baby.