A pram and later, push chair (or stroller) will be one of the most important equipment on your shopping list so be sure you choose it carefully.
If I’d knew about it from the beginning, I’d have gone for a travel system i.e. a carrycot, a car seat and a push chair instead of buying them separately.
Someone recommended me RainbowPrams, a fabulous company selling cute and fashionable travel systems Made in Europe. Check out their 50 colour selections – you’ll be sooo spoilt for choice…sigh…
Personally, I like bright colours (blue, green, orange or my favourite, red!!!) because they don’t attact the mozzies and drivers on the road can spot a brightly coloured pram from afar when you’re crossing the road.
A travel system is great because you can easily and safely take baby out to the market, the supermarket, the mall, the church, the bank and even restaurants because the baby will have a CLEAN and safe space to rest, relax or sleep.
Their Made in Europe car seats weigh less than 3 kg, which is feather light!
Will you be driving?
Then, be sure that the car seat allows rear seat facing because that’s the safest position for 0 – 12 months old babies.
Also, check that the car seat complies with safety standards e.g. Aston, Etno, Folky, Milano and Sporter prams comply with all European safety regulations, including ECE R44/04, which set the safety standards for:
- the correct positioning of the seat belt
- an easy to operate and open seat buckle – very important for emergencies when you need to remove the child from the car seat ASAP
- the child’s position in the car seat i.e. is there adequate head support esp when baby falls asleep?
- performance tests i.e. front and rear impact and overturning in the case of a car accident
I am paranoid when it comes to children’s health and safety – just ask my poor uncle and Hubby who accompanied me to half a dozen shops checking out various brands of car seats. My bachelor uncle learned quite a lot about car seat safety during that shopping trip LOL
When the baby becomes a toddler…
The pram will convert into a push chair and here you’ll want to look out for
- big swivel wheels (for stability and easy manouevring),
- an adjustable handle (e.g. for this short Mommy and their tall Daddy).
- adjustable leg & back rest – fits tiny and tall toddlers
- a large shopping basket – no bags on the handle please! Do you want the pram to topple over?
- an easy to collapse and store push chair
- a foot brake – easy to control
And that’s it. Once you get the right pram or push chair, you’re good to go