The pressure of a pram!

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So usually here on Puff it’s all about me giving my opinion! But today we would like yours! My friends are first time expectant parents, their baby girl is due at the beginning of May.

The And as if being a expectant first time Mum and Dad isn’t enough in itself, they are currently overwhelmed in the pram department! So many different options, so many different opinions. In a nutshell they’d love to be able to get one that can cater for a toddler and a newborn, so maybe one that is great for a newborn that can then have the toddler attachment added on?

So Mum’s, please pass on your pram advice for my lovely friends!

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  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    January 11, 2010

    Ah, yes. The ever-challenging search for the perfect pram. Unfortunately, I don’t think it exists. It’s really about finding what works for you, what’s your budget, when you’ll use it etc. I had an Emmuljunga, which I still have. It was big and sturdy and great around the streets. I walk a lot, and can walk to the local Westfield, and it has a big, metal basket underneath so I can pile the shopping in there..

    But it was a bugger to get in the car. Heavy. And when I had the basinette section in, the pram had to be separated to fold down. So, when my first son was 6mths, I got a McLaren stroller for shopping etc. Also, mine has fixed wheels, so to turn, I have to push down to pop the front wheels up, but really, that doesn’t bother me too much. But best with moveable wheels.

    Then when I had my 2nd son, I decided the toddler seat that could be attached to it would make it far too cumbersome, so I ended up buying a twin stroller! That was a great one actually. The back seat was raised slightly (so the one in the back could see out), and could be layed right back, so suitable from birth. It was fairly easy to fold down and get in the car too. However, would I have bought it as my first pram? Probably not. Because it seems funny to buy a twin stroller when you only have one child.

    Many I know are buying the Bugaboo thingies, which are popular these days, but they are very expensive. And one thing I have noticed about them is that the seat seems very small. I doubt a child would fit in it past the age of 2! But I could be wrong.

    My son is 3, and mostly he walks everywhere now, but he still needs a pram here and there. I sold our twin, and will probably get rid of the fold down now and just keep the Emmaljunga for 1 more year to do the food shopping down the road etc. Then it’s gone. I don’t think kids need to be in prams much after the age of 3, and not at all after the age of 4, but that’s just me.

    A few things to look out for:

    * Moveable wheels
    * Good size shopping basket underneath
    * Reversable handle (so if you’re pushing in to the sun, you can reverse the handle and then the baby faces you rather than the sun)
    * Sturdiness (I’ve seen a couple of the 3-wheel joggers tip over before. Yikes!) *Also – my friend said that when you have to go up a curb on a 3 wheel, you have to turn and go backwards, because you’ll lose balance if you try that on 1 wheel
    * Washable. My E is very washable, which is great, because the boys made a mess of it with their vegemite hands, so I’ve been able to throw the covers in the wash
    *Is it suitable from birth? Most are these days I think. Bub has to lie flat when they are newbies.

    I think that’s all. If I think of anything else, I’ll post again!

    Good luck! I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help. I just think you need to work out what you need and what your uses will be and go from there. There is no perfect one, and I don’t know any mother at all who doesn’t have more than 1 to be honest!

    Thanks Ami!

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