When you are expecting a child whether it is your first or another addition to the existing family, the purchases seem never-ending. It can also seem daunting to know what cot to buy, what bottles, nappies, but most importantly what model of pram or stroller will fit your lifestyle best. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, then you have come to the right place. Choosing a pram or stroller that suits your lifestyle is very important, so use these simple tips to find the right one for you.
Do your homework
Unfortunately, finding the right stroller or pram isn’t as simple as going to the store and just grabbing the one in black. It is a little more complicated than that and some research is required. Searching online is a great way to find all the prams for sale at the moment. When looking you should be looking at more than just the cost, although it is an important factor. Make sure the pram or stroller suits your lifestyle.
If you enjoy hiking, look for a pram with durable wheels and a solid base, if you are a jogger, then find a stroller with a little more give or suspension to handle those bumps. Alternatively, if you are someone who like to carry a lot of items with them, look for a pram that has ample storage underneath, on the sides or just about anywhere. Research is key to finding the right pram for you.
Weight is important
When you are considering the pram to suit your lifestyle, an important consideration is the weight of the pram. A pram is something that will need to be lifted in and out of the car numerous times a day, not to mention when its loaded up with nappies, bags and all the other items you carry, it will be even heavier to push.
It is important to consider your own strength when choosing a pram or stroller, make sure you feel comfortable lifting or pushing the pram or stroller to chest height when collapsed. If you opt for a pram which is too heavy to get in and out of the car you will quickly become a very bored shut in at home. Consider the number of wheels as well; four wheels disperse weight more evenly, meaning it is likely to be a lighter choice. Whereas three wheels are often heavier and wider than the four-wheel option.
An important consideration when buying the pram is the activities you do in your leisure time. As mentioned above, if you enjoy hiking or jogging and you know you’ll be going over uneven or bumpy surfaces, then look for an option with bigger wheels. Some models even offer inflatable wheels to make it easier to go “off road”. Finding a pram or stroller that is going to survive your leisure activities is crucial to being able to see a return on that investment.
Another consideration for durability is the future outlook of more children. If you plan on having children close together, look for pram or stroller options that come with recommendations focussed on their lifetime use.
If you are a one-car household and that car won’t be available to you during the day, then choosing the right pram to fit that lifestyle is critical. It isn’t impossible to catch public transport with a pram, in fact, it is very common. But the right pram is crucial to being able to get around easily. Look for options which are slimmer, fold easily and are lighter in weight. Getting onto a bus, train tram or whatever system your city offers is much easier with the right pram. It will also help encourage you to get out and about more often.
Choosing the right pram or stroller is a big decision to start with, but throw in a few interesting lifestyle preferences and it can become even harder. But it isn’t impossible. Prams and strollers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, so finding the right one is important. If you aren’t sure, then use these simple tips as a starting guide to finding the right pram or stroller to fit your lifestyle.