Monday, 19 March 2012

Travel Equipment - Pram

Ok now you’ve kitted out your nursery, there are a few more things that you are going to need, so lets start with a biggie, the pram. This an absolute minefield so here’s a few pointers:-

·         Size is important – You need to know what size the pram is when folded.
o   Umbrella Fold - When folded these types are very compact and are useful if you are going to be putting it into a small car or taking it on a bus. However these types of pushchair tend to be more suited for older babies as most of them do not allow your baby to lie flat.
o   Flat fold – Most Travel Systems and larger wheeled prams and pushchairs only fold in one dimension and are generally a lot more bulky. 

·         Travel Systems – These are all in one solutions. Most travel systems have a car seat that can be lifted out of the car and attached to the pram frame. This can sometimes be a godsend as there will be many times when your baby falls asleep in the car and you don’t want to disturb them. Many systems also have a separate pram/cot that attaches to the main frame and allows your baby to lie flat. This cot/pram section is then converted to a more traditional pushchair seat when your child gets a bit older.

·         Wheels
o   4 or 3 – Having tried both I could not notice the difference between the two, so this one is really down to personal preference.
o   Big wheels or small wheels – Part of this argument stems back to the size debate as the big wheeled versions also tend to be the flat fold versions. The big wheeled prams are definitely easier to wheel, as the large wheels offer less resistance. If you intend to do a lot of ‘outdoorsy’ walking,  ie on the beach, through the woods, over gravel then a large wheeled pram is the only way to go. There are lots of models which offer a compromise of small wheels at the front, and big wheels at he back, which is useful as if the going gets really tough all you need to do is tilt the pram backwards onto the back wheels while you get through the rough stuff.
·         Suspension – Again if you are intending to do a  lot of countryside walking over rough ground then suspension really does make a big difference.
·         Storage – I would recommend that you get a pram that has as much storage as possible. You will not believe just how much stuff you have to take with you when out with your baby, and your pram will quickly become your ‘packhorse’!
·         Footmuffs – I know what your thinking, what an earth is a footmuff!. Its essentially a cosy little sleeping bag that attaches to the pram to keep your baby nice and warm. They are quite useful but don’t worry if your pram hasn’t got one as you can always snuggle them up with a blanket or two.
·         Raincover – Most prams will come with a Raincover, but you can always buy a separate one relatively cheaply, so don’t worry if it doesn’t.


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