I've not tried every pram on the market but I've tried most and I have enough experience to share my thoughts to help you to decide what is the best pram for you. Prams, travel systems, carrycots, seat units? What are they and what do I need?
Here are the most frequently asked questions I am asked at Daisy Tree.
What is a Travel System?
A Travel System is a pram that has the ability to take an Infant Carrier (car seat) on it. Most prams will have adaptors so that you can attach an Infant Carrier. You do not need to have the same make of Pram as Infant Carrier (car Seat) just as long as the pram manufacturer makes adaptors for it.
How long do they stay in a Carrycot for?
Your baby will be in a carrycot for 6 months. They are nicely protected in there and it gives them the ability to sleep flat with no constrictions on their lungs.
What is the Seat Unit?
The seat unit will be used from 6 months firstly mum facing and then world facing until such time as your baby no longer needs a pram. Seat units can recline and should have a 5 point harness.
How long will the Infant Carrier last?
The Infant carrier (car seat) offers your baby safe rearward travel until the age of about 12 - 15 months depending on the weight and height of your baby. Your baby should never wear a snowsuit or jacket whilst in their Infant Carrier as in the event of an accident they can slip out of the suit as it is not possible to tighten the harness enough when they are bulked up.
How do I know if I have tightened the harness on the Infant Carrier (car seat)correctly?
Do the pinch test. That, is with your finger and thumb try to pinch the harness strap just below the baby's shoulder at the front. If you can pinch some of the strap between your finger and thumb it is too loose. You should not be able to pinch any but you should still be able to slip 2 fingers behind the strap.
How long can a baby be in their Infant Carrier (car seat) at one time?
This question has a myriad of answers and nothing that gives complete clarity. What I can tell you is that up to approx 8 weeks until the baby can hold his/her head it is very easy for oxygen deprivation to occur after 30 minutes. My advice would be to ensure that you try not to keep the baby in the Infant carrier for longer than 30 minutes at one time during the early weeks. Thereafter you can build up the time slowly but you should always take a break after 2 hours and get the baby out of the seat for a stretch. Please use your beautiful carrycot when you are out and about, careful choosing now will mean you will choose something that is easy to use and you are more likely then to use it. Only use the Infant carrier on the chassis for a quick nip in to a shop.
How will I get home from the hospital then?
Good question and often asked. On the way home from the hospital somebody should sit next to the baby so that they can keep an eye. Moving onwards if no one is sitting next to the baby you should have a back seat car mirror which will enable you to keep an eye on the baby and the baby to have eye contact with you.https://www.maxi-cosi.co.uk/car-seats/back-seat-car-mirror
Prams -There is lots to consider when buying a pram.
Ask youself how you think you will use your pram?
What is your lifestyle like? Your car? Do you have a dog and pram to fit in the boot? Is one of you extra tall?
I often talk about the kerb test at Daisy Tree. Some prams are supremely heavy when you go to push them up onto a kerb. You're going to be doing that alot! It's worth considering. I can vouch for all of these that they have passed the kerb test! If you've had your eye on another make that's not listed, do a shout out on Facebook and ask those questions. Mums are so happy to talk about their prams. It's a personal choice. Choose what suits you and your lifestyle.
There are 6 different categories of prams:-City Pram, Country Pram, Off Road Pram, Classic Pram, Crossover Pram and Twin Prams.
City Pram - this would usually be a 2 in 1 pram, in other words the carrycot would covert to become the seat unit. They can still be used as Travel Systems and are usually light and ideal for popping around the town. They will not be great over bumpy ground as their suspension and wheels will not be as robust as other prams. They are a great choice for city and town dwellers. An example is the Maxi Cosi Zelia -https://www.maxi-cosi.co.uk/pushchairs/zelia
Country Pram- robust and with excellent suspension and ideal for country walks. These prams often have a huge hood to protect baby from the elements and can navigate rough ground easily. Some may have rear air filled tyres which will give a super soft ride. An example is the Roma Moda -https://www.romaprams.co.uk/moda-travel-system/roma-moda-2-in-1-pram-grey
Off Road Pram -this is the bad boy of off roading and up for anything you throw at it! Usually a 3 wheeler with big air filled tyres. This can tackle all sorts of terrain. These 3 wheel prams may be slightly wider but are still able to navigate through doors too. An example is the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle -https://uk.mountainbuggy.com/products/urban-jungle?_pos=1&_sid=5c4b44791&_ss=r
Classic Pram -A classic pram would be traditional in looks and style and have traditional wheels. The wheels will not swivel so a slight lift is all that is required to navigate a tight corner. They will have excellent suspension and will have a comfortable ride. An example is Emmaljunga - Mondial de Luxe https://emmaljunga.com/en/strollers/classic/mondial-de-luxe/mondial-de-luxe-lounge-grey-18003uk?o=17086
Crossover Pram - A true crossover pram can take on both country walks and navigate through doors with ease. They are easy to fold and store in your car. This one can even fold with the carrycot whilst still on the chassis enabling only half the boot to be taken up! This example has sealed ball bearing wheels meaning that the wheels will not get clogged up with mud, excellent suspension for a smooth ride coupled with a 51cm width which makes this a true crossover. Peg Perego Book 51S https://uk.pegperego.com/store/peguk/en_GB/out-and-about/modular-systems/book-51-s-pop-up-modular/p/PACK00-GB000000049
Or take a look at the Ypsi which is ideal for fitting the whole thing and a dog in the boot!
Crossover Fun - You can't beat Cosatto when it comes to fun! Equally at home on country walks and around the town, the Quad is easy to fold and offers a smooth ride.https://www.cosatto.com/shop/prams-and-pushchairs/giggle-quad/fika-forest
Twins- Twice as nice doesn't mean twice the price at Daisy Tree as we offer a 10% Twin discount. Side by side? Or one in front of the other? After doing extensive research all roads have led me to side by side. They are not as wide as once they were so navigating a door is not as tricky as once it was. Check out the Roma Gemini https://www.romaprams.co.uk/roma-double-strollers and the Mountain Buggy Duet https://uk.mountainbuggy.com/products/duet?variant=31468674908194
Other things to consider are for a Winter Baby these Maxi Cosi Gloves are a must have! https://www.maxi-cosi.co.uk/search?query=gloves
For the Summer an Insect net is essential too. Some of these prams come with one.
I have popped all the links through to the manufacturers site as honestly if I loaded them onto my site I would still be doing it by the time you are celebrating your baby's 1st Birthday! Check out their videos and their reviews. Most of these prams are available to roadtest at Daisy Tree.
These are all excellent companies who make excellent prams. If you have any more questions please ask!
Thanks for reading, I hope it helps.