When you go shopping as first time parents, one of the most important purchases you will make is a pram. Unfortunately, this is not an easy buy, well at least not as easy as most first time parents think it is. There are hundreds of prams with different specifications to consider. With this in mind, it is important to go out shopping knowing exactly what you are looking for and what factors to consider most in order to find a pram that will not only serve you well, but longer.
Below are some of the factors to consider before buying a pram
- How much are you willing to spend?
It is advisable to work out a realistic budget before you even go shopping for a pram. After you have a budget, be disciplined and stick to it. Remember, it’s very easy to be led astray and get overwhelmed if you have not done your homework. As you do your budget, do research and know what you want and whether it falls within your spending limits.
- Where will you be using your pram?
This is a very important question to be asking before the purchase. Prams come in different sizes and models and you want it to suit your lifestyle too. For instance, if you are the kind that loves to go jogging, then you want sturdy pushchairs. Here you also have to consider the terrain you will be on, and pick out the right wheels.
- What are your travel plans?
The reason it important to consider how convenient it is to travel with, is because prams come in varying weights. A light weight makes it easier to travel around with either in the air or around town. Look for something that is small enough to fit into an overhead locker or a car boot.
- Does it fold up easy?
You have probably seen parents simply flick a switch and their pram collapses without much effort. You don’t want a situation where you have to wrestle your pram down. Find something easy to use not just for you but also to friends, grandparents and relatives.
- How long do you want to use it?
Most prams are designed to serve you only until 6 12 months. Now this may seem like a long time, but considering that there are others that serve you more, then why settle. Go for a pram that is utilitarian to take you longer. It does not mean you should go for one with unnecessary features like built-in speakers, no, look for one that can convert into a stroller as the child grows older.
- Does it protect against the weather
A good shade is an important part of a good pram. And because airflow is equally important, try and get one that has webbing at the sides to help the little one feel comfortable. Just ensure that in as much as the pram offers protection from the weather, it should not turn into a humid bubble which is bad for baby. Look for with a combo of both great airflow and weather protection.