From prestige pram models to small, nimble versions that can go anywhere, buying a pram is not dissimilar to buying a car and with a seemingly endless array of styles, colours, brands and price tags, it’s almost impossible to know which one to choose without understanding your requirements. At Joolz, we design safe, ergonomic and stylish prams and strollers that are easy-to-fold and manoeuvre to make life with a baby a little bit easier. Here are a few things to consider to help you select the best pram that will work with your family now and even into the future.
Pram or Stroller — Which One is Best?
The terms 'pram' and 'stroller' are often used interchangeably. Traditionally, prams were designed used for younger babies who cannot yet sit unsupported. Strollers were then used for older babies and toddlers who have the ability to sit upright.
Nowadays, modular or convertible prams are hugely popular and often considered the best and most versatile pram option by many parents. These are a combination pram and stroller, featuring interchanging basinets and toddlers seats with different positioning options, from fully- to semi-reclined and upright positions. These pram/stroller combinations allow parents to utilise one contraption from birth up until the child no longer requires it, and can often adapt to suit multiple children as a family expands.
Understanding the Different Types of Prams and Strollers
There are literally thousands of different prams and strollers available in the market, from luxurious designer models with all the bells and whistles to budget options with basic features.
- Some are designed purely for newborns and babies under 6 months, these feature a basinet or carriage with mattress for a baby to lie flat.
- Many prams include a separate carrier for young babies which can be removed once they’ve grown and replaced with a toddler seat.
- There are prams for twins and other double or triple prams/stroller for multiple children, featuring a baby/toddler option and can even be fitted with a foot board.
- Three-wheel strollers and jogging prams are popular for active families.
- Umbrella strollers are lightweight and can be easily folded and carried.
- Super lightweight, compact prams that can fold-up tiny are ideal for use when travelling.
Think About How You Will Use It
While it is great to get recommendations from friends and family, it’s important to consider your lifestyle to find the best pram that suit your needs. Ask yourself how and where you will use the pram most. Walking to the local shops, navigating narrow city footpaths, jogging with baby in tow? Also consider if you drive to most places or if you frequently use public transport as you will likely need a lightweight, easy to fold option over a larger, bulkier model. If you walk to many places and use your pram for shopping, make sure you choose one with lots of storage. If you live somewhere rough terrain, then a four-wheel pram with spring suspension and large wheels will ensure a smoother ride. The best pram for you will be one that functions perfectly for your individual needs.
Do You Want a Pram That Can Adapt to Fit More Children?
If you are planning two, three or even more kids, you’ll likely be pushing a pram for many years. In this case, it pays to invest in a pram that can adapt to fit more babies as they come along. There is an infinite amount of prams and strollers that suit multiple children, including double side by side strollers and inline double prams. The best pram to cater for your family into the future is a convertible pram – here you can attach a second stroller seat, infant car seat or in certain instances even a second bassinet so that it is suitable for two newborns. You can also easily convert it back to a single pram if one of your duo outgrows the stroller, or attach a foot board for when your big kid decides they are too tired to continue walking.
What’s Your Budget?
Pram prices range from super cheap to astronomically expensive, so it’s important to decide on your budget before you start looking, and try to stick to it. Remember, prams often need accessories such as a sun or rain cover, foot muff or cup holder which are all an additional expense that should be factored into your budget. Like anything, when it comes to prams and strollers you often get what you pay for, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the best pram for you is the most expensive.
For the Best Range of Stylish and Practical Prams, Choose Joolz
We create premium prams and accessories that fit perfectly around your baby, and your family’s, needs, using sustainably sourced materials that are made to last. We also offer a lifetime warranty for your peace of mind. If you want the best pram for your new bub, shop the Joolz range today.