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Buying a pram?

There is a lot of choice in the pram department.  Here are the top 10 things to look for when buying a pram.

  1. Big basket – Benefit: you can be out for extended periods of time going shopping or just in the park without having to carry anything. 
  2. 1 piece pram solution is possible from birth up – Benefit: You don’t need extra money or car boot space for a pram and bassinet.
  3. Easy close – Benefit simple, one handed closing is best; and a saviour when you have baby in one hand.
  4. Good suspension – Benefit: comfortable, stable ride for baby.
  5. Lightweight – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of the car, up stairs etc…
  6. Adjustable/extendible handle (for height) – Benefit: no one is hunched over while out for a walk – comfort.
  7. 3 point turning – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of tight spaces
  8. Accessories pack – Benefit: easy to fit to the pram rain/sun canopies, coffee holder are just useful.
  9. Ability to add second child at a later date (optional) – this one is really up to you!
  10. Reversible handles/bassinet/seat (optional) – Benefit: you can look at baby directly while you are out walking.

PS. Don’t forget to make sure it complies with all safety standards and fits in your car.

Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

The Baby & Toddler Show Review

Had a great day at the Baby & Toddler Show today.  In addition to my rock star park outside the entrance, I also found some great new products, services and gear that I wanted to share.

Ecoriginals Eco Disposable Nappies

So, I have bought a box to road test these disposable diaper's containing no chemicals and Australian owned.   There is wood pulp in the nappy that hold the 'deposits' so they do not have the same chemical composition of regular nappies.  I have a couple of samples that I will put on bubs tomorrow and see how it goes.  They also sell bin liners which are 100% compostable.

What I like about them

  • No chemicals!!!!  
  • soft and easy of the touch
  • seem to hold a lot of liquid
  • Australian owned
  • Largely biodegradable - except for the elastic around the legs and the velcro strap
  • buy them online and have them delivered

And price wise they are the same cost per nappy as your regular supermarket brands.  

Once I've tried them I will follow up with a facebook post.

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Bumboodle BioDiaper

One to watch - a new company launching a chemical free eco friendly disposable.  No samples yet for this one but can't wait to see them launch!

Bundle

I love this concept - a bag to take to the hospital with everything you need for your newborn. The clothes are beautiful - organic cotton, first time parents especially don't need to stress about what to take to the hospital.  

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bobux shoes

Great shoes for all feet - very soft leather.  Designs are varied - there is literally something for everyone.  Non-toxic treatment of leather;  the design of the shoe alters depening on the stage the baby is at; and they are extra wide at the toes so there is no pressure on growing little feet!

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Prams

Two prams caught my eye.  Well one is technically a stroller for older kids.

The bumbleride is launching in Australia and is a newborn to 20kg pram. It is an all in one - meaning that you do not need to buy a bassinet for it, it is a one handed, single piece close; 4 great colours; and very light. The outside fabric is recycled PETE - its is water resistant and UV protected. Internal materials are bamboo and polyester (50/50). The hood is large, the basket size is generous, the handles, footrests, backrest are all adjustable;  tires are air filled. 

And it folds easily, into a small frame. Great pram.  And there is a twin version also.  For Australian distribution keep an eye out on their website or call (03) 9588 0999.

The price point is $699, plus extras if you want to add the bassinet (I wouldn't), or the footmuff and liner (I would);  or snack pack, rain cover etc...

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Another new entrant into the market - the armadillo - an addition to the mama's and papa's range. It is coming to Baby Mode in Melbourne.  This is a really a stroller, it is not suitable for newborns.  One handed fold is what got me - and the size of it both folded and unfolded.  It is very roomy for a toddler, and folds into a very neat, small pack.

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Choosing a pram

Choosing a pram is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will need to make. There are a lot out there;  most of them have the same features; and everyone tells you that their pram is either the best or the worst. 

Choosing a pram

Sales people go through the motions of telling you the features, which is their job, but frankly they cannot make the decision for you.   Choosing a pram has to be based on your requirements.  Go in to the shop with your set of key requirements.  (Or give The Nursery Bird a call.)

The below is a check list for choosing a pram.  Things to consider.  It's one of the most common things we get asked to help with.   It's an expensive purchase and when you make a mistake it's a pain.

The first thing to consider, before you go through the exhaustive list of options is - and be honest - your lifestyle.  

  • How much walking, running, trekking or just walking down the high street do you do?  And expect to do? 
  • Do you travel a lot – do you expect to travel with bubs – on plane, in car?
  • Height difference between partners – do you need adjustable handles?
  • Car – what do you have? Car boot size?  Are you planning on changing the car?
  • Have you thought about whether you want a travel system, a pram that will see you from newborn to toddler?
  • Are you in a house that has easy access or will you need to be dragging the pram around in their hands a lot?
  • Do you have enough space – either at home or in the places you frequent for larger sized prams or do you need compact?  What size is their doorway/s?

There is no point buying a proper jogger if you are not a runner.  Be realistic.  You are only going to make life difficult for yourself if you buy the wrong pram.

Secondly, is the functionality of the pram. Make sure that you know all of the attachments that are possible and which ones are important to you. For me I just wanted somewhere to put my coffee.  And I actually used it. A lot. I wasn't fussed about the basket size because we used to go shopping once per week and I had no intention of going for smaller shops. Big mistake. I was at the supermarket almost every day and the smaller basket was a pain the in the... basket. Buying fresh daily turned out to be a lifestyle change I hadn't anticipated.  Live and learn.

My top considerations for the functionality of the pram:

  1. Bassinet vs bassinet and stroller (separate or one unit, including full recline for newborn)
  2. 1 piece or 2 piece fold
  3. Basket size (small, medium, large)
  4. Reversible handles/bassinet/seat
  5. Adjustable/extendable handle (for height)
  6. Accessories (rain covers, sun cover/umbrella, bag/organiser, travel bag/cover, coffee cup holder, bag clips, infant head support, car seat adaptor)

Some basics you should always be aware of:

  1. Standing / Folding size – based on the space available in your car
  2. Good suspension
  3. 3-point turn capability - especially if you have tight spaces to manoeuvre
  4. Sturdy / well balanced
  5. Harness – 5 point
  6. Ability to add second child at a later date
  7. Tires/plastic wheels, foam filled/air filled - this is based on a combination of preference and also lifestyle

Choosing a pram doesn't need to be daunting. Take your time with this decision.  Make sure you a clear in your needs.  

Or just give us a call.