Finding The Best Pram For Your Family
Finding The Best Pram For Your Family – By Rachel Stewart for Families Magazine – Gold Coast
As a bit of a pram expert I’m often asked “What is the best pram?”
Of course there is no one answer to that question. The best pram for you might not be the best pram for someone else. There’s so much to consider when choosing a pram. First think about how and where you’ll be using your pram.
Do you need a light, compact, and easy to fold pram for taking in and out of the car boot?
Are you going to be walking a lot, so you need a sturdy pram with big wheels?
Will you need a double pram, or the option of a second seat later on?
What other pram features are important to you?
Before you choose your pram, it’s a good idea to give some thought to the features which are essential to you. Some features to consider are:
- Travel system
- Parent facing
- Adjustable handle bar
- Big basket
- Broad hood for sun and weather protection
What is the Best Pram for Your Family?
I’ve reviewed a lot of prams. Here’s my thoughts on a few different prams on the market right now.
Best Compact Pram – Mountain Buggy Nano
The Mountain Buggy Nano is a perfect travel pram, because it folds down so compact that it can be taken as carry on luggage on a plane. But it’s also a great pram for everyday use as well. It is super light, just under 6kgs, but it has a solid weight capacity of 20kgs. It’s suitable from birth when used with the Mountain Buggy cocoon or when used as a travel system with the car seat adapters. The wheels, hood and basket are all quite small, so this pram is mostly for indoors and on flat surfaces.
Best Double Pram – Valcobaby Snap Duo Ultra
The best feature on the Valcobaby Snap Duo is the seats can be switched from forward to parent facing independently – meaning one child can be facing the world and the other facing you. The seats fully recline so they are suitable for newborns with no extra attachments and carry up to 20kgs each. The basket is ENORMOUS, it’ll carry absolutely everything you could possibly need for two children. As you’d expect from a side by side double the pram is quite wide, but it will fit through most standard doorways.
Best Single-to-Double Pram – Phil and Ted Voyager
I absolutely love the seats on the Phil and Ted Voyager, because with just a couple of clicks they convert from an upright seat to a fully flat bassinet. And both seats have a capacity of 20kgs. It’s also travel system compatible for twins, so it’s a very versatile pram. Only drawback is there’s not much basket space when you have the second seat attached.
Best All-Rounder – Baby Jogger City Mini
I have been recommending the Baby Jogger City Mini for years. It is one of my all time favourite prams. The fold mechanism is incredible – it takes literally two seconds to fold. The City Mini also has a whopping weight capacity of 22.5kgs, though the pram is still a super light 7.5kgs. The seat lies back completely flat so is suitable from birth. It has a big basket and a good sized hood. And while it’s a great city pram it can take a bit of off-roading as well. Just be aware the only way to have your baby parent-facing is if you buy the bassinet or travel system separately.
Best Luxury Pram – Silvercross Pioneer
The Silvercross Pioneer is the perfect balance of luxury details and practical design. While the main seat isn’t suitable for newborns it comes with the bassinet included in the package. The fabric inside the bassinet is the softest I’ve felt on any pram. The basket underneath is HUGE so it’s great for shopping, or loading up with lots of baby gear. It has an incredible weight limit of 25kgs with a very roomy seat for a bigger child to sit comfortably. And it’s beautifully finished with chrome details and leatherette stitched handle bar.
Best Cheap Pram – Steelcraft Cruiser
Bit of backstory on the Steelcraft Cruiser; Steelcraft also make the Britax Strider prams. Which becomes very apparent when you look at the Steelcraft Cruiser and the Strider side by side. There are a lot similarities, but for a fraction of the cost. It has big basket, broad hood, adjustable handle, it’s travel system compatible and has good sized wheels for moderate terrain.
It does only have a weight limit of 17kgs and while the product information says it’s suitable from birth the seat doesn’t lie completely flat. So it’s a personal choice about whether you’d use it for a newborn. But for $249 there’s not much to complain about.
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