A Guest article on behalf of Tesco.
These days, there are numerous different models of baby strollers/pushchairs/prams available, which can make choosing the right one quite tricky. First time parents can find this a particularly daunting task. There are several factors that you need to keep in mind during the selection process. Here is a guide to get you started.
THE TYPES OF BABY STROLLERS/PRAMS
There are three main types to choose from, namely three in one pram systems, two in one pram systems and strollers/pushchairs. The first option features a stroller, a carrycot and a car seat, with modern combinations involving a removable pushchair seat. Two in one systems are suitable for very young children and feature a compact design, while strollers/pushchairs are smaller and lighter, making them more easily maneuverable.
CONSIDER YOUR ENVIRONMENT
When choosing the model of stroller or pram, it is important to think about where you will be mainly using it. If the area features smooth, paved surfaces, then two in one systems are ideal. However, if you are in a rural area with no paved areas or areas of broken paving, opting for a three in one system might be the best option; especially if you have a very young child. This will allow you to remove the carrycot from the system and carry your child as and when you need to. The age of your child is also an important consideration, as you will want to make sure that they are the right size for the model you choose and will be able to sit or lay comfortably at all times.
It can be tempting to opt for a top of the range model that offers plenty of room to store everything you need for your baby as well as your shopping and anything else you need. However, larger models can be bulky and difficult to maneuver, which is an important consideration if you plan on using public transportation or shopping in crowded places. Many small models still come complete with special clips that you can attach bags to, while they may also have the advantages of being light and able to fit in tight spaces.
VALUE FOR MONEY
This cost of various models varies widely and the best model is not necessarily the most expensive. Make a budget first so that you know exactly how much money you have to spend and prioritise the things that the model should have to help making choosing simpler. Also take the time to shop around and compare prices between models and in different retail outlets, so that you get the best deal possible. Take advantage of sales and special discounts to help you get more for your money.