Becoming a parent is an exciting time and parenting is extremely rewarding. One of the most important purchases that you could make as a parent to a baby or toddler is your baby travel system, so your pram, pushchair or stroller. This is an important purchase as it is how you will transport your baby around.
Get this investment correct and it could last you for many years to come. It should always tie in with your life and be convenient for you.
Understanding the differences between the various travel systems can be daunting. The Lejoux Stroller is here to explain the difference between pram and stroller, so keep reading this blog post to learn more about these different products.
Introduction to Prams
Prams are usually made for newborn babies, up until around 6 months old. Prams are designed for babies to lay flat as they cannot have an upright seat yet as they are too young to be unsupported. Generally, prams also cannot be folded flat.
A pram is only meant to last so long. As soon as your baby becomes more independent and can lift their head, it is time to move on to a stroller. Prams can often come with a carrycot, also designed for newborns and some are suitable to use as a car seat too.
Introduction to Strollers
Strollers are a much lighter travel system. They are ideal for slightly older babies of about 6 months to around 3 or 4 years of age. This means that they are an investment that will last year for the next few years to come.
Strollers can always be collapsed into a compact version of themselves. Their lightweight nature means they are also your perfect travel companion. They are extremely versatile pieces of kit and usually have smaller wheels. The child or baby sits facing outwards and away from the parent when in a stroller.
What Do I Need to Consider When Buying a Stroller or Pram?
Before you make your purchase into your new pram stroller or pram, take a minute to think about what you need in your travel chair for your little one.
Think about the features that you need that are non-negotiable to you and your family.
Being travel friendly could be something that you need your stroller or pram to be. Think about whether you will be moving around on public transport, in the car, or travelling overseas.
You may need a collapsible feature, enabling you to pack your stroller neatly away for compact storage and easy travel.
When researching your next travel system purchase, consider if you will be able to fold away your stroller with one hand. You are likely to have your hands full when trying to load your little one and a stroller into a car or onto a train or bus.
The foldable and travel-friendly nature of your stroller ties into how lightweight it should be. You want your stroller or pram to be sturdy and durable of course but think about how light it should be and the practicalities that will follow this as you lift it to load it onto public transport, up and down stairs or when storing it in your home.
Safety and Comfort
Above all, your infant's travel system has got to support them as you get around. This means that they need to ride in comfort to have an enjoyable and pleasant experience for them and you as the parent. Happy babies equal peaceful and stress-free travels, wherever you may be going.
Your child is likely to spend some time in their pram or stroller. The comfort along with safety is top of your list for keeping them seated, content and relaxed.
Remember to factor in the comfort levels for you as the pusher as well. Things like your height can be a factor for how things feel to push. Consider how your stroller will feel for you as your little one continues to grow and get heavier.
Storage is another big practical factor. Pushing a pram or stroller means you have not got the spare hands that you used to have for carrying shopping or other items that you might need during your day.
Getting a stroller with enough storage space is something that many parents favour as it is extremely useful and convenient.
Check for accessories that are included in your stroller or pram, what is included, and is there room for more accessories to be added on? This is something that should be considered before buying so if you come to need additional storage, bag clips, bags, umbrellas or other accessories, you know you can get hold of them.
Your Buying Checklist
Now that you have considered some of the previous points. Here are some of the practical features that you can tick off when you invest in your next baby pram or stroller.
- Safety harness for your stroller - a five-point harness is ideal, one that sits over the shoulders and through the legs, keeping your child seated securely at all times.
Sun protection - this should be in the form of a canopy. UV filters are advised to protect little ones from the sun's harmful rays.
- Breaks - easy-to-use brakes are a must and are also a must-have safety feature.
- Solid wheels and base frame so that your stroller is well balanced.
- Soft and comfortable interior.
- Consider your height and the height of your stroller. Will it be comfortable for you to push for long distances and lengths of time without getting back pain?
- Can you manoeuvre it easily and efficiently to any location or place? Is it lightweight, sturdy and durable?
Lejoux Strollers Can Help
If you are in the market for a new stroller system for your 6-month-old or toddler, The Lejoux Stroller can help you. Our strollers have all the important features and benefits that you could ever need to help you on your day-to-day outings with your little one.
Our strollers from Lejoux Strollers have a compact foldable design, they are lightweight yet sturdy and they are extremely stylish too - all at an affordable price!
Browse our popular range of strollers available on our website now, to see how versatile our strollers can be for you. You can contact us directly if you have any questions or need any advice from us.