Pram Shopping, the impossible Venn

Imagine a Venn diagram of two circles for pram features; one circle has lightness, portability, the ability to get it through doors, into cars and public transport. The other circle has stability, useful features and wheels that don’t jam if you happen to drive over a mote of dust. There’s only the tiniest sliver of an overlap between the two circles and it’s made of solid gold and rivers of human tears.

Pram shopping is a nightmare; everything affordable feels like it’s made of matchsticks, balsa wood and held together with squirrel spit, while everything you love costs more than a small car. And this is before you start getting over-helpful shop assistants start talking to you about new safety legislation, travel system options, and extras you couldn’t possibly do without.

My main piece of advice in this area: Try them out. Go into a big shop and look at all the options yourself. Get one of those over-helpful shop assistants to describe and demonstrate as many models as possible to you. Take it for a spin. Try folding it together a few times to see if you can do it one handed, in the dark, while carrying shopping and a wriggling small person. Can you lift the thing into your car or get it onto a bus?

Second piece of advice: Accept help. If people want to help you evaluate the options, lend, give or buy you a pram, let them. Obviously use the above to make sure it’s right for you; a free pram you don’t feel comfortable using is of no use to you. But do accept help. It’s a jungle out there.

Personally, and this isn’t an advertorial, there’s no commission involved or anything, we ended up going for the UppaBaby Cruz. Mainly because it felt sturdy, but collapsed small very easily.

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