A pram is one of the big-ticket items you’ll need to buy before baby arrives.

Buying the right pram will see you through multiple kids and plenty of adventures together but getting it wrong can be a costly decision, not only for your wallet but for your patience and your back!

With so many models on the market, it can be a difficult decision to make.

Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Uppa Baby, Joolz, Mountain Buggy, Steelcraft … the list is endless and costs vary from $79 up to $1729!

Are you going to need a double pram if you’re having children close together and charged with managing a toddler and a baby?

To help you find the safest and best model for you and your baby, Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE released its review of prams and strollers in February 2018, lab tested against the latest Australian safety standards AS/NZS 2088:2013.

They also test durability, kerb mounting and ease of use. This includes folding and unfolding the pram, seeing how well they fit into the boot of a family car, testing seat recline, using the harness, loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel.

They are also pushed over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways and aisles.

Choice says key factors to consider are:

  • a seat that fits your child comfortably and safely
  • the right height and weight for you to push and lift
  • all the right safety features, including a five-point harness, breaks and safety strap

Here are some questions to ask yourself when shopping for a pram:

Size

  • Will it fit in you boot when folded, without removing the wheels?
  • Can you lift and carry it comfortably when it is folded?
  • Is it suitable for a newborn (if required)?

Brakes and safety strap

  • Can you apply and release the brakes easily?
  • Does the safety strap wear comfortably?
  • Does it have a footrest to prevent feet touching the ground or wheels?

Reversible handle

  • Can you choose which way your baby faces in the pram?
  • Where are the breaks when they are facing the other way? Ie) on the wheel furthest away? Or at your hand?

How your baby sleep?

  • Would you like the pram to semi-recline or lie flat for sleeping?
  • Does the pram also fit car capsules so you don’t need to wake a small baby?
  • Do you need inflatable wheels for a more comfy ride for long walks or jogs?

What’s best for me?

  • How will this pram fit around shopping aisles? Does it have a big basket for your bags?
  • Can I easily get it on and off public transport?
  • Am I going to be doing a lot of jogging or walking? Inflatable tyres are more comfy for baby and bigger tyres are better over rough ground.
  • Should I consider a special jogger model?

So, what were CHOICESs top six?

1. Bugaboo Buffalo – CHOICE SCORE 91 %

  • $1729 (Prices correct Feb’18)
  • 15.2kg stroller weight
  • Passed key safety tests – true
  • Passed durability tests – true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 71%

 

2. Quinny Yezz – CHOICE SCORE 91 %

  • $399
  • 5.5kg stroller weight.
  • Passed key safety tests – true
  • Passed durability tests – true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 70%

 

3. Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle – CHOICE SCORE 91 %      

  • $799
  • 12.9kg stroller weight
  • Passed key safety tests – true
  • Passed durability tests – true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 70%

 

4. Dymples Royal 4 Wheel  – CHOICE SCORE 91 %

  • $99
  • 7.9kg stroller weight.
  • Passed key safety tests – true
  • Passed durability tests – true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 69%

 

5. Steelcraft Agile Elite  –  CHOICE SCORE 91 %

  • $399
  • 10kg stroller weight.
  • Passed key safety tests – true
  • Passed durability tests – true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 71%

 

6. Bugaboo Cameleon 3 – CHOICE SCORE 90 %

  • $1619
  • 12.1kg stroller weight.
  • Passed key safety tests true
  • Passed durability tests true
  • Performance score 100%
  • Ease of use score 65%

For more visit – https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/baby-transport/strollers-and-tricycles/review-and-compare/prams-and-strollers