Are you a happy expecting parent, excited about taking your baby on walks? Are you wondering what the best way to do this is or where you can find out? Or are you just curious about what the particular difference between a pram and a stroller is? Well, then let me help! Here is everything you need to know about prams and strollers!
First Things First: What are a Pram and Stroller?
We’ve all seen babies and small children being rolled around in some form of a four-wheeled basket. For the average person, the words pram and stroller are synonymous. They’re basically the same thing, right? Well, no. Although they’re both used for transporting your child around, they do have a few differences. The main one being that a pram has a bassinet or flat sleeping surface, while a stroller has more of an upright seat. Your tiny tot can lie down in a pram and can sit in a stroller when being wheeled around.
Do I Need a Pram or Stroller or Both?
Now that we’ve cleared that up, if you’re already set on which one you want, you might be asking where can I get one? For starters, you can find prams, strollers, and everything else you need for your child both in-person and online. Picking out a favorite shop or website that makes it easy to find different products for your baby is a good place to start. There’s such an abundance of choice, that as a new parent, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry though! Trust your parental instincts and know that your baby will be just as happy with whatever you choose!
Whatever option you decide to go with, it’s important to know why having either is a good start. Besides the obvious benefit for you of not having to carry your child around all the time, they’re also good for the baby. Your child needs some exposure to the outside world, and either option is a comfortable and safe way to do that.
Thanks to the 21st century the differences between prams and strollers can be minimized. Most modern strollers or prams have adjustments built in to allow your baby to lie flat or to sit upright. These types of baby vehicles may have it all but are more expensive. If you’re still unsure and you’re dead set on getting a pram or a stroller, get ready to do some research. Here’s all you need to know about the pros and cons of prams and strollers to make sure you’ve got your baby’s needs covered.
The Pram: Pros and Cons
Prams are more suitable for newborns and younger toddlers who haven’t quite learned how to sit up yet. If you’re interested in aesthetics, a pram might be the better option for you, as there are many different vintage and retro designs. The design of prams enables your child to face you or away from you with ease. Why is this important? Studies have shown that having your baby face you can help with the baby’s development and bond with the parent. Single-function pram disadvantages are being generally heavier and bulkier to transport than strollers. They are more suitable for durability and less for short distances like going to the park. Unfortunately, unless you have a combined stroller-pram, your newborn will grow out of wanting to lie down all the time fairly early on. So, keep in mind that you’ll have to find another way of getting them around as they get older.
The Stroller: Pros and Cons
Since strollers offer the child a seated experience, they are more suitable for older toddlers. Infants who have already learned how to walk will prefer the stroller as well. Strollers are sturdier than prams, so your baby feels more comfortable and secure. The adjustability of most modern strollers makes it easy to pack and transport for the everyday parent on the go. Plus, there are so many different accessories and gadgets for both you and the baby that you can add.
Unfortunately, because of all the bells and whistles, strollers tend to be more complicated. It is no easy feat extracting your screaming child from all those belts and buckles. Moreover, many strollers give your child only one option when it comes to facing you or away from you unless you are willing to pay more. So it’s important to keep that in mind when looking to get one, as well.
Hopefully, I’ve answered all your biggest questions and helped you get started on equipping your baby with the best wheels for your needs. With so many options, it’s hard not to get excited! Whatever your style, color, gadget, or price preference is, make sure you’re making the most informed choice and you can’t go wrong!