16-Oct-2014 Leave a comment
i didn’t know that searching for a pram or a stroller would take lots of serious consideration. initially, i thought that as long as you like a certain design then it would be enough. now, just like buying a major appliance, furniture or a car…you would need to make a lot of research to be able to find the one that suits your budget, lifestyle and most important – baby’s safety.
my husband and i started canvassing and buying the things we need for the baby. not that we are doing a major shopping splurge though. every month, we target to buy something major so we do it in a ‘slowly but surely’ way. it’s hard walking around the shops when tummy grows very big so we do it now while i’m still capable. as you may know, it’s not a joke buying a brand new baby item. having a baby is sort of making an investment too, making sure that our purchase will be for a long-term and can be use by the next child. in the philippines, oldies usually advise that parents must start buying on the onset of 7th month.
but since i’m far from home and i don’t believe in old wives tale anyway, we started doing it on the 5th month. i don’t know if that’s too early but see, i’m already halfway through the pregnancy! my mantra is always look at the glass half full rather than half empty. haha! besides, i am not the superstitious type of person. i just pray that everything goes smoothly during the pregnancy so i don’t entertain negative thoughts. the physical aspects of being pregnant are stressful enough and i don’t want to make it hard for myself thinking, “what if something happens?”. as advised by my midwife, all i need to do is to relax and eat healthy and she’ll take care of the rest. ;-)
going back to prams, i’ve been in a constant search to find “the one”. there’s soooo many to choose from and i’m getting more confused as i see more designs when i check the online stores. the thing is, the type of pram that i want doesn’t coincide to the budget i want to release! lols! i didn’t know that prams could range from $500-$1000 so as an alternative, i also look in trademe, an online buy and sell website here in nz. this is where we got our crib by the way, but save that for another post.
prams or strollers are in different shapes, sizes and functionality depending on the person’s lifestyle. it could be a 3-wheeler or a 4-wheeler, it could be single or double purpose especially if you have twins or 2 kids on it. it could have plastic wheels or a rubber, fit for a smooth surface or on a terrain and there are jogger types of prams which can be use by mom’s post birth to get back in shape.
if you ask me about my dream pram, this is what i want – a bassinet pram.
i’m dreaming i’m walking at the park with this, back to my pre-baby weight (college weight to be more aggressive – hehe asa!) wearing my wide-brim hat with sunglasses, pushing the pram and smiling to my baby. i’m no longer working in IT and i just spend my daily life walking at the park, getting sunshine blah blah blah…
hello! but in reality, this pram will cost us as much as a $1000 bucks and would just accumulate dust once baby starts to walk…a total waste of money. also, the bassinet pram will only be good for 0-3 mos and after that, baby is very curious to look around and would rather face front instead of looking at me. as baby grows older, he will start fidgeting and this pram is not practical at all. :(
so i have to reconsider and think of another option. eventually, these are some tips i read online when considering buying a pram.
– make sure it meets the safety standard
– check it has foot breaks and harness to strap the baby
– make sure there are no loose parts, sharp objects or protruding parts that may harm or choke the baby
– locking mechanism for the baby
– stability. make sure it doesn’t tip easily
– consider functionality and lifestyle. prams should be reclined flat for baby’s under 3 mos. after that, should be changeable to a semi-reclining position as baby gets older
– a foot rest so child can avoid injury when trying to touch the ground
– consider cover up for the baby like a large canopy, a rain cover and a foot cover for small ones
– storage underneath to store baby items or any shopping items
– make sure it’s compact, easy to fold and will fit the trunk of the car
having said that and add my own requirements (a 3-wheeler, 2-way facing pram that i can use in rapaki track) and the “budget”, i wish and pray that the pram angels will guide me to find the perfect one. some friends told me that they don’t like bringing prams/strollers since they’re bulky and would rather baby-wear. i’ll surely baby-wear too but here in nz, prams will be very useful especially when going to parks and mountain trails. we are an active family after all. :)