- Calling all parents – what pram did you buy?
Big old Silver Cross one.
We got given it, our 2 kids napped in it morning and afternoon outside, sun or rain, from a few weeks to about 2 (as I recall), and then we sold it for about £80 on fleabay.
But you’ll need a pushchair too – we bought one of those on ebay for about £10 – again big old Silver Cross (1980’s one I think) that was rear facing (so the kids could see us rather than looking forwards). Knackered by the time we finished with it though, so it had to go to the tip.Posted 6 years agotransappMember
I bought a Bugaboo Cameleon. I bought it ‘cos I had no choice, apparantly it’s what all the cool mums use…!Posted 6 years ago
Actually, I think it’s pretty good. It’s light enough for Mrs transapp to deal with, will fit in the car boot (including her oh so practical mum wagon, a soft top TT), fits the car seat on top of the wheels (with supplied adapters – you’ll be amazed how useful this is if you wnat to continue a relativly normal existance) the pram bit works fine as does the pushchair. It’s not brilliant on rough stuff though, although it works ok the beach.
Not cheap though, however quite a lot cheaper than my bikes!Special_ized_JamieMember
We are expecting our first in a few months so started to look around for things. We have been looking at prams this weekend but nothing has realy caught my eye. I want something that I won’t have to change in 1 year either because its no longer suitable of knackered.
Anyone have one they would recommend?Posted 6 years agoscottyjohnMember
We have a stokke explory and it’s great because it sits the little one very high up so can be used as a high chair also ad it’s fully adjustable. But wasn’t great for forest paths or winter so we also bought a Phil and teds which has been great. Pneumatic tyres give mire comfort for the little one and expandable to take two once you need it. Took the P&T on holiday and couldn’t have lived without it there. Out of the two I’d buy the P&T if I had to choose onePosted 6 years agodrifting_jamesMember
Jane. Been using it solidly for 4 years. And it’s got a disc brake! Cable one though…
Can be converted from pram to push chair. The pram bit that comes off also then converts to a car seat. Not cheap mInd. Looking for a second hand one could save you some if you can find one.
And many congratulations. Hope it all goes good.Posted 6 years agomatthewlhomeMember
top tips – check it fits in your car boot.
check you can walk along with it without kicking the wheels all the time. We just got a new stroller and it does my head in as unless i walk with my arms fully outstretched i trip over the back wheels all the time. Mainly a fault of my feet rather than the pushchair, but worth thinking about. Our ‘travel system’ is much wider so doesnt have this problem.
Best bit of advice is to go somewhere and drive them about a bit, but then the massive Kiddicare superstore is near one of my offices. When we got our first pushchair they still had the ‘test track’. Pushing loads of different prams up and down steps, kerbs and over mini rock gardens was really helpful. It showed how unstable a lot of designs are. We discounted the quinny buzz based on that test as it nearly tipped up going down a step.Posted 6 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
We’ve found it’s a bit like bikes, the do-it-all ones don’t really do any one thing particularly well.
A big silver cross one would be ace, cause you will use it loads! We got a big pram with a great bassinet/cot thing and it was amazing. As right place right time says, you do use them a lot.
For travels, get a good foldable that you can pug a car seat into, then move to a mclaren when a bit bigger.
As said above, you will have three, it’s the law.
Can I also recommend a good bike trailer? We have a bog old Croozer 535 and both current kids, and imminently arriving number 3, spent/will spend a heck of a lot of time in it, and good ones are massively flexible. (e.g. attach to bike, wee castor wheel for shopping trips, big jogger wheel for bigger shoves, inc AMAZING on beaches.)
KevPosted 6 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
Just about to sell our Bugaboo Frog and all the trimmings after 7 years of use, so it’s not mandatory to buy multiple prams. Just don’t expect anyone to do everything brilliantly. For my two penneth go for something with bigger wheels, way easier to push on uneven ground or even just up and down kerbs. We bought the optional snow wheels for ours.
Another options for later on is the City Jogger, folds up with one hand, very evry good, we’re hanging onto that one for another couple of months.Posted 6 years agojoemarshallMember
We got a quinny buzz second hand. We live on a bumpy road. It got creaky very quickly, and the frame broke after not too long. I got a replacement frame for fifty quid, pretty much brand new, but it also got creaky quickly, I certainly wouldn’t recommend buying one new.
In the loft now she is one, use a cheap maclaren and a sling for most things.
I wouldn’t bother with off road capability, a sling is way better for any decent walks, and things like round the park you’ll be fine with a normal push chair. Save the money for a bike trailer once they are six months.
Also recommend second hand, even in brand new unused state, the second hand quinny frame and bits was 50 quid compared with almost 200 or so new, ebay has some real bargains.
JoePosted 6 years agoLDMember
Another vote for Jane here. Spent many hours pushing our first round some pretty improbable places (including Glentess Skills area and our second has been round the taster route at Dalbeattie). The three big wheel thing definetly opens up lots of possibilities. Jane was the lightest frame of this type when we bought ours. It’s quite bulky after a brief fold down but gets in the boot of a mini with a couple of minutes taking bits off.Posted 6 years ago
A lie flat car/pram widget is good aswell as it saves worries about curved spines if you keep them in it for a while.
Maxicosi mura 4. bit different, good n stable, quite bulky, and a little heavy when folded. Recommended. With the addition of a maxicosi car seat it should last the boy from birth until he doesn’t need one any more…
The main thing is you don’t see a million Chav mums pushing them round the town centre all day long.Posted 6 years agopedalheadSubscriber
2 children and 4 prams later, if I had to do it all over again I’d just go for a cheapish regular, standard, pram. Too many people fall into the trap of shopping for a pram like it was a car. They really don’t need to be trendy or have “sport” in their name…it’s a bloody pram. It’s likely to get fairly trashed, and they all essentially do the same thing anyway.Posted 6 years agoedhornbySubscriber
it depends on where you live, if you are country based then you need big wheeled jobbie, we live in manchester so got a bugaboo
yes a bugaboo is one of those travel system jobbies and it was pricey but we’ve definitely got our moneys worth – miniEd wasn’t really much of a sleeper but the one thing that got her to sleep was being pushed round in the cot. I have done so many bl00dy laps of heaton park in the freezing cold and p1ssing rain it’s not true 🙂 good job she’s acePosted 6 years ago
2 children and 4 prams later, if I had to do it all over again I’d just go for a cheapish regular, standard, pram. Too many people fall into the trap of shopping for a pram like it was a car. They really don’t need to be trendy or have “sport” in their name…it’s a bloody pram. It’s likely to get fairly trashed, and they all essentially do the same thing anyway.
Having an expensive pram just means you bought an expensive pram, it’s not big, it’s not clever, it’s a pram.
Having had 3 kids, the thing you need most in a pram is that it is light and putuppable with one hand, when you drag kid from car and get pram from car boot, you need to whack it up and get gone.
I laugh every time I see modern parents with their off road prams, struggling through the world like Daleks.Posted 6 years agodavehMember
We’ve got a M&P 03 awaiting the big day. It’s a hand me down from my sister, it’s been going 8 years and has done 3 boys. It’s even withstood enthusiastic uncle off roading ;-). Needed to pump the tyres up, tighten the spokes and give it a quick clean, just like a bike really!Posted 6 years agoweare138Member
Had a Bugaboo Cameleon which the father in law bought. We were very pleased with it, nice and light, turns on a sixpence and fitted into the car. Tot two arrives and we got a Phil and Teds Sport. Bit of a lump but very practical for two. We still use it a bit but both like walking but it’s great for when they are tired. Also just got a stroller. Three prams is the law.Posted 6 years agoMugbooSubscriber
Buy second hand or wait till people donate.
Big wheels for offroad (fixed front is good). Any wheels for Tarmac.
Good prams don’t fold up small so buy a van or get two prams…
Do not waste your money because it’s your first baby and you want to ‘do things right’.
It’s just a pram, it’s just a pram, it’s just a pram…
We also use a cheap Lidl rucksac thats designed for carrying kids, £30 new, free from a mate!
Cheap canvas papoose before that. They aren’t in things long enough to spend a fortune. The only thing we have bought new is the Hamax Kiss bike seat because I would hate to get to my destination and find him missing…
Also, my boy is 8 months old and is truly the best thing that had ever happened to me 🙂Posted 6 years agoRichPennyMember
We just got a simple, lightweight pushchair that went flat so we could use it for her as a newborn. After about 6 weeks she was big and strong enough for the Papoose thing and the pushchair is rarely used now. When she gets heavier it might come back into use for mum. But by then I’ll have the bike trailer 🙂 I should add that we don’t often have a car, which explains why I have no idea what those transformer thingies are actually for 😉
One thing I have to ask though, how exactly are people having a problem with **** kerbs? It’s the same principle as a bike, lift front wheels, then lift rear wheels, no?Posted 6 years ago
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