How to Pick your Perfect Pram

Picking the right pram is one of the first big decisions most expecting parents will make. This guide will help you sort through the pram options, giving you tips and things to think about so you can find the one that fits your lifestyle and vibe. From safety features to how easy it is to fold, plus style and convenience, we’ll cover it all. Get set to roll into parenthood feeling sure about your pram pick!

What features should you look for when buying a pram?

When you're researching the best pram for you, there are a few features you'll want to consider to ensure you're getting the right stroller for your little one’s needs.

  • First, think about the age and size of your Bub. If you have a newborn, you'll want to look for a pram that can be used with a car seat, so you can easily move your little one from car to stroller without waking them up. If you have an older child, you'll want to look for a pram with a reclining seat that can accommodate their size.

  • Next, think about your lifestyle and where you'll be using the pram. If you're an active parent who likes to run or jog, you might like to consider an all-terrain pram with larger wheels and a sturdy frame. If you're an urbanite who's always on the go, you'll want to look for a more compact pram that's easy to fold and store in small spaces.

  • You should consider the stroller's weight and basket capacity. How much storage do you need to carry the baby's essentials and your own things while you're out? And if you have to carry the stroller around or go up and down stairs, you'll want to pay attention to the weight. You should also think about where and how you will store it at home.

  • Consider also the size of the pram and the ease of folding it. If you have limited storage space, you might want to look for a pram that can be easily folded and stored away. Also, think about the adjustable features, such as adjustable handlebar, adjustable reclining seats, and adjustable footrests; these features will be helpful to make sure the stroller is comfortable for you and your baby.

  • Lastly, think about your budget and the price range you're willing to spend. Prams can vary greatly in price, so it's important to know what you're looking for and what you're willing to spend. You will likely be using it everyday, so value over time should be factored in.

 Ultimately, the best pram for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences, but by considering these features, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect one for you and your little one!

What types of Prams are there to choose from?

A Pram, also known as a stroller or buggy, is an essential piece of kit to prepare for your little one entering the world. They are a safe and comfortable way to transport your Bub when you are out and about, and they can be a lifesaver if you need to get around with your little rascals while doing chores. However, with so many different types of prams on the market, it can take time to select the best one for your needs. We have described the different types of prams available and called out a few of our faves to help you choose the best one for your baby.

1. Compact / Urban Prams

The Compact or Urban prams are an excellent option for everyday use around the city. They are lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, making them perfect for daily outings to the shops, park or just a stroll around the neighbourhood. They come in various styles and designs, including features like adjustable handlebars, reclining seats, and storage compartments. Compact prams will often come without a bassinet so they’re easier to fold and store. If you're looking for a pram that's easy to use, versatile, and great for everyday activities, an Urban pram might be the perfect option for you!

BV Top Picks include: Bugaboo Dragonfly, Joolz Hub, Uppbaby Cruz, Edwards & Co Oscar M2, Cybex Priam

Bugaboo Dragonfly Pram Complete
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2. Single Prams with Bassinet

Single Prams with Bassinet are one of the most popular single pram options as they allow your baby to sleep while you are on the go whether that be running errands, getting your morning coffee or a full day out together. Single Bassinet prams have fantastic features such as a flat surface to ensure your little darling gets sleep, a dedicated canopy and protective sides making them irresistible to new parents. They are also stylish and come in a range of different colours, shapes, sizes and brands so that you can find the perfect addition to your lifestyle.

Some of our favourite Prams with Bassinets are the Bugaboo Fox Cub, Joolz Geo 3, Stokke Xplory, Edwards & Co Olive 

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3. All-Terrain Prams

All-terrain prams are great choice for parents who love to explore the great outdoors. Due to typically larger wheels and a more robust frame or chassis, these prams are built to handle rough and uneven surfaces such as gravel roads, forest trails, and even sandy beaches. The chassis and wheels will have in-built suspension that provides a smooth and comfortable ride for both parent and baby. So, if you're an active parent who likes hitting the city streets during the week and getting off-road on the weekend, an all-terrain pram is perfect for you and your little one to enjoy your adventures together.

Our favourite all-wheel drives are the Bugaboo Fox 5 (mix n match option), Cybex ePriam, Thule Urban Glide 2, Mamas & Papas Ocarro

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4. Travel Prams

Perfect for parents on-the-go, whether you love to travel or just want a convenient and easy-to-use stroller, then a travel pram is definitely worth adding to your list! These strollers are lightweight, compact and easy to fold, making them perfect for plane or car trips. With a travel pram, you don't have to worry about trying to fit a bulky stroller into the back of your car or checking it as baggage on a plane. The most common limitation of travel prams is the inability to use from birth as often the seat cannot recline fully flat; however with the addition of a bassinet or capsule, you can transform these nifty prams to be newborn-ready.

If you're looking for a stroller that's easy to travel with, our top pick is the Babyzen Yoyo. Incredibly lightweight and compact, it’s perfect for plane and car trips alike. Some other great options include: Bugaboo Butterfly, Cybex Coya, Joolz Aer Plus, & Baby Jogger City Tour 2 (and Double option).

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5. Prams for Two (Double)

A pram for two is also known as a tandem pram or inline double and is an excellent option for parents with multiple Bubs of the same or different ages. These strollers are designed to accommodate two babies, twins or siblings of different ages. With a double pram, you'll be able to take both of your little ones with you on all your adventures without having to worry about hauling around multiple strollers. Often this style of pram will start as a single, and with the addition of a second seat, can easily be adapted to accommodate two passengers.

One of our best sellers is Bugaboo Donkey 5 Duo Pram, it is an excellent option for families with multiple children. It can be converted from a single (mono) to a double (duo or twin) pram in just a few clicks, making it perfect for growing families. Similarly, the Uppababy Vista V2 is what’s known as an inline double, meaning the width of the pram doesn’t change with the addition of the second seat. It can also be purchased as single and modulated to become a double or twin pram.

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See our entire range of Double Prams to look through all of our great options for your growing family.

6. Running & Jogging Prams

Running and jogging prams or strollers, are a great way to stay active while also being able to take your little one with you. They are designed with larger wheels and a sturdy frame to handle the bumps and uneven terrain that you might encounter while running or jogging. These strollers also typically have a locking front wheel and a wrist strap for added safety. Many also come with a hand brake for more control when going downhill. Overall, a running or jogging pram can be a great way to combine fitness and family time! It’s recommended not to run with your baby until they are approximately 9-months old and have good head and neck control.

Our suggestions for active parents who love to go off-road include: Thule Glide 2, Cybex Avi, Uppababy Ridge and Bumbleride Speed

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If you want to read more of our top prams for 2023 please read our Top 30 Prams & Strollers for 2023 Blog, or if you’d like some further assistance, we invite you to book a personalised consultation with one of our expert team.

With love, BVx

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Written by: Jess Pongrass
As the Face of Baby Village Jess is passionate about bringing the best options to parents & bubs to make life easy, fun & safe! Jess’s mantra as a Mum is try everything and see what sticks!