When I was camping last week, my friend asked me, “What has been the best piece of baby equipment you’ve appreciated, so far?” Without hesitation, I motioned over my shoulder, and pointed to the pram that was parked under a tree.
It’s kind of a funny thing to feel is useful – utilitarian. At first glance, it seems so uni-functional. Let me tell you, it is so much more.
So, I know that I’m in the minority, here in the US, being a pram lover. And I know that I am fortunate, that I was given other – seemingly more utilitarian pieces of baby equipment, like my baby jogger. So, when my family was asking me what baby accouterments I needed for the little peanut, I was able to choose this off-the-beaten-path carriage for us. But let me tell you – I think that it’s useful for everyone! Well, except anyone with a small car / trunk.
Let’s start with the cons:
-It’s big and bulky. If I didn’t live in a town where I walk everywhere, I don’t know that I would use it as much. And if we didn’t have a station wagon and a pick up truck, I would probably struggle to pack it when I had to drive anywhere. But, as I’m writing this, I think that it’s size is its only flaw.
-Price, that’s the only other flaw I can think of. It wasn’t the cheapest option on the market, but it then again wasn’t the most expensive, either.
-Baby stays protected from the elements. The carriage has its own rain jacket and bug net. It has a hood to protect from the sun when baby is sitting up or laying down. It has a cover that can protect from more sun, wind, or snow.
-Baby can stretch out and sleep. As a massage therapist, I believe that it is important for babies not to be scrunched up all the time, like they are in a carseat, swing, or sling. That being said, I have read that some cultures believe that it isn’t good for babies to be stretched out – so I guess you have to go with you gut and your baby’s preferences on this one.
-Baby can nap outside in the pram, year round. Ok, ok, I know this sounds weird — hear me out. I was a nanny in Denmark. It is a Danish custom to have the babies sleep outside for their naps, as soon as they are big enough and on a regular sleep schedule. I’ll have to write a whole post on this at some other point, but for now the guidelines are that as long as the baby is over 8 lb and the temperature 14 degrees F or warmer, baby (dressed appropriately, of course!) will be perfectly happy sleeping outside. Also, refer back to the first pro, baby is protected from the elements.
In my small house, having baby nap outside is quite a spacial relief!
-The carry cot portion of the pram can be removed and used as a portable bed. Since Baby-love sleeps in this for most naps, it is already quite familiar to him. We use it as a portable crib when we visit friends or when we go camping.
-When Baby-love is sitting up in the pram, he is as high or higher than other kids playing around him. Although he is too young to run and play with them, he is content, being aware of all the fun and excitement going on around him.
-The storage space is unbelievable! I can fit a load of laundry in the basket underneath and take it to my office or fill it with all the produce I’ll need for the week at the farmer’s market. I can leave the house with everything that I’ll need for myself and the babe and not look back or feel weighted down.
-Got 2 kids? There’s always room for one more! Ok, that is a bit of an overstatement, but I have plunked my friends kids in the carriage with Baby-love, when we’ve run errands around town. It’s snug and cozy, but it works wonderfully!
Works well for grandparents and
carrying skis to the bus stop.