With 33% of Australian parents admitting that they envy someone with a better pram (Canstar Blue survey, 2016) it’s safe to say that the term ‘pram envy’ has earned its place in pop-language. Dads, before you knowingly nod your head, the research shows that you are some the biggest culprits.
Buying the right pram the first time around will make those first few months with your baby much easier, and it avoids the common occurrence of parents re-buying a pram (or two) months later when they realise the first pram didn’t suit their needs.
Here’s a helpful guide of 5 ways to avoid pram envy.
1. Know your must haves
Create a list of all the items and features your pram ‘must have’ to suit your family’s lifestyle and needs. Do you need a bassinet or second seat? Should your pram have a big basket? What is your budget? Is value for money your biggest concern? Does it need to be lightweight? Easy-to-manoeuvre? Can’t fathom being without a buggyboard for your toddler whose legs tire so easily? These are all things to note on your ‘must have’ list, so you can compare these features between prams.
Use this printable checklist to help decide which pram features are most important to you.
2. Think ahead
Consider the future, and whether you’d like to have a modular pram, such as the JIVE, that can easily convert to a double (JIVE Tandem) if your family grows quickly. Maybe adaptability is less important to you than having a product that is very lightweight, compact and agile like the METRO? No matter what your plans are, consider how your pram will support your family dynamics into the future.
3. Read up
Read it ALL! We’re talking blogs, social media, customer reviews, product reviews and anything else you can get your hands on. Seek advice from other parents, whether through a forum, or stopping someone on the footpath to ask about their pram! The best decision is an informed decision, and the more you read and understand, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right choice for you and your family, and the less likely you’ll be to fall victim to pram envy.
4. Build a wish list
Start to develop a shortlist of prams you think may suit your needs. Use a checkbox system for your ‘must have’ features, and ensure the prams on your shortlist tick off all the boxes. You can then visit a baby show or a Redsbaby Demo Day to see, learn about and test your shortlisted prams in person.
5. Own your decision
Once your mind is made up, own it! Be confident in your decision, and know that you’ve done the research and made an informed decision. Remember, the best way to avoid pram envy, is to be confident that the pram you picked is the right one for your family.
Choosing a pram that fits your family’s lifestyle and needs, will make those first few months easier when getting out and about. Having a pram suitable for a newborn to keep baby asleep from car to grocery store and home again, or having a double pram that fits your two children comfortably, will help ease your daily travels. Take the time to pick the perfect pram for you and your family, and be ready for wherever life takes you!