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Expecting the first baby and already LOST in the world of decision making.
I've found many sites mention that proper Prams are the most suitable ones for newborns compared to stroller/3wheelers/joggers with reclining options. Then I see many 3-wheel / stroller advertise for newborn - 20 kgs. My plan is to go for a 3 wheel stroller from the beginning.
Is it OK? What are your advise? What are the stuffs that I should look for to make sure that it is suitable for newborn to up?
It needs to fully recline for a new born- many do.
If you are able, go to a reputable baby store and ask them lots of questions/ get them to give you loads of info- they have heard it all before so nothing you ask will seem silly to them.
You could always consider a 3 wheeler with an interchangable bassinet...
FWIW- I bought a 3 wheeler Valco that does from birth
In the end there ARE too many choices out there, whatever you buy WILL be fine. Good luck
Choice magazine did a report recently that had the Mountain Buggy as the best/safest 3 wheeler. To cater for newborns they have a carry cot attachment so that baby is lying in a little bed - it is fantastic for new borns. The carry cots regularly come up on e-bay so you can get one quite cheaply and then you have the best of both worlds for your precious bundle. check out www.mountainbuggy.com.au
Another option is the Phil and Teds E3 pram which has a seat that reclines completely flat to hold baby. check out www.philandteds.com
I bought a 3 wheeler that reclines completely. We cut some hols through a sheepskin cover and threaded the straps through, and we have a comfy little bed perfect for the newborn. It was a Steelcraft number.
It then lasted well until my boy decided he no longer wanted a pram.
I found the 3 wheeler easier to manoueuvre than some of the more traditional models that friends have had.
Really a personal preference issue - try them out at the shops!
I have a 3-wheeler for my son and it is the easiest thing to move around...
We also purchased a cocoon that sits in the pram, for when he was a newborn...
We got the Valco Rebel..
Just a tip, make sure you can fit the pram easily in your boot.. Love my pram but it is a pain to get in and out of the car..
a family freind of my partners parents sells baby products to the baby shops and she advised me not to get a three wheeler pram as it is unstable.. maybe not for a newborn coz they dont move much but when they are older if they lean to far to one side it may tip because it isnt even.. i dont know how true it is but i didnt want to put that risk on my baby so went for the traditional 4 wheeler... just some advice to help your decision... hope it helps,...
i have a 2 wheeler jeep and is a really great pram... ive had it since my daughter was born
I have had heaps of prams including the Mountain Buggy with the carry cot and it really was lovely to push. Also, the carrycot meant you could look at the bub and they were facing you.
Just be really careful about those 3wheelers (apart from the Phil and Teds) that take a toddler seat, the amount of times I have seen one of them tip over as the toddler reached out to grab something :mad: I can't believe that they even meet Aus standards, they really are so dangerous.
Also, check out the wheel base, if you have never pushed a pram at the shops before, you would have no idea that some of them actually don't fit through a checkout, which is a major pain.
Good luck with your decision.
We bought a Valco 3 wheeler, which we love and used from when our daughter was a newborn. But now with 2 babies under 2, we have had to buy a new 'twin' pram. The Valco toddler seat is really unstable and our eldest (18mths) is too small to sit there all the time as she can't sleep in the seat. Also she was reaching back and 'patting' the baby all the time.
Friends suggested a Phil & Teds, but we didn't like the idea of one baby on top of the other.
We opted for a twin side-by-side 3 wheeler pram (Steelcraft), and gave our valco to my sister in law. I picked the new pram by asking other Mums what they thought of their prams while out and about. A lovely lady with twins told me about the steelcraft pram.
**Keep an eye on the specials on baby websites, they quite often have 10-15% off sales which can be quite a lot on a pram...
I had a 3 wheeler jogger pram and i loved it except for the fact that the front wheel didnt swivel, i advice you to get one that does as it makes things a little harder when the front wheel does go were you want it too.
We have the Beema Q by Swallow and bought the attachable bassinette thing that goes with it so we could use it from birth up. I have used it almost everyday for the last 15 months and it still looks brand new (very durable). The only down side I have found is its very bulky and you need a big boot to fit it into the car. I use it for taking my long walks every day and its fab!
Good luck in deciding on your pram :)
I have bought a Mountain Buggy three-wheeler from a mum needing to upgrade to a twin. MB say you can use the prams from birth without having to buy the bassinet attachment and this lady did exactly that and had no problems. However she did buy a sheepskin insert which made it softer for a baby. It's a great pram for manouvrability, however like any pram, they can take up a lot of room in the boot, with their big back wheels poking out.
With the bassinette attachments I have heard differing things. Some people with big babies said they were lucky to use it for 4 months before the baby got too big. Others didn't care and loved that you could take it out from the pram and carry it around without waking the baby. Good for restaurants, houses, even at home where one mum I know used the bassinette as the baby's bed for the first month so it could be kept in their room at night.
My sisterinlaw has a Beema Q Swallow and I quite like it too. The difference between it and the MB is that not only is it cheaper, but you can reverse the handle position so you can see the baby front on or when it is older have it facing straight out. The MB can not do this, but does have a plastic panel in the roof so you can see down into the pram.
I have spent 7 years buying prams and have finally found the perfect one! (for me anyway)
After a lot of deciding and thinking and asking it is The Aventure Buggy. Grows with your kid to kids fits aisles has loads of gadgets etce etc.
My advice is always buy quality first up and then you won't need to keep buying when the cheaper ones break. they sell them in Baby Kingdom i heard.
Good luck and have fun trying them out.
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