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02 February 2011 @ 04:38 pm
Prams....  
I've just picked up my second pram... and still haven't had my first child ;)

I guess I'm curious what thought processes you all went through when picking a pram.

I live in the country (wheatbelt Western Australia) and so needed something that could cope with the fact that every where is gravel, deep curbs and dusty.  I got a mountain buggy from a friend and it's seemingly perfect. Just need to get new tyre tubes for it - something my father in law is oddly excited about doing so I'll leave it up to him.

For the country pram I needed robust, strong, tall (my husband and his family are all very tall) and it really didn't need to be pretty - functional was the play. 

But after playing with it here lightly in the city (where we are whenever we feel like it - wheat farming really is busy a few patches of the year, and literally watching the grass grow other times)... while it turns on the spot, is super easy to push one handed, and is slim enough to 'fit through a normal shopping checkout' I didn't like the weight of it, and didn't want to have to haul it back and forth with the baby and everything else between the country house and the city one.

So I bought a Combi Well Comfort today (second hand - I'm not into buying prams for full price until I know I love them). It's actually really oddly sweet. It's really light (4.2kilos is seriously light! It's not much more than a US gallon of milk!) and while it looks plasticky from a distance it's actually really sturdy. I think it's an alumninum frame... it's sweet, cute, just the right height for me (I'm an average five foot five) and did I mention it folds up tiny and light? I was able to carry it up the driveway with just one hand SWINGING IT.

I wanted something that was small, compact, light, newborn to stroller without being insanely expensive (like the bugaboos are - too expensive for part time use!) and one handed operation. This is all of these. It will fit easily into my little city hatchback without me having to mess with the baby capsule straps behind the seats, and it will take me to any cafe, shop or other place I want that has smooth floors and tight turns. It certainly won't do on very uneven ground though.

Both prams fold up in a single set of movements - unlock the safety clasps and literally lift. Bingo. Both are not too heavy (MB is 10kg, Combi is 4kg), both have swivel wheels blah blah normal stuff, and both have single handed pushing - a bar handle rather than individual ones. I'm not much of a 'big handbag girl' and don't carry much (even the baby bag I've got is just a small backpack or messenger bag) so these seem to suit me well.

I did bookmark a TWENTY ONE KILO (somewhere near 40lbs)  pram today - to re-look at in future when I feel resentful of either of these prams.

What are the thought processes you went through, what have you liked and not liked about the prams you got and what choices would you make differently?
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allisonjayneallisonjayne on February 2nd, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh man, looking for a stroller was so stressful for us. Our needs were: reversible seat, adjustable handle (I'm short, wife is tall), small and light enough to carry up and down on public transit but still relatively sturdy. Oh, and preferably less price-wise than we each spent on our bicycles!

We were considering both the phil & teds smart stroller at the baby jogger city mini (neither of which are actually reversible, and I don't think either of them have adjustable handles either). We ended up finding a bugaboo bee on craigslist - brand new still in the box from a woman who got two as shower presents - for less than half price!

The combi well comfort looks great! I also think the image on this page is hilarious: http://www.combi.com.au/combi-well-comfort-stroller.html - what is going on there??? haha.
snucksnuck on February 3rd, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Modern Mary Poppins is now a GIANT ;)
jaspcwpbby1jaspcwpbby1 on February 23rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Here's what we looked for in our "big" stroller:
*Reversible seat - a feature that was hard to find 3 years ago!
*Layed flat for a newborn - we didn't use a bucket newborn carseat, so we wanted a place for baby to sleep when she wasn't in the weego.
*Stood on it's own - we lived in a teeny apartment with no space to store it. So being able to put it wherever and having it stand on it's own was very convenient.
*Big basket
*Adjustable handle
*Large canopy
We ended up getting a Mia Moda Atmosferra. Overall we like it. Only complaint is the front wheel wobbles. We should have returned it and never did. If I had to do it again, I'd look harder at the jogger type strollers.

For our everyday, shopping and errands stroller:
*small
*easy to maneuver
*light weight
*easy fold, preferrably one handed
*fit in my small car
We got the Mia Moda Cielo Evolution. Love love LOVE this stroller!! Super easy to fold and unfold (once you get the hang of it, it's feels unnatural until you get used to it). It folds up super small you can even take it on the airplane and put it under the seat. Great for restaurants. SUPER smooth to push and easy to push and steer with one hand. I get so many questions/ compliments about it.

The one you have looks great!! Wish it were available here in the US!