I have to admit, right up front, I am a pram-aholic (and a bit of an eBay addict too, having bought all my prams second hand). Considering Lily has just arrived, how can I now be on pram #4 - not counting the fact that Ive had one kind twice now?.... Don't ask!
I promise there is a reason for having been around the block, so to speak, in a variety of models. My niece! I blame her! She is the sweetest little thing, and I have been lucky to have had her come stay with me quite regularly. She is now 2 1/2 but was still really little when we first started having her to stay.... and so of course, I needed my own STUFF. She has been a great guinea pig, and has test driven all of the models that have been through my 'pram garage'.
So which prams have I had:
1. M&P Pliko pramette
2. Mountain Buggy
3. Jane Slalom
4. Sproggs (Norton) Speedster
5. M&P Pliko Pramette (again)
For me, each has its good points and its draw backs, but the thing that they all have in common is that they were all SECOND HAND! Now don't get me wrong, I would love to have had the means to spend £1000 on the 'perfect pram', but for our family, that was just not an option
So what have a learned so far about navigating the mind field that is 'PramWorld'?
- Men don't get it! They think all prams are the same... until you bring home a crappy one that has nonadjustable handles and such a short wheel-base that they are constantly kicking the back of the chair
- If you spend more than £100, your significant other (and/or Mum!) will expect to be able to give his/her opinion (which may or may not be an informed opinion and is likely to lead to some degree of row)
- You may think you know what you want, you may have even started bragging about how great your new pram is, then Baby arrives, your life changes and only then does the huge flaw in you decision making process become apparent
- If you bought an expensive new pram, sorry but now you're screwed!!!!
- If you bought a second hand pram, take a picture, write an ad, and sell it on eBay.... quick!!! ...If you're really good, you can get it sold before your partner even realises you've bought it...
- No matter how hard you try, no pram/pushchair magically folds up small enough to fit in the boot of a Ford Fiesta WITH the dog!
- Just when you are sure you've got it right, your sister calls, tells you that she will pay for your flight if you come to Canada to visit with the baby..... Now you are totally stuffed because Air Canada will definitely not gate-check your HUGE 3-wheeler, with the rigid carry-cot. WONDERFUL, THANKS SIS! :)
Finally, does the 'Perfect Pram' exist? What do you think?
Lily asleep in her Jane Slalom 3 wheelerxo