“Hi, My name is Rachel and I am a pram addict.”
I have another confession to make, I’ve bought two prams since this article was originally written in April 2013! Whoops! I have good reasons… excuses… mostly boredom, opportunity, poor impulse control and my partner is a terrible enabler. I look to him to say “no” and he says “why not”.
So, I thought I’d update this confession with my newest purchases and take you through the journey of how one thing led to another and I wound up buying my 11th pram.
Maclaren Techno XT (2007 model) My first pram was based on recommendations from the coupe of people I knew with babies – not many of my friends were mums so I didn’t have much experience with prams, so a couple of recommendations of this pram was enough for me to assume it was a perfectly good pram. And it is, I’m not saying it’s not, it’s still in our garage, alive and kicking after 5 years and two children, it’s been on several flights, and while it is a little worse for wear, surprisingly it is still a functional pram. However, I don’t drive, so an umbrella stroller – no matter how good – wasn’t cutting it for me for getting grocery shopping done, or for long walks. I needed an all-terrain vehicle, and a decent sized shopping basket.
Baby 1st Megane – Never heard of this pram before? Me neither, I picked it up off ebay for about $30. I was still pretty new to the pram scene, so I didn’t know what I was looking for, I think I found this one simply browsing “pram” on ebay within 20klms of my home. It didn’t last long, it was old and dying when I bought it and found itself on the curb on hard-trash day. (And in case anyone is wondering, we took baby out of the shopping basket immediately, we were just amazed by how much room it had in comparison to the stroller we wanted to see if the baby would fit… which he did, very comfortably!)
By this stage I was looking at doing some nanny work, I found a job, with immediate start, looking after a 2 year old girl, and I was welcome to bring my little boy with me – who was about 6 months old at the time. After my first day, I decided I needed a double pram IMMEDIATELY. The next day I went to toys’r’us and purchased the cheapest double pram I could find.
Whatever this is. It cost about $150, sorry I can’t remember the actual brand or model, it was a while ago! But it did the trick, I was able to leave the house with two kids! Then due to an sudden custody change, the day after my rush purchase of a double pram for the job I’d just started, the little girl was no longer in need of care, so I hadn’t need to buy the pram in such a hurry! It did still prove useful, as I was able to put my little boy in the front seat and load the back up with groceries. Win! Except I did sometimes feel a bit self-conscious about taking out a double pram with only one child in it.
Love’n’Care Adiva Sport. Incredibly this lovely pram came into my life by accident. It was thrown on the side of a road on hard trash day, much like my second pram had been, it was dusty, dirty, it didn’t look good, but I was willing to give it a go. We took it home, hosed it off, gave it a scrub, and found underneath the filth it was still a very nice pram. I quite liked this pram actually, it has a very upright seat position which I think is important, but as it turned out I’d been picking up more nannying and baby sitting work – and finding the double stroller was not working for me, wheels were too small and steering it when loaded with two kids was painful – near impossible. I’d also noticed it was quickly detoriating. So I’d made the decision to fork out some real money and buy an Adventure Buggy. When my big beast of a pram arrived, I sold the double stroller and the love’n’care on ebay.
ABC Adventure Buggy (with a reclining second seat.) Yes, that’s a two story pram. Yes it was awesome. Unfortunately, while I’d done my research extensively on this product before purchasing, and found rave reviews saying things like “I’ve had this pram for 7 years and it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought”. It cost about $1200 and what I found was while the frame and fabric of the pram were of great quality, the other components were not. I had so many problems with this pram, from buckles and zips breaking, to problems with the wheels, at one point one of the front wheels dropped clean out of it’s socket, the breaks snapped off, and the final straw for me after getting parts replaced over the 10 months I owned it, was when the toddler seat no longer clicked in properly. I was fed up. I wasn’t able to get a refund, but I did get a replacement – which I sold in it’s packaging on eBay for $800… so I then had enough money to buy a…. *hold your breath for a second, I had another pram in between…*
Childcare discovery. I do have a small soft spot for this pram, it had a reversible handle, and it was pretty cool being able to switch between rear and forward facing without having to remove the a seat, however it was weird to steer from the “front” of the pram. I’d been given it after I’d watched it on eBay, it didn’t sell, I pm’ed the seller and offered them their starting price and they said – don’t worry about it, just come and pick it up. Sweet! It was held together by rust and didn’t last, but it did keep me amused while I waited for my Adventure Buggy dramas to be sorted out so I could buy a….
Strider Plus! I love this pram, I really do, the Strider Plus comes with all the pockets, and shopping basket room you could need. I could go on about what I love about this pram, and the price isn’t too painful. It ticks all MY boxes, because I don’t drive and don’t have much of a need to collapse a pram, the Maclaren techno lives in the boot of the car most of the time, so it was my walking pram. And I walk A LOT. I had this pram for about 2 years, I aim to walk about 20klms a week, which works out to being about 2000 klms in 2 years. When our daughter was a few months old, and my Strider was clicking, squeaking and wobbling – I made the decision to sell it before it completely fell apart and could still fetch a price, and replace it with…
Another Strider Plus!
Oh wait, there was another pram before then.
Bebe Care Mira. I was given this pram by another parenting site, to write a review on. I had about 300 words written about it before I’d even put a child in it, I was more than happy to have a fiddle and critique all the things I liked and didn’t like about it. Overall, it’s a nice, inexpensive, stroller. It had much smaller wheels and overall felt much more flimsy than my Maclaren, so while I’d thought I’d keep this and dump the Maclaren, I decided to keep my trusty old Maclaren instead, but considering it’s RRP is about $150, it’s a reasonable little stroller for it’s price.
So… back to the Strider!
I kept my “King Fisher Blue” seat and paired with a brand new “Hot Pink” pram (on a new frame) Isn’t this just the prettiest pram you’ve ever seen? The fun part was once our baby girl got old enough to choose, she’d always opt for the lower seat because she could climb into it herself and our son wanted the top seat because it was higher up and thus – better. I love that we got a gender-colour-specific pram, and our children still chose what suited them best, regardless of the colours. Love. Kids are awesome. But, alas, we moved recently, interstate, and I had a sick feeling in my gut that if we put the pram into storage something would happen to it, so instead we sold it before we moved. I paid $490 for it, I’d had it for about 18 months, and still sold it for $320, so I really cannot complain about that transaction.
Once in Melbourne I had planned to buy a Baby Jogger City Mini, a pram crush from way back, but instead I got bored on ebay one evening and put a bid on a…
Bebe care Rverse. I’d previously babysat a little boy who had one of these prams, and one thing I think is great about these prams is the fact the main seat converts into a bassinet with a pull of a strap and unclick of a buckle. Our toddler thinks that’s pretty marvellous also and asks for it to be a “bed” when we go out. It’s nice though that even as a toddler if she falls asleep in the pram it can be adjusted so she’s able to lay flat – curled – but flat. The only thing I feel like this pram is missing is pockets, but it has a ample shopping basket, and I do like the adjustable handle.
But wait. There’s more….
ABC Adventure Buggy with a static second seat.
Haven’t I had you before…?
This happened one night when I’d been out shopping with both the kids and attempted to walk the 3klms home with only a single pram. This was probably a mistake, but it was $20, which is about 1/60th of what I’d paid for my previous one. Plus, it was quite old, it said it had been bought second hand, 3 years prior, which to me read as “Hey! This was manufactured back when they made decent prams! CHA-CHING!” It has a static seat, rather than the reclining seat, which means it can just stay on the pram as I can easily see over it and mostly the second seat is used for dumping my handbag in. Though this pram doesn’t have rear facing, it has air tires which becomes a pain as they do go flat and get punctured from time to time – like a bike. I’m undecided if I’m going to keep this pram for the very rare occasions where I want two seats OR keep the Bebe Care Rverse – but one of them has to go!