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Best Pram For Your Family

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Prams are a bit of a love affair for me. Even when I’m completely happy with the pram I have, it’s okay to look around, but just don’t touch – or touch, but don’t buy…

And my heart does flutter every time someone asks me for a pram suggestion.

So below are a list of my favourite prams that I will never own.

I’ve done my best to get the information as accurate as possible, but double check the actual weight limit before purchasing because this information can vary from source to source. Also the RRP is often the upper limit for price, you can find them much cheaper – so use this as a guide only, and definitely shop around for the best price!

1. 4 Moms – Origami. (RRP $1,449)

Watch THIS clip. No really – watch it. The first time I watched this clip my mouth dropped open and I think I drooled a little. I’d really hoped it would even play that music every time it opened and closed (a friend had one – it doesn’t… *sigh*) For me though, aside from the painful price tag, is that its quite a heavy pram to have such a comparatively low weight capacity, some toddlers may outgrow this pram very early on and it doesn’t even have a flat recline so a bassinet is an essential accessory to use from. But that aside, it does have some WOW factor; with powered automatic fold, LCD screen, headlights, a phone charger and it has generators in its rear wheels so the prams batteries charge while you walk! Seriously amazing!

origami_pram_1Features:

Pram Weight – 15.45kgs
Weight Capacity – 17kgs
Width – 64.5cms
Suitable from birth – with bassinet purchased separately
Reversible seat – No
ollapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat  – No
Travel System Compatible – Yes

Product info

 

  1. Phil and Ted – Promenade. (RRP $999 + $169 for second seat)

I love the size of the under carriage, the very changeable seat positions (apparently 55 configurations), also the telescopic handlebar would be great for swapping between parents who are quite different in heights. It does seem a little bit awkward that to put it into a rear-facing position you need to attach additional adaptors to the frame! But It has lot going for it, one of the best features about this pram is that the main seat transforms into a bassinet with a couple of easy clicks and the second seat ALSO transforms into a bassinet! You can have two bassinets on the one frame without needing to buy them both separately. It can also take two car seats, so this would be an excellent pram for a single baby, twins, or a baby and toddler/preschooler. It’s really very versatile.

positionsFeatures:

Pram Weight – 13kgs
Weight Capacity – 18kgs (main seat)
Width – 64cms
Suitable from birth – Yes
Reversible seat – Yes
Collapse with seat attached – Yes (double kit needs to be removed)
Optional second seat  – Yes
Travel System Compatible – Yes

Product info 

 

  1. Baby Jogger – City Mini (RRP $499)

The folding mechanism on this pram is just amazing, if you’re looking for something that will be easy to fold then watch this promo video (Watch from 1:19 to 1:21 – yes, it takes 3 seconds).  It is a compact and light but still does have a pretty roomy seat and a decent sized basket. It doesn’t have so many fun features as some other prams, but it’s just a nice all-round pram. The only big drawback for me is it doesn’t have a reversible seat, which is something that is important to me in pram. But it has an amazing pram weight to child weight capacity ratio.

city miniFeatures:

Pram Weight  7.55kgs
Weight Capacity – 22.5kgs
Width – 60.9cms
Suitable from birth – Yes
Reversible seat – No
Collapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat  – No
Travel System Compatible – Yes

Product  info

  1. Baby Jogger City Versa (RRP $749)

I’ve included this separately to the city mini as is it has a few features that the city mini doesn’t have, but I still love the city mini and felt they deserve to be treated like different – though very similar – prams. The versa is a little bit more of a luxury pram, it has an adjustable handle, hand brake, a one hand recline, a roomier basket and of course the reversible seat. It can be folded with the seat attached and in either forward or rear facing – most reversible seats need to either be removed or put into a forward facing position before you fold the pram. Although the main seat is not suitable from birth.

Features: City versa

Pram Weight  9.5 kgs
Weight Capacity – 22.5kgs
Width – 58.4 cms
Suitable from birth – Yes (With a bassinet purchased separately)
Rear and forward facing – Yes
Collapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat  – No
Travel System Compatible – Yes
Product info

  1. Britax – Strider Compact. (RRP $799 + $169 second seat)

I’ve had a Strider Plus and it’s been the best pram I’ve owned, but the biggest drawback about the Plus has always been the size of it, it’s a tank, and so Britax has brought out the Strider Compact, which as the name suggests is a more compact version of the Plus. It’s still a chunky pram, but it has huge under basket,  so if size does matter to you, then this is the pram to look at. It also has heaps of extra pockets and the under basket can be zipped open to access from all sides, and it can take two car seats as a twin travel system (with car seat adaptors sold separately) and when not in use the second seat can be pushed up against the frame  out of the way without needing to be completely removed. (Maybe watch the promo video, that’s a hard feature to explain without a visual)

Features: forest

Pram Weight  – 12 kgs
Weight Capacity – 20kgs (main seat) and 17kg (second seat)
Width – 62.5 cms
Suitable from birth – Yes (With a bassinet purchased separately)
Reversible seat- Yes
Collapse with seat attached – Yes, with seat forward facing.
Optional second seat  – Yes
Travel System Compatible – Yes

Product info

  1. Mamas & Papas – Sola (RRP $569)

This is such a pretty pram! It comes in a range of colours and patterns. What I love about this pram is it’s a fairly unique looking pram, I think it would be a bit of a head-turner. The seat is reversible, has a one handed recline and to sit it up it just needs to be pushed up (so, if necessary you could sit the pram up with just your elbow or knee). Also, big plus for this pram is that, unlike many prams with a reversible seat, is does lay down flat so is suitable from birth with no need to purchase a bassinet – though you can also purchase a bassinet separately if you prefer. The under basket is a bit on the small side for me and doesn’t look very secure, but it looks like you could fit a large nappy bag in it. It’s a city stroller, it would be great for footpaths and shopping centres and the seat is quite high up so also be a good pram for parking at a table at a cafe.

Features: mamas-papas-sola-plum

Pram Weight – 10 kgs
Weight Capacity – 17kgs
Width – 60 cms
Suitable from birth – Yes
Reversible seat – Yes
Collapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat  – No
Travel System Compatible – Yes

Product Information

7. Mountain Buggy – Terrain (RRP $795)

This is a running and all terrain pram. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the fancier prams, but it has a whole lot of grunt. Big air tyres for a smooth ride, also it has a hand break which is similar to a bike hand brake, so if you’re jogging downhill you can slow and control your pram better. It’s suitable to use from birt up to 6 years or 25kgs – so you will get many years out of this pram, and Mountain Buggy make a couple of cool accessories for this pram, which you can buy separately – a face to face seat, and also a Free Rider buggy board which you can attach to the back for an older child, that when removed is a scooter, which I personally can see a lot of value in that!

Features :

mountain buggy terraimPram Weight – 13.5kgs
Weight Capacity – 25kgs
Width – 63cms
Suitable from birth – Yes
Rear and forward facing – Yes – with face to face seat purchase separately
Collapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat – No
Travel system compatible – Yes

 Product info 

 

9. Mountain Buggy – Nano (RRP $349)

At the other end of the mountain buggy range in terms of size, is the Nano. It’s perfect for travelling, because this pram weighs in at under 6kgs. It is so compact when folded it can fit in the overhead compartment on an plane. It also has a lot of feature you’d expect from a larger pram, such as a surprisingly roomy basket, its suitable from 6 months to 20kgs, though can be used for a newborn with the car seat – and the car seat adapters are built into the pram. This would be a great travel stroller, or for having in the car for quick trips around a shopping centre, but it’s not really a every day walking pram.

CaptureFeatures :

Pram Weight – 5.9kgs
Weight Capacity – 20kgs
Width – 56cms
Suitable from birth – Yes with an infant car seat purchased separately
Reversible seat- Yes
Collapse with seat attached – Yes
Optional second seat – No
Travel system compatible – Yes

Product Information 

10. Baby Jogger – Vue Lightweight Stroller 

vueI’m sorry for adding this to my list, because it’s not actually released in Australia just yet and I can’t find when they will be. They’re still going through testing for Australian Standards, as they were only released in April of this year.

It looks like a regular umbrella stroller, but it has a reversible seat and also has about a 25kg weight capacity. Which is really impressive for an umbrella stroller. The best thing about it is you don’t have to remove the seat to change it from a forward to rear facing position. Watch this Baby Gizmo review and tell me that is not an impressive and innovative stroller!

 

 

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About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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16 comments

  1. Hi Rachel
    I am also a pram addict but had to let it go many moons ago when my youngest started school about 26 years ago.
    he has just given me the best Christmas present ever our first garnd child coming in July 2015. I do not drive and have had a variety of prams and strollers. I loved my original English tradional pram. I would like to get a pram stroller for grandparent visits. I really like reversible handles so I can see and talk to baby. Needs to be able to go in car occasioally as we a beach house but we do have an Xtrail. Baby comfort is paramount. Could you please help me Thznk you Lizzie

    • Congratulations! How exciting!

      So, just to clarify, you’re looking for something that’s going to be fairly compact for the car but also has the rear and forward facing option, and of course comfortable for bubs?

      Firstly I’d suggest looking at a Baby Jogger City Versa – they’re quite lightweight, easy to collapse, with a roomy seat, good sized under carriage and are just a great all rounder.
      http://www.pramwarehouse.com.au/product/Baby_Jogger_City_Versa_Stroller_2014.html

      Also Quinny Zapp Xtra is a more budget-friendly option, that’s very light weight and compact but still has the reversible seat, has a weight capacity of 20kgs and has a lot of good reviews.
      http://www.bubsngrubs.com.au/quinny_zapp_strollers.html

      Otherwise is there any other features or requirements you’re looking for to help me narrow down the options some more (budget/light weight/all terrain/compact/colour options etc what’s most important to you?)

    • Dear Rachel, thanks so much for speedy reply.
      Helps me with my over excitement…..
      a few facts for you to consider
      1. I love the reversible handle. I had one that was just gorgeous when we lived in the US in 1986.Rob, the new father-to-be was a toddler but as I mentioned I dont drive (eyesight issues). He was nearly 2 when we came back to Oz and could still sleep comfortably in it. It was lovely to push.
      2. So i am happy to spend a moderate amount especially if I could get a good deal secondhand.
      3. We plan to live between our city townhouse and our beach house in 2015 so baby vehicle (pusher/pram) will just need occasional trips in car. New mum Annie is English & all her family still live in UK. So we will be the back up. Rob is a fireman and works shifts which is great in some ways, but difficult in others so I thimk they will appreciate our help.

      4. I spent all day on the internet and I like the Strider and heres an idea should we give them one for the grandparents present with the car seat? My thinking is that my D in law or son might bring baby to us and if I have my own pram then they wouldnt have to bring all that stuff. I could have a compatible version. Then if no 2 comes along we could share the other attachment.
      5. I quite like the Peg Perego Uno. Love the versatility and the snack tray.
      6. I love babies
      7. I am a bit excited
      8. I want to be a stylish Grandmother
      9. At Goolwa Beach where we live no footpaths only roads and beach to walk on. Good tyres would be important. We walk a lot.durability also important.
      10. Did I say we. Pops and me arev thrilled?
      I think that over the period of child rearing I had 8 prams/pushers. So quite modest compared to you and others.
      whats the latest book or website that new mummies prefer? My bible was Penelope Leach.
      thanks Rachel
      Best wishes Lizzie

    • Hi Lizzie,

      Thanks for giving me a bit more information to help you out – I’ve come back with some more suggestions.

      I’ve had a Strider – I loved it so much when I wore it out after 2 years of constant use I replaced it with another Strider. The great thing about the new Strider Compact is the car seat can be used as the back seat, so if/when baby 2 comes along there’s no need to buy a second seat. It looks like this:

      Also, something that’s quite similar to a Strider, and a pram I currently own, is a Bebecare Rverse. What I LOVE about it is the main seat converts into a bassinet. I use it even with my 2.5 year old when she wants to curl up and sleep in the pram I can quickly make some adjustments and it’s a bassinet – and easily adjust it back into a proper seat when she wants to sit up. It does also take a travel system, a second seat and is about the same size/weight/width as the Strider.

      Another pram I thought I’d suggest as I’ve heard it’s a great “beachy” pram is Phil and Ted Smart. It’s light, compact, reversible seat, can take a bassinet or car seat, but the main seat is perfect for beach trips and getting sandy because it can be easily hosed off after. They are also quite cool looking:
      http://philandteds.com/au/Products/Push/smart#.VKXhIiuUeCk

      As far as current books/websites go, I’m a big fan of Pinky Mckay. http://www.pinkymckay.com/ (from a brief read about Penelope Leach I think you might like her also)

      Hope this helps. 😛

      Rachel

  2. Hi Lizzie!! I hope you don’t mind if I bother you with a little question. I’m due in September and it’s my first one!! so I know nothing about pretty much anything yet and I feel a bit lost!! I was looking around for prams when I saw your reviews, from all of them I think the one I like the most is the Baby Jogger City Versa, but I’m still not 100% sure. Looking online I found this brand called Rozibaby, they sell this very smart customisable prams and I wanted to know if you’ve every seen them or tried them and if you have an opinion about them. The most important features that I’m looking for are:

    1. That it can face both ways.

    2. That is not too big or too heavy.

    3. That has an option for a new born, because I’m not planning to buy a capsule, just a basinet. (should I buy a capsule in your opinion?).

    4. That I could hopefully go for little runs with it (not thinking of running a lot, just jogging sometimes).

    Hope you can help me!!
    THANKS!! 🙂
    Maria.

    • Hi Maria,

      While I haven’t owned a Rozibaby pram, I have borrowed one for a couple of weeks to do a thorough review on it – which is here – https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/rozibaby-pram/

      It has rear and forward facing seat, it’s a mid-sized pram, but it doesn’t come with the bassinet – and the main seat isn’t suitable from birth, so it would need the bassinet attachment for a newborn.

      I also recently reviewed this pram – babybee comet https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/babybee-prams-comet-product-review/ and it does come with a bassinet included.

      For jogging though I would lean towards a Baby Jogger Versa over a Rozibaby or babybee pram, because while they’re great strolling prams, they wouldn’t be my first choice as a regular jogging pram.

      Otherwise I’m planning to do an updated top tens prams for 2015 soon (though I’ve been saying that for a couple of weeks, but you’ve prompted me to get serious about getting it done!) – so I’ll pop the link to that in here as well and maybe that’ll give you some more options.

      Also with regards to getting a compatible car capsule for a pram, I had one for my second baby and it was so handy! I was lucky enough I was able to borrow one for a friend, but I think had I known how much use we’d get out of it, I’d have bought one for our first baby.

      I hope that helps.

      Regards

      Rachel

  3. Hi Lizzie!! I hope you don’t mind if I bother you with a little question. I’m due in September and it’s my first one!! so I know nothing about pretty much anything yet and I feel a bit lost!! I was looking around for prams when I saw your reviews, from all of them I think the one I like the most is the Baby Jogger City Versa, but I’m still not 100% sure. Looking online I found this brand called Rozibaby, they sell this very smart customisable prams and I wanted to know if you’ve every seen them or tried them and if you have an opinion about them. The most important features that I’m looking for are:

    1. That it can face both ways.

    2. That is not too big or too heavy.

    3. That has an option for a new born, because I’m not planning to buy a capsule, just a basinet. (should I buy a capsule in your opinion?).

    4. That I could hopefully go for little runs with it (not thinking of running a lot, just jogging sometimes).

    Hope you can help me!!
    THANKS!! 🙂
    Maria.

  4. Hi Lizzie!! I hope you don’t mind if I bother you with a little question. I’m due in September and it’s my first one!! so I know nothing about pretty much anything yet and I feel a bit lost!! I was looking around for prams when I saw your reviews, from all of them I think the one I like the most is the Baby Jogger City Versa, but I’m still not 100% sure. Looking online I found this brand called Rozibaby, they sell this very smart customisable prams and I wanted to know if you’ve every seen them or tried them and if you have an opinion about them. The most important features that I’m looking for are:

    1. That it can face both ways.

    2. That is not too big or too heavy.

    3. That has an option for a new born, because I’m not planning to buy a capsule, just a basinet. (should I buy a capsule in your opinion?).

    4. That I could hopefully go for little runs with it (not thinking of running a lot, just jogging sometimes).

    Hope you can help me!!
    THANKS!! 🙂
    Maria.

  5. Hi Maria,

    While I haven’t owned a Rozibaby pram, I have borrowed one for a couple of weeks to do a thorough review on it – which is here – https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/rozibaby-pram/

    It has rear and forward facing seat, it’s a mid-sized pram, but it doesn’t come with the bassinet – and the main seat isn’t suitable from birth, so it would need the bassinet attachment for a newborn.

    I also recently reviewed this pram – babybee comet https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/babybee-prams-comet-product-review/ and it does come with a bassinet included.

    For jogging though I would lean towards a Baby Jogger Versa over a Rozibaby or babybee pram, because while they’re great strolling prams, they wouldn’t be my first choice as a regular jogging pram.

    Otherwise I’m planning to do an updated top tens prams for 2015 soon (though I’ve been saying that for a couple of weeks, but you’ve prompted me to get serious about getting it done!) – so I’ll pop the link to that in here as well and maybe that’ll give you some more options.

    Also with regards to getting a compatible car capsule for a pram, I had one for my second baby and it was so handy! I was lucky enough I was able to borrow one for a friend, but I think had I known how much use we’d get out of it, I’d have bought one for our first baby.

    I hope that helps.

    Regards

    Rachel

  6. Hi Maria,

    While I haven’t owned a Rozibaby pram, I have borrowed one for a couple of weeks to do a thorough review on it – which is here – https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/rozibaby-pram/

    It has rear and forward facing seat, it’s a mid-sized pram, but it doesn’t come with the bassinet – and the main seat isn’t suitable from birth, so it would need the bassinet attachment for a newborn.

    I also recently reviewed this pram – babybee comet https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/babybee-prams-comet-product-review/ and it does come with a bassinet included.

    For jogging though I would lean towards a Baby Jogger Versa over a Rozibaby or babybee pram, because while they’re great strolling prams, they wouldn’t be my first choice as a regular jogging pram.

    Otherwise I’m planning to do an updated top tens prams for 2015 soon (though I’ve been saying that for a couple of weeks, but you’ve prompted me to get serious about getting it done!) – so I’ll pop the link to that in here as well and maybe that’ll give you some more options.

    Also with regards to getting a compatible car capsule for a pram, I had one for my second baby and it was so handy! I was lucky enough I was able to borrow one for a friend, but I think had I known how much use we’d get out of it, I’d have bought one for our first baby.

    I hope that helps.

    Regards

    Rachel

  7. Hello plz help. Im after a pram. That is easy to fold. wide n deep seat. Big basket. suitable from birth. To use mostly in shops n parks.

  8. Hello plz help. Im after a pram. That is easy to fold. wide n deep seat. Big basket. suitable from birth. To use mostly in shops n parks.

  9. Hello plz help. Im after a pram. That is easy to fold. wide n deep seat. Big basket. suitable from birth. To use mostly in shops n parks.

  10. Hi Sawsan, I actually just finished reviewing this Silver Cross Pioneer pram and it ticks all of those boxes.

    https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/silver-cross-pioneer-graphite-review/

  11. Hi Sawsan, I actually just finished reviewing this Silver Cross Pioneer pram and it ticks all of those boxes.

    https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/silver-cross-pioneer-graphite-review/