When it comes to buying a pram there is always the concern of whether you’re making the right choice. It’s difficult to know what to look for and even more difficult to know what’s a good buy. There are some key things you should pay attention to before making your purchase. Having this prepared can help keep you organized in your search. The main thing to consider is the overall safety and comfort of your child.
Things you should look for:
- Is it easy to use?
- Is it the right size?
- Does it have the features you need?
- Does it come with the accessories you need?
- Does it have weather protection features?
Make sure you ask yourself these questions with each option you look at.
How Do You Know You’re Covering The List?
Now that you have your checklist of what to ask yourself it’s time to move to the next step. How do you get the answers? Even more importantly how do you get them in a way that gives you confidence and assurance in your final decision? There are 3 main methods to start deriving your answer from. You want to use these carefully and thoughtfully as some of your questions may be answered with one method or you may have to use all three to come to a final decision. Remember that you will have to shop single-mindedly ie. what works for someone else and their family might not be the best fit for yours.
Test out each pram that you consider. Open it up, close it, and take it for a spin. The best way to know how it will function in real-life is to put it to some real-life tests. If allowed, see how it fits in your car, how easy is it to get in and out of the vehicle. As you push it along the store visualize yourself on one of your walks. Does it have a space for your and your baby’s bags? Is there a space for your phone or coffee cup? How do the wheels feel? Is it heavy and hard to maneuver? All of these things should be in your mind during your testing project. Make that you test based on your needs.
Avoid The Sales Pitch
Getting caught up in the razzle and dazzle of the sales pitch is all too easy. We love the idea of having all of these amazing features and gadgets that we sometimes overlook basic functionality. Asking yourself whether or not the pram you’re looking into meets all of the basic requirements first. Afterward, you can go into any add ons. Remember that it’s the sales agent’s job to sell you on the higher ticket item. However, it may not have the things you need. Keeping in mind what you require and seeing past the fluff allows you to make the best decision for your family. You can go for a basic model that meets the requirements or something with more features. The Oyster line has multiple options to suit most needs and budgets. Ultimately, the goal is to make sure that you pick something that meets all of your needs. Finding a pram that combines function, style, and the cost is the best option.
Last but not least you should take the cost into consideration. The cost of your possible pram will in some way reflect what all it has to offer. This should be weighed against what you are looking for. A high-end option generally offers all of your basic requirements with some new features. However, the more expensive choice is not always better and in some cases, the overall function and ease-of-use of the item are not worth its price tag. A good way to approach this is by setting a budget before you enter the store or shop online. Having your budget and staying within those parameters helps you to reduce the number of options that you have to look into. Having a smaller number of items to compare can elevate some of the anxiety of having to choose. This way you can more effectively compare all of your needs and wants that you have laid out on your checklist against the cost and what the particular option offers.
Buying anything for your child is a process. We only want the best for them and sometimes that can make it harder to come to a decision. Having a game plan in place is the best form of defense when taking on the huge task of buying something that your baby will use for quite some time.