Colour, Make, Model, single or dual cab?

Do you want the sports model or a saloon?

Did you ever think it would be so tricky, time consuming and expensive? My husband said it was harder than buying a new car!!

Things to consider when choosing a pram include:

  • Single or double (especially if you are planning another baby)
  • If double, side by side or back/front?
  • Does it fit through a standard doorway?
  • Can it fit into the boot of your car without having to dismantle it?
  • Can you lift it into the car or is it just too heavy?
  • Is it within your budget?
  • Where will you mainly be walking as this determines the best wheel size, e.g. on tracks/rough ground you need a bigger wheel than on the footpath.
  • Does it meet the Australian Safety Standards? This means being careful if you buy a secondhand pram.
  • Can it recline flat for a newborn baby?
  • Is the carry basket underneath accessible and practical for your use?
  • Can the height of the handle be adjusted to suit both you and your partner?
  • What colour do you want? Remembering for resale value a standard colour often sells better.
  • Do you want extras such as rain cover?

Top Tips:

  • Buy it at a place where you can take it outside and wheel it around.
  • Take it out and lift it and fit it into your car.
  • Talk to other parents about their view on their pram.
  • Do your research on price as it can vary a lot.

All of this research can save you lots of money- I have friends who have been through 4 prams as none of them “worked” for them. If you take your time and do your research you will hopefully select a pram that works well for you and your family.

Happy Walking


  • Very helpful advice and tips – thanks for posting.

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  • When I buy a pram, I check if it\’s stable and if it\’s easy to manoeuvre/use. I also check the quality of the brakes, strength and adjustability of straps, and if there are sharp edges. After that, I look at the features like added suspension, swivel wheels etc. Anyway, I bought mine at Rozibaby(http://rozibaby.com/lp/4-wheel-prams-australia)- they have an array of choices and the customer service is great. I chose a flat folding prams cuz it tends to be more durable for walks and it suits my lifestyle. Highly recommended!

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  • Wish I’d read this before I had my first, and bought my pram.

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  • it is a hard choice to make, there are so many out there to choose from

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  • Make sure you put some weight into the seat bit of the pram when you test it! Everything is smooth to push around when there is no weight!

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  • My husband bought our first pram and I was never happy with it. I finally bought another after lots of research and trying it out and really love it!

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  • Great advice – thank you for sharing!

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  • I think I took longer to choose a pram than it took me to decide upon my last car! if you get it right they can be a great investment!

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  • I must keep this page on my fav tab.

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  • Great tips here – thank you :)

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  • Good advice -thanks for sharing.

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  • We left a trail of prams behind us when we were choosing. If we couldn’t put it up or down we moved on until we found a pram we could use.

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  • Great article to read – thank you for great tips:)

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  • A good pram is essential, but I just buy second hand and pass the love on when we’re done! Dont be fooled into the fashion trap though…who cares if you drive a Honda or a BMW ? not your baby?

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  • I’m terrible at picking prams both the ones I’ve had have been terribly impracticable.

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