Picking a pram

I still can’t get over the cost of prams almost year on from buying one. Some are the same price as a return flight to Australia with show tickets at the Sydney Opera House thrown in!

But, there is something out there to suit all budgets so don’t worry. The big three in the pram world are iCandy, Bugaboo and Silver Cross, coming in both sides of the £1k mark. All great products and very reliable – hence the price tag. I have friends who own them and are very happy with them.

At the lower end, you will find own brand models such as Mothercare, with prams coming in around £200.

No matter what your budget, I promise you, the most important thing about picking a pram is size and weight. You want something that is lightweight, easy to put up and down and fits in the car boot. When it’s chucking it down and you have a crying baby, you want to be on your way home pretty quickly, not dismantling a heavyweight pram with a flashy price tag.

We had recommendations from friends on which pram to purchase and it quickly became clear that the best value for money and convenience, was to opt for a travel system – usually made up of pram, car seat and/or pushchair.

After doing research online, we went into our local Mothercare store to see our favourites in the flesh and test them out. I have to say, the staff were incredible. Not one person was pushy with sales, they were just really helpful in showing us around the different ranges and how to operate the ones we were interested in.

After doing research online, we went into our local Mothercare store to see our favourites in the flesh and test them out. I have to say, the staff were incredible. Not one person was pushy with sales, they were just really helpful in showing us around the different ranges and how to operate the ones we were interested in.

After an hour of browsing, we settled on the Cosatto Giggle 2 travel system. The range is known for its bold, bright patterns which are there to attract baby’s attention and help with their vision development. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the designs – I find them a little too much but, browsing around the store, we came across a design that is exclusive to Mothercare called ‘pom pom tree’ and I loved it! It’s grey and yellow (one of my favourite colour pairs) and is bright enough to be exciting for G but not too loud to walk down the street with.

It comes in at £489.95 for the pram and pushchair and £154.95 for the car seat – a total of £644.90. BUT if you buy the whole set together as a bundle, you save £250, making the total cost £394.90. I cannot express how much of a bargain this is and how brilliant the set has been. G is 5 months now and we’ve not had a single problem with anything. The set also comes with a change bag and a travel changing mat – an added bonus!

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