Pram shopping was supposed to be fun.
Everyone said so…
Oh how disappointed I was.
Pram shopping for me has been an absolute nightmare. I’m picky, and that has been my downfall. I know exactly what I want, at least, in my head I do, it’s just too bad no-one seems to have brought my dream pram to life quite yet. I’m at the stage where a few have got quite close, so I thought i’d show you my shortlist of prams, on the off-chance anyone else has a similar aesthetic to me and wants the choice of 5 prams that look remarkably similar… (If your that person, no need to thank me!)
For Baby J, we’d been set on a travel system pretty much from the get-go. Pro’s being the ability to move from pram to car easily, and the ability to make 3 big purchases in one go. Our only con for the travel system was that we’d have to buy another carseat in a few months time, but that was far outweighed by the convenience of having a 3-in-1 system.
I’m a small person, so the size of the pram was a big factor for me, I’m only 5’3, and when having a play about in store I found a lot of prams – especially the big Silver Cross traditional models – swamped me. I looked like a child having a go on mums pram! No thank-you! The ones on my final list are all still quite wide, but not as high, so no tip-toes are needed to look in proportion.
I also knew I wanted a neutral colour, and was open to Black/Grey, and that was it. As much as I love the white and baby blue prams, I had to think about practicality unfortunately, so easily clean-able surfaces were a must. Most of the prams I looked at were around the £600/700 mark, which was very reasonable especially for those that came with a car-seat. I am a firm believer that a pram is an investment, as much as I could have bought a pram at the lower-end of the range and been a few hundred pounds better off, I feel like I would have just had to repurchase a replacement in a few months time. On the flip side though, I couldn’t justify the upwards of £1200 for the carrycot prams, how many months will a baby even get out of the first pram, before you have to buy another for the next stage?
- Venicci Vento in Denim Grey, £499: This system was my value for money pick. At just under 500, this was the cheapest of my 5 final options, and it also came with the most accessories. It comes with a car seat as well as the pushchair and carry cot, a changing bag, foot muff, rain cover etc, the list goes on, so if it’s a good pram then it would be amazing. I love the colour and style, but ultimately, I think it does look cheaper than the other options on the list. At this point it’s just a case of weighing up value for money and aesthetics…
- Silver Cross Wayfarer in Eton Grey, £745: This was the pram that originally set my heart on the black/grey colour option. This looks so expensive and such a high quality, but also durable and modern, it ticks all of my boxes. This does come as a pushchair/carry-cot combination, so I would have to purchase a separate car seat, which is not ideal. But then again, it does come with a ‘luxury tote bag’ complimentary due to the fact it’s special edition…. can you turn down a free bag?
- Bugaboo Cameleon 3, £899: Georgina from GeorginaClarke mentioned she had purchased this pram, and I loved it when I looked into it! Aesthetically, it was a brilliant. It looks so high quality, and in terms of durability it’s second to none. This doesn’t come with a car seat, simply the pushchair and the seat, but that’s still two birds with one stone! Bugaboo is also such an underrated brand, the reviews are brilliant.
- Joolz Geo Earth Mono, £799: This was recommended by Emma from Glossy-Boutique, and I looked into it after she mentioned that she had picked this pram up. If it’s just a pram your looking for, this is definitely a keeper. I loved the look of this one, and I did sway slightly, but this only comes with the carrycot, as opposed to the pushchair/carseat/carrycot combination, and after the issues I’ve had trying to decide on a travel system, there’s no chance I’m choosing a separate car seat and buggy!
- VIB Symphony 3in1 Grey Leatherette, £649.99: This pram was the exact colour I wanted, but I couldn’t get over the furry hood… I live in Scotland, that’s just asking for trouble, rain and fur don’t mix. If you don’t live in Scotland though, this is a lovely option. It is removable, but I thought it might look a bit bland without it, as much as it’s love/hate, it definitely is a focus point. It comes with the car seat also, which makes it great value for money.