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Pram Strollers - a Different Kind of Pram

Aug 21, 2008
Pram strollers are very popular strollers for babies and growing children. When shopping for prams, parents are often confused as to what is a pram. The root of this confusion is because the term "pram" has been used to describe multiple styles by multiple stroller manufacturers. So, let's clear up some of the confusion.

The term pram is short for perambulator and is still widely used in the UK. However, in the US, pram is a lesser used name that has traditionally been associated with the type of stroller commonly referred to as baby buggy or carriage. Though in recent years, the term has also been associated with non-carriage stroller styles, leading to much confusion for many parents.

To help clarify, it is probably best to consider prams as falling into one of two styles: traditional baby prams or modern pram strollers. There are a few differences with these two styles of prams.

The traditional baby prams are similar to a baby bassinet with a canopy to protect the baby from direct sunlight and from other elements. This is a baby carriage that is most reflective of the Victorian era styles. These types of strollers are not for older children and are usually limited to smaller infants and babies. Although some models of these strollers are advertised as being acceptable for children up to 30 pounds, this can be impractical for some parents. As children begin to grow they can crawl out of a traditional carriage-style pram and are often better suited for pram strollers or seated-position strollers.

The modern pram strollers are essentially the best option if you want a product which can grow with your infant into toddlerhood. Pram strollers provide for a bassinet-like bed for a baby to sleep in where the baby can lay completely flat. These strollers can also be converted to inclined or seated positions as the baby gets old enough to sit up. The seated position is safe for the baby as he or she can be strapped into the sitting position and will not be able to crawl out of the stroller.

There are things to think about when you look at pram strollers if you are having difficultly choosing between the traditional and modern styles:

* The traditional baby pram style often provides the most comfort for your baby as possible. However, they are can become less safe for larger, mobile babies that have the ability to crawl and climb because they can fall over the side.

* The modern pram stroller style is designed to balance comfort with the safety needs for older children. This allows for pram strollers to be a viable stroller for child from infancy through toddler ages.

Pram strollers are excellent full size strollers for newborns and babies so they can lay flat. As a baby grows they can enjoy a modern-stroller ride and sit up in them. If you purchase a traditional pram you will need to buy another stroller as the baby grows. The modern pram strollers have the capability to grow with your baby.
About the Author
Learn more about pram strollers and see why many parents choose pram strollers for their child. David Cummings is the General Manager of Bustling Baby, a business devoted to providing baby mobility, comfort, and convenience to active families.
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