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Baby Prams - Contemporary Style From History

Aug 22, 2008
The welcoming of a new baby to the family brings on many new decisions. How to best provide for your little angel so that everyone is happy - including your baby - is always a challenge. You want to provide the best of everything, including food, clothing, environment, and of course baby equipment. Though a briefly forgotten part of our history, traditional-style baby prams are once again becoming popular.

Baby prams, shortened from perambulator, date back to the Victorian Era in the United Kingdom, when originally offered as a gift to Queen Victoria. Prams have features which provide much comfort for you baby. The flat bottomed, carriage-style pram provides a traditional alternative to baby strollers or pushchairs (British name for strollers). With many new details such as improvements to suspension for added comfort and noise reduction, baby prams, once very common in affluent families, are now popular worldwide among all lifestyles and tastes.

One of the most difficult decisions new parents make is choosing the baby pram or stroller which is best for them. Safety and comfort always top the list of requirements, closely followed by design and fashion. But why chose baby prams over all other styles of baby transport? One reason is that prams are designed to have babies face the person pushing the carriage. This helps reduce any wind to the baby's face and promotes additional eye contact which is highly recommended during your infants first months. And don't forget you are able to adore your new bundle at the same time! Another reason is baby prams are designed for stability and a smooth ride. Wide wheels help keep the pram from tipping, and the advent of 'four-wheel drive' helps improve steering and maneuverability. Another innovative design improvement includes two separate sets of wheels. One set of wheels is the larger, all-terrain style for smooth ride and stability, and the other being the swivel style to allow ease of steering. Most prams have excellent storage capacity under the bassinet to allow you to carry all of baby's necessities - as well as some of your own. And of course the fully reclined seating area allows your little one to have restful sleep. When you are stopped for a rest the wheel locks help keep the pram stationary, and of course a safety harness helps keep baby safely inside the bassinet.

You can find much variety not only at the closest infant or baby shop near your home, but also in the convenience of online shopping on your computer. Once you have finally chosen your style of baby pram and made your purchase, make sure you have no missing or damaged parts and there are no worn areas in the fabric. Most of the newer designs provide fabrics which breathe with your child to help keep the environment inside the carriage comfortable and not overheated.

When you opt for the traditional, classic style that baby prams offer, keep in mind the rich history of the pram and the comfort it provides for your baby, as well as the convenience it provides for your and your family.
About the Author
Learn more about baby prams and understand why many parents choose baby prams for their infant. 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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