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Thinking about buying a new pram? Then you need to read this! Parents who place their newborn babies into strollers with sloping backs may be unknowingly putting their child’s health at risk.

Auckland osteopath Julia Griffiths said the fashionable three wheeled, all terrain buggies did not provide a flat surface and in many instances put the baby in a scooped position.
“They [health officials] make you worried about cot death, but how many know that you must have your baby lying flat?” Recent research confirms that there is a range of possible health effects from babies not lying flat, including obstructing breathing, digestion problems and affecting vertebrae shape. Read more here.

Griffith’s concerns are backed by a study, which included National Women’s Hospital consultant paediatrician Simon Rowley, which showed that babies had more difficulty breathing in car capsules. They compared x-rays of babies’ airways in and out of capsules and found breathing was inhibited in the scooped position. “One of the problems with a curved back is it compromises the airway”.

Griffiths said many babies spent a lot of the day in a ‘squashed’ position, going from the scooped pram to a car seat and in some instances staying in a car capsule. “It is ideal to lie babies flat until they have the muscle tone to hold themselves upright, which can take more than six months,” said Griffith. She also warns that the pram’s alignment could affect the baby’s digestion and questioned a possible link between this and colic.

Griffith continues, “It is also important that a baby’s movement not be inhibited. When babies are six to eight weeks, there’s lots of turning and possibly rolling. If babies do not get these movement experiences, it’s going to affect growth, muscles and neurological links. This is the time in a child’s life where there is the most change in development happening. I think we are doing our babies a disservice.” Learn how to get your baby moving in the best way for their brain development with GymbaROO-KindyROO’s online videos here.

Griffith mentions one research paper that discusses effects on the spine’s memory pattern. “When we are a baby, our first few months of life help create a memory pattern in the spinal cord.” She believes pram makers should warn consumers of the importance of horizontal placement. “While manufacturers say they are making the prams in response to consumer demand that is unfair as the consumer is not being informed about the dangers of the buggy.” (Reprinted with permission. Anna Chalmers, author. Fairfax Sunday Newspaper, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd. All rights reserved)

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More recent research into baby buggies focuses on the emotional development of babies. This research has found that children in front-facing varieties are significantly less likely to talk, laugh and interact with their parents than those in buggies that face the pusher, according to the research. The study was published by the National Literacy Trust for its Talk to Your Baby campaign in 2007. It includes an observational study of more than 2,722 parent-infant pairs across the country, carried out by Suzanne Zeedyk, of Dundee University’s School of Psychology.

Some 62% of the babies were in away-facing buggies, as were 86% of toddlers. Parents using face-to-face buggies were more than twice as likely to be talking to their child. In another smaller study, 20 babies were wheeled in buggies across a one-mile stretch. Half the journey was spent in an away-facing buggy and half in a parent-facing one. The results suggested that babies’ average heart rates fell slightly in a parent-facing buggy, and babies were also twice as likely to fall asleep in this orientation, suggesting they may be more stressed when in away-facing buggies. Mothers and infants also laughed more often in face-to-face buggies. Only one baby in the group of 20 laughed during the away-facing journey, while half laughed during the face-to-face journey.

Zeedyk emphasised that the study was small and required further investigation, but said: “If babies are spending significant amounts of time in a baby buggy that undermines their ability to communicate with their parent, at an age when the brain is developing more than it will ever again, then this has to impact negatively on their development. Our experimental study showed that, simply by turning the buggy around, parents’ rate of
talking to their baby doubled.”

So, when you purchase your next pram, apart from size, price, colour and practicability there are important developmental considerations to take into account!

What to look for in a pram

  • The part of the pram on which the baby lies must be completely flat (nearly flat is not OK). It can still be adjustable, so once your baby is sitting herself up (and has the parachute reflex to the side), you can adjust the base to a sloping position. Being able to adjust down for sleeping, even for an older baby is best.
  • The pram must have plenty of room for the lying baby to wiggle, stretch arms and legs and roll their body from side to side.
  • The baby ideally needs to be facing you. As long as your baby is not moving forward and is awake, they can ride on their tummies in these flat prams.
  • Of course, your baby should not spend hours each day in a pram. While a pram ride is fantastic for vestibular and visual stimulation, and will help settle most cranky babies, it does restrict movement.
  • If you are traveling to a destination and it is safe to do so, take your baby out of the pram, spread a rug on the floor and let her play on her tummy. This is by far the most important part of her day. Space and the freedom to move are essential for healthy development. See our free GymbaROO-KindyROO video on tummy time here.

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FAQs

When should you think about buying a pram? ›

So when should you buy a car seat and pram during pregnancy? The ideal time is to have your car seat and stroller at home and ready for use by 35 weeks. This means you may need to have ordered your chosen products by 32 weeks, just in case delivery is delayed for any reason.

Why is a pram important? ›

A pram is designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually while they're lying down. It's sturdy and generally can't be folded flat. A stroller is lightweight and collapsible, ideal for older babies.

How do I know what pram to buy? ›

Keep an eye out for a pushchair with the following features:
  1. Car seat and carrycot compatible.
  2. Light enough to lift in and out of your car boot or footwell.
  3. Compact when folded – perfect for coffee shops and smaller living spaces.
  4. Small frame for steering through tight streets and shop doors.
19 Jul 2022

How much should I spend on a pram? ›

At the top end of a stroller budget, you can expect pram costs to sit anywhere between £1,000 to £2,500, though most sit at the lower end of this price estimate.

When should kids not be in a pram? ›

However, official guidelines recommend that a child should be transitioned out of a stroller around three. Children need to develop strength and stamina, and sitting in a pushchair doesn't allow for that. Walking also encourages them to be active and independent and reduces the risk of obesity.

Are prams good for babies? ›

These prams are best for newborns who have plenty of room to lie flat, stretch out and sleep while facing you. The part your baby lies in can be detached and used as a carry cot in some models. But as your baby starts sitting and grows, you will need a pram that your baby can sit in.

What pram did Meghan Markle have? ›

Meghan Markle Loves the Bugaboo Stroller — & There's a New Model – SheKnows.

What should you not buy for your first baby? ›

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  • A Changing Table. This is one piece of furniture for the nursery you can definitely skip. ...
  • Wipe Warmer. ...
  • Diaper Disposal System. ...
  • Special "Baby" Detergent. ...
  • Bassinet. ...
  • Expensive Crib Bedding. ...
  • High Chair. ...
  • Baby Food Processor.
23 Sept 2021

What pram does Kylie Jenner have? ›

Kylie Jenner just showed off a new ride that her mom, Kris Jenner, and sister Kendall Jenner got for her newborn son, Wolf, which appears to be a custom Chrome Hearts Bugaboo stroller.

What prams do the Kardashians use? ›

Nuna is one of the biggest names in the baby stroller world, and it's used by celebrities like Jessica Alba, Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Eva Longoria.

What pram does Gigi Hadid have? ›

I tried Gigi Hadid's favorite stroller brand—is it worth the price tag? Bugaboo strollers are beloved by celebs and mortals alike.

What pram should a newborn be in? ›

The main thing to bear in mind is that newborns need to be in a flat position for the first six months to help with lung and spine development. As such, you'll want a pram that comes with a carrycot (or bassinet) attachment or one that reclines fully.

How long should a baby lie flat in a prams? ›

When can babies stop lying flat in a pram? Babies don't start to gain head control and be able to support themselves in a semi-upright condition until they are at least three months old. If your baby cannot support their head properly and cannot maintain a sitting position, you should wait a bit longer.

How long should a baby stay in a pram? ›

Babies should be parent facing in a carrycot from birth until around 6 months or until they can sit up unaided, at which point they can progress into a seat unit.

Why do you put money in a pram? ›

It was believed that, should the baby keep hold of the coin, it would be economical in its adult years. Conversely, if the baby dropped the coin, the child would go on to be more frivolous with its spending.

What can I use instead of a pram? ›

  • Delta Children. Jeep Wrangler Stroller Wagon. ...
  • Joovy. Tricycoo Kid Tricycle, First Trike. ...
  • Kazam. Co-Pilot Bike Trailer.
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Do you need a pram for a 2 year old? ›

If you enjoy long walks with your little one in a pushchair, a double buggy is probably worth investing in, as 2 and 3 year olds only have little legs. They can't walk far and they can't walk fast, so if you usually walk a mile or two and plan to continue this, it will be tricky without a double pushchair.

Should you keep a pram in the house before baby is born? ›

As with most superstitions, though, there is no evidence for any of this: the presence of your pram (or cot or car seat) in your house has absolutely no power to impact your pregnancy or your baby's health.

Is walking with a pram good exercise? ›

The best bit is that studies show, walking or running with a buggy increases your calorie burn by approximately 20% what it would be without the buggy- depending on the weight of you, your child and the buggy.

Is pushing a pram good exercise? ›

Parents, your stroller (and your baby) is a new and perfect workout! Pushing your stroller can be MUCH more than a way to get around...it can be a wonderful way to get in shape after your baby makes their entrance into your lives!

Should babies sleep in prams? ›

Yes, it's Safe. In short, yes- you can let your baby nap in the stroller. There's no need to be concerned about your baby's safety if they fall asleep while you're out on a stroll together. If you have a newborn, it's preferred that they fall asleep in a bassinet style stroller that allows them to lay flat.

What pram Did Kate Middleton use? ›

Her pushchair of choice came as no surprise, given Silver Cross' long and royal heritage: it was given a Royal Warrant in the early 20th century and has supplied royal families with both its traditional pram - the Balmoral - and its modern models ever since.

What baby stroller does Kim Kardashian use? ›

I know you wanted to know what stroller Kim Kardashian will get. Well, yesterday she was spotted strolling through NYC with Orbit Baby Stroller Travel System G2. I absolutely love the white frame and black infant car seat.

What pram do the Royals use? ›

Silver Cross & The Royal Family

It has been the royal family's pram of choice for almost a century. Silver Cross has carried the Queen, her children, grandchildren and now her three-month-old great-grandchild George.

What do new babies really need? ›

The necessities:

Several weeks' worth of baby formula (to start) 6 or more cotton bibs. 6 or more burp cloths (though receiving blankets and cloth diapers also do the trick) Insulated cooler/carrier for outings.

What are the most important things to buy for a newborn baby? ›

Here are the important baby supplies to stock up:
  • 8-10 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce.
  • Bottle brush.
  • Dishwasher basket for small items.
  • Formula (if not nursing)
  • Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)

What stroller did Beyonce use? ›

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Paltrow treated Beyonce and husband Jay-Z to a Cameleon stroller by Bugaboo, boasting a dark gray base and off-white fabric; the posh baby-transporter retails for $979.

What strollers are celebrities using? ›

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  • Jennifer Garner: Maclaren Grand Tour LX. $675.00.
  • Halle Berry: Baby Jogger City Mini. $221.00.
  • Jessica Alba: Orbit. ...
  • Tobey Maguire: Maclaren Techno XT. ...
  • Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts: Phil & Ted's Vibe Buggy. ...
  • Alyson Hannigan: Quinny Buzz. ...
  • Matthew McConaughey: Orbit. ...
  • Minnie Driver: Jeep Overland Jogging Stroller.

What stroller does Khloe Kardashian use? ›

Khloe Kardashian [@Khloé Kardashian] and her baby girl True with our CYBEX PRIAM. I have this same stroller and the Platinum Cloud Q SensorSafe infant seat. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!

What pram does Pippa Middleton have? ›

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were seen pushing their newborn son in a £1,100 Bugaboo pram as they headed out for a family stroll in west London on Sunday.

What pram does Katy Perry have? ›

Baby stroller brand, CYBEX has revealed an exclusive design that it created to mark the safe arrival of Katy Perry's baby girl. Daisy Dove Bloom, the daughter of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, is now the proud passenger of the unique CYBEX PRIAM stroller.

What prams are not made in China? ›

A few stroller brands are manufactured outside of China in a variety of countries, including Agio and Peg-Perego, Bumbleride, and Stokke.
...
  • 2022 Nuna Demi Grow Stroller. ...
  • 2022 Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller. ...
  • 2022 Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Jogging Stroller. ...
  • 2022 Silver Cross Jet3 Stroller.

What kind of stroller does Cardi B have? ›

The “WAP” rapper, 29, shared a new Instagram photo Tuesday dressed in head-to-toe vintage Dior and posing next to a Dior stroller, presumably housing her newborn son.

Is Nuna a luxury brand? ›

As a premium baby gear brand, Nuna is among the higher-priced options but well worth the investment, designed to last and make your daily life with little ones as easy as possible.

What stroller does Sophie Turner use? ›

Uppababy Vista V2

Yes, the Vista is a luxe stroller model, but it also happens to be beloved by parents as an everyday workhorse—plus, that bassinet is sleep-safe. (It looks like Turner's Vista of choice is in charcoal.)

Which is better stroller or pram? ›

Prams are suitable for newborns and babies up to 6 months old whereas strollers are suitable for babies who are a few months old.

Can you put a 3 month old in a pram? ›

Your baby must remain in a carrycot from birth until three months. This is simply safer – the carrycot, or classic pushchair, has tall side walls to protect your littlie from the wind, rain and sun. There are many strollers on the market with the option of reclining the backrest to the lie-flat position.

Can 4 month old sit up in pram? ›

We recommend switching to the stroller seat in a reclined position once baby can support their head on their own, which is typically about three months old. Then, you can switch to fully upright in the stroller seat when baby can sit up on their own, typically between five and seven months.

Is it unlucky to bring a pram I to the house before baby is born? ›

As with most superstitions, though, there is no evidence for any of this: the presence of your pram (or cot or car seat) in your house has absolutely no power to impact your pregnancy or your baby's health.

Is it ever too early to buy baby stuff? ›

But if you can't wait to get started, consider waiting until you are at least 13 to 14 weeks pregnant for more major purchases. You can start buying baby things like onesies or sleepers as soon as you find out but you might find them hard to look at in the event of a loss.

What should I start buying when pregnant? ›

Nursery Basics
  • Baby monitor.
  • Crib, bassinet, or play yard.
  • Crib bedding.
  • Crib mattress.
  • Diaper changing table.
  • Diaper pail or trash can.
  • Dresser or bins for clothing storage.
  • Glider or rocking chair.
14 Jun 2021

When should I start buying things for my baby uk? ›

The answer is there no “right time” to start buying baby stuff, however most people wait until after they have reached the second trimester, or the 12th week, of pregnancy to start buying baby products. What is this? Pregnancy is exciting and planning for your baby's arrival is all part of that excitement.

What should you not buy for a newborn? ›

Here are the baby products you should avoid spending money on, and what to get instead.
...
Getty Images.
  • A Changing Table. ...
  • Wipe Warmer. ...
  • Diaper Disposal System. ...
  • Special "Baby" Detergent. ...
  • Bassinet. ...
  • Expensive Crib Bedding. ...
  • High Chair. ...
  • Baby Food Processor.
23 Sept 2021

What should you not bring to the hospital when having a baby? ›

Here's what not to bring to the hospital when you're ready to deliver:
  • Too much clothing for you or the baby. Choose one outfit each and leave the rest home.
  • Valuables! ...
  • A bunch of cash (rely on your partner to pay for snacks).
  • Lots of diapers, since the hospital will provide enough for the time you're there.
17 May 2021

What should you not do with a new baby? ›

It's inevitable you won't do everything just right, but read on and you can cross these common mistakes off your list.
  • Car seat safety. ...
  • Back to sleep. ...
  • Not feeding on demand. ...
  • Not burping baby properly. ...
  • Failing to pre-burp. ...
  • Mistakes in mixing formula or breastfeeding. ...
  • Not enough tummy time. ...
  • Under- or overreacting to a fever.
29 Jan 2018

What week should you have everything ready for baby? ›

Your labour could start at any time, so it's best to get all your essentials together by the time you're about 36 weeks. Pack all the things you'll need for labour and for after the birth, such as your birth plan, nappies and a change of clothes, and put the bag by your front door.

What baby stuff sells the most? ›

Sales of baby products in the United States in 2020, by type (in million U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicSales in million U.S. dollars
Petroleum jelly109.44
Baby powder68.02
Baby oils67.34
Baby shampoo39.87
8 more rows
13 Jun 2022

What should I buy before baby is here? ›

Before baby comes, it's handy to be ready with:
  • Basic health supplies, such as an infant thermometer, bulb syringe, and baby soap.
  • Bibs, burp cloths, and a few baby blankets.
  • Newborn-sized diapers and sensitive-skin wipes.
  • One to two bottles and a can of formula (just in case)
  • Onesies, sleepers, and infant-sized hats.
14 Jun 2021

What are the six things a pregnant woman needs more of? ›

According to ACOG, you and your baby need these key nutrients for a healthy pregnancy:
  • Calcium. Helps to build strong bones and teeth. ...
  • Iron. Helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to your baby. ...
  • Vitamin A. ...
  • Vitamin C. ...
  • Vitamin D. ...
  • Vitamin B6. ...
  • Vitamin B12. ...
  • Folate (Folic Acid)

What can I get for free during pregnancy? ›

Best Free Baby Samples
  • Amazon Baby Registry Welcome Box.
  • Buy Buy Baby Free Goody Bag.
  • Target Welcome Kit.
  • Walmart Baby Registry Welcome Box.
  • Babylist Registry Hello Baby Box.
  • Enfamil Family Beginnings Pack.
  • Pampers Club Rewards Program.
  • Huggies Rewards+ Program.
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Which fruit should I avoid during pregnancy? ›

Papaya – It tops the list for obvious reasons. Raw or semi ripe papaya contains latex which can induce premature contractions and that can be dangerous for your baby.

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