Baby Essentials Encyclopedia (Part 2)
We’ve been looking up and about for the right type of stroller for this future cub. Only to come across another confusing junction – what’s the difference between pram, pushchair, stroller, buggy and travel system? And there’s the tandem model?!
Being a FTM (first time mom), I just knew the word “stroller” or “pram” and to me, they were the same thing, probably just acknowledged differently by different countries. Well, actually there is a difference!
For some parents, maybe they don’t want to make a fuss about which is which, as long as they have a functioning transportation item that can ferry their kid around, that would suffice.
However, there’s no harm in knowing the difference and its purposes.
Yes, you can argue that retailers or manufacturers just create these things to rip off our wallets. But, as we move forward, a lot of the designs are in fact ergonomically designed for the benefit of the child. So, you might want to pay a little extra attention to what you’re purchasing 🙂
So, after some digging online, here are the differences I’ve compiled. Hope it’s useful for you!
General rule: All that is sold in the market today start from either a pram or a stroller. They are then designed with many variations to suit lifestyle and numerous other purposes
- The pram is designed to carry newborns and young babies that cannot support themselves.
- As you can see from the design, the baby will be in laying position, facing you. This will allow the baby and you to see each other all the time.
- Prams are designed as such to reduce the baby’s anxiety of seeing unfamiliar faces or places. This is also the stage where mother and child bond.
- Prams are made sturdy and generally can’t be folded or collapsed smaller for storage. It takes up a lot of storage space.
Not sure if anyone would recommend this gigantic pram though!
- The pushchair (sold in the market nowadays) is designed to suit both newborns and toddlers.
- You can fully recline the seat, and have it either facing the front or facing you (like the pram), which is why it is suitable for newborns too.
- Majority of pushchairs now can be collapsed and folded, which makes it easy for traveling via bus, car and in shopping malls.
- Many parents purchase the pushchair as compared to the pram as it can be used for longer term.
Now, when you think we’re quite done here, there’s actually more to it. Pushchairs come in several categories to suit your lifestyle:
The 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 Pushchairs
2-in-1 pushchair / Travel System
3-in-1 pushchair / Travel System
- The 2-in-1s include a convertible pram and pushchair unit.
- The 3-in-1s include a detachable pram and carrycot into the pushchair unit. The carrycot that can also be used as an infant car seat until he turns 1 year old.
- The carrycot can be fixed to face the parent.
- It is foldable and most of it can fit into the car boot.
- Depending on brands, some are heavier or bulkier than others.
- The units that come with a carrycot cum car seat can also be called the Travel System, as all of the baby’s travel needs are met in one pushchair.
The All-Terrain Pushchairs
All-Terrain pushchair, which can also be known as a Jogger pushchair
- The all-terrain pushchair (usually 3-wheelers) is suitable for both indoors and the great outdoors.
- They are usually built with 3 chunky wheels with good suspension to endure the rough bumpy ground.
- When folded or collapsed, they are usually larger than normal indoor pushchairs, and takes up more storage space.
The Multiple Seated / Tandem Model Pushchair
Multiple seats or tandem pushchair
- If you’re expecting twins, or you already have an older baby and expecting another one, the tandem model pushchair is a great choice.
- It’s basically a pushchair with twin seats; either side by side or one in the front of the other.
- The stroller is very similar to the pushchair and is most suitable for toddlers and young children.
- The seat is front facing, which allows the child to enjoy the view.
- The stroller is lightweight and most of the time foldable similar to an umbrella.
- However, it is not recommended for young babies as the lightweight frame can be unstable and it does not give ample support like the pushchair.
- Strollers are much cheaper compared to pushchairs.
The buggy is just another word for pushchair or stroller, depends on who’s asking! 🙂
What We Bought
We got ourselves the ‘Mountain Buggy Mini Travel System’ – which came with 3 wheels that swivel smoothly and a carrycot cum infant car seat.
It’s lightweight, but sturdy, and so easy to maneuver!
Sorry, no real pictures as it’s still sealed in the box for now.
It doesn’t really matter what the name is, as long as you purchase the right one for the right purpose. When you shop online for a pushchair/stroller, this guide might be able to help you when you scroll down the options.
A snippet of an online store.
**Image Source: Google images
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