Travel system prams are highly sought after as they can be used from birth to approximately 3 years old. Buying a 3 in 1 pram is much easier than ever before; a lot of pushchairs are compatible with a variety of different branded car seats. However, if you are a frequent traveller, a complete travel system is recommended as a baby shouldn’t be in a car seat for any more than 2 hours at one time unless it lays flat. However, you should still look at all of the functions different 3 in 1 prams offer to choose the right type to suit you.
Travel systems are a big expense to start with as you are essentially buying 3 different prams in one purchase which might not be affordable to some of you. However, it’s a one-off purchase as you won’t need to buy another pram for your child. In the long run, they are cost-effective as they are much cheaper than buying each pram separately and you don’t have to worry about pram shopping again as your child will only grow out of it when they don’t need to sit in a pram anymore.
Knowing that your pram will fit all the components to make it compatible is easier for you as a parent. You won’t have to worry about forgetting adapter accessories to be able to connect the car seat to the frame. 3 in 1 prams are built in to make it quick and easy to change the positioning of the pram to bring your baby comfort. However, these types of prams do take up a lot of room. They tend to be bulkier than the normal pram, taking up more space so measuring your boot is vital and making sure you have space in your home for your pram to be stored so it is out of the way. The extra bulk many travel systems have adds extra weight to the pram so you need to make sure you are able to manoeuvre it based on the lifestyle you have.
As 3 in 1 prams are in high demand, there are so many different types you can now choose from to suit your lifestyle. You can get lightweight travel systems that are more compact which is ideal for you if you don’t have a big car or have limited space in your home. These would be ideal for travelling on planes, buses and other public transport as it would be easier to manoeuvre and fold up in confined spaces. Other travel systems specialise in being versatile as there is extra added comfort for the one size fits all solution of a 3 in 1 pram. Comfort is therefore not compromised as your child gets older which attracts many parents to use this type of travel system. Other travel systems are designed on specific terrains so whether or are an outdoorsy parent or a city parent, there is a travel system to suit you and your child’s needs.
There are numerous safety measures prams have to ensure that your baby is both comfortable and safe in a stable pram. If you choose a pram which is made for hilly terrains, there would be added safety features in place to make the pram extra sturdy. This could be from the type of harness used to fasten in your child to the level of bouncy suspension the pram has. However, when choosing your pram, consider the braking system and what would work best for you. Some prams only have brakes on the wheels whereas other prams have a wrist strap on the handle for extra security. Breaks are an important feature in hilly terrains and when travelling on public transport so make sure that they are easy to take on and off to make travelling with your child easier.
Overall, 3 in 1 prams are more convenient as you don’t have to worry about purchasing the next stage pram for your little one and you know that all components will fit the pram exactly. In addition, they are ideal for parents who will travel a lot with their child as it takes a matter of minutes to change between functions, i.e. bassinet to a car seat. However, they are an investment piece as the initial cost is much higher. If you regularly travel then a 3 in 1 pram might be the better option, whereas, if you are a city goer, a small compact pram might be more beneficial.