Like adults, babies also enjoy taking in sites as you’re strolling or running, and they certainly should not have to wait until they can walk to do so. But there’s more to this equipment.
Besides providing newborns with comfort and warmth, prams also help mothers shed much of the pregnancy weight and provide their backs the much-needed relief from strain. It’s why every mother wants a pram.
However, when travelling, prams can sometimes pose challenges. To help you avoid unnecessary issues while you’re on the move, here’s a guide on how to travel with a pram.
What is a Pram & What Features are Important When Buying One?
Have you ever heard of the word perambulator? That’s where the phrase originates.
A pram is a small four-wheeled vehicle resembling a bassinet that moms use to carry their young ones while moving around. It also goes by the names baby carriage, stroller, pushchair, carriage bassinet, or go-cart.
You see, a newborn baby cannot sit independently. In a pram, they can lie comfortably, and as you move around, they get to enjoy the scenery around them. In addition, while a parent or guardian steps out or does some chores, the baby stays safe in a pram bassinet.
Most prams have some covering to give the baby a cozy atmosphere while shielding them from direct sun and dust.
While shopping for a pram, there are several features that you need to consider. Some of these features are must-haves, while others are good to have.
These are the essential features that every pram should have:
- Reclining seat to allow the baby to lie flat
- An adjustable canopy
- Reversible seats that allow the baby to see the sites in front of them or sit facing their mom
- A 4-wheel or 3-wheel system: The 3-wheeler is lighter and therefore easier to manoeuver than the 4-wheel system, albeit less stable. For parents who run or jog, the 3-wheeled structure is ideal. On the other hand, the 4-wheeled is suitable for all types of terrain.
These additional features are not compulsory but make the pram a lot more convenient for your baby and you.
- iPad hook-up
- Toy attachments for entertainment purposes
- Reversible handle that allows you to position the baby either facing forward or the rear, depending on their mood and age
- Storage basket for storing baby’s belongings, like milk and diapers
All the materials should be of quality, and the pram should fit into your car boot. Look out for durability, sufficient storage capacity, and overall, a balanced design. Don’t forget to assess the price and washability of the pram fabric.
Can You Take Prams on a Train?
Trains have a dedicated space for wheelchairs where you can place a pram.
In most Irish trains, the space allows up to three prams, although it largely depends on the class in which you travel. But if it’s first-class, you’ll probably pay for the space.
For wheelchair-accessible toilets, there’s sufficient room for you to drive in the pram and change your child.
Here’s something you may not know about trains. They’re much safer to travel with prams than cars. Just ensure the pram is held solidly, so your baby is safe.
Can You Take Prams on a Plane?
Almost all airlines allow you to travel with a pram for free. They even allow at most two pieces of equipment for your child.
However, the pram will be placed in the cargo hold together with your other luggage. That’s because it’s considered an addition to your baggage allowance.
Nevertheless, always check with the airline before flying to know their policy on prams or strollers.
Are Prams Free on Ryanair?
According to their policy, Ryannair allows a maximum of two checked pieces of equipment per baby for free. This can be a pram or pushchair and either a bassinet or car seat.
Although collapsible strollers are allowed up to the gate, your other items must go through a check at the ticket counter.
If you have other additional baby items, be prepared to pay an extra amount. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s cheaper to pay online for these items than at the airport.
Can You Take Prams into Supermarkets?
Most supermarkets allow prams. In fact, if you’re not picking a lot of stuff, you can carry them in the pram’s storage basket.
Most mothers place the items they’re shopping for on top of the pram. That said, it does feel weird because you kind of look like you’re shoplifting.
But there’s an alternative. Most supermarkets have a section where you can lock your pram. So you can carry your young one in the trolley’s baby seat, and when you’re done with shopping, transfer everything to the pram.
Always feel free to ask the supermarket staff. Otherwise, you can even push the pram as you hold the shopping basket on one arm.
Can You Go on Buses with Prams?
In Ireland, buses allow prams in. The buses have spaces reserved for that purpose at the front where you can stand or sit with your pram.
- For safety purposes, keep the following in mind when travelling with a pram on buses:
- Be cautious when lifting the pram into the bus to avoid injuring the baby.
- Place the pram at the front part of the dedicated space to allow a second one to fit in.
- Put the brakes on and remove any excess items that may weigh down the pram.
- Always request for other passengers to allow you to alight before them. Also, get off backward, as it’s the safest for both you and your baby.
What Prams Fit in a Mini Cooper Boot?
When buying a pram, one thing you need to consider is the size of your family car. You’ll be travelling with the pram in your boot. Therefore, you need a size that fits in the boot.
For parents who own the Mini Cooper, you know how small the boot is. Some of the prams that can fit in it folded or with some wheels off include:
- Bugaboo Bee pram
- Stokke Scoot
- Concord Neo Mobility
- iCandy Cherry
- Buzz pram
- Apple pram
What Prams Fit in a Fiat 500?
Some of the prams known to fit in a Fiat 500’s boot include:
- iCandy Peach
- iCandy Orange
- Cossotto Wow
- Silver Cross Jet, Egg
- Babyzen Yoyo.
Remember, the car has a tiny boot, and you may need to take off the wheel, fold the pram, and carry the seat to the front.
In most public means of transport, it’s free to travel with a pram. But keep in mind that whether it’s a bus, train, or plane, there will be measures in place to accommodate this handy equipment. The good news is, now you understand better how to travel with a pram.