Advantages smooth, good design, easy to use
Disadvantages not practical, expensive
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It's not often that I sit on the fence and don't really have an opinion on something one way or another but this pram body we bought for Baby Hope has left me unsure whether I loved it or hated it! I can see it's got some great positives but the negatives then make me wonder whether it was a good buy or not and whether I would buy it again so deciding whether or not I recommend this to you will be difficult!
What really frustrates me with this is that babies are meant to be in flat lying prams until they are 6 months old. This is what WHO (World health organisation) recommend and me being a health researcher by occupation I always try to stick to these guidelines but sometimes it's just so very inpractical. Take for example if you are going to the supermarket in your car along with your husband for a weekly shop. This involves the front two seats being taken up, one back seat taken up with the baby's seat, the boot being taken up by the maxi cosi mura wheels and then you have the issue. Where do you put the pram body? It wont go in the boot as the wheels are so large so you have no option but to put the pram body on the remaining seating area in the back of the car. This then causes the problem once you've got your 8 bags worth of shopping, where do these go?! We would have endless amounts of trying to get bags in all different nooks and crannies whilst shopping and it just ended up being an extremely stressful experience. If we had an estate car we wouldn't have this problem but we couldn't afford to buy a larger car just to accommodate the pram body!It was just very inpractical. The pram body doesn't collapse down to a smaller size at all so unless you have a large car it does just take over the entire car. Yet we HAD to take it as research showed that babies shouldn't be in car seats for long!
Eventually we stopped using this pram body for anything but replacing the moses basket at night time. If we went out in the car it meant we couldn't risk buying anything else as it wouldn't fit in with us so we stuck to using the car seat clippd onto the wheels and this had it's bonusses as it meant that if Baby Hope was asleep we wuldn't have to wake her as we transferred her from the car like we would have done with the pram. If we just went on walks locally we kept her in the car seat as we never went for long so there was no worry of her being in the seat too long. the pram body, after a few weeks, was all redundant.Also the pram has no straps so when your baby is in it it's not exactly the safest of options. I know that the baby is lying flat so it's not as if they can fall forward but I imagine if you have an active baby once s/he starts trying to move around you could find yourself with a few problems!
It is nice to have a baby in a pram, it's traditional, it's more comfortable but it just wasn't practical at all.
If you have a large car and you're looking for something which is very easy to use as it just simply clips in and it looks good and is very comfortable and excellent quality then this if teh pram body for you.If you have a small car, you don't tend to be outside a lot, you want a set of wheels which doubles up as a pram and a pushchair like several do then this isn't the pram body for you.
The pram body is available on kiddicare for £117.I half recommend it and half don't!
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