When it comes to many things we know it’s best to leave it to the experts; the doctors and the trained professionals. But then there are also some things in this parenting game where the parents are the real experts. Like when it comes to packing your pram.
They’re the ones on the ground, on the front line, in the trenches. They know what works, what doesn’t and what will help make your life just that little bit easier a.k.a avoid getting caught out with a poo explosion and no nappy, no wipes and no change of clothes.
When I was pregnant, a friend said to me that being prepared makes it easier to go with the flow. I took it on board but didn’t truly understand what she meant until I had kids myself. You just can’t comprehend how much stuff you need for a tiny baby – until you are standing on the side of the road with that screaming baby, a poonami and no wipes.
Getting out of the house is daunting enough, so here are a few tips to help you feel prepared and ready to take on any outing with ease:
1. Find the right pram
This will vary for everyone, as the best pram for you will be based on what suits your lifestyle. Of course, safety and baby’s comfort come top of the list, but you also need to factor in things such as storage, if you’re planning to be out and about a lot and need to fit everything you need. If you live an active lifestyle or you spend a lot of time at the beach, you might want to opt for one which is suitable for different terrain. If you want to be able to take your baby for a run, you may want to look at one specifically designed for that. Or aesthetics might just be your thing and it’s all about getting the one that looks best on the ‘gram.
Some that have more storage may be less agile and harder to manoeuver. Others might look great but are difficult to fold up and fit in the boot. Make a list of your top priorities so you can make the best choice for you.
2. Pimp out your pram
Look we’re not talking about paint jobs and mag wheels (although I hear they do those) but more the accessories. Things like cup holders (yes, essential), bag clips or carabiners, pram caddy, sunshade, rain cover and so on. Anything that can make your life a little bit easier and make your essentials easily accessible. See what your pram comes with and you can also shop around and find universal options too.
3. Suss out your storage
So storage is a big one, and some will want to go big or go home on this front. But either way, you’re going to need it. So check out what your pram comes with and then you can figure out what you need to add to it. You will most likely have a baby bag that you can fit in there or you might like to buy a dedicated bag to put things in.
Many parents swear by good old packing cubes to compartmentalise all the essentials i.e nappies and wipes in one, clothes, bibs and wraps in another, and toys and other essentials like tissues, hand sanitiser and bandaids in their own little pouch or section. That way when you need to repack them, you can just take those inside and leave the pram in the car.
4. What to pack
This really depends on a few things, like where you are going, what time of year it is and how long you are planning to be out.
As a general rule, here is your pram checklist:
5. Protect your pram
When your baby is in the pram bassinet, lining it with a waterproof mattress protector and bassinet sheet is a great way to keep the pram clean and dry if your baby vomits or has a leaking nappy. That way you can just whip those off and throw a new one on and no bad smells will get on the pram.
As the baby gets older and starts having food in the pram, it will get dirty very quickly. You will try and fight it but the mess is real. So think about opting for a pram liner that will catch the majority of the mess and you can throw in the wash. Baby wipes will also be your best friend, wiping down as much as you can on the go because that baby food seems to dry like glue.
Opting for a pram with machine-washable fabrics is also a great way to keep your pram clean and in great condition.
6. Weighing it down
If you’re heading to the supermarket or shops with your pram, be careful that you don’t overload it. Hanging too many bags off your pram can be dangerous and you risk the pram tipping over. If you know you need to grab some things, try and factor this in when you are packing your pram so you can utilise the storage space underneath.
When it comes to your pram, it’s always best to be over-prepared. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Because we know, like anything to do with little ones, sometimes the 💩 is inevitably going to hit the fan – no matter how organised you are. But if your pram is stocked with the essentials, it might just mean that you can stay out for one more coffee (or a wine over lunch), enjoy a walk with a little less stress or send your partner out with the baby knowing they have everything they need so you can relax.
This is a paid partnership between Kiindred x Bugaboo.