It's taken me almost two years to write this, but, better late than never.
I don't think I have ever been so stressed than I was when having to choose a pram! I had no idea just how many brands and styles there were to choose from, seriously!
Of course my main priority was choosing a pram that looked good, functionality wasn't that important to begin with! However, going into the baby shops and folding and unfolding different prams was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life. It was the first time in my pregnancy journey that I felt incapable, because let's be honest some of those things are really bloody tough to manage! And when I started to feel the gazing eyes of other expecting parents and the shop assistants land on me, I couldn't help but feel emotional (gotta love those hormones). There I was struggling to unlock latches and fold down clunky prams, how on earth would I manage once the baby arrived.
I soon realised that practicality and functionality had to come before aesthetics!
Luckily there are some great products on the market and I was able to narrow the selection down to two, it was between a Bugaboo and the Stokke.
One really important aspect that I needed to consider was the height of the handle, ideally I needed something higher than most to avoid my left arm and shoulder from leaning down too low. It might sound silly to most of you, but it is really crucial that I keep my shoulders in line to avoid any injuries. Pushing a pram every day is one quick way for me to create an uneven balance in my upper body, so this was probably the second most important factor, second to a quick and easy assembly.
So, I chose the Stokke Crusi.
And, I love it!
It has been all over the world with us!
It is easy to assemble and unfold.
I do need to unlock two side buttons at the same time, but thankfully I'm able to do this without any issue.
The Stokke is often recommend for taller people because of it's height. This was perfect for me (even though I'm very short!) because it meant that the handle was higher and therefore I didn't need to lean too far to one side for my left arm to reach it.
The other great thing about the Stokke is the range of movement for the seat. My daughter has used this since birth and as she has grown so to has the pram.
The height of the pram is also great because I'm able to leave my daughter in it whenever we our out for coffee or a meal, rather than having to put her in a high-chair.
I chose the Stokke Crusi specifically because of the huge carry space at the bottom. With motherhood comes stuff, lot of stuff ... and we need somewhere to store it! So for me, having a base large enough to put groceries and baby bags and 'stuff' was really important (also because I am not able to carry anything while pushing the pram - that includes coffee!).
The Stokke Crusi is sturdy, not too heavy and most importantly - it's easy for me to manage!
Another awesome thing about it ... it is obviously very comfortable for bubs, because my daughter sleeps in it almost every day!