Wednesday, 23 May 2007


We went pram shopping for our Baby recently. I know, I know, it is extremely early to start shopping for baby stuffs considering that we have not even passed the first trimester. But our logic was while she is still agile and comfortable now we might as well have a look around first plus I say shop not buy.

I agree it will be crazy to buy now especially we do not even know how many babies are we expecting. Secretly we are hoping that by some divine intervention we are blessed with 2 babies but that is another story.

Pram shopping to me is like shopping for the right car for the baby. Should we go for continental ones like Maclaren? Although they are more expensive but hey they are European cars ..... er I mean Pram. They are also definitely more sturdy and they can be used to till the age of 5 in most cases. What about the Japanese make like Aprica and Combi since they are really light. Aprica is actually rather pricy but extremely light. The Mrs and I feel that it is a little too flimsy.

Besides make and model, there is also the look. Should we go for Sports Car type, read 3 wheels pram or the normal four wheels type? Even the size of the wheels has to be considered. Big wheels while looking nicer are indeed a lot heavier.

Based on what we've seen, I think Baby here will most probably end up with a Korean make instead just like the Daddy is driving a Korean car.
We liked the Capella S-228 with a touch of orange. The features are:

Reversible Handle - I like this feature cause I like to have the option to watch Baby while we are out for a stroll

Height Adjustable Handle - Guess this is useful since we are all of different height

Full Reclining Seat - So that Baby can lie flat and sleep

Detachable Front Bumper - For easy placing of Baby into the pram

Double Compact Fold - This is rather cool mechanism in action. One simple move and the pram is folded for easy storage

Swivel Front and Rear Wheel - This is my favourite feature. 4-wheel drive!! Can go sideways some more!!!

Washable Seat Pad - Standard feature for hygiene

Sleeper Canopy - Shield Baby from sunlight when sleeping

Carry Strap - Like carrying a golf bag


Anonymous said...

we bought the same stroller... but the older version.

if you have your eye on this... and your baby's not due until 2008, here's a hint... wait for the taime (at Chai Chee) year end warehouse sale... they distribute the stroller and you might get one at 1/2 price... we did.

A Husband's Voice said...

Hi there, thanks for your tip. Guess we'll wait till year end for the sale since Baby is not due till early January.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest that you buy one with a full canopy instead. Not only useful for rainy days, your baby can sleep better inside. For half canopy, you need to buy extra rain cover which is a hassle to put on.

Also check that maximum weight the stroller can take. Most strollers take up to 18 kg only. You can be surprised how fast your child will reach 18 kg, and will still need the stroller !

Nice to read a blog from a hubby, it's a refreshing change.

A Husband's Voice said...

Hey tamarind, thanks for your advice. I believe the one that we are eyeing has full canopy but will confirm before committing. Good point about the maximum weight though.
That's what this blog is about. For me to voice out and to learn from you mummies. Wish there were more guys commenting as well.
Keep reading yeah?

Anonymous said...

This pram looks good enough. Buying a pram is indeed very important as it concerns the comfort and safety of the baby.

what i want to emphasise on is, the full reclining seat, MUST get one that comes with it! its so impt when you bring your bb and he/she wants to sleep.

we make the mistake of buying a pram that can't recline fully and our poor baby gotta sleep sitting up.

alternatively, you may want to consider getting a travel system pram in which it comes with a detachable carseat that's convenient when you want to bring your baby out. the carseat detaches from the pram and attaches to the car and when vice versa.

Anonymous said...

I have bought this same S-228 model at $219 recently. My baby due in November. Chose the Aqua Blue one. It has full canopy with a see thru hole with open/close flap (unlike maclaren).

I have shopped around and saw several brands. Maclaren seems to be commonly used and expensive. But i dont like the idea of having no front bar to 'protect' the baby and hang toys, and having to back bar to hang 's' hooks. And to close a maclaren you need to bend down to close it. There is another expensive brand peg prego, which i thought very similar to normal pram.