Choosing the right travel pram system for your baby

Mar 7, 2012

Who would have thought that one of the most difficult decisions to make in preparation for the arrival of our sweet baby girl, would be which pram-pushchair system to buy! Honestly, it has taken us forever to decide!

When it came time to make a decision, we headed to Baby Park to “test drive” a few since they have a fairly large selection of brands and systems to choose from. We decided the most intuitive pram system to collapse down and put back up again would be the one we’d most likely get. It had to be quick and easy to do. That was our main criteria. Simple.

The Maxi Cosi Mura

The only pram system this worked on was a Maxi Cosi and we liked the Maxi Cosi Mura 4. So from the very beginning, that was top of our list. But it didn’t feel 100% right. We tried countless other pram systems and several we couldn’t collapse at all. And some looked so complicated you’d need an instruction manual each time you needed to fold it up to put in the car or on the plane… we needed something easy.

We were intent on sticking with our “intuitive to collapse” criteria and searched online for the best deal on a Maxi Cosi Mura 4.

Is a carry cot necessary?

The next stumbling block we had was, do we really need the carry cot? Will it be used? Will a Maxi Cosi car seat and the pushchair/stroller be enough? We read countless comments on forums and listened to advice from friends. Some in favour of the carry cot, and others saying it was rarely used and not worth purchasing. We still couldn’t decide if we needed it or not.

We couldn’t decide on the colour either, and I was worried about the weight of the chassis and navigating those big front air tyres through shop doorways, nevermind around display rails/cabinets in the shops, and tables and chairs in cafes and restaurants.

Would we ever decide?

The Joolz Day and Joolz Earth edition

Our childbirth preparation classes started and we met another couple who had ordered a Joolz Earth. During our visit to Baby Park, we hadn’t been able to collapse the Joolz system at all. We had even watched others struggle and give up trying to collapse it. But this couple’s enthusiasm for the Joolz, which was much lighter than the Maxi Cosi Mura, made us visit Prénatal at the Megastores to wheel around the two pram systems we were trying to choose between (the Maxi Cosi Mura 4 and Joolz Day) on their “rough terrain”. And to give us a head start, we watched a video clip on how to collapse the Joolz before we went.

Once we knew how to collapse the Joolz, it was easy!

For me, Joolz was the clear winner for comfort and maneuverability. It’s tall with a high seat position so you’re not bending down too far to reach your baby, and it feels very compact for navigating around shops and cafes. The smaller wheels at the front really help with that, plus all four wheels have suspension (perfect for leisurely walks on rougher terrain). I loved that the handle bar was higher too (I’ll be able to wear heals while out and about with baby and still comfortably reach the handle!)

Still deciding

My husband and I both liked the Joolz; now the decision was a compromise over comfort (for us and for baby) and the price. And do we really need the carry cot? – which is an optional accessory for the Maxi Cosi, but it’s part of the set with the Joolz.

We still both favoured the Joolz, and then we discovered that the carry cot is approved for a baby to sleep in overnight. That could be useful since we’re planning to travel to our home countries during baby’s first 6 months…

A visit to the Negen Maanden Beurs, Amsterdam RAI

Still not quite sure which to choose, we visited the Negen Maanden Beurs and were given an excellent demonstration of the Joolz Day on the Joolz stand. There were so many plus points for choosing the Joolz. We were sold. We entered the daily prize draw to win a Joolz Day and were disappointed not to win it. Our minds were made up. We wanted the Joolz Day.

Back home, with a discount code that we’d picked up at the Negen Maanden Beurs, we purchased a Joolz Day from De Geboortewinkel webshop, plus the adapters for a Maxi Cosi car seat.

Guess what arrived today! :-)

Now we just need to assemble it… perhaps with the help of an online video ;-)

I can’t wait for our baby girl to arrive. We’re counting down the last few weeks now and I’m looking forward to our daily walks using the Joolz Day! I think we made the right choice.

What pram system did you decide on? Do you love it? Was it as much of a challenge for you as it was for us trying to decide? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

With love,
~Natalie

1 Comment

  1. Laura

    Aww I was just going to recommend the Stokke Xplory. It’s not easy to collapse the first few times but once you get it, it’s easy. I loved mine for my daughter. We got the baby bed too as we used it as her bassinet for the first few months inside as well. We live on the 3rd floor of our building and I liked that the Xplory could go up and down steps. Even when we would leave it in the storage room below, it was easy to unsnap the bed and carry upstairs with the handles.

    I don’t know if you decided on the bassinet or not but I would seriously consider it as babies should not be in carseats for more than 30 min at a time at such a young age. If you want to avoid both options, I recommend a wrap (draagdoek) such as the Moby. LOVED using that for plane travel!!! Hands free travel is always a perk!!

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