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When to Move Baby from Pram to Pushchair: A Guide for New Parents

When to Move Baby from Pram to Pushchair: A Guide for New Parents

When to Move Baby from Pram to Pushchair: A Guide for New Parents

Pushing your baby in a pram is a special experience for parents – it’s a time when you get to enjoy the fresh air, bond with your little one, and sometimes even catch a break when they drift off to sleep. But as your baby grows, you might start wondering when it’s time to transition from the cozy pram to the more interactive pushchair. Let’s explore the key points to consider when making this move.

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Understanding the Differences Between Pram & Pushchair

First, let’s clarify the difference between a pram and a pushchair. Prams typically have a fully flat surface, ideal for newborns and babies up to six months old. They provide a safe and comfortable space for your baby to lie down while you're on the move. On the other hand, pushchairs or buggies usually have an upright seat, allowing your baby to sit facing forward and explore their surroundings as they grow older.

Safety First: Newborns and Prams

For newborns and babies under six months, lying flat is crucial for their safety and development. Their delicate neck muscles aren’t yet strong enough to support their heads fully, so lying flat helps to protect their airways and promote healthy breathing. Prams, buggies with fully fold-down seats, and travel systems with carrycot attachments are the best options during this stage.

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Transitioning to a Pushchair: When is the Right Time?

The general advice from experts is to transition your baby to a pushchair once they can sit upright unaided and fully control their head movements. This milestone typically occurs around six months of age. At this stage, most babies have developed enough muscle strength and coordination to sit comfortably in an upright position.

Moving from Carrycot to Upright Seat

If you have a travel system with a carrycot attachment, you might be wondering when it’s time to switch to the upright seat. The same rule applies: wait until your baby can sit upright and control their head independently. This ensures their safety and comfort during the transition.

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Transitioning to a Stroller: Lightweight and Convenient

Strollers, often lighter and more compact than traditional buggies, are suitable for slightly older babies. If your stroller is designed for babies, you can make the switch once your little one meets the criteria for sitting upright and controlling their head movements.

Identifying Signs of Readiness

While the guideline is around six months of age for transitioning to a pushchair, every baby develops at their own pace. Typically, between three to six months, babies begin to develop the muscle strength needed for sitting upright. Look for signs of head control – can your baby hold their head steady and move it freely? Can they sit on a firm surface without assistance? These are indicators that your baby may be ready for the move.

Conclusion: Safety First, Always

As you prepare to transition your baby from a pram to a pushchair, remember that safety is paramount. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your chosen travel system, and pay attention to your baby’s individual readiness cues. While most babies are ready for a pushchair around six months, trust your instincts and err on the side of caution. Enjoy this new stage of exploration and discovery with your growing little one!

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