Dear parents, you don’t buy yourself bigger-sized jeans to prepare for an expanded waistline a couple of years later, right?
You wouldn’t buy your kid an adult bicycle because “he would outgrow his 3-wheeler sometime in the future”, right?
So you shouldn’t be thinking of that one-size-fits-all stroller or 3-in-1 car seat to “save money” at the expense of your child’s comfort and safety.
We know that babies outgrow their clothes and baby gear very fast and often a stroller doesn’t come cheap. You don’t want to spend money on multiple strollers but you have to understand that your child has different needs when he is at 1 month old, 6 months old or 12 months old.
Why You Should Get The Right Stroller
It is simple as it is.
At 0-6 months old, your baby needs a sturdy, structured stroller that can absorb bounces and prevent jostling, as well as a comfy seat that fully reclines, so your newborn can lie flat on his back.
At 6-12 months old, your baby can sit up and you would need a seat that can be parent facing or world facing.
At 12-36 months, you would need a good travel stroller to take him to places.
There are really different needs and you may find yourself needing to buy multiple strollers. But that is completely normal because your kid is growing. You will find that having two strollers for one child is almost a necessity.
The Problems With 2-In-1 Strollers
It is enticing to buy multi-functional strollers, for example, one that use an infant car seat carrier as the seat. We know this makes it easy to move baby from car to stroller.
However, comfort and safety is compromised when you allow baby to routinely sleep in a car seat outside of the car.
Most parents don't realize that sleeping in car seats and other baby gear increases baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The American Academy of Pediatrics SIDS prevention guidelines specifically recommend that babies be moved from car seats to a flat, firm sleeping surface as soon as is practical.
It's also important to note that a frequently cited 2009 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that healthy newborns sitting in a car seat had significantly decreased blood oxygen levels compared to those laying flat and the researchers concluded that infant car seats should be used for car travel and not as a replacement for a flat sleeping surface. Your infant getting sufficient levels of oxygen to the brain is pretty important for health and development!
Strollers that use an infant car seat carrier as the seat are MAJOR contributors to the negative developmental effects association with this overuse.
Continue to use an infant car seat carrier as a stroller once baby is able to sit upright.
More often than not when buying a stroller, we consider practicality, cost and convenience without consulting anyone about what’s developmentally best for our babies.
Rent Multiple Strollers Instead Of Buying
We know that cost could be a problem.
In some cases, a child could go through 3-4 prams in his first two years. A pram can cost as much as SGD$2,000 and the wide variety of options is overwhelming. You might end up with four strollers at home when your child could finally start walking. In this aspect, it is not environmentally friendly at all.
Often these strollers are used for several months, and then are either disposed or left idling for months or even years.
Save yourself the trouble, rent premium prams on a monthly subscription, and never worry about clutters and the next best pram fit.
A rental subscription (link to Renting Is Not Embarrassing article) gives you the flexibility to switch prams whenever your baby outgrows it at an affordable monthly fee.