Ashley Walmsley's blog, On The Way, looks at life through the eyes of an expectant dad. Here, he describes the difficulty of finding the perfect pram ...
There must be a ward in most hospitals which nurses and doctors refer to as the “PRI” Ward.
The occupants of the Pram Related Injuries ward would be mostly male, and the injuries themselves vary. Keep this point in mind.
Our research into prams wasn’t as extensive as it may have been for other purchases (eg whipper snipper cord) but we took some time to figure out what works best.
Prams are displayed on perfectly flat, shiny floors so when potential buyers take them for test pushes, they handle smoothly.
I half expected a salesperson in a cheap suit, pointy leather dress shoes and too much male jewellery to wander up behind me and say: “Ahh, the Steelcraft 750Z - she’s a beaut, isn’t she?”
The real test of a pram is its collapsibility. My memory awakens a scene of dad struggling to find the right adjustments to fold up the baby vehicle.
A good deal of stern muttering, pulling levers and shaking the frame seems to come to nothing.
Even once the monstrosity is down, it is a completely different story jamming it into the boot space of the ‘91 Tarago.
It would be easier if they came with a tow-rope attachment where you hook on and drive off merrily pulling it behind.
That’d be handy because you could grab a load of top soil on the way home. It’d hold half a tonne.
Thankfully, pram manufacturers have refined things since then but there are still dangers for new users.
Folding a pram involves some level of coordination. For instance, one foot must apply pressure to a pedal while release clips on the upper handles are pulled skyward.
Then, in a smooth, forward-arching, double pike half-turn tuck twist, the device is folded, but not pressed, into something still about three-quarters of its original size.
Done correctly, and all is peaceful in the world. Done with a cavalier attitude, you’re likely to strain a muscle, chip a tooth and/or lose a finger.
The PRI staff will then offer you your “usual bed”.
Read more of Ashley's blog at Queensland Country Life.