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#1 smythesmum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

Hi All,

Very new to this.  Currently pregnant with our first, due in August.  I have commenced research into prams and have to say I'm utterly confused!

Would appreciate experienced Mum's words of wisdom.

We need a pram that will be suitable for tall parents (both over 6ft), assuming a tall baby,  off-road (walking down bush tracks) and as compact as possible as whilst we're upgrading to a Territory we still need to fit in two golden retrievers!

Looking to use from newborn stage.  Any advice people can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

#2 bikingbubs

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

Mountain buggy.  I had the urban which was awesome for off road and the handle is adjustable.  The swift is more compact but havent used it myself so unsure if the handle is adjustable on (but i'd say it would be!)

#3 elle-M

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Baby Jogger City Elite or Summit - excellent for tall parents and tall children (better head clearance than Mountain Buggy for the child) and huge sun shade. The wheels also pop off so the pram can fit behind the driver's seat (we have one big golden retriever so put the pram in the backseat even though we have a Prado, gives the doggie more room which you would definitely need with two! original.gif).

#4 naturalgoodness

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

Baby Jogger has a great adjustable bar that is designed for tall and short parents! We just bought the new model mini GT and its great for swapping between the 2 of us (spent ages testing them in store). Whilst the pram itself is designed from newborn, we also bought the bassinet that fits onto it to use at the start.

#5 smythesmum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

Thanks so much ladies.  This is so helpful!  Now I know where to start narrowing down my search :-)

#6 k10

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

We have the Baby Jogger City Elite, I'm 5'7 and DH a bit taller. Both our boys were long babies and are tall for their ages.  Our pram is 4 years old so they may have changed a bit. It's not that compact for storage but folds easily and we love it - it goes anywhere and is very well made.

#7 schnookaberg

Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

Another vote for the baby jogger city elite- my husband is over 6 foot tall and he has no problems pushing it and it fits easily in the back of  our Forester

#8 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

I am 6ft 1 and DH is 6ft 4. We have the strider plus and it is great for our height. It is a big, bulky pram though but has the second seat option which will be perfect when bub 2 arrives. Lighter strollers are a pian. Even the Maclaren ones which are meant to be better for tall people are simply too short.

You can also buy a product called a pram handle extender online. I have not tried them so can't say if it is worth it.

My other tip is to try and find a baby bath that can lay across the top of your laundry tub. Perfect height for tall parents. Baby change table units are also far too low. We bought a change table that fits across the top of the cot which is a much better height.



#9 dae-gu

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

MB Swift or Urban
BJ City Mini GT (the most compact of all these - would be my pick) or the bigger bulkier BJ Elite/Summit.
Steer clear of the Strider as it won't handle the rough terrain you describe.
Happy shopping!

#10 TenYears

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

We took our Mountain Buggy bushwalking plenty of times, and the adjustable handle was fantastic for going from tall to short (handy for the second child when the older sibling wants to help).  Ours was one of the original NZ made ones though - don't know what they're like now.

#11 Girlo

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

I have the MB swift which works well for me and DH (about 6 ft), but the one thing I wish someone had mentioned to me was the possibility of converting to a double pram.

We are not TTC now, but I feel we are going to waste a lot of money having to buy a completely new pram when/if 2nd bub comes along because the MB swift isn't convertible.

If you think more than one child is possible and you are choosing between two prams, only one of which can be converted to two children, it might be a good deciding factor!

#12 kwiggle

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

Another vote for the mountain buggy - although it isn't light or compact, but IMO not having to bend is way more important! We have terrible footpaths in our neighbourhood and it's been awesome.I would second thinking carefully about your nursery furniture too. Go to a warehouse and check them out all made up.

#13 Feralina

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

We got a Mountain Buggy Urban as it was the only one that covered our requirements:

1)DH (1.98m) could stride comfortably while pushing it (without his foot hitting the base of it)
2)Easily fit into our hatchback
3)Great off-road

My only complaint is that (as a PP mentioned) the head clearance room for our tall toddler is not great.

Edited by Zeppelina, 28 January 2013 - 09:23 PM.


#14 stephanu

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

I also suggest the Baby Jogger City Elite. I'm 5 foot 10 and it can go taller than I need. It's also amazingly smooth, even over rough ground. I can fit my extremely tall 4 year old in it if I need to, nice deep seat and tall back. It isn't the lightest pram to pick up folded but when it's set up you can push it with 1 finger. Love it.

#15 Bombom

Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:53 AM

Stokke is the tallest I've tried, it is very good, though a bit on the pricey side.

#16 dae-gu

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:01 AM

QUOTE (Bombom @ 31/01/2013, 07:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stokke is the tallest I've tried, it is very good, though a bit on the pricey side.

Gorgeous pram!!!! But won't handle dirt tracks the OP wants to walk on.

Op you could also consider 2 prams. A lightweight Maclaren or BJ City Mini for the car/shopping and buy a cheap MBUrban from ebay for less than $100. The MBU are great, built to last, but not selling for much these days.

If you are somewhere where it is hot/humid, the BJCE might be better than the MBU as it has a vented seat back, so cooler for bub.




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