What's the best pram for a newborn baby?
Buying a pram for a newborn can be a confusing exercise, and as a first-time parent, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. How do car capsules work and what is a travel system? What’s the difference between a convertible and a standalone bassinet? Can I put a newborn in a stroller seat?
We hear your questions, and we’ve got you covered! Read on for our comprehensive guide to buying a pram for your newborn.
The unique needs of newborns
The first point of call is to make yourself familiar with the unique needs of a newborn baby. The consensus among health professionals is that newborns should spend as much time as possible lying flat on their back. This is the optimal position for both spinal and muscle development, while ensuring that their airways remain open and unrestricted.
Why pram bassinets are essential for newborns
Experts recommend the use of bassinets for babies less than 6 months old as the safest travel option for their development and safety.
- Bassinets reduce the risk of SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death – formerly called SIDS). Lying flat ensures your baby’s airways remain clear and they are able to inhale enough oxygen.
- A flat, firm surface allows them to stretch out and move freely which is important for both muscle and spinal development (your baby is developing rapidly during this period).
- A flat position is also most comfortable for bub to sleep in – which means easier to get to sleep and stay asleep!
Reclining stroller seats
Unless the seat reclines fully to a 180 degree flat surface, it is not recommended to use a stroller seat with your newborn. Many stroller seats rotate the entire seat frame to recline. The risk with putting a young baby in a seat is that their back becomes curved with legs up and neck tilted forward. This can restrict the amount of oxygen they're getting and can be quite dangerous, hence why the Australian safety standards now require companies to advertise these types of stroller seats as “for use from 6 months plus".
We recommend they remain in the bassinet until they can sit up unaided and support their head and neck.