How many of you remember the carrycot and transporter prams which were popular throughout the sixties and seventies? I had one for my own babies, as well as a “big pram” of course. The carrycot was perfect for using when the babies were newborn as the carrycot could be placed inside the large cot at night, it could be taken on visits to relatives or friends and was ideal for shopping instead of having to leave the pram outside.
Carrycots were used with what was called a “transporter”, which meant it could be used as a pram and wheeled around as well as used as a cot. Lightweight but sturdy these little prams were very useful, the wheels folded neatly when not in use and the cot itself folded flat.
In the early days with my own babies when I went out in the car I put the carrycot on the back seat of my little Mini and the wheels went in the boot. A folded nappy underneath the carrycot at the rear of the seat ensured the carrycot was flat and not sloping, but other than that it wasn’t secured in any way. How dangerous we would think this is today but I travelled miles with my babies like this and thankfully they came to no harm.
Once baby was sitting up the carrycot was no longer any use as there were no safety straps inside, so as with my other prams, I sold the carrycot and transporter and yes, you have guessed, I wish I had kept it!!
But some months ago I was fortunate in that a lady I know was clearing out her attic and found her old carrycot and transporter so offered it to me. At the moment it is being used by my granddaughter for her dolls but I have been asked if I will loan it to an expectant mother. This lady is in the UK while her husband is studying and then will return to their own country, at the moment they are living in a tiny flat and have no room for a full size pram or cot, and being on a student income are short of money, so the carrycot and transporter will be ideal. She was over the moon when I offered to loan it to her and when her baby arrives in March the carrycot will be very useful and put them on until they return home in summer.
The photo above is of the Silver Cross Minuet carrycot and transporter, very similar to the one I now have.
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