Have you ever tried to wheel a modern buggy or pram in the winter? With British winters over the last two years having been particularly bad, a lot of parents have found it hard to get around with their babies in snowy conditions. . Impossible to take the car out and risk skidding, many have had to resort to walking with a baby in its pram, but how have you managed? Was it difficult to push the pram through the snow? Was your baby warm enough? How did you protect the baby from the cold? Did the fabric get soaked through or did you have to cover it with a plastic raincover?
All these things would have been so much easier with a traditional pram, the wheels are bigger and the tyres are made of solid rubber so they get a better grip on the snow. If the pram does slip and slide the baby is safer than if it was in a flimsy modern pram as the sturdy bodywork would protect the child against any impact.
In wet weather modern prams have to be covered with a plastic cover, which means it has always to be on hand whenever you venture out in case the weather in the UK turns, which frequently happens.A traditional pram has a hood and apron made out of waterproof material, just put the hood up and pull up the stormflap on the apron and baby keeps snug and dry. Only this week I have seen mothers holding a blanket over the front of the hood on modern buggies to shield their babies from the blustery wind, the babies must have felt quite claustrophobic.
A modern pram would be of little use in the floods affecting the UK at the moment, the fabric would be drenched and these prams are so low I imagine it would be impossible to wheel them through flooded areas. At least with a metal bodied coach built pram the baby would be high up and have more protection. And what about people being evacuated from their homes? I have seen pictures from the war years where families piled their prams high with treasured possessions as they were moving to a safe refuge.
Traditional prams are warmer, of course you still need to cover the baby with pram covers but they will be much cosier. In the days when everyone had a traditional pram, babies were put outside every day in the fresh air, whatever the weather, and in extreme conditions a hot water bottle would be tucked at the bottom of the pram, safely out of the way of the baby of course.
People in cold countries still use coachbuilt prams as they realise the benefits. One young couple in the Baltic states told me they bought a modern pram for their new baby, they walked everywhere and within a matter of weeks the wheels had worn out! They decided to go for a more traditional pram and bought a new one from Heritage, they are delighted with it, they walk miles every day and the baby keeps snug, warm and dry in their cold climate.
How did you manage to wheel a pram in bad weather?
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