When it comes to prams, there are so many factors to consider; weight, size, practicality... If versatility is important to you, then you might be thinking about getting a reversible pram. There are two types of reversible prams available – reversible handle and reversible seat. Naturally, there are pros and cons for both, either way the option to have your baby facing you or facing the world is incredibly valuable.
Did you know that your baby is more likely to fall asleep in a parent-facing pram than in a forward-facing pram? It's all in the eye contact between parent and baby – this not only strengthens the bond between you and your child, it also makes your baby feel more content and secure. But don't trust us, trust the research! Studies have shown that babies in parent-facing prams had a lower heart rate, which makes it easier for them to fall asleep.
And there aren't just benefits for babies. While toddlers enjoy interacting with the world on a forward-facing pram, having them facing you in a parent-facing pram increases your interaction – you'll double the amount of time you spend talking and laughing with your toddler. This won't just strengthen your bond, it also helps with your toddler's language and speech development. Plus, there will be hectic moments involving screaming children where the ability to change directions will be invaluable.
So which type of reversible pram is best?
Reversible seat prams
The design of a reversible seat pram allows the bassinet or stroller seat to be completely removed from the frame. This means your child can face you or the world, and the pram frame doesn't change direction. That's right, everything including the handle will remain the same when the seat is rotated. Whilst this is a massive benefit, it does mean you need to remove the seat each time you want to change. To do this your little one needs to be out of the seat (note: only applies to the seat, newborns can be picked up in the basinet). This shouldn't be an issue, as most of the time you’ll decide on the direction before you put your little one in the seat and set off on your adventure.
Reversible seats are often a feature of travel system prams which also means you can interchange between a bassinet (not always included), seat, or an infant car capsule / car seat (rarely included). Great if you’ll be in the car a lot! Our babybee Comet is an example of a 2-in-1 travel system that has been designed with a reversible seat option.
Reversible handle prams
The design of a reversible handle pram means the seat remains in place and the handlebar changes from one side of the pram to the other. Changing seat direction without moving your child might sound like an easier option, but there are a few things you'll need to consider:
- If the pram has small front swivel wheels and large rear wheels, when you change the direction of the handle bar the large rear wheels will then become the front wheels. This will make steering difficult especially turning in tight spaces. Small wheels will struggle to go up steps and will buckle if not locked. If all 4 wheels are the same size this will not be an issue for you.
- If the pram isn’t designed with a hand brake, to put the brakes on you’ll need to walk around the seat to the front of the pram when the handle is reversed.
- Check to see whether the handlebar is the same height when used in both directions. Sometimes in one direction the handle is designed to stop at a certain height which can be restrictive depending on your height.
Size, weight, fold method, wheels and how compact the pram is shouldn’t be affected by whether you get a reversible seat pram or reversible handle pram. If you have a pram or stroller that is not parent facing, don’t worry that you are doing your child any serious harm. As long as you have many other opportunities throughout the day to chat to your little one and enjoy face-to-face contact there won’t be an issue. These are just a few points to consider for parents who are currently in the market for a new pram.
There are many brands, many models, and many features to consider when buying a pram. Hopefully this article has helped you narrow down your choice a little. If you’ve got any questions leave us a message in the comment box bellow or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in a reversible seat option, check out our Comet 2-in-1 bassinet & stroller set. You can see how easy it is to change the direction of the seat or bassinet in this video.