Your baby prefers to be carried on your body, for example in a baby sling. This can help build and strengthen your bond. But if you have longer distances to travel, you will need other ways to transport your baby. A pram is suitable for longer walks or shopping trips. Babies can feel safe here too, plus your back can have a rest for a while. When your child is older, you can also use a stroller or buggy. The child can sit in it while moving and can see more of their surroundings. If you are travelling by car, your child must be placed in a baby carrier car seat, whether you are driving or riding as a passenger. It's best to get one before birth.
When driving with a child in the car, you are required by law to ensure their safety. The installation of a baby carrier car seat is therefore mandatory. The law applies to children up to the age of 12 and therefore also to your newborn baby. It doesn't matter whether you own the car or not. A baby carrier car seat should be placed in the back seat before the car is in motion with the baby's view directed towards the rear window of the car. Some people are bothered by the fact that they can’t observe the child very well this way. However, the baby’s safety should always come first. Remember that your baby's back muscles are not stable yet. Therefore your baby should not spend more than two hours in the car seat, after which a longer break is necessary. Some baby carriers can be supplemented with special inserts for newborn allowing the baby to lie in a less curved position.
Baby carriers always have a carrying device. This way you can also carry the basket with the baby in it over your arm like a handbag. When you do grocery shopping you just put the basket in the trolley or cart. Some models can also be easily mounted on a pram frame. This can be handy, for example, if you don't want to move your sleeping baby after a car trip.
Some baby carriers are built to be secured in a matching bike trailer. Opinions differ as to the age at which this type of transport is recommended. It's best to ask your paediatrician for a recommendation. Always keep in mind that your newborn's spine is not yet stable. Your bicycle trailer should therefore have good suspension.
Before you get a pram, you should think about where it will be used. If you also want to use it for trips into the countryside or for walks on uneven ground, the model should have good suspension and the largest possible wheels. A pram with smaller wheels is more maneuverable. Such models are recommended if you often have to manoeuvre through narrow shops. You may occasionally want to take the pram in the car or elevator. If so, you should pay attention to its measurements. Some prams can be converted into buggies or strollers. Such a combination solution can be practical and space-saving.
As soon as your child is able to sit up on their own, a buggy can also be a suitable means of transport. Then your baby can observe the surrounding environment. Buggies are usually lighter than prams, plus most models fold up without difficulty. You should know that some experts advise against using a buggy too early. They point out that many children become stressed when new stimuli rush towards them. That’s why important that babies can see their caregivers. If you use a classic buggy where the child sits facing the direction of travel, you should always stop and check that they are okay. There are also models that allow for the seating direction to be changed as required.