How To Minimise Wear and Tear On Your New Pram
Monday, February 11, 2019
Your pram is not just an accessory, but a lifeline. Maintaining a new pram should be a priority for all new parents, as the absence of one will significantly impact the smooth rolling of your day. The good news? Maintaining your pram can be as easy as you like. Save yourself a greater effort and cost down the road, and make small behaviour changes now to minimise the wear and tear on your new pram.
Stow your pram safely
The pram doesn’t get too much thought when it’s not accommodating your little one. As soon as they come out, the pram is pushed to the side, and not thought of until the next journey. It is best practice to keep your new pram inside at all times, away from the elements and crawling insects that may want to call your new pram home. It will also keep your new pram looking newer for longer, with no chance of fading. This also extends to how you stow your pram in the car. As busy parents, we tend to adopt the ‘good enough’ approach when we toss the pram in the boot or backseat. This may save you about five minutes, but it will not save or serve you in the long run. Take the time to slow down and stow your pram in the car in the correct manner, making sure it cannot move and bump too much along the way.
Always wipe down and clean up
Anyone who has seen a baby eating in a pram will attest to just how messy that practise can be. Mastering motor skills takes a while for a little one, but that doesn’t stop them trying to get into liquids and solids in the meantime. Every time your child eats on the go or when taking in their surroundings in the park, be sure to use one of those handy baby wipes to clean up your pram so that nothing dries and sticks. Without a quick wipe down after each messy interaction, you may find your pram becoming an incubator for bad smell and bacteria.
Read the manual
Read the manual? Ground breaking. And yet so many of us skirt around the manual, placing it in a drawer, never to see the light of day again. Having your pram break down is not a position you will want to find yourself in, ever. Before you roll into your new pram life, read the manual from start to finish to make sure that you are not operating your pram in a way that will diminish the longevity of your pram. Remember that just because you have assembled your pram, it does not mean it is done in the correct way.
Monitor your wheels
The wheels are the one area of the pram that cannot be overlooked. When the wheels stop turning? Well, the wheels stop turning. Some prams will allow you to remove the wheels and clean the mud and debris that sticks to the tread. You can also do this without removing your wheels, by giving a thorough clean with the pram laying on the side or upside down. Try and avoid rolling over oils and solvents as they can stick the debris to the wheel, and accelerate the wear and wear process.
Minimising wear and tear is one thing, but making sure you have the best pram available to start with will make a world of difference. Baby Train is the leading provider of quality prams, helping parents settle in to their new roles and ease the daily grind. Contact our pram specialists online or call (03) 9558 0010.