It is the end of our family holiday to Penang with a toddler. As I pack up our hotel room I glance over at the pram sitting patiently in the corner – where it has been all holiday – waiting to be used. I wondered, “Do we still need to bring a pram on holiday?”
If you are planning to travel with your baby or toddler, one of the things you will be asking yourself is should I take a pram or stroller? And if so, do I need to buy a special travel stroller?
Criteria for a Travel Stroller
When taking your baby or toddler on a family holiday ask yourself these questions in relation to whether you need a travel stroller.
Age of baby or toddler
How old will your child be when you travel. At under 6 months, your baby cannot sit up, so possibly still requires the bassinet mode of your pram. At this point, you may find it easier to take your pram when you travel. The only thing I would suggest is that you purchase a bag to place your pram into if flying with your baby. Luggage holds get dirty, a stroller bag will help keep your pram clean.
Routine of baby or toddler
After 6 months your baby will be sitting up, yet babies and toddlers will continue to thrive on routine. This means allowing for meal and nap times even though you’re travelling. Having the right travel stroller to fit your needs will make all the difference in the success of your family holiday.
Consider whether your child can easily sleep in a stroller or would your child prefer a larger pram. Also, think about whether you can carry all the extras packed for a day out with kids.
You may also find your toddler has a mind of its own 😉 refusing to use the stroller. If that’s the case, you may not want the stroller. Or perhaps something more lightweight that you can fold and carry, ready for when the need arises.
Activities planned on your family holiday
But it’s not just the modes of transport where you will be taking your stroller – you will also be pushing the stroller around your travel destination. For example, if plan to walk around cities like Rome that are filled with cobbled stone streets then you may prefer a more robust travel stroller. Something that doesn’t tip or get caught in small potholes.
Many all-terrain strollers are 3-wheelers, so if you choose to go with this option please be mindful of holding the pram in rough terrain as the pram could easily tip to the side at the front.
How many times will you use the travel pram?
Lastly, when considering to purchase a travel pram, think how often you will use this purpose bought stroller? Could you make do with your own stroller? Maybe you just need a few accessories.
Or have you decided that on your family holiday with the activities you have planned, the age and temperament of your child, it’s just not worth taking a travel stroller?
Let me know your thoughts on taking a travel stroller on a family holiday.
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