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Cheat Sheet! A Buying Guide for Your Baby’s First Pram

The word “pram” has gotten very muddled over the years. What exactly does “pram” refer to?

Some people think of it as a synonym of pushchair. The truth, however, is that although prams and pushchairs serve the same functions, they do have different styles and designs that make them dissimilar.

First of all, a traditional pram was designed as a carrycot on wheels. Traditional prams were large and hooded, with the child facing the person manoeuvring it. These traditional models were commonly fitted with large wheels and offered greater suspension, keeping the baby safe and comfortable. However, traditional prams are so large that they are generally not collapsible and often will not fit in the boot of the car. More importantly, they are designed for the use of infants, not toddlers or older children.

A pushchair, on the other hand, is literally a chair you can push. Although some pushchairs are more similar to prams in that they carry infants, offer a lie-back feature and can swivel the child’s direction, the common pushchair is often simply a seat fitted into a chassis. It is lighter, easier to use, collapsible and can accommodate even bigger children.

If you are looking to purchase your infant’s first pram, look no further. Here is a quick cheat sheet to help you in choosing what suits your child’s needs best. Print it, bring it with you to the shops and pick out the best pram to suit your requirements:


Take note of your child’s size. Some companies differentiate their models depending on your child’s age. Although this is useful, age is not always an accurate representation, because some children are bigger (or smaller) than average for their age. A better method is to take note of your child’s height and weight. For infants, take note of the weight capability of the pram and compare to your child’s total weight.
Take note of your own lifestyle. Are you constantly travelling by car? Do you like long walks in the park? These considerations will affect your choices. A traditional pram won’t be the best choice if you’re looking at constant travel by car. On the other hand, these traditional models are perfect for long, leisurely walks. You should take stock of what you commonly do, as your child and your pram will both be part of your lifestyle soon.
Take note of your surroundings. People who frequent the beach or live in areas with rough cobbled roads should look for sturdy models that can handle rough terrain. Wheels are often the primary feature to take note of with regards to this concern. Three-wheeled pushchairs and prams are best for rough surfaces, and you’ll be ensured of your child’s comfort and safety.
Take note of safety features. Most prams and pushchairs these days offer a number of additional functions. Seat harnesses, auto-lock, powerful brakes – these are all important and should be taken into consideration.
Take note of ease of use. A lot of times, you will be handling your child’s pushchair on your own. A lot of mothers commonly shop with their infants or young children in tow, so having a system that is easy to use, setup or store is very important.

Keep these considerations in mind and be ready to pick out your child’s first pram.


History Of The Second World War

The Second World War broke out in September 1939 after the Polish invasion by Adolf Hitler and which caused Great Britain and France to declare war with Germany.  This Second World War would last for the next six years and sadly, would cause more deaths than any other earlier wars.  The Holocaust was born out of this period by Hitler in which he had 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps.  The rest of an estimated count of 45-60 million people were killed in this war.  Hitler’s plan had two objectives; invade the Soviet Union and the extermination of the Jews throughout the German-occupied Europe. 

German forces took over Belgium and the Netherlands in a “blitzkrieg” or lightening war.  After 3 days, Hitler’s troops had broken through all defense barriers and the British Army realizing defeat, quickly evacuated at the end May by sea. The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declared war with France.  With France on the verge of collapse, Henri Philippe Petain with his new government asked for a truce only two days after German forces entered Paris.  The British Armed Forces battled with the German forces in the famed Battle of Britain, and Hitler was forced to postpone his invasion plans.  


On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft attacked a US naval installation on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  Taking the lives of more than 2,300 troops, the Americans approved entering the Second World War.  On December 8, the war on Japan was declared by the US Congress.  Germany and other Axis Powers declared war on the United States.


In June 1942, the Battle of Midway was won by the US Pacific Fleet and by mid-1943, Allied Naval Forces moved on Japan using a series of “island-hopping” attacks.


By 1943, American and British forces defeated the Germans and Italians in North Africa.  The invasion continued in Italy and Sicily, causing the Mussolini government to fall by July 1943.  The fighting would continue between the Germans and Allied fighters until 1945. 


On the Eastside, a counteroffensive by the Soviets in November 1942 ended the Battle of Stalingrad, which was some of the fiercest and bloodiest battles of the war.  With very low food and medical necessities, the Germans laid down their weapons on January 31, 1943.


On June 6, 1944, D-Day, the Allied began a huge invasion of Europe.  British, Canadian and American soldiers totaling 156,000 troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.  Hitler drove the British and Americans back from Germany, known as the Battle of the Bulge from December 1944-January1945.  Hitler took his own life on April 30, 1945 in his bunker in Berlin and the Germans surrendered on May 8.


Heavy casualties in both Iwo Jima (February 1945) and Okinawa (April-June 1945) led US President Harry Truman to authorize the use of a new weapon, the atomic bomb, on the 2 Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August.  This devastating bomb caused the Japanese government to surrender on September 2, 1945 and ending the Second World War.



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