Sunday, January 27, 2013

32 Weeks: Choosing a Pram.

In our little place, it’s hard to “nest” in the traditional sense. We’re hoping to move soon, but it might not happen before the baby comes. Optimally, it would happen before, but finding the right dog-friendly rental in our price range and in our preferred neighborhoods doesn’t come around every day. 

So what have we done? We went to Baby City twice this weekend, and Babies R Us once. Let me just say, that Babies R Us suck here, and that Baby City is much more akin what Babies R Us is like in the USA. We bought three 3-packs of wipes, a baby gate (to use now with the dogs), a bottle and two extra nipples, and a Mombo. I was debating about getting the Boppy or My Brest Friend, and the Mombo is the cross between the two.  I hope I like it! 

We also spent hours checking out the prams (AKA pushchairs, strollers, buggys) in stores and online. I have been really interested in having interchangeable components instead of an entire travel system to push around. In the USA, they have “snap-and-go” frames that you can attach many different car-seats to, but they really don’t  sell anything like that here in South Africa. The closest style is a system that has different interchangeable components, such as a car-seat, a carrycot/Moses basket, and a full seat that reclines.  

Graco Evo Trio (source).
Leaving the store on Saturday, we had two Graco’s in mind- I liked this one because of cup holders and R1000 cheaper, the other hubby liked another because it was the lightest and had three components (see above). It needs a small base to connect the car-seat to the stroller frame, has easy one-handed collapsibility (into a squareish-rectangle shape) We came home and read reviews- the one I liked had lots of negative reviews- the cup holders fall and your stuff crashes to the floor, and the wheels get squeaky. 
Bebe Confort Elea (source).

So we went back today, Sunday, ready to buy this one (of course) and found another pram , Bebe Confort (AKA Maxi-Cosi), that had similar features, is cheaper, has some suspension springs on the back wheels, collapses into a longer and narrower shape, stands upright when closed, but is a little heavier than the Graco. After seeing how helpful it was to read reviews, I couldn’t commit to either- so we left without a pram AGAIN. Coming home, we read reviews for the two contenders, and they both sound really good.


I have no clue which one to choose. I (of course) like the looks, the one handed 'collapsibility', the extra carry cot/Moses basket, and the lightness of the Graco. But is it worth R1000 more?! I honestly don’t know. And on the Bebe Confort one, I like how the handle is adjustable, the wheel suspension,  the size it collapses to, and how it stands up on its own. So who knows when we’ll actually make a decision and buy one.

The Bump and Baby Center say this about Week 32:

“At 32 weeks, baby’s birth still seems kind of far away, but you and baby are physically ready in a lot of ways, just in case there’s an early arrival. Baby may have turned so she’s in the head-down position by now, poised for her trip down the birth canal. Intensity might be building in the symptoms department, as heartburn and contractions intensify around week 32.”

“By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.”

Pregnancy Tracking Questions

How far along: 32 weeks.
Size of Baby: As big as a squash or as heavy as a jicama.
Sleep: Waking often, but no insomnia.
Maternity clothes: Are pajamas considered maternity wear?
Stretch marks: Not yet.
Wedding Ring: Getting tighter! There is more and more of an indent left in my skin.
Best moment this week: Going to the beach and wearing my maternity bathing suit!
Worst moment this week: Feeling “blah” for a couple days.
Movement: She has really been making strong movements on my ribs- not painful, but a different kind of pressure.
Miss anything: Cold lunch meat- summer makes me want sandwiches with big piles of ham and turkey!
Cravings:  I wouldn’t call it cravings, but ice cream on a summer night would be nice…every day!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Belly button in or out: In for now! I just realized that when I lean really far forward, I saw that it was pushing out, but would go back inside when I stood normally.
New aches and pains: My feet, specifically the balls of my feet, are getting tender for a day after working out/being on my feet for several hours. I was reminded about the hormone relaxin that might be causing my feet to “grow” and loosen, causing some of the pain. Also, there is some slight swelling- nothing too noticeable except to myself.
Braxton Hicks: None yet. Since this is my first pregnancy, I’m not sure how they’ll feel.
Looking forward to: Washing and folding all the little baby clothes and blankets we have (weird, I know).

Song of the Weekend: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2. So appropriate on so many levels.


Gina said...

My only advice re the pram, make sure that it has a single handle across, like the pink one pictured. If it has two seperate handles then its nasty to push one handed. The single handle version is sooooo much easier. :)

Crystal said...

If I had to choose a pram (or any other baby accessory), I'd be completely overwhelmed and confused. It seems like the baby market is just overflowing with options and brands and prices. I have a hard enough time picking out a collar or leash for my dog, so I can only imagine how I'd feel having to get baby stuff!

Good luck with the housing search. I always forget that places like Canada (and apparently South Africa) have pet restrictions in a lot of places. In France, landlords aren't really allowed to say no to pets....which is a good thing for me!

Eliza said...

I love that you spend so much time on all these decisions - such a thoughtful mommy already!!

Deidre said...

Eep, picking a pram would be so hard. I have no idea what I'd choose. But I'm a function over fashion girl, so Gina's advice seems great :)