Post by the Omrud Post by John Ashby
I believe you can't buy a pram or a pushchair these days, you have to
buy a "travel solution".
Actually, Silver Cross prams are still available, but only really of use
to those who have a nearby park. And a nanny.
We've just forked out for Daughter's travel solution. Could have bought
a car instead.
I had one of those umbrella buggies for first child, and then a double
one took both children. They were quite cheap, light and easy to put
up and down. Today's buggies are horrible. You need a course on how to
operate them and you can't be holding a child in one arm and use the
other. I collect 3 year old granddaughter from nursery and mum doesn't
drvie so they go by bus (and anyway she works for Greenpeace so would
anyway) and the buggy is at nursery, folded nowaways,.
I have to get buggy, lunchbox, bag of change of clothes and
granddaughter to the car and in. I used to collect a buggy fully
opened out and have to struggle to fold it down and get it into the
back of the car. I often failed and it had to sit awkwardly sideways.
At the flat, which is tiny, I have to get them all out, through the
front door, opening it with a fob, into the lift and then unlock both
locks on the flat door and stow the buggy.
It often comes unfolded at some point during this journey and I have
to try and fold it down, carrying the bags and my bag and if I fail it
is half up and half down, like Fred Fernakapan's trousers,
This is very awkward to carry. It isn't even good for putting the bags
in. And then in the flat, as the flat is small, everything has to be
in place and it has to be folded down tiny. If I can't, I get into
trouble when daughter comes home. 2 weeks ago I was fired! I was told
not to come the Wednesday I usually do. I was back employed last week
though :). Free childcare.