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Folding prams

(37 Posts)
Woody Fri 03-Jun-11 14:56:34

Have just joined gransnet and have been reading the section "being a gran" and came across the section on prams and how/or not to fold them up. I thought I was the only gran who has never mastered this art! Prams were never so complicated years ago! My grandchildren are 8 and 4 and I never did master the art of getting the pram into the boot, now another grandchild is expected in October(other daughter) and when they were talking about prams all I asked was that it was one that folded up without having to take a degree in logistics beforehand!

tjspompa Fri 03-Jun-11 22:31:22

I'm glad that I am not the only one that struggles with folding prams/pushchairs, my engineering degree never included pram folding, obviously a lack of foresight. Why can't they colour code those important bits you have to push/pull/kick in order to fold the xxxxxxx thing.

harrigran Sat 04-Jun-11 00:01:07

I thought I was the only person incapable of pramogami.

nannyw Mon 06-Jun-11 18:20:41

He he he... know that feeling ohhh so well. With all these fandangle buggies you need a master class in how to fold them, steer them, and even worse how to fit rain covers on !!! Just bring back proper prams i say !!

Elegran Mon 06-Jun-11 19:11:45

And bring back waterproof prams. What is the use of a padded pram that you can't take out in the rain ? That happened to a young friend of mine. It was not cheap either - and the colour ran.

With the good old Silver Cross you had a waterproof apron that hooked up onto the hood, leaving a space that the child could see out of but the rain could not get into. The rain covers on the modern ones are hard to fit, particularly in a sudden rainstorm, and the child then sits in a steamy Turkish bath. You see mothers pushing them inside the supermarket with the rain cover still tightly in place - in case Tesco's roof springs a leak, I suppose.

Libradi Sun 19-Jun-11 07:41:07

Oh yes I'd forgotten the buggy folding. By the time I'd mastered it my granddaughter had outgrown it and preferred to walk! I can remember once when we were out for the day no amount of pushing, kicking pulling would make it fold down to put in the car. We ended up putting the whole buggy just as it was in the back of the car and I never did get the hang of the rain cover.

Grumpyoldwoman Sun 19-Jun-11 08:58:25 the 'Pramogami'
When our first grandchild was a baby I took her to our local Garden Centre and could not refold her 'Jane' pram when we returned to the car........inspite of a number of people trying to help. Fortunately we had a Freelander at the had to collapse the seats and put the whole pram as it was into the back of the car. I felt a right idiot !!! [blush[
My youngest daughters i Candy cherry is much easier to fold and manouver....thank goodness, as I will be looking after GS for 2 days a week when she goes back to work in Sept. smile

Nellsy Mon 20-Jun-11 13:14:03

I too have just joined and had the same problems with prams so much so that I have had to ask peopel with prams how they work, they are also all different. What happened to the simple pull up metal rings and push down? No trapping of fingers and easy and all the same!!

glammanana Mon 20-Jun-11 13:52:28

When ever any of my DCs spring the news another little treasure is
due out comes the Grosvenor and the tin of duraglit and if they want me
to have the baby at any time when we go out I walk,I leave all the
technical stuff to them

harrigran Mon 20-Jun-11 17:11:09

Oh my ! a Siver Cross Grosvenor, a proper pram smile

supernana Mon 20-Jun-11 18:22:24

And, in the 60s, I had a black Marmet Queen...enormous stately wheels...polished to perfection - with white leather interior and all-white sheets and shawls. Two children sitting facing each other. How I loved our daily walks [4 miles each way] to Abington Park, the rose garden and the aviary...then refreshments in the museum tea rooms. As for today's folding prams, I must admit that I find them somewhat of a puzzle. glammanana...I do as you do smile

Grumpyoldwoman Mon 20-Jun-11 18:24:36

Wish I'd kept the Siver Cross pram I had. I do have a largish pram here which is super to take babies for walks along our single track country road.It is like new and my daughter bought it for £10 from a car boot sale.
The all singing, dancing pram we bought for our latest GC was nearly £800 !!!!

glammanana Mon 20-Jun-11 23:01:05

We should all have a Grans-net walk from John-O-Groats to Landsend
pushing our proper prams,if nothing else we would be able to post in
on Mondays and tell everyone how much weight we had lost.

Libradi Tue 21-Jun-11 08:25:16

I loved my Silver Cross Pram too, it was Navy blue and looked lovely with a white Sun canopy. My mum had a big navy and white coach built Silver Cross for me and I've still got my Silver Cross coach frame dolls pram in the attic, we did bring it down for a while when my DD was small but it took up so much space! It's big enough to actually put a baby in it. The hood and cover is a bit faded but I think I may pass it on to my GD this year as they are moving house and should have room for it.

Littlelegs Tue 21-Jun-11 08:36:35

Ah my big pram Silver Cross Burgundy colour it was with lovely crome work it used to shine. I used it for my two daughters. Then someone I knew was having a baby, as she was short of money I gave it to her.
I saw it a couple of months later - it was a total wreck. I went home and cried. So much for trying to help someone out.

Littlelegs Tue 21-Jun-11 08:42:02

As for the new buggies you need to be a contortionist to either erect them or fold them up. As for getting them in the car - no hope for me in that department I'm too short and would have to lift it up above waist level to get it in.

Gally Tue 21-Jun-11 08:46:16

Oh, all this talk of Silver Cross prams makes me so nostalgic! I had a dark green 'Victoria' version bought by my parents as they wanted their grandchildren to be 'comfortable' on the unmade road where we then lived. It did my 3 girls and a friend's surprise baby some years later. It then resided in the garden shed (with the Grandads?) for the best part of 20 years waiting for our grandchildren but when they arrived, of course it wasn't needed. Far too big and clumsy and how would I get it to Australia anyway! After 20 years the chrome had gone and mildew had set in so it was sold on ebay for renovation. I just hope someone is loving it as much as I

Stansgran Tue 21-Jun-11 10:25:42

I had a "lightweight" silver cross- navy with a go faster red stripe and was built like a tank. Like libradi says looked lovely with a broderie anglaise sun canopy.
I cant maoeuvre the three wheeled cross country effort that my grandsons have -we use a cheapo thing from a charity shop. With the first grandchild in Geneva I thought we could walk along the lake and get the boat back but they require pushchairs to be collapsed and small child(14months no English speech) looked kindly at me and pointed to all the things I had to press in the right order-out of the mouths (silent) of babes and sucklings...

janthea Tue 21-Jun-11 10:44:06

I, too, had a Silver Cross navy pram for my two daughters. I also had a seat that sat across the pram for First Daughter to sit when the baby was asleep. There was a large shopping basket underneath that took all my shopping.

I can't manage these McLarens and Bugaboos. Can't work out how to fold or unfold them. I'm obviously useless. confused

harrigran Tue 21-Jun-11 12:11:13

Not useless janthea, I have not heard one Gran say that buggies are a doddle. Those lovely Silver Cross prams seemed to retain the gorgeous baby smell too. A buggy does not have a smell or is that because nobody uses Johnson's baby powder these days ?

glammanana Wed 22-Jun-11 12:03:20

Oh harrigran,I can just close my eyes and smell my DCs all wrapped
up in towels and smelling of Johnsons baby powder and their terry
nappies smelling of the fresh air after blowing on the line all day.
I still use JBP and Imperial Leather on my DGD and she thinks I'm
daft when I go all soft and cuddle her to me for a smelly hug!

harrigran Wed 22-Jun-11 12:17:22

I bet, like me, the towels you used for baby were lovely fluffy white ones. Now I see beige, green, yellow hooded towel things which are hardly big enough to snuggle a baby in.

glammanana Wed 22-Jun-11 12:45:24

All the baby clothes that you see now are such awful colours,I remember
my mum and my nana knitting none stop for my DD when I was expecting
her and everything was done in white and maybe lemon so it was ok
for boy or girl and the pram sets all matched the covers of the big pram,
now all the colours are dark and dismal or lime green or orange,in our
shopping centre Jan Walton mum of the six girls does a fabulous selection
of hand knitted pram sets etc for new borns for the neo-natal
unit in Liverpool,she has a lot of regular customers because now a lot of the
hand knitting skills have been lost.

optimist Wed 22-Jun-11 13:09:02

what do you mean ok for a boy or girl? Do you really believe that boys and girls should wear different colours?

glammanana Wed 22-Jun-11 13:31:30

When my children where born I had no choice at to what colours where
knitted for them,and my grandmother and mother where of the age that
it was pink for girl or blue for boy,but obviously then you did not know
the sex then as you can now,so they used to play safe and knit white or lemon or cream.I'm very sorry to have upset anybody as to what colours
boys and girls should be wearing,but I do not think that my 2DSs would be
happy wearing pink in with their Armed Forces uniforms don't you.