12 Alternatives To Using A Pram
A good way to keep your baby or toddler entertained during your outside adventures is to mix up the ‘mode of transport’.
We all encounter that period when all of a sudden your baby is learning to crawl or your toddler who is keen to explore, no longer sits happily in their pram. Well, welcome to our parenting hacks! Below we selected our favourite picks for baby carriers, wagons, bike seats and trailers right through to our fave trikes with handles.
During these developmental leaps, sub in one of our alternative ‘modes of transport’ and avoid the struggle to strap them into the pram. A change is as good as a holiday right?!
Joey Mama Baby Wrap Carrier
Baby wrap carriers are the perfect way to carry your little one close to you and assist them to easily transition from womb to world.
Baby wearing is the act of carrying or wearing your baby in a wrap, sling or carrier. The idea is that your little one is held close against your body, chest to chest, exactly where they want to be. Baby wearing has many incredible benefits, both for baby and parent/caregiver.
Once you become a parent you realise that achieving just simple daily tasks becomes restricted during those early newborn days. Getting 'hands free' time can be a bit difficult. Baby wearing is the easiest way to keep your baby calm (or asleep) while you get things done. This is definitely one of our favourite benefits (hence why it's listed first!) If you happen to have older children, baby wearing is a fabulous way to care for your newborn while also being able to carry on with everyday life (school drop off, dancing lessons, park play dates etc.)
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Karinjo Child Carrier
Karinjo Child Carrier has been designed and tested to provide a safe, comfortable and convenient way for you to carry your child on outdoor adventures. It has a fully adjustable harness for both child and adult, and you can effortlessly switch the harness mid-hike. A contoured hip belt evenly distributes load carriage and reduces fatigue. Its features include-
- Highly specified quick-adjust adult harness
- Contoured hip belt and laminated EVA shoulder straps
- Secure, padded, easily adjustable child harness
- Padded, adjustable saddle
- Removable, washable seat, side cushions and front headrest
- Multiple storage pockets, including integrated bottle pocket and key clip
- Pocket mirror
- Stable alloy frame folds for travel or storage
- Reflective safety details
- Sun shade and rain cover available (sold separately)
This carrier will take you from around 6 months of age to an 18kg toddler.
These wagons are custom designed here in Australia to make outdoor adventures with your family a breeze. Perfect for parks, beaches, camping, fishing, shopping and much more. This is a wagon your kids will actually love to ride in!
The wagon is great for 6 months and up to ride in with no max-age. We determine age suitability based on a total weight load capacity of approx. 150kg.
The Burleigh Wagon was designed for up to 4 children to ride in comfortably. Please note, seatbelts are provided for 2 children and additional safety belts can be purchased if needed
Meet the Veer Cruiser, designed for those who prefer to take the paths less traveled. With the feel, functionality and safety of a premium stroller and the fun of a rugged wagon, Veer Cruiser will take you further and on terrain once thought of as off-limits for family adventure.
Just like a stroller, you have the ability to turn and pivot. Easily manoeuvrable when loaded. You can attach your car seat as well. There are adapters available for just about any brand. Just like a wagon, pulling makes it adaptable to rugged outdoor terrain.
Fast, compact fold makes it easy to transport and store.
Suitable for newborn to 6 months: For newborn to 6 months use of the Nap System (sold separately) is required or attach a baby capsule with adapters (sold separately) 6 Months up to 15 kg: From 6 months to 15kg the cruiser can be used with the Toddler comfort seat (sold separately)15 kg to 25 kg: Cruiser can be used without any accessories
Thule Yepp Mini front mount child bike seat
The Yepp bike seat was a favourite in our house. We often utilised local bike tracks on sunny days to get out and explore.
Compatible with most bike models, the soft shock-absorbing seat coupled with the adjustable padded 5-point harness will ensure your child is safe and comfortable during their ride. Your child is quickly and easily secured with the childproof safety buckle.
Your child can place their hands on the comfortable handle bar during the ride. Ensures a perfect fit as your child grows thanks to adjustable foot rests and foot strap. It is so easy to clean and to keep dry due to the seat’s water-repellent materials.
Babboe Curve – Bafang Electric
This tricycle is the ideal transport vehicle to bring your kids to school or daycare and it is a cheaper more sustainable alternative to using a car. You can transport up to four children and even carry your groceries! #winning! Babboe Curve has been extensively tested by the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungs-Verein- Technical Inspection Association) for safety and durability.
To make things even better for Australian conditions, the Babboe Curve has been fitted with a Bafang BBS02 mid-drive motor rated at 250 Watts. This model produces around 80nm of torque to tackle the steepest of hills. To make sure you have the range to get home again there is a Solar Sport rack-mounted 17.5Ah battery installed.
Outback Two Child Trailer
Instead of a double pram, have you thought about a bike trailer that can be used on its own as well as an option towing behind a bike?
Suitable for use over all kinds of terrain this has a reclining seat back offering three different positions so that children can sit or sleep comfortably during the ride.
Adjustable suspension is also included to give your passengers a steady ride. Built to hold up to two young passengers (6mths and over) it features a solid aluminum frame and provides optimal protection of the children.
The front of the carrier is equipped with the unique Safe Connection Point which secures a safe switch between the bicycle arm, stroller wheel and jogger wheel. The connection point displays a green field when mounted correctly and a red field when unlocked. The trailer is easy to fold/unfold and attaches via a connecting bracket to the rear bicycle wheel axle allowing the rider to tow infants on short or medium length rides.
Each passenger has their own shoulder strap restraining harness to keep them safely tucked away inside. For walking or jogging around your local area this easily converts into a stroller with an adjustable and ergonomic push bar. We love this alternative as value for money !
Trikes with handles
Push Trike Deluxe
Moving into those toddler years, you will find having a version of one of these is a must. Let us cut to the chase and tell you that the 'Little Nation push trike' is the top-of-the-range-bees-knees version of push trikes that won't disappoint. Here are our reasons why.
This trike is designed to grow with your child and features the ‘smart parent steering system’ which enables the adult pushing the trike to control the steering via the handle. This handle actually works unlike cheaper versions on the market.
The rubber coated foam filled wheels give parents and kids the best possible riding experience as they reduce the vibration through the bike and handle if you are steering. They offer great durability, traction and the ability to be ridden off road. They are maintenance free, never go flat, need pumping up or get punctures.
Extra features include parental brake system, carry basket and adjustable canopy.
Stage 1 – Your child is locked in the safety bar and can start to steer the trike and learn the first steps of riding a bike.
Stage 2 – Kids can start to pedal and become familiar with how to propel the bike forward.
Stage 3 – Parents can now remove the handle and the push trike becomes a normal trike.
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GLOBBER EXPLORER 4 IN 1 TRIKE
The Globber Explorer 4 in 1 trike is equipped with Globber's patented wheel mechanism to easily and quickly convert the two rear wheels into a double width wheel without any tools, to transform the product from a tricycle to a balance bike!
What’s more, when your child outgrows the trike stage, parents can easily store the pedals with the built-in storage on the bike. This one has all the features of most trikes with handles, such as safe 5-point harness adjustable 2-height high back seat, 2-height adjustable parent handle (92cm, 96cm from the ground) with a steering system built-in the body frame.
As your child's skills develop and you find they can go longer distances using their legs, a balance bike may enter your home as an introduction to riding. The Hornit Airo Balance Bike is lightweight and available in six cool colours. It has grip-taped, contoured footrests for easy gliding, a neoprene stem for extra safety and real rubber tyres for a seriously smooth ride. Always look for lightweight versions of these as you will no doubt, at some point be carry it and your toddler in your arms. #bewarned
Kids Retro Balance Bike
The Kids Retro Balance Bike in Sage is a metal balance bike with a nostalgic, retro-inspired design.
This kids running bike is the perfect introduction to riding a bicycle and helps toddlers gain the skills and confidence for bike riding. With a pedal free design, your child can propel themselves along with their feet, gaining full control over speed and stopping. Features adjustable seat and durable, rubber wheels. We love the stunning sage green colour which gives this balance bike a chic style.
As your child's skills develop and you find they can go longer distances using their legs, a balance bike may enter your home as an introduction to riding. The Hornit Airo Balance Bike is lightweight and available in six cool colourways. It has grip-taped, contoured footrests for easy gliding, a neoprene stem for extra safety and real rubber tyres for a seriously smooth ride. Always look for lightweight versions of these as you will no doubt, at some point be carry it and your toddler in your arms. #bewarned
JUNIOR FOLDABLE LIGHTS - 3 Wheel Scooter for Toddlers
The fun begins when they evolve to scooter stage. Start with a 3-wheel scooter for toddlers such as the globber foldable. This one features 3-height adjustable scooter T-bar to accommodate smaller kids aged 2+ and a wide anti-slip deck design that supports up to 50kg. The patented folding system is easy to use with a push button.
Light-up scooter front wheels flash in red, green and blue and are battery-free, thanks to dynamo technology integrated in the 3-wheel scooter’s front wheels’ core.
MICRO Mini Deluxe LED Scooter
The revised Micro Mini scooter for ages 2-5, has many of the advantages of the original (low ride height, lightweight, lean-to-steer stability), along with some very clever upgrades.
Check out the non-slip grip tape and lower, adjustable handlebars, which allow even younger/shorter children to use it! This design also includes LED wheels. Under the scooter, the base has been stabilised to increase the weight rating to 35kg, allowing the scooter to be used for longer.
Whether you have a wriggly 6 month old or an active growing toddler, we feel our alternatives to the pram will help keep your daily adventures feeling like a fun new experience.
Emma and the Riff Raff Team x
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