Yes, if you haven’t noticed already, it’s already October and Xmas is just around the corner! Even if you’re not the organised type who likes to get all your shopping done early, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about what you’re going to buy – especially when it comes to toys.
One thing you definitely don’t want to be doing is buying your children’s presents at the last minute – popular toys sell out fast and you really don’t want to deal with any disappointed little faces on Christmas morning. If you want to get the best deals, shopping online is definitely the way to go and while this is really convenient (no battling the crowds in freezing temperatures!) you do need to make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to allow for delivery and possible stock shortages.
Now is the perfect time to buy a dolls pram for Christmas and to help you out even further, I’ve done a little round up of the best on the market today. I’ve split this up by age, as obviously a dolls pram for older girls isn’t going to be suitable for a toddler.
Best Dolls Pram for 1 Year Olds
If you have a young toddler, you should buy a doll pram that is simple and sturdy. Wooden doll prams are just perfect for this age group and make perfect walking aids for crawlers or little ones who aren’t quite steady yet on their feet, as they’re heavy enough not to tip over and have a handle at just the right height to push.
Another thing I really love about this age, is that there are lots of unisex options available – boys and girls don’t have any concept of gender differences at this age and will quite happily play with any toy, whether it’s intended for a girl or a boy.
Buying a doll pram for your 1-year-old is a great way to develop his or her motor skills – dumping toys in and out of the pram and pushing it around as a walker help to build up those little muscles that are so important at this age.
There are lots of beautiful wooden prams that
would be suitable for this age group but you just need to look at the numberof 5 star reviews this Moover pram has got to realise that parents and kids are thrilled with it.
Best Dolls Pram for 2 Year Olds
If you’re looking for a doll pram for a 2-year-old, the same rules apply – it should be sturdy, have no moving parts and encourage physical movement and open-ended play. The Moover pram above would also be ideal for a 2-year-old.
Most 2 year olds are a little taller and steadier on their feet than their 12-month-old peers but they’ll probably use it in the same way – as a vehicle for transporting toys rather than a tool for pretend play.
What I love best about this pram is that there’s so much space inside – in fact this wooden pram is so sturdy that a child can fit inside! My kids love pushing each other around in their little toddle truck but they’re both getting a bit heavy for it now – this pram is a lot stronger and bigger and would last for many years of use.
Best Dolls Pram for 3 Year Olds
From about the age of 3, pretend play really starts to become the mainstay of your child’s play time. You’ll notice them walking around with their dolls and mothering them, feeding them bottles, cooking pretend food and all sorts of fun activities.
I really love this age as kids can entertain themselves for ages and it’s so lovely to watch their imaginations develop.
To encourage pretend play, a good dolls pram is a must-have prop and provides so many opportunities for doll play. At this age children really love to copy their parents so it’s nice to get a pram that’s a bit more realistic (looks just like mummy’s!) and has some accessories to extend their play.
One of the best things about this pram is its adjustable handle – the handle can be changed in height from 50cm to 77cm so it will really grow with your child until about age 7. I also love the fact that it folds flat for storage.
Best Dolls Pram for 4 Year Olds
Around about this age, little girls start to become really into their doll play and keen to buy any doll clothes, bedding set or feeding accessories that they see. If you have a 4-year-old, it’s quite probable that she already has quite a large collection of dolls and knows which her favourites are.
Baby Annabell is one of the most popular brands of doll in the UK and there are a huge range of accessories available for her including feeding sets, clothes, nappies, beds, and of course, doll prams.
If you have a 4-year-old, you’ll know they can throw some epic tantrums – I know my little girl has thrown a wobbler because we’re going out and she’s not just content with bringing her doll with her – she wants to bring the pram too.
Best Dolls Pram for 5 Year Olds
Beautiful old-fashioned prams are great for older girls as they’re usually a bit bigger and have a taller handle. You’ll probably notice from about the age of 5 that your little girl is starting to get too big for prams that suited her when she was a toddler.
This pram uses the vintage victorian style but updates it with a funky pink and purple colour scheme that any little girl will love. It also comes with a matching bedding set, comprising of mattress and pillow.
Best Dolls Pram for 6 Year Olds
It’s a sad but true fact that as children grow older, they start to become more brand aware. You may well find your 6-year-old demanding a particular type of toy that they’ve seen on the TV and rejecting toys that they think are “for babies”.
The Mamas and Papas range is great for this age group – especially if you have younger children and have your own full-size Mamas and Papas pram. This Mamas and Papas Excel Doll Pram is suitable from age 5 to 10 and is really great quality.
It’s pictured here in Heritage family which is navy blue with white polka dots and red accents and looks very grown up, but also comes in Sugar Spot (pink and purple dots) and Graziela (cream with black polka dots)
Best Dolls Pram for 7 Year Olds
There are so few contemporary toy prams out there and I think Silver Cross have really nailed it with the Surf pram. I also love the range of colours – pink and white as pictured, pink and black, purple, lime green and aqua blue.
Best Dolls Pram for 8 Year Olds
This is the last age group I’m going to tackle because from the age of about 9, girls sadly stop playing with dolls. It might be 10 or 11 if you’re lucky but kids are growing up fast these days and once they enter the tween years, they’re more interested in pop stars than doll prams.
As this is probably the last chance you have to buy anything doll-related for your little girl, I really think it’s worth pulling out all the stops and investing in something really special that will be a bit of a heirloom that she can pass down to her own daughter.
If you’re thinking along the same lines, there’s really only one choice: the gorgeous handmade limited edition dolls prams from Silver Cross.
You get the best prices for these on Amazon but they sell out fast so check these links and buy immediately if there’s one available!
Silver Cross Chatsworth Doll Pram (pictured in Poppy)
If you’re not able to find any of these prams for sale on Amazon, you can also buy directly from the Silver Cross shop online, which has all of these prams in stock in various colours, including the limited edition, new for Christmas 2014, Silver Cross Snow Fairy Dolls Pram in white and lilac with fur trim. This very special pram is limited to only 800.
These prams are certainly not cheap but you can really consider them an investment as they’re likely to become collectible and even more valuable in a few years time.