There are lots of great options for modern design when it comes to styling your child’s bedroom or nursery, but I also think there is a lot of inspiration to be had in looking back to the 70s, 60s, 50s and further to create a vintage look that will never go out of style.
There are many different directions you can choose to go in when you start coming up with ideas for a vintage children’s room – a 60s or 70s room is likely to be bright, colourful, and filled with vintage toys and prints. If you tend towards vintage fashions and homewares yourself, it’s an obvious choice to style your child’s room in this way too. It’s also easy and inexpensive to pick up authentic vintage toys and accessories, like a vintage dolls pram, to add to the look.
Here are some examples of vintage-inspired children’s rooms that I found on Pinterest:
Vintage Fisher Price toys (source) – hands up if you remember any of these? I had the telephone, the record player, the garage, the dog and the TV!
By the way, Fisher Price recently re-released several of these vintage toys:
These two are from Modern Kiddo and there are a whole lot of others over at that link too.
Incredibly cool vintage-style kids wallpaper that you can actually buy here
It doesn’t really matter what colours you paint a room like this, the real vibe comes from the accessories. As this is a site about dolls prams of course I’m going to mention that as one of the first must-haves. Because doll prams are quite large, they provide a natural focal point and also act as great storage for soft toys and dolls.
You can pick up genuine vintage doll prams from the 70s and 80s on eBay or check out your local second hand shop and try raiding the attic of your parent’s house to see if they’ve held on to any of your old toys.
Some modern doll prams also look quite retro, especially the brightly coloured wooden dolls prams from Scandinavian companies like this one from Moover:
If you’re not so into the colourful, retro vibe, another option is to go back even further to the Victorian era and create something with a muted colour scheme and classic toys. The Victorian theme can create some really beautiful nurseries for babies , and is a much more calming option for over-excited toddlers than a room full of bright objects that will only keep them awake at night.
Here’s some vintage Victorian nursery inspiration:
Of course sourcing a genuine Victorian dolls pram to go in a room styled like this is not only a bit of a challenge but antique dolls prams tend to be very expensive. If you’ve got the money, great, but bear in mind that the toy might not be safe for little hands to play with once your baby reaches toddler age.
I think it’s a much more practical idea to choose one of the modern-style dolls prams that I’ve listed here. These prams have the vintage/antique look and feel but are much more affordable and safer. These prams are also great for older girls who love pink and frilly things – they work as a beautiful storage solution for soft toys and dolls.
Old dolls prams have become quite a collectors’ item in recent years and if you’re interested in dolls and their history, buying a vintage doll pram not only makes a great item to add to your collection but is also a beautiful way to display your dolls.
Some people just prefer the look of the older style prams to today’s modern 3-wheelers in bright colours and if you would rather buy vintage toys for your children either to save money, to lessen your environmental impact, or because you believe they’re better made than modern toys, these are also great reasons to choose vintage.
When it comes to vintage doll prams, there are 2 basic categories:
- Vintage modern doll prams
- Antique doll prams
If you’re looking for something in the first category, you’ll find there’s a wide selection available on Ebay, second-hand toy shops, charity shops, car boot sales and any other place where you can source old toys and bric-a-brac.
You can pick up a doll pram from the 70s or 80s fairly easily and you’re likely to get a good price, unless you’re after a particular limited edition vintage Silver Cross pram or you want a pram in mint condition.
If you’re buying a vintage doll pram for your children, please be aware that many older toys don’t stand up to the safety standards of modern toys and can sometimes be dangerous – check them carefully before you let your children play with them and keep in mind that they may be more suited to older children, rather than toddlers.
For those who are seeking an antique doll pram – perhaps a Victorian model, you’re probably in for a bit of a hunt. The older the pram is, the more expensive it’s likely to be, and of course, harder to find.
You can still find some gems on ebay but you might also want to try specialist antique auctions (look for those specialising in children’s toys), estate sales and high-end vintage shops.
I saw some beautiful Silver Cross vintage dolls prams for sale on a props website – selling props for photographers and film makers – so this might be another avenue you could try.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on your local newspapers and any advertising boards in shops where you just might get lucky and pick up a bargain!
The Victorian era is the first time that dolls prams came into popular use as children’s toys. In Victorian times, prams were expensive and were seen as a status symbol for wealthy families. Queen Victoria herself was famous for using prams for her children. Status symbols for adults soon become status symbols for children and so miniature versions of the real thing were made up for children of wealthy families and the popularity of the doll’s pram began.
There were three main styles of prams in Victorian times – The Mailcart, evolved from handcarts with large wheels and a long handle; The Victoria, named after Queen Victoria herself which had three wheels and a seat; and the Carriage Pram which were based on full-size horse drawn carriages.
Wealthy Victorian families commissioned their carriage makers to build prams for their children. These original prams had a harness attached so that ponies could pull them along. Eventually the pram style evolved so that people could push them and the design became lighter and easier to maneuver. One of the first pram companies in the uk was the Silver Cross prams company.
The Victoria pram with three wheels was popular for a long time as the law at the time classified any four-wheel vehicle as a road vehicle and therefore four-wheel prams were not allowed to be pushed on pavements! Eventually this law was phased out and the more practical four-wheel designs became the norm.
Even modern toy prams today are based on Victorian designs for their attractive look. Victorian prams are not the most practical models for today’s parents but this does not really matter for a dolls pram! There are many beautiful wicker dolls prams on the market that follow the style of Victorian designs and look beautiful in a little girls bedroom or as a display for antique dolls.
Original Victorian doll prams are highly collectible and can reach a high price at auction if they are in good condition. Some people have been lucky enough to have a Victorian doll pram that has been passed down through the generations as a family heirloom.