Need to know
- Our most recent round of pram testing found serious safety failures in these two models from from Babybee and Milly & Coup
- Both safety failures relate to head entrapment, which means a child's head could become trapped in the pram
- Previous rounds of testing have revealed serious safety failures even in expensive, well-known brands that cost more than $1000
When you're looking for a pram for your new bundle of joy, safety should be a serious consideration. While prams sold in Australia need to meet a stringent safety standard, CHOICE testing shows that many still pose significant safety risks.
"While the CHOICE labs have seen an overall improvement in pram safety, there are still many models on sale which have serious fall, head entrapment and strangulation risks," says Kim Gilmour, one of CHOICE's resident pram experts.
And in case you thought you could avoid safety issues simply by buying a high-end model, think again: we've seen safety failures even in expensive, well-known brands.
In our most recent round of pram testing, we found two prams with serious safety failures.
"We found that in one case a child's head could become trapped between the reclined seat back and the canopy or handlebar, and in another the child's head could become trapped between the head barrier and the end of the seat," says CHOICE pram expert Kim Gilmour.
"If you have either of these strollers, CHOICE recommends you stop using them urgently for the safety of your children."
Our pram experts found a serious safety failure with the Babybee Rover in our lab tests.
1. Babybee Rover
- Price: $749.99
- CHOICE Expert Rating: 48%
- Passed key safety tests: No
A pram this price may not be at the top of the market, but $750 is not to be sniffed at, either. And regardless of how much you pay for a pram, it's reasonable to expect that it will be safe for your child.
Our pram experts found a serious safety failure with the Babybee Rover when they tested it in our labs. When the rear fabric of the canopy (which serves as the head barrier) is detached, the gaps created could trap a child's head.
In response to our review, Babybee says it disagrees with our findings and has had the prams tested and passed by an accredited lab to 'NZS 2088-2013 Prams and strollers – Safety requirements'.
CHOICE stands by its results.
Read the full Babybee Rover pram review.
This Milly & Coup Milo pram is marketed as being suitable for babies from birth, but it failed our safety test.
2. Milly & Coup Milo
- Price: $599
- CHOICE Expert Rating: 49%
- Passed key safety tests: No
Suitable for use from birth, this is one pram we don't suggest putting your newborn into. When our expert testers took a look at this pram in our labs, they found that a child's head could become trapped between the edge of the seat and the head barrier.
Read the full Milly & Coup Milo pram review.
Other pram safety failures
These two prams failed in our latest tests, but in earlier rounds of testing we've identified others that also have serious safety failures, many of them still on the market, and some of them costing well over $1000.
Before you start shopping for a pram for your baby, check our pram and stroller reviews. You can filter the results to check which prams have passed all the key safety tests, and we also tell you how easy they are to use. Expecting twins? Take a look at our double stroller reviews.
Here is the full list of products that failed our safety tests.
How we test prams and strollers
Our expert testers have 15 years of experience in testing children's products and sit on the Australian Standards committee for prams and strollers, so we keep up to date with changes to the standard. Our lab is also NATA-accredited to test strollers against this standard.
- Kerb mounting
- Ease of use
Our performance score is based on selected tests to the latest Australian standard (AS/NZS 2008:2013), which we think is better at targeting issues around stability and harness safety than the mandatory standard.
To learn more about our testing process, read how we test prams and strollers.