BEING first-time parents, my husband and I have been learning to care for our baby these two months. We get anxious when she seems hungry, uncomfortable or wants to be carried and lulled.
It is true when it is said that parents have a special love for their children and will go to great lengths to fulfil their needs and want to give them the best they can offer.
In the early days of my pregnancy, we sought information on doctors, hospitals, childbirth methods and baby products. We prepared all the things our baby would need. We selected and bought each item after considering its merits.
I had the final say on baby’s garments, feeding equipment and choice of colours.
TH had every other thing figured out – baby car seat, bouncer, chair, cot, toys, CCTV to keep an eye on the baby and a walkie-talkie for me to communicate with our maid.
One of the things on our mind was to get a good stroller and this was TH’s priority then.
As both of us are car aficionados, we are particular about the right set of wheels for our baby. So TH, a Porsche enthusiast, set out to hunt for a stroller according to his specifications with the same dedication he showed when he restored a classic Porsche 993 Turbo to its original factory condition as a wedding gift to me a few years ago.
It would be many more years before our baby can drive my iconic car. In the meantime, she rides in her first vehicle carefully selected by her meticulous father.
Initially I was surprised that a man could be so enthusiastic about strollers. TH posted his questions and thoughts on Facebook and many of his friends gave their advice and opinions. Surprisingly, all of them were men.
The reason may be that men love four-wheelers and so, most dads pay much attention in selecting suitable strollers to avoid handling clumsy strollers when they are on outings.
TH had many criteria such as aesthetics, design, functionality, mobility and quality. He wanted a smart stroller, one that could be used from newborn to toddler, and it had to be compact, comfortable, light and easy to fold as he would have to carry it into and out of the car and house frequently.
He reckoned that since we are city-dwellers and are frequently on the move, the stroller must be able to collapse and be folded into a single piece with minimal effort. It should also take up little space. Additionally, a detachable self-standing bassinet was an important feature so as not to disturb our baby whenever she had to be transferred.
Bee in the city
His sister and friends recommended a modular stroller with special designs by eccentric artist Andy Warhol that was supposed to manoeuvre like a bee in the city.
This particular model fits TH’s specifications. On top of that, the seat is adjustable to face the front or the rear. Additionally, it is extendable for her to sit in when she is older.
As the stroller could be personalised, he ordered according to his specifications and chose various accessories to build his desired model. That is the advantage of a modular concept.
He could do that because this stroller started a new trend in personalising strollers, earning itself the reputation as the mobility concept creator. Its users include Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, David and Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Orlando Bloom, to name a few.
When he was notified of the delivery of the package, he hurried home to assemble it immediately. I could see the same level of enthusiasm and dedication he shows when he handles his cars.
Having assembled it, he tested its handling and mobility as he would a racing car. Every aspect turned out well and he gladly presented it to his little princess.
This is her first vehicle and as she grows older, she will get other types of wheels and eventually when she is of age, she will drive my iconic car.
Both TH and I have learnt first-hand that there is much joy in being parents and seeing our little princess happy and smiling.
I realise that I have moved on to a different phrase of my life because I now look at other women’s strollers instead of their handbags and shoes. And the newly-minted father has since been proudly and happily pushing our baby around in the stroller of his choice.
Chermaine Poo is a chartered accountant turned actress, TV host, emcee and columnist. Follow her on Facebook.com/ChermainePoo, Twitter.com/ChermainePoo and Instagram.com/ChermainePoo.
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