Stroller or Pram to Bali? Updated 2018.
Stroller or pram?
Pram or stroller?
If you have a child aged 5 or under, the answer is YES. Take one. It’s a very wise move to take a stroller or pram to Bali, unless you fancy carrying your little one around for hours in the heat while you shop and explore.
We would not go without one, but here’s a few tips so you don’t get bogged down by it.
Bali with Kids – Taking a Stroller or Pram to Bali
Strollers are a godsend along busy Bali streets for keeping children out of harm’s way and stopping them from running out into traffic. It makes Bali with toddlers that little bit easier.
We love using strollers in busy markets too – it’s not always easy BUT at least the child is safe, strapped in, and not likely to hightail it out of sight. In Kuta, it kept Jack out of the pathway of mad scooter drivers.
Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian Shopping Streets with a Pram or Stroller
Three year old Jack did do a bolt while we were waiting for ice-cream in Seminyak last year, and he headed straight towards that main thoroughfare outside Biku, Jl Petitenget.
The buffer zone of 100 metres of paved shopfront, coupled with a boost of adrenalin in my legs, gave me time to catch him BUT it was too close a call for me. That was the one day we left the stroller at home. In hindsight, a bad decision.
(A wrist harness for toddlers might be a handy thing to have in high-traffic zones for unpredictable toddlers like Jack. I wrote about using them to prevent lost children, but they could be just as helpful in situations like this.)
Pram or Stroller in Ubud.
A lightweight narrow stroller is super handy in the Ubud Monkey Forest too – it’s a big place, and there’s plenty of walking.
There are quite a few sets of stairs too so be prepared to lift and carry the stroller from time to time. We tended to leave the empty stroller at the top if we were only going down and straight back up.
Just don’t leave any food of any kind in the storage basket below, in any of the pockets, or on top of the canopy. Those cheeky monkeys will find it and chase you for it.
The main road in Ubud and the Ubud Art Market are crazy with local sellers, tourists and traffic too, so keeping the young kids where you can see them is vital. The road around the Monkey Forest has narrow pathways (sidewalks) on either side but it does get busy, so be prepared to stop and start, or have to navigate around others.
There’s no place for the chunky style pram – don’t bother lugging that pram to Bali. For babies under one, use the Ergo.(It’s our baby carrier of choice.)
Our favourite travelling stroller
We suggest a lightweight travelling stroller, such as the Goodbaby Pockit stroller for babies and toddlers. (Our Pockit Stroller review is coming soon.) We’ve heard good things from other family travellers about the stroller Kombi T plus too.
A cheap umbrella stroller from Big W or Kmart will suffice for older children who just need a break from a long day of walking and adventuring, when out shopping in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak, or at the markets. We also use the handles and the lower basket to lug our purchases back to our hotel.
If this stroller is something you won’t use once you are back at home, consider passing it on to a Balinese family at the end of your stay. Provided it’s in good shape, someone will be very happy with this.
Baby Hire Bali – Prams and more…
If you can’t take one with you for some reason, you can also organise pram hire in Bali through Bali Baby Hire for about $7 per day. There’s discounts for Bali pram hire if you hire their equipment for longer than a week too.
They also hire out bed rails to stop toddlers falling out of bed, baby monitors, safety gates, bath seats, pottys for toilet training, portacots, high chairs, sterilisers, and toys and games for babies and toddlers. You can even hire a microwave! There’s no need to lug it all from home. The cost of hire is way less than an excess baggage fee.
So did we answer your question? We hope so. Take the stroller or pram to Bali. You can always leave it in your hotel or villa if you decide you don’t need it, and it will be super handy at the airport on that late night flight home.
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