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PRAM (pram)

A baby carriage
clues: Baby buggy; Soho stroller; Buggy for Brits; Hyde park stroller; Sheffield stroller; London baby carriage
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A baby carriage or baby buggy (in American English), or pram (in Commonwealth English, short for perambulator). They are generally used for newborn babies and have the infant laying down facing the pusher.

Prams have been widely used in the UK since the Victorian era. As they developed through the years suspension was added, making the ride smoother for both the baby and the person pushing it. In the 1970s, however, the trend was more towards a more basic version, not fully sprung, and with a detachable body known as a "carrycot". Now prams are very rarely used, being large and expensive when compared with "buggies". One of the longer lived and better known brands in the UK is Silver Cross, first manufactured in Guiseley, near Leeds, in 1877, though this factory has now closed down.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Baby transport".