Being a mum is a whole lot of learning. Basically, forget everything you thought you knew up until now.

It’s a tricky school. You will laugh, you will adapt, you will find strength and flexibility you never knew you possessed. You will build and lose confidence. You will have wonderful weeks and disastrous days. What you learn tomorrow will make todays’ little bit of knowledge obsolete.

Motherhood is the endlessly loving, perpetually moving goal posts of life.

There are however a few things you realise along the way that you can only share when you’ve been there, done that.

Here’s 24 things I learned as my family grew:

1. You think you love your partner and then you have a baby. Your heart explodes. You have never known love like this before.

2. The house / car / washing machine / pram that seems ‘plenty big enough’ is never near big enough. Remember this every time you buy anything. (If there’s something that can grow, change and evolve with you, that is the right choice. Every single time.)

3.  You believe your pre-children life is busy. Or that you’re tired. Every child you have will make this statement more hilarious to you. You will question exactly what you did with ALL THAT TIME pre-children. You will wish you slept more!

4. You will never regret buying the best quality item you can afford. 

5. It is wise to choose godparents who are single and childless. These people will bring bountiful, enthusiastic joy to your child’s life. And the possibility of babysitting to yours.

6. When you are in the dark, murky midst of a first baby you will wonder if you are actually coping. You will understand how sleep deprivation is torture. You may vow to never have a second child. You will take a walk outside and fresh air will wash upon you. You will feel marginally better. And decide to walk again tomorrow.

7. When you are pregnant with your second child you will have a moment of panic and question why you have done this. You may contemplate that you have ruined child number one’s life and feel sick with worry and guilt.

8. You will give birth, hold child number two and your heart will explode all over again.

9. As you are desperately trying to get out of the house, the toddler will probably need to sit on the toilet. And the baby will be screaming. You will question how you ever thought having just one child was hard.

10. The parenting book you rigidly adhered to with child number one is now totally inapplicable. Somehow however both children appear to be doing ‘just fine’ despite the fact that one slept for exactly 90 mins at 11:05am and the other spends 85% of its life in the pram. Either way an awesome pram is a good investment. (The Mountain Buggy +one is ideal!)

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11. You will realise that the more children in your arms, the more love you have to give.

12. Somewhere when the second baby fog lifts you’ll realise how you’ve changed and motherhood is easier. You’re enjoying being a mum, not just being a mum. You are not who you were pre-kids. You like this.

13. The best products you can buy will grow with you. They will change and evolve just like you have.

14. The worst products you buy will need 12 batteries, are made of plastic and larger than the home of a small Thai family. Said toy will also, at least once, sound off for totally unexplained reasons in the middle of the night provoking thoughts of burglars / ghost babies or burglar ghost babies. That toy will be relocated to the guest bedroom.

15. One day you will look in the rear vision mirror and your children will be holding hands across the car seats. You will immediately know having another child was the best decision you ever made.

16. The above moment may make your ovaries explode and you’ll cuddle up to your partner and dare to whisper you think you’d like one more …

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17. Your partner will enthusiastically agree because you’re looking at him with those loving feelings. Or freak out and immediately have important man jobs to do in the garage.

18. You will juggle life like an all-star performer in the Moscow Circus. In the climactic moments where you have 115 plates spinning you will always appreciate the choices that made your life easier. This could be the fact you wagged swimming lessons. Or how the pram collapses with just one hand.

19. When you are wondering if your 115 plates are all about to crash to the ground, your child will invariably find a stick they want you to carry. If you don’t agree they’ll hit their sibling with it. Carry the stick. Much lighter than the sibling.

20. Your expectations on yourself will never decrease yet your level of care will drop significantly. Whilst your first child always wore a matching hat, your third child may still be in their pyjamas at school pick up. The same theory also applies to filling in Baby Books, taking photos and bathing.

21. Any products you have bought on recommendation from other mums are generally awesome. Mums speak the truth. There’s a reason some brand names last forever. Bonds. Huggies. Mountain Buggy. These brands are your failsafe. Always buy the brands.

22. You may or may not have the third child. Either way you will continue to change as a person and delight in your growing family. Sometimes two is enough. Sometimes five is enough. Only you will know.

23. One day, probably at the height of family chaos, you will step back from the loving, crazy, chaos and breathe in deeply. You’ll look at the mess, the laughter and the hustle and bustle and think, I did all that and it’s the best thing I ever did.


Happiness in motherhood is about flexibility.

Growing. Changing.  Learning.

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The best products in your mummy life will understand this and progress with you.

The Mountain Buggy +one grows with your family – from a single (with loads of storage) to a double.+one is essentially the all-terrain, award winning urban jungle buggy…plus one.

Mountain Buggy has come out on top as New Zealand’s favourite buggy brand in the 2016 OHbaby Awards. We are proud that +one won silver for best double buggy.

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Conveniently bundled with a second seat and newborn mattress, +one allows you to take your adventure from the city to off the beaten track –  with one newborn baby up to childhood years, one newborn newborn baby and a toddler, or two toddlers!

It’s jam packed with all the features  parents love.

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The Mountain Buggy +one has cleverly designed stadium seating comfortably seating two kids behind each other in separate seats yet looking pretty damn cosy together!

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Mum Central is excited to be giving away a Mountain Buggy +one to a lucky reader. There’s no pram on the market that gets your growing family more…

To enter, simply complete the entry form below in full and tell us in the comments at the very bottom of the page what you love best about the Mountain Buggy +one and why you’d love to get your hands on one of these shiny new prams!

GOOD LUCK!

Win a mountain buggy +one pram valued at $899

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98 Comments

  1. JoyArundell Reply

    This pram would be a dream! The mountain buggy is awesome, and having the room to grow is great for first time mums hoping to only buy one pram!

  2. I love that both kids sit as equals, rather than pram seats stacked above another. Means one less fight I have to break up and one less headache.

  3. Rebecca Appo Reply

    Dream pram right here! We are a very active family and haven’t found a pram that can live up to us. I have heard rave reviews of the Mountain Buggy brand, and would be so thrilled to win.

  4. Mindo Koerber Reply

    We like to go on adventure, camping, going to waterhole, etc With 2 little on tow. This dream pram will help us to do lots of things

  5. Lauryn Glassey Reply

    What I love best about the mountain buggy +one is its versatility to go from being a single pram, to a pram with heaps of storage, to a double pram that can accommodate a newborn and a toddler or 2 toddlers that are both sitting at pretty much the same level and can both see the beautiful world around them!

  6. Sharon Hampson Reply

    This would be an absolute dream to win as I have a 12wk old bub & a very active 3yr old that loves to run and I don’t have a double pram to keep them both safe. We had a very scary moment where my eldest nearly got hit by a car from running off while bub was in the pram. I’m currently having eldest in pram and baby wearing a very heavy bub.
    I might even be able to get fit again.

  7. Kerrie Tullipan Reply

    With its compact frame, easy maneuverability and painless collapsibility my Husband will have no excuses not to be able to use it too! And that my friends, is what I love about it and why I’d love to be the chosen one 🙂

  8. This pram would be a great motivator to get fit and in shape after I have Bub!
    Heard a lot of great things about this pram!!

  9. Shannan Cox Reply

    I don’t drive, I walk EVERYWHERE.
    I love the space the most!
    The flexibility as well with another bub so soon I’ll need more space

  10. The Mountain Buggy Double + One grows with my family and can take us of urban adventures which is double to fun! One, plus two, plus three you see…this stylish innovation is made for my little buggies!

  11. Nicole Bryant Reply

    I love the adaptability and ability to use anywhere. So I can have single if I just have bub or double if I have the toddler as well. As a single parent having the ability to keep both kids safe and mobile would be awesome.

  12. Dee Margot Reply

    I love that it looks so expensive but is functional and grows with your family

  13. Natalie Boncales Reply

    I love that its all terrain! We could go on some great adventures! I have a toddler and a 4 month old and need a pram I can take on long walks when we all start getting cabin fever!

  14. It’s simple practicality and ability to go everywhere… town, farm, bushwalks… and with more than just one child!!

  15. I love the big storage space and so versatile, I really need a new pram for when bub number two comes along and this would be perfect.

  16. I’d look great cruising down the high street and better yet it’d be super easy to maneuver with one hand while sipping on my latte.

  17. I’d love to have a pram where the littlies aren’t side by side or on top of each other, it’d be far easier to maneuver! As a mum with a chronic pain condition anything to make things easier is essential!

  18. It’s lightweight and will fit my 3.5yr old and my 5mth old comfortably. My current pram is big and bulky, doesn’t always fold down on the first try and i hate how one child has to sit on the bottom.

  19. Karina Lee Reply

    It can cater for two kids while looking compact and super sturdy! Just what I need in the inner west and city where we have our daily adventures with the kids!

  20. Dana Bailly Reply

    I love that it has storage but then expands with your family!

  21. Lesleigh Cole Reply

    I love that it can easily convert from a single to a double without changing the way that it pushes. My 3yr old often decides that he cant possibly walk anymore half way through a shopping trip so it would be great to easily be able to fit him and the baby in the pram together

  22. Danielle Vella Reply

    A stylish and functional yet lightweight pram that easily converts to a double.
    Its every parents wish come true

  23. Chelsea Ellen Reply

    I like that it’s lightweight as I have a two door car and slipped discs in my back so this would be ideal putting it in and out of the boot

  24. Ashleigh Ftynogiannis Reply

    I love the fact that you don’t have to struggle with it over grass when you are at one of many sporting events your other children attend.
    It is so light, and easy to convert from one seat to two when one of the tribe decides walking is too hard halfway to your destination.

  25. I love how compact and stylish the Mountain Buggy +one pram is. With our first bub due soon, it will allow her to settle into the pram and as our family expands, they can be close and grow together like two peas in a pod.

  26. Erin Lindsay Reply

    Love the look and compactness of this pusher for 2, got a different design to other 2 seat pushers and definitely looks less clunky! Would come in handy for my newborn and 3 year old!

  27. Alicia Thoman Reply

    My bestie & I love reviewing baby items! We have 6 kids between us ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years. I love that it’s the size of a single pram but can easily change to a double when one of the kids decides their little legs have run out of puff!

  28. Hannah Webster Reply

    Mountain Buggy is a trusted name and leader in design. This pram has all the features I am looking for and much more! Would come in handy so much for me.

  29. Kylie Blythe Reply

    I would love this shiny new Mountain Buggy + one to help me get out of the house with my baby and toddler! I need longer walks for my sanity, but my little boy gets too tired to walk all the way. This would be perfect for a happy healthy family!

  30. Mandy Graham Reply

    I’d love to win this for my bestie. Great room for storage too. Love it!

  31. I’d love my wife to have this, she loves to go and long walks so those wheels are perfect for all surfaces.

  32. I love the fact that it chages to suit your needs. We are planning to grow our family, and hardly any prams within our price range will comfortably fit a toddler and a newborn. I would love to see if this pram is as amazing as it claims.

  33. Maree Schmidt Reply

    This is a great pram! So much storage, easy to put down so less stress packing everyone in the car. If someone’s legs stop working then change things around, Chick them in the pram too and keep going!

  34. My old pram is a dinosaur! I had to buy a 4WD to fit the thing in! This would be an amazing change!

  35. Belinda Belinda Reply

    I love the quality and versatility of this pram – would be a nice upgrade from one that is 30 years old! (No offence grandma!)

  36. Margaret O'Shea Reply

    It is a great pram that grows with the family. Would suit my grandson and be amazing

  37. I love that is easy to use and fold and has a basket for all my stuff too Id love to win for when I take the grand kids for a stroll

  38. Shell Somer Reply

    I have a Goliath of a pram at the moment and a Mountain Buggy would allow me to get out and about more easily! No more getting stuck at the supermarket checkout because my pram is too wide or having to ask 23 people to move so I can pass through! It has great storage and would be easy to pop in the boot when we are out and about.

  39. I just love the look and idea that it can go any where with practical wheels.

  40. Love that you can comfortably carry two kids in it. With a toddler and a baby it would help me get out of the house for some much needed fresh air and to save my sanity. I love that it is designed for all terrains and plus it looks great. Hope to be able to test it out.

  41. I love the Mountain Buggy + One because it is easy to use, easy to fold, lightweight and suitable for newborns as well as toddlers. I also love its amazing colour and design, its durability and worldwide well-known brand’s reputation. Thank you.

  42. Nicole Kent Reply

    Love that the pram grows with you

    Perfect to add to my growing crew

    Great for my toddler on those hectic days

    Safe and sound so he cant run away!

  43. Bek Browning Reply

    Love this pram. I walk minimum 40km a week. I this this pram could keep up with me.

  44. To have a pram that grows and adapt with you would be amazing. Just what every mum wants and needs.

  45. So happy to see such a simple yet versatile and practical pram. The ability to quickly reconfigure to pop the toddler in with bubs is so clever! Oh and love the all terrain wheels. Looks like the Mountain Buggy + One can take me anywhere I need to go!

  46. Genevieve dahlenburg Reply

    Such a great pram for me and my two busy boys. Versatile, full of features and yet not clunky. So stylish love it

  47. Sarah Darragh Reply

    I love the storage and versatility of this pram. My current pram is over 7.5years old and has very limited storage.

  48. All other prams break my back when lifted, and my sanity when trying to fold them. Love the Mountain Buggy! Two little kids would love a new seat… pick me?!

  49. The second seat is what i like about this pram most as it means we can accommodate our two year old as well as our two month old. Having also two elder children, we’ve gone through our fair stint of prams so know what works and what doesn’t so would be great to see the benefits of this pram.

  50. Phebe Fraser Reply

    This pram ticks so many boxes for 2 little ones! Storage looks amazing, all terrain wheels are a massive win, it’s practical and so versatile – perfect! We would love this as we have a hand me down adiva pram that we used for our first. Our 2nd child was born a week ago and we haven’t yet sorted a pram to fit both squidlets so this would be incredible!

  51. Jiana Sumner Reply

    I love that the pram is not just stylish but all terrain so you can take it from the shops to the mountains and fit both kids in.

  52. Jessica Hughes Reply

    I would love a mountain buggy as they steer like a dream, are lightweight but practical for all terrains!

  53. Rebecca Johnson Reply

    I’d love to try an inline pram with my two. Looks like we could have some fun adventures with all terrain wheels.

  54. I love that it evolves as my child grows, so it’s not outgrown, therefore needing to be replaced. And great that it can go everywhere we want to too.
    You should pick me, for my wife and I are breeding like rabbits, it’ll get a lot of use that’s for sure lol

  55. I love that its described as gliding effortlessly over all terrain, with improved rear wheel suspension and a lock back or swivel front wheel. This means we can take it anywhere: town, beach, out bush, to the lake etc without fear of getting bogged in. We have 4 kids, two are 2 months and 2 years so need to go in a pram. A double buggy is too big for our car so this would be ideal. We’ve gone through many prams with our four kids so the best judges of what works and is useful to have as a feature.

  56. Brenda Williams Reply

    i just love its desigh and i would love it for my new little grandaughter

  57. Love that this pram seems like it won’t be outgrown, & that it can grow with my family. Would love to own one of these stylish, practical prams, so my kids can travel in comfort and style

  58. vicdisqusses Reply

    The word “double” stands out for me. With 14 months between our baby and the one that is currently baking, we are seriously looking for the perfect pram…and here it is.

  59. Tammy Jackson Reply

    Love the design and storage space. Ease of use and colours

  60. Love it’s superior manoeuvrability. As someone who loves getting outdoors, this would be fantastic for me and bubs!! (Due in under 4 weeks!)

  61. Rachael Petersen Reply

    Going to have two under two soon but cant afford a new pram at the moment. We would be promoting the benefits every second.

  62. LOVE how the +one is do adaptable! Having one child plus all the storage behind or a newborn and toddler or two toddlers in separate seats! Amazing!

  63. Rianan Turner Reply

    I love how compact this pram is for carrying 2 children 2 and under! Love that I can take it in rough terrain, and it’s amazing looking! You should pick me I would appreciate it so much am already a massive mountain buggy fan

  64. Definitely love the different configurations of the Mountain Buggy + one. I am stuck with a terrible Phil and Teds Dash that has awkward configurations for a toddler and baby and NO recline over 9kg. So much for a baby napping on the run. The Mountain Buggy +one solves all that and more!

  65. The process of buying a pram has been so confusing and overwhelming. This pram looks awesome and would be exactly what we need. The reviews I’ve read on this brand are excellent and make me excited about potentially winning one 🙂

  66. Kate Powell Reply

    I love how close to each other my two children would be able to sit. It makes it so much easier as an exercise pram when the weight is close together so it’s perfectly designed to accommodate that.

  67. Tamara Lamb Reply

    My friend is having her second miracle in a few weeks after being told she would never have children. I would love to gift her something as special as this prize for her to enjoy!

  68. Donna Schafer Reply

    Wow this buggy looks amazing! We currently have a mountain buggy urban jungle, and we now have a 6 week old as well as a 2 1/2 year old. My partner won’t let me spend any money on buying another pram, so it leaves my toddler sitting on the step at the front when going to shops and walks etc. Poor Emma is devasted she can’t sit in it anymore and has been bumped off to the step! This buggy would make our lives so so much easier! Best of luck everyone!

  69. Superior manoeuvrability….I love that the Mountain Buggy +one is smooth & light enough to be handled with one hand so I can shop, grab essentials (dummy, blankets, toys), open the car & fish things from my hand bag all without having to try to steer with my hips. I’d love this gorgeous Mountain Buggy so when I have babysitting duties 4 days a week my daughter doesn’t have to wrestle her pram into her tiny car to bring with her (or leave it at home as she often does which means bubs & I go nowhere).

  70. Living on a remote outback cattle station, definitely the Mountain Buggy’s ability to navigate over any surface. The Mountain buggy’s wheel system and it’s ability to navigate sand, gravel – any surface with safety and ease. Pram bliss and satisfying newly found pram envy!

  71. Jennifer Denney Reply

    This amazing with everything we have been through with IVf just to get our first and trying again f or our 2nd .this would make life so much easier and comfortable for my little man and hopefully a new born. With the expenses of the IVF we have had a lot of second hand baby goods. This would be the first brand new.

  72. Juanita Munro Reply

    I love that it grows with my family .. Nothing is too big or too small .. It’s all there in 1 compactable pram & If it makes my life easier as a mum then I’m all for it..

  73. Marnie Lynch Reply

    I am very excited by this new product by Mountain Buggy. I have a 5 month old and 3 year old and I love the toddler and toddler set up in particular with the +one and how it folds up. Great brand and looking to buy one for our overseas holiday next year for performance, compact nature, weight and comfort for both children.

  74. I love that it looks comfortable for both my child and for me to walk with.

  75. Louise Patterson Reply

    I love that it goes from a single to a double pram. This would be ideal for when I am looking after my darling niece and her new brother/sister. Even better if I can pass it on to their Mum 🙂

  76. Rianan Turner Reply

    I seriously can’t stop thinking about this pram! It is so cool how it is a double pram to fit both my children without it being too bulky or heavy to take shopping, or going walking, anything I desire in any terrain! I need this in my life would be so proud pushing in around!

  77. Julie Hodsman Reply

    Great that it grows with the family and being a double (not by width) is so handy

  78. I love that it is suitable for for every stage! We would love a chance to try this pram out as we do a lot of walking for school pick-up (2.5km one way 4x a day) and can definitely put it through it’s paces!

  79. Becca Woods Reply

    I love that it’s convenient for multiple stages and multiple kids! It grows as your family grows. Loads of storage space because lets me honest as a parent there is never enough storage space anywhere! All terrain means you can just about go anywhere and not have to decide between a carrier or pram for the newborn, plus when the older one gets sick of walking they can fit too. It would be fantastic for those overseas adventures.

  80. Kasey Evans Reply

    I love how the Mountain Buggy + One easily converts for two or allows room for extra storage without being big and bulky. This would suit me greatly for when I my next one comes along. In the mean time it’ll be handy for extra storage as I usually get more than I’m wanting when I slip into the shops for just a ‘few’ items.

  81. Jenna Lewis Reply

    I would love to win the Mountain Buggy + One, it is so versatile and would be amazing for our lifestyle in the city one day and on the trail the next and able to grow with our family.

  82. The Mountain Buggy + One is everything I need as a new Mum. It even has features I didn’t even know I needed! My favourite is that is adaptable to my needs – I can use it indoors and outdoors, and at all stages of my baby’s development.

  83. Miranda Mcilwraith Reply

    I love the Mountain Buggy + One because baby number 4 is 3 weeks old and I’m already dreaming about adding number 5! And it will be sooner rather than later, so I’ll definitely be needing a pram that fits two!

  84. Mary Whitta Reply

    What is there not to like it is a compact buggy and I am looking forward to breaking it in very soon!

  85. Catherine Burns Reply

    Second child on the way,
    Mountain Buggy,
    best features on display.
    Designed stadium seating
    My family, no competing!
    Please choose me
    a smile on my face
    full of glee 😀

  86. Anna Ryan-Punch Reply

    Love that it’s so versatile! Pick me because my children weigh at least as much as a mountain to push around.

  87. Lauren Thornton Reply

    I’ve heard from my friends that a good pram is one of the most important things not to scrimp on! I’d love to win this to have this super important detail all sorted and ready for my baby!

  88. I love how you can go off track and not bogged in sand (worse nightmare)and how awesome room for my toddler who walks no where and newborn on the way.

  89. It looks amazing, either for my soon to come baby or for my toddler that is not a big fan of walking

  90. Judith Ann Bryant Reply

    I Love that the Mountain Buggy is so flexible with many options to choose from to suit our needs for the day.Easy to set up, light and more ‘User-Friendly’ than other’s.

  91. Alyce-Maree McOrsum Reply

    I love that this grows with your family. We are pregnant with number 1 currently after a long wait, so we will be aiming for number 2 to closely follow and that would make this the perfect pram for us!

  92. liz stewart Reply

    i love the mountain buggy its so stylish and both the kids can sit side by side not stacked one on top of the other

  93. I am a new Nana, and I am struggling with the big pram that my Daughter In law has. It is hard to fold and unfold, and lifting it in and out of the car is torturous. I really like the Mountain Buggies One hand Fold, and the ergonomically, adjustable handlebar. And it is only 13 kg thank goodness …..this is a Buggie that will last for All of my future Grandchildren

  94. Jessica Webster Reply

    This pram would be perfect for us. We are about to have #5 (as per point #22, 5 is definitely enough ha) and our current youngest is still due to be in a pram for a while yet. Unfortunately, I still have 5 babies worth of flubber and this pram would help me get back out and walking, even before this next one makes an entrance. How could I not want to show it off?

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