You’re here because you have no idea on how to choose the right stroller. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Most new parents get overwhelmed by the numerous options at their disposal. You might not know it yet, but choosing the right stroller can be a very personal affair. You have to think about what your baby needs, but more than that, you have to think about your lifestyle.
Do you constantly drive from place to place? How active a lifestyle do you lead? Are you shopping for one or two babies? What does your budget look like? All these factors come into play when buying a stroller. If you don’t understand how then stick around to learn some useful tips on how to choose the right stroller.
Types of Strollers
If you know nothing about strollers, this is where you should start. There are at least five different types of strollers to consider. They are:
• Full-sized strollers
• Double strollers
• Travel systems
• Jogging strollers
• Umbrella strollers
Standard full-sized strollers are by far the most reliable strollers you can get. They are sturdy, spacious, and very comfortable. If you’re looking for
features or plenty of storage, this is the kind of stroller you want to buy. Fully reclining seats, large canopies, spacious storage baskets, trays (for both the parent and the child)—all of these are features you can expect from a standard stroller.
One reason why this type of stroller is highly recommended for new parents is because you can use them from the moment your baby leaves the hospital. Most of them are newborn-safe and can be used until the baby is 4 years old or weighs 50 pounds.
Standard strollers are also considerably more durable. Most of them are built from high-grade aluminum. They are designed to resist rust and corrosion and are often more stable. If you want something that you can pass down to your kids when they become new parents, consider buying a full-sized stroller.
If you’re having twins, it means that you have to buy two of everything. Everything except the stroller, of course. For the new parents with twins, consider going for a double stroller, if not for the convenience, then for the savings.
Double strollers are available in a number of designs. There’s the customary side-by-side design, the tandem design (babies facing each other), and row design (babies sit one in front of the other). Double strollers are also quite durable and comfortable for the baby.
Double strollers are also great for growing families. I remember when our daughter was born and we invested in a row design double stroller. This was awesome for our family walks and traveling. Our son would be in the front and our daughter in the back. This was the way it was when the kids were young but as they go older the fight was on the and my daughter wanted the front seat.
Now you can get second seat kits you can add to your stroller to grow with your family. This way you don’t need to invest in a double stroller until the time is right.
Car seat-stroller combos are often referred to as travel systems. Consider this type of stroller if you anticipate spending a lot of time traveling by car. Travel systems are convenient because they transform from car seat to stroller with relative ease. This means you don’t have to buy a stroller and a car seat separately.
This is an excellent choice for the new parent that’s constantly on the move. A travel system allows you to conveniently transfer your baby to and from the car with minimum fuss. It is also a good investment because it saves you the cost of buying a separate stroller or car seat.
Having a baby should not mean the end of your active lifestyle. That’s why jogging strollers were invented. If the name didn’t clue you in, jogging strollers are built to withstand exercises like jogging, and power-walking. With one of these, you can continue your daily exercise regimen without leaving your baby unattended to.
Jogging strollers come with three wheels as opposed to the customary four. There are two on the rear and one on the front. The front wheel is what differs from stroller to stroller. Some have swivel wheels, which are a bit easier to maneuver but can also compromise the stroller’s stability. Others have fixed wheels, which are more stable.
Jogging strollers are equipped with better (all-terrain) wheels and hand-brakes. Though not as feature-packed as standard strollers, they still offer a bit of storage space and a comfortable seat.
Umbrella strollers are lightweight, easy to fold, and very portable. That’s what makes them great secondary strollers for parents who already own a standard stroller.
Though not nearly as durable or stable as a full-sized stroller, an umbrella stroller’s main appeal lies in its lightness, its ability to fold into a compact package, and its portability. It will fit easily into your trunk, and even without a car, you can lug it around on a bus or train without much of an issue.
This stroller is very easy to use, and even easier to put away. Consider this only as a second stroller, because umbrella strollers are not built for durability.
How to Choose a Stroller
Here’s what you should think about when choosing a stroller.
1. Is it Safe for Newborns?
Not all strollers are suitable for newborns. Jogging strollers can only be used by babies aged 6 months and older. Newborns have no neck support, so putting them in a stroller without a reclining seat threatens their health and physique.
2. How long will it last?
For maximum durability, choose a full-sized standard stroller. They are built durably and will last you years with proper care. Double strollers are an excellent choice as well if you have twins. Travel systems have a bad rep for being low quality. Jogger strollers are too light and go through too much activity to last as long as standard strollers. Umbrella strollers are NOT built for durability.
3. Can it fit in a Car/Can it Fold?
If your main priority is finding something that can be folded or fit in your car, start with umbrella strollers. They are the lightest of the bunch, and quite often come with effortless folding mechanisms. Other strollers can fold too, but none can be as compact or as light as an umbrella stroller.
4. Is it heavy?
Consider the weight of the stroller if you anticipate carrying it from place to place. Think about your daily routes. Are there stairs you have to maneuver? Rough terrain? If so, you’ll find it easier to do so with a stroller that weighs less than 20 pounds. Heavier strollers are more stable, but they are also harder to maneuver around tight spaces.
5. Is it Easy to Clean?
Go for a stroller with washable fabrics. At the end of the day, your baby will be spending a considerable amount of time there. Make sure it is a clean, pleasant environment by cleaning it regularly.
How to choose the right stroller can be a difficult task especially with all the options available. We hope this article helps you find the right stroller. If you have any question be sure to comment below.