Looking to find the best stroller? Finding baby gear in general is difficult and looking for a stroller with all the choices that are available is a consuming task that can be frustrating. Sometimes even more frustrating when you are buying your 2nd and 3rd stroller because the other previous ones just did not work for you.
There are so many factors to consider when it comes to figuring out the best stroller for you and for your baby. You want to be smart about this big purchase. We’ve made a list here of some of the key practical points you need to consider before purchasing your stroller, so you are able to find the best stroller that works for you and your family.
Stroller companies design strollers for family to use from birth to about 4 years.
- If you are purchasing for a newborn, bear in mind that it while it doesn’t need to recline flat, it does need to recline 130 degrees from the horizontal to be suitable.
- Are you considering changing to a lightweight stroller once your toddler is more active?
- Are you planning on using the same stroller for future children?
How much can you afford?
Can you afford the stroller you want without having to mortgage the house? Or will a cheaper model with all the same features do the trick?
Remember, it has to suit both your parental needs and physiques. You may need to consider things such as:
- The weight of the stroller when lifting and fitting it into the back of the car or when having to carry it into the house or up stairs.
- Does it have an adjustable handle to suit both your heights?
- Do you need a physics degree to fold/collapse the stroller?
What activities will you be doing with the stroller?
- Where do you live? Do you walk often?
- Exercising a lot? You will need to look at brands that design strollers for jogging.
- Heading to the beach often? Think about the wear and tear of sand and salt water on your wheel fittings and steel/chrome/aluminium surfaces.
- Going to the shopping? Are limited when it comes to fitting through the check-out at the supermarket or between aisles of crowded shops.
- Will you be traveling alot?
Other things to consider.
- Does the stroller fit into your car when folded, or will you need to buy a new car to fit it in along with the groceries and such?
- Can the wheels be easily removed to accommodate fitting into tight spaces?
- Is the stroller easy to maneuver in general?
- Are the wheel locks sturdy?
- Does the basket under the stroller allow you the space you need? Think about trips to the supermarket, or the zoo.
- Does it provide good sun-protection? Does the hood offer a reasonable area of shade?
- Is there a 5-point safety harness that is adjustable to accommodate your growing child?
- Does the stroller have a removable bumper? These are not only a safety feature on some strollers but also double as a convenient spot for the baby to hold onto as well as great for attaching entertaining baby toys to.
- Are you wanting a stroller that you can attach a toddler seat or a skateboard to as the family grows?
- Weather protection – sun and rain covers
- Boot cover or footmuff for cold weather
- Drink holders
- Toddler seat
Once you are able to answer some of these questions you will be able to figure out what stroller works for you and your baby. Also, check out our baby registry quiz to see what you really need to add to your registry.
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