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Baby Strollers Buying Guides

A stroller provides baby with a safe, comfortable place from which to view the world, while giving parents more freedom and enjoyment during outings.

 

A stroller is a wonderful piece of parenting gear that offers unique benefits to both baby and parent. But how to choose a stroller? It can seem more complicated than car shopping with all the models available. The key to finding the best stroller for you is to see what will fit your budget and lifestyle. Ask yourself, “How will I be most using my stroller?” Is it to run errands where you’ll be going in and out of stores a lot? Is it to take on jogs through the park? Do you drive and need it to fit easily in the car? Or will you be taking it on public transit? Once you decide where you’ll be doing your pushing, it will be much easier to narrow down your options.

Stroller Types

Travel Systems

If you want to quickly and easily move baby from the car to the stroller and back again without disturbing her, then look into a travel system or car seat stroller. A car seat stroller is a lightweight metal frame that you snap the car seat into. A travel system consists of a car seat, car seat base and full-size stroller that you can also snap the car seat into. The bonus of the travel system is that you can continue to use the stroller even after your baby has outgrown her infant car seat.

 

Convenience Strollers

When people think of strollers, this is probably the kind that pops into their head. Also known as a standard or full-size stroller, this versatile model features a large, sturdy frame, adjustable seat, one-hand folding, retractable canopy and storage space. Extras can include reversible handles, snack trays and even drink holders for parents. For everyday outings or quick trips, this is a reliable choice.

A more lightweight, compact version of the convenience stroller is the umbrella stroller. This is a good choice as a second stroller or for children who are at least 12 months old. These models are less expensive, lighter and fold up for easy carrying, yet it also means they are not as adjustable as full-size strollers. They don’t offer head or neck support, so they are not suitable for infants. Think of it as your toddler’s stroller.

 

Double Strollers

If you have more than one infant or toddler, then a double stroller seems like an obvious choice. Double strollers or twin strollers come in two models: the tandem or the side-by-side. Tandem strollers seat children one behind the other and can be useful for a baby and an older sibling. They also maneuver more easily and fold up more compactly. Side-by-side strollers allow two kids to see each other and communicate with one another. Because either model is bigger than an average single stroller, consider the weight, size and manageability of each model.

 

3 Wheel Strollers

Commonly known as a jogging stroller or all-terrain stroller, these models are great for parents on the move. A jogging stroller can help give you and your baby a smooth ride just about anywhere. Featuring three large rubber wheels mounted to a lightweight frame, these strollers are great for long walks, runs and hikes. They are more prone to tipping, so use extra care with them. They are not suitable for newborns. Also be aware that they are big and do not fold as compactly, making it more difficult to maneuver up and down stairs, into elevators and stores, and on transit.