How to choose a baby stroller
Umbrella stroller, jogging stroller, convertible stroller? The choices are endless and it can be tough to navigate the baby stroller circuit but don't fret as our definitive guide to choosing a baby stroller will help you make the best choice for your baby and family.
Buying a baby stroller is one of those things that parents stress over, especially since it’s an investment with strollers going for as much as $2500. With this in mind we share our take on how to choose a baby stroller for your child.
How old is baby?
This is the first question to ask yourself when you choose a baby stroller, since kids at different ages will have different needs. If the stroller is for your infant child, you will need one that is designed for a reclining floppy head baby while a stroller for your toddler will have the sitting function as its main feature. Parents who are on a budget usually opt for a stroller that can take your baby from infancy up to the time they are five years old.
How many babies do you have?
There are currently a number of strollers out there that cater to multiples and siblings. So if you have twins or triplets, you might want to consider getting a twin stroller that can handle two babies simultaneously. On the other hand if you have a toddler and an infant child, you can also save costs and space by getting a hybrid stroller that can hold both your older toddler and little infant.
What are you going to use the stroller for?
This is an important question to address when you choose a baby stroller as you want to get a stroller that fits your lifestyle. For example, if you're going to be using the stroller regularly on a windy road, then you might want to invest in a good jogger stroller. This type of stroller is designed to withstand uneven terrain and a heavy workload meaning it is built with a solid suspension system and larger wheels.
However if you see yourself just taking the stroller out for shopping trips with baby, a smaller and more lightweight stroller would be better for your needs.
What extras are important for you?
These days strollers come with lots of extras, thus prioritize what are the accessories you want most in the stroller when you choose a baby stroller. Some parents need a couple of cup holders on their stroller - one for baby's sippy cup and one for mum's coffee fix while others need a large storage space below the stroller to put the diaper bag and all the shopping on a trip to the mall.
What’s out there?
It’s always good to know what kinds of strollers are available out there so you can decide which best fits your needs.
- Jogger stroller
- Umbrella stroller
- Travel systems
- Standard and lightweight strollers
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We hope you have found the information useful to help you choose a baby stroller for your child. Share with us what stroller you are currently using and whether you are satisfied with it.
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