In the realm of baby gear, choosing a stroller can be one of the most overwhelming decisions. Not only are there different types, but also a multitude of features, accessories, and styles. Finding the best fit for you and your family is made easier by focusing on the basics.
Now that you know the types of strollers, here are the considerations to keep in mind.
In other words, where will you be using your stroller the most? If you need to navigate gravely inclines every day, choose a standard stroller with big tires and good suspension. If you’re racking up the miles on urban streets, prioritize easy handling to make those crowded sidewalks and sudden starts and stops smoother to manage.
Do you take a lot of public transportation? You may want an umbrella stroller that is easily collapsible. Finding one that you can close with one hand is an added perk. Will you be loading and unloading the stroller from your car most of the time? You’ll probably be happiest with something lightweight and low profile. If you like to exercise with your baby, you’ll want a jogging stroller — they are built tough and safe for a fast ride.
Keep in mind that newborns cannot comfortably or safely ride in a regular stroller seat until they can sit up on their own and hold the weight of their head. Look for the bassinet option in a standard stroller. Or you could look into a travel system, which has a universal frame that can fit an infant car seat for newborns and then a regular seat for an older baby. Many stroller brands sell adapter attachments, which allow you to place the car seat onto the frame or you could buy a lightweight car-seat frame.