What Stroller To Buy For Your Child
Babies can require a lot of gear – some essential, some not so much. A stroller unquestionably falls under the "essential" category, as getting your baby out and about town not only is good for the baby, it's good for you.
However, strollers can be expensive. You don’t want to discover too late that the model that looked so perfect on the gift registry is actually too heavy to lift in and out of your car trunk, or too wide to fit through your doorway. Choosing the right stroller makes outings with your baby and toddler easier, and lets you focus on what is important: your child.
Do You Want A Self-Contained System?
If you are frequently getting in and out of the car with a baby still young enough to be in an infant seat, you know how frustrating it can be to transfer your sleeping baby back and forth from car seat to stroller.
A travel system ends that struggle by combining a stroller with an infant car seat. The car seat base remains anchored in your car, while the seat detaches and fastens into the stroller frame. Baby doesn’t even have to wake up from her nap. Once your child outgrows the infant seat, the stroller can be used on its own for a comfortable, smooth ride.
The Chicco KeyFit Travel System has a highly rated infant car seat for babies up to 30 pounds. The aluminum frame stroller reclines all the way down, has a large basket for holding your bag and can be folded or unfolded with just one hand.
Do You Spend Long Hours At The Park Or Outdoors?
If you like to be outdoors and want your baby to experience the park, the beach, easy hiking paths or bumpy roads, then you need an all-terrain stroller. These sporty looking strollers have three oversized tires that easily roll over just about any surface.
The Jeep Liberty Sport X All-Terrain Stroller not only is rugged enough to go just about anywhere, it also accepts most popular car seats, making it a travel system for your baby’s first few months. The large basket holds all your gear, and there are even two cup holders to hold both you and your child’s beverage. The seat reclines to multiple positions, and there is a child’s snack tray for easy eating on the go.
Do You Need To Get Your Stroller On And Off Public Transportation?
If you take the city bus, subway or train with your toddler, you don’t want to struggle with a heavy stroller while holding on to your busy child. Lightweight strollers are perfect for older babies or toddlers; generally reclining enough to keep a sleeping child snug and providing a secure, comfortable fit for riding while sitting upright.
The First Years Ignite Stroller weighs only 14 pounds and is very easy to fold and unfold. It’s sturdy and has storage under the seat for your diaper bag or other belongings, as well as storage on the back of the seat for keys, water bottles and small items. The Ignite is rated for children up to 50 pounds, and the seat is wide enough to hold even a wiggly child without squeezing or pinching.
Do You Need Something Lightweight For Your Toddler?
If you just need a very lightweight stroller for quick trips to the store or for when your toddler gets tired and cranky, refusing to walk any further, then an umbrella stroller is perfect for your needs. These are not for infants, but for babies 6 months or older who can easily support their own head and neck. There is usually little storage or extras on these strollers.
The Heavenly Stroller is a unique umbrella stroller with adjustable handles that extend up to 42.5 inches, making it much easier for even a tall parent to push the stroller comfortably. The stroller is rated for children up to 40 pounds.
Do You Have Twins?
If you have double the fun with twins, or you have an infant and a toddler, you know how tough it can be to transport both of them, when there is just one of you. Level the playing field with a double stroller that holds both of your children safely and comfortably.
The Graco DuoGlider LX Stroller has stadium seating, keeping the child in the back slightly higher for easy viewing. You can fit your Graco infant seats into the stroller or use the built-in seats, which both recline and have individual canopies and footrests. A large basket holds your baby gear, and the whole stroller is easy to fold up with just one hand.
Do You Like To Jog Or Run?
There’s no need to give up your daily jog or run just because you have a baby. Your child will love to come along and can cheer you on, enjoy the fresh air or take a nap while happily riding in a jogging stroller. The front wheel on jogging strollers can be locked straight, preventing dangerous wobbling or drifting during a run.
With the BOB Revolution SE Stroller, you can lock the front wheel for fast action or unlock it for greater maneuverability during walking or normal activity. The excellent suspension system keeps your child riding smoothly even over rugged terrain, and the reclining seat has extra padding for comfortable napping. The BOB has plenty of storage space and is very easy to fold and unfold.
It can be overwhelming to choose a stroller, with so many types and styles available. You want your child to be safe and comfortable, and you also want the stroller to be easy to maneuver, easy to fold and light enough for you to get it in and out of your car. Choose a stroller that suits your lifestyle, and both you and baby will be happy to be out and on the go.