A stroller is essential equipment that you will continue to use as your child grows. At the most, your baby will use a stroller for about four years. It is therefore very important to look for a stroller that is durable and can withstand constant use, with the necessary safety features as required for the product to be certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Commission.
There are many brands and types of strollers in the market, and that can make choosing one very difficult. You have to consider your lifestyle, how often you are going to use the stroller and where you are going to use it, as these factors will affect your buying decision. You may have to pay more for the stroller that you will finally get, but it will afford you more savings in the long run if you get the right type.
- If you travel a lot and have to take the baby with you all the time, a travel system stroller will be a better choice for you. Some models have attachments to take in a car seat that facilitates transporting the baby from the car into the stroller. It has all the features that you look for in a stroller. This type tends to be bigger because of its capability to take in the car seat.
- If you are the sporty type, then the jogging stroller will be for you. Designed for off-road use, this type has large tires that can be inflated. In general, strollers with larger wheels give the most comfortable rides for babies. With this type, you can be assured that your baby will be comfortable while you go for your jog. Features vary depending on price.
- Umbrella strollers are simple ones that are easy to fold, just like an umbrella. The umbrella stroller is the cheapest one in the lot, with very limited features, less sturdy and more suited for babies that are six months and older.
- The mid and lightweight strollers are usually the better choices. Most features in high-priced strollers can be found in these types, and are more compact and lighter than the jogging and travel system strollers.
- Stroller wheels can be solid composite, air filled or hollow plastic. Strollers with hollow wheels are cheaper but these are prone to cracking and may not stand prolonged use. You pay more for those strollers with solid wheels but these will last for a very longer time thus saving you from buying another stroller before your baby can outgrow it.
- Choose a stroller with as many features as possible like reclining seats suitable for infants and allowing babies to sleep while in the stroller. Get one that has storage space under the seat for diapers and other baby things, a canopy to protect the baby from the sun, with holders for bottles and things. With the built in features, you will not need to buy extra holders, stroller umbrella and storage bags to attach to the stroller.
- Think long term when choosing a stroller. Look for one that your baby will be able to use from infancy up to about 4 years. This will save you a lot of money from buying a new one when your baby has outgrown a smaller stroller. It should also be study enough to account for the increase weight as the baby grows. Get one with the 5-point strap for safety. And choose one that is washable.
- Look for one with an adjustable handle to fit your height. This will save you from buying handle attachments.
Think first of the comfort and safety of your infant when you make your final purchase. You may not need all the other features that come as part of the package for some brands. Also take into consideration where you live when you buy a stroller. You need one that is sturdy, compact, and easy to fold if you live in the city and have to use public transport.