How to choose the right baby stroller – Kickass Baby Strollers Buying guide

Choosing the first stroller is one of the most important decisions that future parents have to make. It is because it’s one of those baby items that you will use often and for a very long time, so it has to be durable and well equipped to serve you for years. It is also one of the most expensive baby products. Here is kickass baby strollers buying guide to educate you.

That is why you should carefully consider what exactly you need and not rush into any decision. The stroller should be not only properly chosen for the baby, but it also should be handy for parents. Let’s find the best baby strollers together!

Searching for the right stroller?? This Kickass Baby Strollers Buying guide Will Help You For It.

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Visit the store with a child’s gear can be a headache. No wonder, the choice is vast. We have prams, lightweight and umbrella strollers, convertible pushchairs, with three or four wheels, black or colourful, and of course: cheap and expensive strollers. When you face so many options and models, you may want to ask: which stroller should I buy?

Future parents spend a lot of time searching for the perfect stroller and, unfortunately, sometimes their purchase is a mistake. When you’re buying a piece of equipment for your baby you want to choose the best products, suitable and safe for your kid, but there are so many options – and not every model is top-quality.

I know that neither I, nor you, nor any other mother, would like to buy the wrong stroller and then suffer for the next six months or longer, or even worse – buy a stroller that would make the baby suffer.

When I was pregnant with Haley I spent so much time in shops, visiting online stores, reading reviews, talking to other moms, watching videos on YouTube, everything that could possibly help me to choose the right stroller.

When I was pregnant for the second time I had to do it all over again! I did huge research and tested many models. And I thought I should share the information I collected with other moms!

Therefore I decided to write my own reliable stroller buying guide, based on my experience and my research, to make your research easier.

Is there a Perfect Stroller?

Let me start by saying that there is no such thing like a perfect stroller that has it all. Many parents, including me when I was pregnant for the first time, are looking for a stroller that has wheels for all type of terrain, reclining and reversible seat, big canopy, adjustable footrest, large basket under the seat, is easy to fold with only one hand, weighs around 16 lbs and of course – costs less than $200.

Let’s be honest – we won’t find it because it doesn’t exist.

Sometimes we have to sacrifice something that is minor, or as many parents – buy two strollers. It’s not like you have to do this. You may buy only one, but probably it won’t be perfect in every situation.

Different parents have a different lifestyle, live in different places and therefore need different strollers. That’s why asking other parents for the recommendation on a specific model is often pointless. Just because this person has a child and says that this baby stroller was great, doesn’t mean it will be good for you and your little one. We all have different preferences, needs and… budget!

I write this buying guide to provide you with some questions and comparisons that will help you to define what you really need and find the best stroller for you and your baby.

What to look for when shopping for a baby stroller?

Okay, let’s begin with some crucial aspects to which you should pay attention when you are choosing a stroller for your baby.

Certification – safety sign. Check if the model you like has a sticker showing that it is certificated by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). You can also visit JPMA’s website to check which stroller brands are certified.

Usually, it means that the most important features (like stroller’s stability and brakes, a locking mechanism or absence of sharp edges) were carefully tested.

Wheels – The large and air-filled ones are the best for long walks and bumpy ground, smaller wheels might be better for city use and running errands. Swivel front wheels give better manoeuvrability, locked wheels make the stroller more stable.

Amortization – thanks to good amortization and suspension system your child is not exposed to shocks. This is a crucial thing because infants have a very delicate spine and don’t have neck and head control during the first few months.

Stroller frame – if the frame is heavy, the whole stroller is bulky, therefore we are looking for quite a light frame. Of course, it has to be strong and durable at the same time.

Brakes – should lock both wheels simultaneously. When the wheels are blocked, the stroller should be immobile.

Canopy – should fold easily and quietly and have great ventilation for hot days. It should be big enough to protect your kid from sun and wind and give him some room to grow.

Adjustable handlebar – it makes pushing the stroller more comfortable for parents of different height.

Reversible seat – gives you the ability to change the direction your child is facing. A very useful feature, because parents often prefer when their infant is facing them, but a curious toddler prefers to ride facing the World and observe surroundings.

The storage basket underneath the seat – very handy not only for moms! Remember – hanging heavy bags on the handlebar can decrease stroller’s stability and increase the risk of tipping over. Therefore a spacious basket is a must-have.

Removable cover – you will want a cover that can be quickly unfastened and clean up and a fabric that is easy to wipe down, without shrinking or fading. It’s really great to have a possibility of removing the seat padding and throwing it to the washing machine.

Okay, so you have some basic features that you should consider, no matter what type of the stroller you plan on buying, whether it is your first or third pushchair and no matter if it’s for newborn, toddler or twins.

Types of baby strollers

I also prepared for you short description of the most popular types of baby strollers that you can find on the market today. The offer is vast, therefore making a decision is not easy.

Look at the following list of types of baby strollers – it will help you to clarify what you need.

Standard / Convertible strollers

On the market, there are A LOT of standard convertible strollers. In the table below you can see some of my favourite models in this category.

This is one of the most popular types of strollers. A few years ago standard strollers were very simple and monofunctional. Nowadays standard strollers are versatile and multifunctional.

You can find different shapes and sizes in this type. They are designed to provide your baby with comfort and make getting around easier.

Today standard doesn’t mean heavy and sluggish. Many strollers in this type are manoeuvrable and work on different terrains (like sidewalks, paved streets, park paths and wooded trails).

Many of them are very flexible and convertible and offer many seating options. We can say that convertible is the new standard.

Keep in mind: most strollers in this type of recline, but the angle is not enough for safe sleeping. If it has fully-reclining seat (less than 10 degrees) you can use it instead of the pram.

If not, the seat is suitable only for an infant who can sit unassisted.

But you don’t have to worry. Most of the modern standard strollers are convertible which means you have the option of replacing the regular seat with a bassinet and converting it into a pram.

For example, higher-end products like UPPAbaby Vista or Bugaboo Cameleon 3 include a bassinet.

They have also the option of using infant car seat adapter and convert the standard stroller to travel system. I think every modern standard stroller is compatible with car seats.

One difference between convertible stroller and travel system is that the first one needs an adapter to install a car seat and the latter one doesn’t require any adapters. Nevertheless, some of the convertible strollers are also available as a travel system.

Some models have also reversible seat, so the baby can sit facing you or forward. Moreover, few of the modern standard strollers are expandable, so you have the ability to add another seat for the second child!

You can also add to many models a running board for the toddler when you welcome your third child.

Standard strollers have also basket below the seat for baby gear, and wheels in a good size. The weight of this type of strollers ranges from 16 to 37 lbs. It is heavier than an umbrella, but it’s not as bulky as jogging type.

It usually folds up without much trouble and it is quite easy to storage.

Convertible strollers are all-purpose vehicles, therefore you won’t need a second or third one. They usually have enough suspension for bumpy roads.

Remember: standard type is not designed for jogging. If you want your baby to keep you company while you are running, you need to choose a jogger.

Today standard strollers are actually very flexible and multi-functional. They have everything you will ever need because they offer many different add-ons. If you plan on having more kids and you want to invest your money in a good stroller that will serve you for years, this is the best type for you.

Pros

  •  Smart and long-term investment, this stroller will grow up with your children
  •  Many different models on the market with a wide range of features, therefore you can find the one with functions important for you.
  • Solid, easy to use, multi-functional
  • Quite big wheels and good manoeuvrability
  • Many add-ons allow customizing the stroller, depending on parents needs

Cons

  • Heavier than umbrella type, so it can be difficult to carry around.
  •  Not every model is designed for infants under 6 months – make sure the stroller you would like to buy can accommodate your newborn baby

To sum up, the standard type is a good choice if you want to use the stroller in different situations and you don’t need a specialized one. This type is also good for parents who want to stroll in the city centres, mostly on sidewalks, in parks and small shopping centres. This type of stroller is for families with many (also future) kids and parents that appreciate flexibility.

Here you can find my ranking of top-rated convertible strollers for 2019.

Travel system

The travel system is a set that includes matching stroller and infant car seat (usually also the car seat base). Travel systems are very popular because they are multi-functional.

The main advantage of this type is that you can easily snap the car seat right into the stroller and you don’t need any adapters.

It is very useful when you’re baby is sleeping in a car seat and you need to transport him or her from the car to the stroller or from the stroller to the house. With a travel system, you can do it without waking the baby.

I guess you do not want to wake your cute sleeping baby.

This stroller grows with the baby because at the begging you can use the infant car seat, snapped into the stroller. And when the baby is 6 months old and has developed head and neck control and is too big for the car seat, you can start using the stroller with toddler seat.

The travel system will serve you from day one until your baby outgrows the regular seat or doesn’t want to ride in a stroller anymore.

The travel system is perfect when your baby is little and often falls asleep in a car seat. You don’t need to wake your baby while running some errands in the city or driving a car.

You just take the car seat with your baby out of the car and snap it into the stroller. It is also a perfect solution for parents who travel a lot and often transfer between the stroller, the car and the house.

When you buy a car seat and a stroller as a set you can save money because travel systems are usually at decent and affordable prices (even about $200), but of course, it depends on the brand and accessories.

Be careful, if the set is very cheap, you can not expect it to be high quality. Also when you buy a set it may turn out that the car seat was great, but when the baby outgrows it, you are left with a cumbersome and heavy stroller with big and not manoeuvrable wheels.

My advice for you is to check the whole set before buying – is the car seat comfortable and safe for your baby? Is the stroller easy to push and good for the little passenger?

Keep in mind: sometimes both things bought as a set can have worse quality than car seat and stroller bought separately. And one more thing – if you want to buy a stroller that will serve you from day one to toddlerhood, but you don’t want a matching travel system, you can always choose a convertible stroller compatible with many different car seats and with other add-ons.

Pros

  •  Travel system allows you to move your sleeping baby from the car to stroller, from the stroller to house and back to the car, without disturbing his sleep
  •  Great for shopping and running errands because you don’t have to wake your baby and take him out of the car seat
  •  Travel system will serve you and your baby for a long time – when the baby outgrows the car seat, you can use the stroller’s toddler seat
  •  Multi-functional, flexible
  •  Thanks to buying a set you may save some money and space in the home (one stroller instead of two or three!)

Cons

  • Some models can be quite heavy (from 26 to 32 lbs), which makes them difficult to carry or use public transportation with them
  •  Sometimes they have fewer options and features than standard strollers
  •  Car seat frame
  •  Car seats bought as a cheap set with a stroller may sometimes have a lower quality

It’s a frame with no seat of its own, designed to carry only the infant car seat which makes it really lightweight. The car seat frame is quite like a travel system, but it doesn’t have the main seat, only the frame.

You can add to it the car seat which easily snaps into the frame. It is a very convenient option for transporting little baby sleeping in a car seat.

Of course, you can use a car seat frame only when your baby is small and fits into the infant car seat. After this time (6-12 months) you will have to buy a stroller suitable for baby who can sit upright.

It is also compact and very easy to fold and storage (for example in your car trunk).

The car seat frame is a very good option if you have a small apartment and little space for storing the stroller. Also, it is a great choice for moms who had C-section, since this type is very light and easy to carry.

It is also a pocket-friendly option because you need to buy only the frame and a car seat. It’s a good choice for parents who haven’t make a decision about what stroller to buy yet. It gives you some time to find the right stroller.

From my experience, the car seat frame is one of the best options for the baby in the first 6 to 12 months. For first-time parents, it may seem a weird way to stroll with an infant, but many parents wish they knew about it earlier.

Remember: do not use the car seat as a replacement for a crib. When you’re at home don’t leave your baby unattended in the car seat, put her/him into the crib. Baby can sleep without being observed only in a crib.

Pros

  • Light (11-16 lbs) and compact, which is very helpful for moms who just had a C-section and can’t lift heavy things
  • It’s a very good option for parents who often drive before strolling. If your baby falls asleep in a car seat you can easily transport her/him without waking up
  • There are also car seat frames for twins (personally I tried Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame)
  • The infant car seat is safe for babies and provides comfortable support for them in the first months
  • Pocket-friendly option

Cons

  • It is only for babies who use infant car seats, after this period (around 6 to 12 months) you have to buy a stroller
  • Not every model of car seat is compatible with a frame. Some frames are compatible only with specific models, therefore you need to make sure that your car seat matches the frame or buy them as a set
Pram

Prams are perfect for newborns and infants. It is a stroller with a bassinet which you can use in the first 6 months when the baby can’t move around and needs a flat surface for sleeping. Prams are a good option for newborns because they need a large and roomy stroller and supine position is natural for them.

The bassinet should be big enough to serve you for a couple of months (infants grow so fast!). The mattress is also very important. It should not be too thin, because the baby would feel every bump and twitch. And it also should be made from breathable fabric. The cover should be easy to remove and clean.

When the baby grows and becomes more active, prams are not safe because bassinets are shallow and usually they lack safety harness. When the baby can move around, it is easy for him/her to fall out and get injured.

Keep in mind: prams are very stylish, but it is a luxury that you will use only for 6 months top, sometimes even for 3 months!

From a practical point of view, the better option is infant car seat which you can use longer than 6 months (even up to one year). It makes the transition between driving and strolling very easy and simple.

Plus, the bassinet is one more piece of baby gear which you have to store. It is quite big and takes a lot of space in the trunk. You will need that space, especially during trips when you have to take also diapers, clothes, food, beverages, toys etc. If you use a car seat for strolling, it eliminates the need of buying another product and you can save money.

Also if you have a low budget, you may skip it and save some money for other baby gear. But if you have money and you like prams, I would definitely recommend it. The flat surface that bassinet offers is the best for sleeping newborn, especially during the long stroll. Also, there is only a short period when your baby is newborn and can ride in a stylish bassinet. Before you know it your child will be riding in an umbrella stroller!

20 or 30 years ago prams looked like the one in the picture above. Today prams like that are luxury and cost over $1000! Classic prams are now rare, but most of the strollers give an option of installing a bassinet into the frame. You can only choose a convertible stroller that offers a carrycot (included or sold separately) and turn it into a pram.

Pros

  • A good option for the first 6 months, they provide a flat surface for sleeping baby
  • Mostly they have good amortization and wide range of features
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Usually, you use it for 3-6 months and then your baby starts moving around and the bassinet is not safe anymore for sleeping or strolling, because the baby can fall out and get injured
  • Some models are big and heavy and difficult to store

Lightweight stroller

stroller for your baby

When your baby grows, starts to move around and explore the world, it is very nice to have a potential for them to see the world while strolling.

It is very good for travel and quick trips to the city. You can begin using it when your baby can sit upright and has good head and neck control, therefore there’s absolutely no risk of damaging her/his delicate backbone.

You simply strap your baby into the seat utilizing a 3 or 5-point harness. I suggest using a 5-point harness for the safety of the child.

This kind of stroller is simple to navigate, even in narrow and crowded places. It’s the ideal solution for parents who travel a lot and often use public transportation.

It also a great alternative for a toddler that can walk but sometimes likes to ride in a stroller.

Lightweight strollers are just for children older than 6 months (when they are able to sit up), because of limited features: lack of travelling system, pretty small wheels not great for demanding terrain, less manoeuvrability, a rather difficult pushing on tough surfaces, small canopy, seat which doesn’t totally recline (or even does not recline at all).

This kind of stroller may serve you longer than a pram or infant car seat frame, so make sure that it’s equipped with great sunshade and 5-point harness.

Safety straps should be tight enough that the baby won’t fall out, but should be also comfortable for the baby.

A lightweight stroller is usually pocket-friendly.  You may even find some models that cost 50 dollars, but be careful with these! Often the less costly ones are made from poor materials and are quite suitable for dolls, not kids. I wouldn’t take that risk. Models that price around $200 have more features and accessories (kid tray, cup holder, comfortable and adjustable footrest, easy folding).

Remember: a lightweight stroller should have a five-point harness for your baby safety. That is a standard now, with most strollers.

It secures your child at or over the shoulders, in the midsection, and also between the thighs. Therefore it prevents baby from sliding or falling out, or from scaling out when you’re not looking.

The buckle should be simple to operate for you, but difficult to unlock for little baby’s hands.

Umbrella stroller

Umbrella strollers are very mild, generally, they weigh around 10 lbs or less. They are extremely compact and may be fully folded. Occasionally they have carrying straps so that you can carry them on your shoulder. Bear in mind that the umbrella stroller is simply for older children who can sit up and possess perfect mind control.

I invite you to read my purchasing guide and ranking of the best lightweight & umbrella strollers of 2019.

Jogging strollers

As the name implies these are the strollers for parents that love to run. If you want to keep up your healthy way of life and operate along with your baby, get a running stroller. They are perfect for parents with an active lifestyle.

Joggers normally have three big bicycle wheels with air-filled tires, so, therefore, they operate on all types of terrain and they achieve”running speed”. They have shock absorbers and are designed to decrease the effects of bumps and curbs on the baby.

They have good suspension that provides the baby with a smooth ride and maximum comfort even at high speed and throughout running over rough terrain.  On the market, you will find models with big wheels which offers good amortization when you are going over bumps and harsh floor.

They have a higher weight limit, therefore they will serve you longer than 3 years. Some models have also travel system choice so that you can strap the infant car seat.

Running strollers are perfect for long walks, running and hiking, but they can be quite heavy and bulky (weight ranges from 23 to 31 lbs), and therefore difficult to manoeuvre in narrow and crowded spaces. This kind has also lengthy and high handlebar, which was made to prevent runners from bumping into the stroller.

If you want to run or walk with the baby over bumpy grass and older sidewalks without worrying that your baby gets spilt around, this kind might be precisely what you want. It is made for parents who want to run with their infants and let them explore the planet during it.

If you are interested in a jogging stroller you want it to be safe for the baby. Look for security certificates that provide you with a guarantee of security. Also, pick this kind carefully, especially if you want it to be your only stroller.

Remember: Do not run with your baby until he/she is about 6 weeks old (you can also seek advice from your paediatrician). If you want your baby to keep you company while jogging, use only the running stroller. Before you make your buy make sure your version is designed for jogging with the baby. Some models have three wheels and”jogger” in the title, but they aren’t made for jogging with baby!

Are you a lover of jogging and you want your kids to join you? Here you may find more information and some hints on the best way to select the best running stroller.

This type of stroller is not just for twins but also for children of the little age difference. If you have newborns you should look for a stroller with fully reclining seats or stroller that’s compatible with two infant car seats/two bassinets.

, their fat ranges from 21 to 36 pounds. There are two versions within this kind: side-by-side and tandem.

Side-by-side is 1 version of double strollers. It’s two seats near each other.  But be careful because the stroller may pull to one side.

Below you’ll be able to see my favourite side-by-side double strollers.

This type handles happening the Hill and works with curbs higher than a bike. typically it’d be exhausting to urge through the doorways, slim alleys in outlets or between cars within the parking zone.
Tandem is the different version of double strollers. it’s one seat behind the opposite, so it’s a lot of slim than side-by-side version. it’s easier to manoeuvre in tight areas and acquire through doorways. The seats are typically reversible and children might face one another, you or the planet.

This type handles going down the hill and works with curbs greater than a tandem.  At times it might be tough to get through the doors, narrow alleys in stores or involving cars in the parking lot.

Tandem is another version of double strollers.  It’s one seat behind another, therefore it’s narrower than a side-by-side variant.   The seats are often reversible and kids may face each other, the world.

This kind of stroller has some drawbacks: the rear seat is often smaller, has a reduced weight limit and doesn’t have exactly the very same choices and attributes as the front one.  Also if you recline the front seat you are limiting the distance for your baby in the rear seat.

In the table below I introduce to you the very best, in my opinion, tandem strollers.  I understand each parent can have a different budget, therefore, I chose strollers at a broad range (from $150 to $700).

There are some tandem models with so-called”stadium seat”.  The rear seat is set higher than the front one and the infant in the rear seat is able to see over the one at the front seat.  Therefore both kids can observe the planet while walking.

There are also “sit and stand strollers”.  Here front seat is really for younger infant and there is a seat with a platform behind the main seat.  An older child can stand or sit on the platform — it is a perfect solution for older toddlers or preschoolers.

Remember: there are also car seat frame versions for women.  It’s possible to use them during the first 6-12 months with infant car seats.  Now you can also readily find on the market strollers for triplets and quadruplets.

You can also read my purchasing guide with much helpful information and my own ranking of the finest double strollers!

This is something brand new on the market.  It is fairly similar to car seat frames however there is one difference.  Here you have a stroller framework fully integrated using a car seat.  The wheels and frame can be folded beneath the seat and after that install in a car.

Accessories

When you buy a stroller, particularly for the first time, you may choose to consider also a couple of helpful accessories.  I present you some stroller add-ons and extras so that in my view are worth buying.

Umbrella — protects baby from sun and rain

Remember, if you are buying boots that weren’t made specifically for your stroller, then be sure they don’t interfere with harness use

Remember to not use it for hot beverages

Parent tray and child tray

Now we have some simple questions which will help to determine what you and your kid really need. Answering these questions can help you to define what functions and features your stroller needs to have. You will have the ability to choose the very best baby stroller that suits you and your child’s requirements.

Are you searching for a stroller for newborns or maybe your child is at least 6 weeks old?

-From toddlers to 6 weeks

For the initial 6 weeks, your baby can’t sit up and does not have sufficient neck and mind control. Consequently, in this period you should use either a bassinet, a fully reclined seat (less than 10 degrees) or a baby car seat attached to the framework.

I can say in my experience the third option is very convenient. Consider a sweet three or four-month-old baby sleeping in a car seat during a trip. It is possible to just get rid of the baby seat from the base in the car, with the baby sleeping inside and just snap it right into the stroller frame. And there’s no need to disturb your child’s nap!

It made my life considerably easier when I find an automobile seat carrier frame when my Haley was 4 months old. Before that, I used the bassinet and car chair and every time I drove someplace I needed to get in my automobile both of these and take Haley out of the car seat (which frequently woke up her ) and then put her in the bassinet and try to receive her to fall asleep again. Together with the car seat framework, the issue was gone!

However I have to confess, I’m a major fan of using bassinet during long strolls with a baby, it delivers a perfectly horizontal position for sleeping. A car seat might be a better choice for running quick errands.

-6 months and older infants

When the baby can sit up and contains great neck power (around 6-month-old), they can be pushed in a lightweight stroller. Bear in mind, as soon as your kid gets old you still need many things while strolling: food, bottles, snack, toys, diapers, wipes, clothing… consequently, the stroller needs to have enough storage for baby’s stuff.

If you’re trying to find a stroller to get an older baby you should consider what is better for you: lightweight stroller or umbrella stroller?

In most models of lightweight strollers, the seat can be reclined.  It is quite convenient: when your baby falls asleep throughout the stroll, you can recline the seat and he or she is able to sleep in the open air.

Also, notice what material the stroller is made of.  Will your child be sweating in it?  The canopy is also very important, it should protect your baby from sun, wind, and rain, and even when the baby grows and becoming taller.

Check if the stroller has an adjustable footrest and proper ventilation.  Safety straps are also very important.  The best choice is a five-point use with adjustable straps for proper fit.

How long do you want your stroller to last?

You should also consider if you want to buy a set 3 in 1 or 2 in 1, like a stroller with bassinet and car seat or would you rather prefer to buy a car seat frame and when the baby grows up to buy a lightweight or umbrella stroller.

Buying all in one is definitely cheaper, but remember — stroller can be very great as a pram, but not as a lightweight.  If you want to buy a set you need to assess if each item has characteristics your little one will need (such as removable seat which reclines almost flat and big canopy).

Buying two individual strollers may seem cheaper, but provides you with the chance to choose what you actually require.  You can buy a car seat frame for your first 6 weeks, then, when you have more expertise, more defined needs and also a chance to really”try on” the stroller to your 6-month-old baby, select lightweight stroller.

Do you want to have more babies, year in, year out?

If you want a big family and children that have a little age gap, you may want to buy a stroller you could use not just for the initial one but also for the second or even third one!  You should look for a durable pushchair that can serve you for years.

When and where you’ll use the stroller?

Consider your neighbourhood and places you will be drifting along with your baby.  Also, consider the terrain — would you visit shopping malls/parks/forests?  Are you going to ride over bumpy sidewalks or even earth?  Answers to these questions can allow you to specify what type of stroller you want.

If you live in town and there are sidewalks and alleys, then you may consider a little stroller with not very big wheels.

But if you live in the area with many bumpy unbeaten roads, you should consider a stroller having good amortization and massive wheels, not necessary pumped, because modern foam wheels also work well on rough surfaces.

When there are coastal trails and smooth sidewalks in your neighbourhood, you may want to consider the pushchair with larger rear wheels and smaller front wheels, also having a reversible handlebar, therefore the bigger wheels could also be in front of the stroller if needed.  As a result of this, you will be able to adjust the stroller to a different floor and it will work on rocky roads and crowded city sidewalks.

Where you will store the stroller?

Some strollers are really big, therefore you need to consider in which you will store it.  If you would like to keep it on your apartment or a car trunk, you should look for a stroller that’s small enough to keep fairly easily and fold without too much trouble.  Folding should be simple for a single person.

Are you going to bring it up many flights of stairs?

Prospective parents often assume that they will be carrying the stroller up and down the staircase, but they still buy strollers that weigh more than 30 pounds.  Newborns weigh 6-8 pounds and grow really quickly, so often mothers end up lugging up daily 50 pounds on the third floor.  If you need to take the stroller up the stairs (or climb to a city bus) you should look for a lighter model (around 15-20 lbs).  The weight of the stroller is particularly vital for moms who had a C-section.

Are you going to maintain the stroller in the trunk of your car?

If you’re planning to transfer the pushchair in your car frequently, you want to opt for a small model that easily folds up.  Some versions with big wheels may not fit every car back up.  Before you choose to buy a stroller, measure your trunk and compare it to the dimensions of the folded stroller.   It may turn out that there isn’t any space in the trunk for more gear than the stroller and a number of diapers!

Four or four wheels?

Baby Stroller Buying Guide

When I was looking for my first stroller for Haley, I had been told that strollers with three wheels are unstable and cranky.  Do not allow this view to influencing your choice!

I tried a few versions (with load) and didn’t observe any issues with stability.  Of course, you need to remember not to lean the entire weigh on one wheel, however, it is also true with four wheels strollers.

Some models with three wheels can be more agile than four wheels pushchairs.  You should try what suits you.

You could also choose unique kinds of wheels, by way of instance, vinyl, foam or air-filled.  If you’re likely to use the stroller in town the foam or plastic wheels should be good for you.

But if you intend on utilizing the stroller on windy and bumpy paths you should consider pumped wheels since they provide better amortization and the baby is less exposed to shocks.

Safety rules

In the end, I would love to discuss some simple safety rules.

Always use a safety harness.  It protects your child from falls and tip-overs.

The infant at a bassinet should be facing you, so you could keep an eye on him/her.

Make sure the stroller is completely unfolded — there is a probability of partially unfold.

Never use the cup holder for hot drinks.

Double-check the wheels — after placing the brake, shake the stroller a little to make sure it’s fully secured.

Don’t operate with a typical stroller which isn’t meant for running.  Don’t operate with a baby younger than 6 weeks.  Until that time, the baby’s head is heavy, but their spine and neck muscles aren’t yet fully developed.  Bumps and consequences experienced during jogging can be a serious health risk to your growing baby.

Do not hang anything from the handlebar — it can increase the risk of tipping over.  When you hang heavy items on the handlebar there is a higher chance of back-tip.  The bottom storage basket is a better option!

That’s it for now!!! Hope This Strollers buying guide will help you to choose the right baby stroller for you.

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