Buying Guide to Strollers

 
 

Buying Guide to Strollers

Strollers make it easy to get your baby out and about. And there are so many fantastic styles - from simple umbrella strollers that fold and go for easy portability, to rugged jogging strollers that make handling rough terrain a breeze.

So how do you decide which stroller is right for you? Check out our guide to make it simpler to narrow down the field.

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How do you think you'll use it?

Activity Choose
Lots of city walking and up and down subway stairs Choose a stroller that's lightweight for maximum portability.
Occasional strolls through the neighborhood and out-and-about excursions You can probably manage with a more basic model, including a larger stroller that doesn't have to fold so compactly.
Jogging or running A jogging stroller is a must - a standard stroller won't keep your baby comfortable or safe while you run. (You should only jog with your baby once your pediatrician gives the OK.)
Managing rough terrain A jogging or all-terrain stroller works on uneven terrain, or look for a standard model that has larger wheels and shock absorbers for a smoother ride.

How many children under 3 do you have?

One A single stroller will be just fine, but if you're thinking about more kids soon, get one that will last for baby number two!
Two or more You'll need a double (or larger) stroller to manage solo trips. If you find them too unwieldy, consider using a single stroller and a baby carrier. If you have an infant and an older toddler, look for a single stroller with a riding platform for your bigger kid.

Once you have decided how you will use the stroller, consider quality. You can get a good quality stroller in pretty much any expense level. But the higher-end models offer better materials and more features. These can include a lightweight frame, convenient one-touch folding mechanisms, the smooth ride of wide wheels, and even extra padding that will help keep baby more comfortable. Think about which "nice-to-have" features are worth the investment to you. To help you decide check out the features section in this guide.