For a married couple, one of the most exciting events is the coming of a new baby. Months before the arrival of their bundle of joy, they will already prepare the room, search for baby names, and others. When the baby arrives, one of the first things they will do is scout for a stroller to buy. Looking for one can become more of a hassle. Given a plethora of choices, it would seem that finding the right one can become a daunting task. This article will guide on how to find the right stroller for your baby.
1. Ask yourself the following questions:
Who will be using the stroller?
Where will we be using the stroller?
What kind of weather will we be using it in?
Where will you store it?
What is the weight limit?
Can it be folded with one hand?
Does it have additional features like place for drinks, storage basket, adjustable handlebar, place for recommended buggy boards, and others?
Does it fit my budget?
2. Your Parenting Lifestyle
The stroller you will choose will also depend on the kind of parental personality you have. There are different strollers suited for different parenting lifestyles.
Standard Full-Sized Strollers: These are the bigger and bulkier strollers. Although they are durable, they are hard to maneuver. They have padded reclining seats and come with storage space under the stroller and sunshade. Most standard strollers have the nifty features that parents want and can last long until your baby becomes a toddler.
Lightweight or Umbrella Strollers: Umbrella strollers are designed for traveling. Weighing less than 15 pounds, they are easy to carry, push, and fold. One of its drawbacks is that it does not have bells and whistles. Also, they do not have padding. This stroller is suitable for babies older than 6 months.
Jogging Strollers: This is designed for parents who are on the go. They are made with sturdy tires (two in the back and one in front). While they offer good storage and reclining seats, they are too bulky to fit in stores or apartment buildings. Read more about jogging strollers!
Car Seat Carrier: This type of stroller has a basic frame for holding your baby’s car seat. Although they are convenient and easy to use, they will only work with infant car seats and your baby will outgrow the stroller sooner than you think. Check reviews on baby’s car seat.
Double Strollers: If you have twins but want only one stroller, this is your only option. You can choose between tandem strollers with one seat in front of another or a side-by-side stroller. The former may not have enough leg room for the back sitter and the latter may be harder to push through doors and anywhere around the crowd.
Travel System. This type of stroller may either be a standard or jogging stroller and gives you the option to carry an infant car seat. You can either get a car seat and stroller combo or one with an adapter.
3. Start with a frame
Your ultimate goal is to ensure the comfort of the infant in his or her car seat. To make buying easier, look for a frame carrier. It comes with wheels and a basket that you can snap to your car seat. If you are not sure with what large stroller you will buy, the frame carrier is a good choice.
4. Buy a stroller and car seat together
If you want to get savings on a full-sized stroller is to buy a car seat and stroller combo at a discounted price. You can snap the stroller onto the car seat.
5. Know what you are paying for
The cost of the stroller is associated with the features and materials. Strollers with aluminum frames, rubber or air-filled shock absorbent wheels and additional components such as a bassinet will be more costly. The cheaper strollers are the ones with a plastic frame and wheels. If you live on a location that does not have bumpy road or do not experience extreme weather, a souped-up stroller may be a waste of money.
6. Consider your options
There are different types of strollers to choose from. Some may allow you to switch seat faces so your baby can see the road ahead. Others feature snack trays that snaps across the lap when your baby is seated. It is best to try out the stroller when you are in the store shopping for one.
7. Test the stroller
When buying a car, you would want to test drive it first to know if it is the right kind of ride for you. Similarly, give the stroller a test ride. Take it up or down several floors so you can have a feel of every detail. You can also consult your friend who have or had babies and see what stroller they like.
Buying a stroller need not be difficult. It should be something enjoyable because it will be for your baby after all. Consider these tips to ensure that buying a stroller will not be a hassle for you.
John O. Brooks is a Psychologist and entrepreneur. John helps baby and their family throughout his career; he has helped more than 500 families and continues to improve people's lives with practical pieces of advice, training sessions, and by simply telling the truth.