Strollers are very important tools for parents, especially new dads and moms. In this section, you will find my guides to help you choose the best baby strollers in the market.
There are many different types of strollers: standard, jogging, umbrella, single, double, side-by-side, tandem, and even travel systems that comes with car seats.
Each different type of stroller serves a different purpose and it is important to first plan for usage so that you can choose the right products that are fit for purpose.
Types of Strollers
Many parents, especially new parents have a tough time figuring out what might be the best stroller for their new little bundle of joy. With so many options out there, it can become overwhelming for a parent to decide which to purchase. There are strollers that are full travel systems, some that are lightweight and easy for traveling, and some for working out. Along with that, there are great double strollers for when you have two!
Travel System Stroller
This stroller is great, especially for first time parents. It is a combination between an infant car seat and a stroller. The benefits of this type of stroller system is that they fit together perfectly, so if your child falls asleep in the car seat while you are out, all you need to do is clip the seat back into the car for the drive home without even waking up your baby.
One major concern of parents is purchasing products that not only have an affordable price, but one that can be used for a lengthy amount of time, this way you do not have to purchase another baby gadget! This stroller is used grows with your child from infancy through toddler age. Their long term usability is much better than most other strollers.
If you are looking to purchase a stroller that will last through your child’s toddler years, then some parents like to make a larger investment into a more standard full size stroller. These strollers also are usually able to convert into a double stroller when your baby eventually gets a partner in crime! By having this option, it alleviates the concern of having to purchase another stroller in the future.
Full-size strollers come with a vast amount of accessories to help make your baby’s ride comfortable and enjoyable. They can come with bottle holders, plush seats, reclining seats, toy attachments and some even come with iPod hookups with speakers and large storage baskets for mom! Although some of these full size strollers can be rather large, they fold easily and stand on their own.
When out at an amusement park or traveling on vacation, it is best to bring a stroller that is lightweight, easy to fold up – usually vertically, and can be stored in small locations. These strollers typically weigh less than fifteen pounds and have a small pocket for storage.
Even though these strollers do not have any of the accessories a full-size stroller or travel system do, this stroller is meant to be an easy way to get your child places while not being overburden by a bulky stroller. These strollers are not meant for babies less than four months of age as they do not provide much support or cushioning.
Over time the jogging stroller has evolved to be a safer ride for your child while on your run. Not only has it improved for the rider, it has also has enhanced features for the runner as well. Most jogging strollers are outfitted with three large fixed wheels, shocks, five point safety harness, and drink holder for the rider.
With no set time for when you complete a run, a concern for parents is a child getting too much sun. Some strollers offer adjustable canopies that will limit your child’s exposure. Since not all jogging stroller are alike, there a few options that you will want to focus on when making a decision about which will work best for you.
Another essential function is stability as the stroller is holding onto your precious cargo. Due to this, movement is limited and it poses difficulty for a runner to try and maneuver around the roads. Consider how often you will be running versus walking before making your purchase.
Along with this feature, you want to look into handle height. You don’t want to have your hands at an unusually high height while running. Most companies now have an adjustable height handle which will benefit people of all heights. Once you have a handle that fits, choosing a stroller with a hand break is also a great addition as they can help a runner keep pace down hills and avoid a runner from losing control.
When you go from one child to two, it can be a lot to handle, and making a large investment in a double stroller can be a lot. There are many types of double strollers, so you need to choose which one works best for your family’s needs. There is a side-by-side stroller which as equal space for both kids side by side, however, it is hard to get through doorways. There is an in-line stroller which has one seat in front of the other, but the seats do not have equal space. Lastly, the convertible stroller can be used by itself or by converting it into a double stroller.