Quick Tips for Picking the Best Baby Stroller
With so many options and brands of baby strollers to choose from, picking the perfect one that suits your needs and budget can be a confusing and frustrating experience.
Here are a couple of quick tips to help you in your search.
Price Baby strollers come in all sizes, shapes, and most importantly, prices ranging anywhere from the no frills strollers for $50 on upwards to the Mercedes Benz's of strollers at around $1000! Before you even start your search its very important to set your budget - this helps narrow the field so you're not overwhelmed at all the choices on the market.
Type of use From jogging strollers to baby strollers with full all-wheel drive suspension (to borrow a car related term) that allow comfort on uneven ground there are literally hundreds and hundreds of strollers to choose from.
If you're a runner - definitely look into picking up a jogging stroller so you can bring the little guy or girl along with you for your run.
These strollers are also great for non-runners who are looking for a stroller that's easy to push with large enough wheels you can take off road (hikes, trails, etc).
While great for what they're made for, jogging strollers are definitely not suitable for everyday use as many have front wheels that don't turn - great for running in a straight line but not so great for navigating the shopping market.
Number of children Have more than one small child? Well then you may want to look into a double baby stroller.
There are different ones that seat side-by-side that are wider.
Then there is the longer style that seat one in front of the other.
I can't say that one is better than the other and it's really a personal preference although I will say that the side-by-side ones look a little better IMO.
Then again, if you test these types of double strollers out and find they're too clunky or too heavy for you two separate strollers may be the better option.
Frequency and length of use Are you parents on the go and plan to get your baby out and about right from the get go? Then you should definitely look for a sturdy stroller that can be converted and are suitable for both newborns and toddlers.
Be careful though as some strollers are only made for newborns so they'll quickly outgrow the stroller investment you just made and you'll be stuck with a useless stroller after only a couple months use.
Weight You're going to be throwing your stroller around A LOT - unloading it from the car; loading it into the car; carrying it up stairs; lowering it down stairs - so you better make sure the stroller you pick is an appropriate weight.
Lighter strollers may be a bit more flimsy but more solid ones will be much more heavy so its up to you to find a good balance in construction and durability with how much you're willing to carry.
There are many good web sites online today where you can find great baby stroller reviews so make sure to spend some time researching before making your choice.
Good luck and happy hunting!