Stroller Buying Basics: What You Should Know
Picking a stroller is not an easy task! There are so many functions, looks, brands, and prices that it can easily take hours and hours to wade through all of the information. Since we know that the average person out there doesn't have disposable hours to research stroller features, we have put together this basic stroller guide for you! This video and follow-along guide will, without a doubt, lead you in the right direction.
Types of Strollers
Full-size single or double: The seats are static, so seating arrangements are not customizable.
Jogging: Certified and manufactured specifically for safety while jogging.
Modular single or double: Modular stroller pieces are separate from each other. This means you can adjust and customize the way the seats and accessories are attached to the frame of the stroller.
Lightweight (Travel/Umbrella): Lighter and smaller strollers that fold and transport much easier than the rest.
Stroller Choices for your Lifestyle
A really great way to start to narrow down your choices is to consider your lifestyle. What does your stroller need to tackle or stand up to when filling your needs?
City dweller: Modular strollers and full-size will be best here. They typically have more basket space and nice features that make maneuvering the stroller easy, and using it for many hours comfortable.
Outdoorsy: Look into jogging strollers. These are best for uneven, and rocky terrains because of their tire features.
Traveler: Do you travel often enough that having a lightweight stroller is important for your family? For some families these types of strollers are an additional purchase after an original stroller is bought.
Travel system: Do you want your stroller to be compatible with an infant seat for quick and easy transfer from the car?
A growing family: If you are planning to add to your family in the next 3-5 years, you might consider planning ahead when you purchase your stroller. Buying a double or modular stroller now may seem really expensive and unnecessary at first, but it will save you money in the long run!
Maneuverability: If you are concerned about how well your stroller will maneuver and ride, you have to pay attention to the wheels! Air-filled tires with a tread will be the best at energy absorption, foam-filled all terrain tires will be next, and then on smaller lightweight strollers, you'll have hard plastic or foam tires.
Brake: You will find a hand or foot brake on all strollers. Both do the job just a little differently, so it comes down to preference here.
Adjustable handlebar: A convenient feature for parents that are different heights.
Recline options: Necessity depends on ages of the child/children you plan to put in the stroller. Infants need a lay-flat recline, so some stroller seats recommend that you don't put the child straight in the seat until they are 3-6 months old. Be aware of your desire, and also the stroller recommendations for your baby's safety.
Fold: Be sure to assess how the stroller folds and how big it is once folded so it fits in vehicles and spaces you need it to.