When it comes to our babies, there isn’t much that we wouldn’t do to keep them safe, secure, and happy. Of course, the difficulty isn’t what we intend to do, or where our heart is, it’s in revolving our lifestyles around our baby. Most people aren’t prepared for this, and often times we create extra stress on ourselves, instead of making the proper adjustments. Luckily, you aren’t alone, and the baby business is a multi-billion dollar market that makes their money knowing exactly how to give you what you need, to fit our newborns into our lives, and not the other way around.
By far the best example of this, is the baby stroller. Strollers are the most commonly associated, competitive, and innovative item when it comes to baby products, and there are literally hundreds of them on the market. From double strollers, to umbrella or lightweight models, to jogging versions that are designed for speed, there are many different styles and brands to choose from. However, choosing the best baby stroller can be quite a chore, especially if you are unfamiliar with what exactly your looking for. No worries though, I’ve done the leg work for you and have complied a thorough list on what is available on the market, what to look for, and the reasons why. Lets get strolling!
Styles and Varieties for Every Occasion
Like I mentioned earlier, there are many different styles of strollers, and for good reason. Although you will probably settle on one style in particular, there are dozens of scenarios where you might be better off using a particular model, and although having three strollers in one household isn’t practical for some parents, your life style might insist that you make the room.
Standard Strollers are great for everyday use. They weigh in at about 20 pounds, and come equipped with a sun canopy, cup holders, straps, and maybe a few extra features. These are your all around buggy of choice and should serve you well for most applications, because of their versatility, compactness, and ease of use. If you are on a budget, you should seriously lean towards one of these and make due.
Ever try pushing two strollers at once? You can’t, I’ve tried. Double/Multi-child models designed for people who have multiple children, and need to push both around. These come in two additional styles, side by side, and vertical. If your leaning one way or another, know that side by side are much harder to maneuver and fold up.
Umbrella and Lightweight Models
Lightweight models, also known as umbrella strollers, weigh less than standard strollers, and come bare bones without all of the extra features. Although you won’t get the mileage out of them, and they won’t serve you well as a miniature “baby station” where you can hang your diaper bag or purse, they are life savers. For short errands, tight spaces, or when you don’t feel like pushing around a heavy model, these are your alternative of choice.
These are systems which are designed to accommodate parents on a budget, or who are tight on space. A travel system doubles as a baby carrier and a stroller, and sometimes even as a car seat. That is quite a impressive, and will save you plenty of cash. However, make sure that if you do lean towards these, you do a bit of research. Some systems are ridiculously clunky, and the time spend adjusting and readjusting set ups can prove to be a major downside.
If you plan on jogging around the block, pushing a standard model can be a major pain. However, if you were to use a jogging stroller, you’ll immediately notice a huge difference in the ease of use and burden on your stamina. These models look more like tri-cycles with a baby carriage attached, than a stroller, and come fully equipped with sturdy wheels, a 5 point harness, and shock absorbers. This creates an awesome ride for whoever is on board, and you’ll be able to maneuver with ease. On the other hand, these are quite large and hard to store.
If you weren’t born before the 1940’s, “pram” may be a new term for you. However, if you were born in this era, there is a pretty good chance your parents were pushing you around in one of these. A pram is a vintage baby carriage, designed to transport newborns. Over the years, newborns were simply made to stay at home or be carried around in portable carriages. The older versions were heavy and clunky, and when young ones were old enough to walk, they were quickly made to do so. However, there has been a resurgence in their use today, thanks to lighter models and the option that newer models have to transform into strollers.
Features to Look for
Type or Style: First and foremost, consider which type of stroller fits your life style the most. It would be awesome to be able to purchase all of the above versions, however they can get quite expensive and that says nothing to the amount of room it will require to store these. Also, it is much better to spend the extra money to purchase a quality, comfortable stroller, than to purchase many cheaper models.
Cost: You need to stick to your budget, plain and simple. Sure, you are going to want quality and comfort, however, once you get to a certain price range the amount of additions you get will become a bit excessive.
Ignore the Details: You might absolutely fall in love with a stroller due to one or two details. However, how much of an impact do those details have in the overall grand scheme of the product? Cup holders, food trays, and other accessories like sun canopies can be added later.
Testing: Ideally, the best option is always to place your baby into a stroller, load it up, and push it around at a brick and mortar building. If this isn’t an option for you however, or your having trouble finding a quality product, read plenty of online reviews before ultimately making your purchase. You don’t want to have buyers remorse later!