Whether going for a stroll to the nearest park, or travelling overseas with your bub, you need a safe place for him or her to sit or snooze, and a space to stash all the baby essentials, from wipes and diapers to extra pacifiers. That’s why a baby stroller is a must-have item for families on the go.
Shopping for a baby pram is much like buying a car; you must consider the same things: the suspension, the kind of terrain the stroller has to handle, and how it deals with turns. And there’s also the storage type. The stroller you choose should be safe, reliable and comfortable for your baby. Play it right, and you’ll get kilometres, memories, and years out of it. Yes, if you make it right. Here’s what you need to know before you decide on a stroller to hit the pavement.
What Are the Different Types of Baby Strollers?
The general stroller breakdown comes down to single and double baby strollers. If you have twins in tow or a baby and a toddler, who doesn’t want to give up their stroller days, then you should go for a double stroller. And while double strollers come in only two formats, tandem and side-by-side seating, there’s a wide range of single baby strollers on the market. Here are all the different types from which you get to choose.
Look no further than a full-size stroller if you want to invest in something that’ll last through the toddler years. These strollers are the standard choice because they are larger, stronger, and typically more durable. Additionally, many models include various features that won’t only make the ride for your baby enjoyable but also simplify your life. Such are:
- A wide, comfortable and well-padded seat;
- A deep seat recline (suitable for newborns);
- Forward-facing and rear-facing seat options;
- An option to attach a car seat;
- A convertible design that grows with baby;
- Roomy basket for storage.
The only downside of this stroller type is that it can be bulky and heavy and therefore not suitable for families tight with space and those using public transport frequently.
Even though an umbrella stroller lacks some features of a full-sized stroller, it still gets points for being incredibly convenient to use while out and about. These are some of the major benefits of this stroller type:
- Usually weighing under 7 kilos, umbrella single baby strollers are lightweight and portable. Some even come with a shoulder strap.
- They are usually foldable, making them travel-friendly.
- Some models still hold handy equipment like a partial seat recline, an expandable canopy and built-in storage.
- A lightweight stroller won’t do if you want one you can use from when your baby is a newborn. Most umbrella strollers are for infants six months or older, although a few models with car seat adapters or bassinet attachments can carry newborns safely.
If you love running, you’ll appreciate a stroller option allowing you to take your baby with you. They typically have larger, sturdier wheels and better suspension that let you walk, jog or hike while keeping baby comfortable on and off the trail.
Some models of these single baby strollers come with a front wheel with an option to swivel for flexibility or be fixed for stability. The main disadvantage of jogging strollers is that they’re heavier, wider and usually not foldable, making them hard to manoeuvre in tight spaces and challenging to store.
Car Seat Carrier
Car seat carriers are wheeled frames that are compact and lightweight, built to transform your infant car seat into a stroller in just a snap. They’re convenient for travel, offering a no-fuss transition, and some models can accommodate multiple babies.
However, this is usually a model for short-term use as babies outgrow their car seats quickly. Also, they don’t usually hold extra features like cup/bottle holders and storage.
You can connect a stroller and infant car seat quickly and easily in a travel system. You can select one with the stroller type you prefer from full-size, lightweight, and jogging stroller options. By buying a travel system, you can save money and allow you to move your sleeping baby from the car to the stroller without waking her up.
How Do You Pick Out a Stroller?
Asking yourself basic questions can help you decide on the best stroller for you and your baby.
Where Will You Use It?
Many mid-range models can be large and bulky, which is not ideal when navigating the tight streets of a city. However, if you require a stroller basket large enough to hold your purse, diaper bag, and other necessities, a smaller umbrella stroller might not be the best option. The first step in preparing for a stroller trip is planning your route.
Is It Newborn-Friendly?
Check the specific details. Some strollers have a deep recline or bassinet mode, allowing a right-away newborn use without any additional accessories. However, many models are better suited to infants who can almost sit up unsupported or have some neck control, which typically doesn’t occur until month 6. To make some models infant-ready, you might need to add a car seat or an optional bassinet. Be sure of what you’re getting before you buy.
How Long Do You Plan to Use It?
Even though some models of single baby pram cost more upfront, their ability to grow with a child from infancy through toddlerhood may save you money over time. Will you be using the same stroller for different children? If so, choose a model that you can add onto, such as a car seat, a stand-and-ride bumper, or an extra seat for a future child.
How Easy Is It to Use?
Once you’ve done your research and picked your options, it’s a good idea to take a test drive in person to see how your top picks compare. However, keep in mind that a smooth, flat store floor might not accurately represent how a particular model will perform on uneven sidewalks or hilly terrain.
How Heavy Is It?
The lighter, the better it’ll be for travelling. When you’re lugging a baby, a diaper bag, and a stroller up steep staircases or cramming onto the subway, for instance, if you live in a city, that can make a significant difference.
A Final Thought on Choosing the Right Stroller for Your Family
Besides considering all the guidelines mentioned above, note that the right stroller for your family should fit your budget, lifestyle and your family size. That’s the only way to make the best decision, setting the foundation for enjoyable moments and unforgettable memories.