Stroller Basics: What to Consider When Shopping for a Baby Stroller
A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear you can own. The kind you buy (or receive as a gift) should depend on where you live and how you’ll be getting out and about with your little one.
Consider these scenarios:
If you’ll be:
Then look for:
|walking on bumpy roads, or pushing your baby while you jog||an all-terrain stroller with good wheel suspension and good maneuverability|
|getting in and out of the car before you stroll, or traveling on an airplane||ease of folding and light weight. Strollers can weigh from 5 to 55 pounds; some have transport bags with handles|
|taking all-weather walks with your baby||accessories for protection, such as a sun canopy, warm padding for cold weather, shields to keep out rain and snow, and/or bug mesh. Look for vents that allow air flow|
|walking with more than one stroller-age child, or have twins or other multiples||a two-or-more seater. Do you need bassinets and toddler seats? Do you want the children to face out? to face you? to face each other? sit side-by-side or ride tandem?|
|in need of a multi-purpose stroller||models that can convert for use as car seats, carriers, portable high chairs, even bicycles|
|using the stroller with a taller or shorter spouse or caregiver||a telescoping handle that’s adjustable and comfortable for anyone|
Safety is paramount in a stroller for your baby. Look for lockable wheels, a seat belt/harness system, and a broad base with under-carriage storage for stability.