Your guide to buying a baby stroller

December 26, 2014

The right baby stroller combines safety with lifestyle, balancing your needs with those of your child. Here are some important stroller types and features to help you choose the right one.

Types of baby strollers

Strollers are divided into categories that match their use. Here are the most common types:

Traditional stroller: With an upright seating position and four rubber or plastic wheels, traditional strollers roll best on even ground. The strollers themselves vary quite a bit, from lightweight and affordable to heavy-duty with extra stroller accessories, like feeding trays and extra storage space.

Carriage: With large, spoked wheels and a flat inside surface, carriages combine old fashioned style with a proper sleeping area for newborns. They’re rarely collapsible, however, so consider a carriage if you plan on walking around your neighbourhood, not driving around town.

Double strollers: When you have more than one small child, you’ll need a double or even triple stroller. These strollers come with seats placed tandem style or side-by-side. Side-by-side are usually upright strollers and best for kids of similar weight, while tandems are best for kids of different ages, where one or both can fully recline in the separate seats.

Jogging stroller: These three-wheeled, lightweight strollers help you keep up with your fitness routine while accompanied by your child. Most models feature a brake and an extra-long handle so the stroller won’t interfere with your stride. For something more rugged, choose an all-terrain model with air-filled tires for off-road adventures.

Baby travel system: Designed for easy transition, baby travel systems combine a car seat with a stroller. They save you money and can sometimes convert into an upright stroller when your child is old enough.

Baby stroller features

Look for features that you’ll use while away from home.

Restraint systems: Many strollers come with straps to keep your child in place. Simple seatbelts are appropriate for older toddlers but younger ones may need full harnesses

Canopy: For shelter from the rain and the sun, a canopy will keep your baby happy in all kinds of weather. If you live in a particularly windy area, try a full canopy with a clear window for more protection.

Cup holders and trays: Many strollers come with food trays for the child and a cup holder for the parent, so both can enjoy a treat while they’re out on the town.

Factors to consider when buying a baby stroller

Your child’s safety is the first concern, but so is your comfort and theirs. Look for strollers with JPMA and ASTM safety certifications. These strollers meet the minimum requirements of third-party safety associations. Try to test drive a stroller before buying to make sure it’s comfortable for you and your child.

Now that you have information about strollers, you can determine what you need and head out to the store with junior in tow.

Your guide to buying a baby stroller
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