Walking you through a great baby stroller purchase

December 18, 2014

For many parents, getting a stroller is a no-brainer. A stroller is an essential item if you’re going to have a baby, but that’s where the easy part ends. There are so many types of strollers available on the market that it can be overwhelming to wade through all your options. Just step into any baby store and you’ll understand. There are dozens of features that are mixed and matched, varying from one stroller to another.

For an item you’re going to use almost every day, the stroller your end up choosing is a big deal. Take the time to read about the different types of strollers before you step into a store. A little preparation goes a long way.

Walking you through a great baby stroller purchase

Benefits of a stroller

While some parents prefer using a baby carrier to take their baby out to explore the world, a stroller can make the trip easy.

  • Strollers allow you to stroll with your baby instead of carrying the weight of your baby, like a carrier.
  • As well, a stroller gives you a place to put your diaper bag, and anything else your baby needs.
  • Strollers can encourage you to get out there more, and even get a bit of exercise, since you can go longer distances than if you were to wear a carrier for the same amount of time and distance.

Standard-size strollers

A standard stroller can come in a variety of colours and styles.

  • They have padded adjusted seating so your baby can recline from sitting to lying down. Standard strollers usually have a shade to block out the sun, rain or snow, and most have a place to store your diaper bag.
  • Depending on the model you buy, the direction your baby faces may be adjustable.
  • If you're willing to spend the money, additional features can be included.
  • Some popular models have an easy collapse button and parts that can be added to the standard stroller, like cup holders or platforms for older siblings to tag along for the ride.

Specialty strollers

Strollers have an endless amount of features and model types. While the standard strollers till dominate the market, there are some other types of strollers that might make more sense for your family:

  • Lightweight strollers are the smallest type of stroller. They're sometimes referred to as umbrella strollers because of their ability to be easily folded up. These strollers are perfect for daytrips or toddlers.
  • Jogging strollers are great for active parents. The wheels on these strollers are meant to be more durable for frequent runs around the neighbourhood or park.
  • Multiples strollers are meant for parents with more than one baby. They can accommodate two or thee babies at a time. A perfect pick for parents of twins or triplets.
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