Stroller Options You Need to Consider Before You Buy
Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that can make what seems to be a good stroller the one that will never work for you; or the stroller you didn’t initially consider becomes the one you can’t live without. Consider how important the following are for you:
- Brakes – Are the brakes easy to engage? Does the stroller feature a one-touch brake system? Test the brakes to make sure you can easily use them.
- Cup Holders and Trays – Are you someone who likes to bring their drink with them wherever they go? Are you okay putting it in the storage basket or do you want your own cup holder? Does your little passenger need their own cup holder too? Consider whether you want the added convenience of a parent tray or child tray for extra storage.
- Fold – Can you easily fold the stroller? Does it have a one-hand fold option? Many parents find that they need to fold the stroller while also juggling bags or an infant car seat in the other hand. Make sure you can easily fold and unfold the stroller by yourself.
- Height-Adjustable Handle – Will more than one person use the stroller? Are you different heights?
- Location – Consider where and when you will use the stroller. If you plan to be outside in all types of weather, determine whether you need a rain cover, boot (to cover the top of a pram and provide extra warmth) or an all-weather seat pad. These accessories may come with the stroller or can sometimes be purchased separately.
- Reversible Seats – A stroller with a reversible seat or handle that can flip to the other side allows you to see your baby and spend more bonding time together. If you have a double stroller, reversible seats can also allow your two children to share a toy or snack, or enjoy some extra time together.
- Reviews – Do other parents’ reviews tell you anything you’re surprised to know about a particular stroller? Can you live with the good and not-so-good features of the stroller?
- Safety Restraints – All strollers come with either a 3-point or 5-point safety harness. Some parents prefer a 5-point safety harness because it has two straps that come over the shoulders.
- Seat Recline – Will you want the seat to recline when your little one falls asleep? Can you easily adjust the recline of the seat? Because your little one won’t be able to sit up unassisted during the first few months, you may want to consider purchasing a stroller that has multiple recline positions, has a lay-flat option (like a pram), or one that can accept an infant car seat.
- Warranty & Returns – What is the store’s return policy? Do you trust this manufacturer? Have they had any recalls? Before you buy, find out the return policy (including any shipping charges) the warranty details, and the safety record of the manufacturer.
- Weight – Can you lift up the stroller? Seriously! It might not seem obvious, but every time you need to put the stroller in your trunk or lift it up over a curb, you’ll be glad to know that you can easily move the stroller.
Whether you’re taking a trip to the zoo, navigating bumpy city sidewalks, or heading out for a jog, the right stroller can make any outing with your child or baby more enjoyable. Have fun, and happy strolling!