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Deciding on which stroller to choose for your baby can be difficult if you don’t know exactly what you need or what you are looking for.
Knowing that this decision is essential, as it will make it easier for you to go out with your baby for a quick walk, an afternoon at the park or to shop in peace, it is important to have all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family.
What are the main types of strollers and their characteristics? What are the little extras to consider before buying a stroller for your baby?
Main types of strollers
Lightweight and compact strollers
Ideal for indoor and flat trails. They are very popular because they have small wheels and are lightweight, making them easier to travel with.
Strollers for outdoor walking
Ideal for outdoors and rough terrains, they have bigger wheels for longer walks. For more active parents, they are to be prioritized for any outing along with baby.
They offer several configurations and are equipped with small and large wheels. The handlebar can be inverted depending on the type of road or the seasons.
Main criteria to consider when looking to buy a stroller
In order to make the most informed choice that best suits your family needs, here are some other important criteria to consider:
Depending on your needs, you should choose your wheels according to your activities. If you like shopping indoors and/or walking on a flat surface, small wheels will be perfect for you. If you’re the type that like going off-road, prefer bigger wheels to fully enjoy your stroller rides. Finally, if you want the best of both worlds, you can choose a versatile stroller with small handy wheels for the inside and flat roads as well as bigger wheels for winter and/or rough roads.
Some strollers fold into one piece and others into two pieces. When the stroller is light and compact, a one piece folding will be easier but when your stroller is a little heavier, two piece folding can be more convenient, mainly for two reasons:
– It makes storage in the car trunk easier.
– When your baby is sleeping in the cradle or car seat, you can carry them inside first in their cradle, then come back to pick up the carrier afterwards. No need to wake baby up or break your back with a huge stroller.
It must be able to lay flat and be comfortable enough to accommodate a newborn baby for long walks or nap time. In addition, some strollers come with a reversible seat so you can have your newborn facing you.
A quick reminder: don’t leave a baby in a car seat for more than an hour and a half a day. Instead, put them directly in the stroller seat in a completely flat position to clear digestive and respiratory systems.
Don’t skimp on the price for a stroller (which is worth it) if you are good walkers and you need a “full option” stroller, as it will eventually serve as the baby car! You will be able to save money on plenty of other items but a stroller is an item you need to consider and take the time to choose carefully (even if it means paying the price).
Having an adjustable handlebar makes the stroller comfortable to push for everyone, regardless of size.
An extendable sun canopy provides more shade for your toddler. Many sun canopies have windows at the back so you can keep an eye on your baby even when they are facing the road!
Almost all strollers are equipped with a storage basket. Depending on your needs, you can choose a stroller with a larger capacity basket. Also take the time to check if your basket is easily accessible when the seat backrest is completely flat.
To conclude, this list is not exhaustive, but remains representative of basic criteria to consider when choosing the right stroller. Also, remember that what is right for a family may not be for yours. You must therefore take into account your family’s reality when choosing a stroller that will meet all your baby’s needs while guaranteeing your own comfort.