There are so many choices when it comes to selecting the perfect baby stroller. Before making your choice, here are six tips to keep in mind to ensure that you’ve made the best selection for you and your baby.
1. What’s your style?
When choosing a carriage or a stroller, consider your lifestyle.
+ If you walk long distances, a traditional carriage or three-in-one stroller with baby carrier might be the best option.
+ If you rely on public transport or travel by car, look for a two-in-one that folds easily to go on the bus or put in the trunk.
+ If you are a runner you may want a sporty version that is agile and lightweight and made with sturdy wheels to handle uneven terrain.
+ The most economical choices for a newborn are either to buy a traditional baby carriage second-hand and then go on to an umbrella stroller later, or to buy a two-in-one stroller with a seat that adjusts from flat to upright, accommodating your child until she is happy to walk everywhere.
2. What to look for
Make sure you know what’s included in the price.
+ Some strollers come with raincovers and umbrellas, while with others you will have to buy these as extras.
3. Umbrella strollers
Umbrella strollers are NOT suitable for very young babies.
+ These are suitable for short jaunts once bigger babies can sit up and hold up their own heads.
+ If you will be using it occasionally, buy a sturdy, inexpensive model.
+ If the stroller is for everyday use, consider your child’s comfort and safety and be prepared to pay a bit more but shop around for the best deal.
4. Double strollers
These are often a necessary evil but rarely receive much use, so it’s always advisable to buy second-hand — but make sure that you find one with swivel wheels.
5. Ask for a demonstration
Don’t buy a stroller until you’ve played with it for a while.
+ Learn how to fold it and open it again.
+ Lift it to feel how heavy it is for you to carry into and out of your car.
+ See where the legs collapse so you don’t pinch your fingers or your baby’s!
+ Find out what kind of guarantee and warranty your chosen stroller comes with.
6. Resale value
There is a thriving market in second-hand carriages and strollers.
+ If you make the wrong choice, you can sell it whether it’s a new jogging stroller or a traditional second-hand carriage.
The safety of your baby is the most important thing to consider while choosing a stroller. Take your time and know your options to make every outing with your baby a pleasant experience.