To buy a good stroller is just as difficult as to buy a good car: there are so many factors that should be taken into consideration. Nonetheless, if you follow these simple tips, you will be able to choose the best model both for your child and you.

How to Choose a Stroller

  • It is important that the stroller you are going to buy feature a comfortable reclining padded seat, a large canopy, a five-point safety harness and a voluminous storage area below the seat.
  • Always check how easy it is for you to both apply and release the brakes. If it only takes slight pressure to unlock the brakes, the stroller is not safe to use.
  • First-time parents often overlook the importance of handlebars that fit their height and gait. If the handlebar is too low and short, you are very likely to continually hit the back of the stroller with your feet and have to stoop.
  • How often are you going to use the stroller? Will you have to deal with rough streets? The more of a walker you are, and the bumpier terrain you are going to go over, the more durable (and expensive) stroller you need.
  • Take a good look at the wheels. Plastic wheels are only good for paved surfaces and occasional park use. Air-filled rubber tires is a good choice, however, there is always the risk of them getting a flat. Foam-filled tires are immune to punctures but do not come cheap.
  • Heavy strollers that offer the smoothest ride are usually difficult to push and lift. Lighter strollers are significantly easier to push and lift; however, they are not really suitable for off-road riding.
  • Think about steering: the larger the model the more difficult it gets to turn corners and squeeze the stroller through store doors and aisles.
  • Do you really need a stroller right now? As car seats provide the most comfort for infants, you might want to buy an inexpensive frame carrier (i.e. a frame equipped with wheels and, often, a basket): all you need to do is take the car seat with a sleeping infant out of the vehicle and snap the seat on the carrier. You can also buy a travel system – that is, a stroller and a car seat that fits it.
  • Do you really need such accessories as cup holders and snack trays? Even if your model doesn’t feature them, it is always possible to buy separate add-on accessories and attach them to the stroller.
  • Give the stroller a test drive: although the model might look really good, you still might not be satisfied with its stride or brakes. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.
  • Do not neglect safety: only buy JPMA-certified strollers that have been tested for stability and the absence of sharp edges.
  • Last but not least, be ready to reconsider your budget. Strollers are more expensive than first-time parents expect, and some high-end models cost more than $1000. Even if you are going to buy a moderately priced stroller, you might sometimes end up paying twice as much as you initially expected.

How to Buy a Good Stroller