Guide to choosing the right stroller
You’re ready to bring your little one to see the world, all you need is a trusty stroller.
Shopping for a suitable stroller could possibly be one of the most challenging tasks you’ll likely go through when building your baby registry. From strolling in parks to family vacations, the stroller is going to be one of the most frequently used baby gears you will be having.
It can be hard to expect what type of stroller you may need especially with all the different types and brands of strollers available in the market.
This guide will briefly cover the major types of strollers and some important tips to keep in mind when shopping for one.
What to consider when choosing a stroller?
Getting the right stroller depends on a few different factors and can be overwhelming when you take into account families and friends’ advice too. But what works for one family may not be the right fit for another. Here are some pointers you may consider.
Budget Range – It is natural for parents to want to provide the best they can for their children. But sometimes first-time parents are often shocked by how much strollers cost. Generally, the pricier strollers will often have more features and sometimes, better fabric. But don’t stress out too much over budget—while higher-end strollers may cost much more, it’s also very possible to get a stroller that fits your needs without burning your wallet.
Lifestyle – Every family have their own schedule, preference and hobbies. Would you bring your little one in a stroller for short walks, shopping trips and vacations? How much space do you have in your car boot? Do you plan to jog together with your young children? Your stroller needs to fit your lifestyle too, so do give these questions some thoughts before deciding what’s right for you.
Types of Strollers
An all-purpose stroller which is ideal for everything from a relaxing stroll in the park to a family trip to the zoo. These solid strollers typically provides a smooth ride but most all-purpose strollers lean on the heavier and larger side.
This is the All-time Favourite for the new age parents and a lifesaver for those who love to travel.
These lightweight and compact strollers fold small enough to be allowed to carry up the plane as a hand luggage. This means they can easily fit in car boots or to tuck away in the storage room.
If you have twins or kids born close together, a double stroller can be a great help. These strollers can fit two children and are usually seated side-by-side or front-and-back.
There are also single strollers available which are convertible into a twin stroller by adding another seat for a second child.
If you love to bring along your child for your runs or treks, these strollers could be perfect for you. Jogging strollers are usually three-wheeled and comes with enhanced suspension-system which are great for bumpy, uneven terrain. They also have features such as a hand-brake to stop or slow the stroller on the downhill and extra-large canopies to protect your little one from the sun when exercising outdoors.
Extra But Very Important Tip: Weight of the stroller is an important point to consider but do not put too much focus on it. More often than not, parents think that they will carry the folded stroller when their children are not sitting in it, therefore the weight of the stroller plays a major role. But the truth is that most parents will push their empty strollers and/or use it as a shopping trolley than to carry it because it is much easier.
The only few times the stroller is folded is when you need to load and unload from a car or keep in the storage at home. Public transport are stroller and wheelchair friendly nowadays and it is not necessary to fold the stroller when boarding the bus or train.