What to look for when you buy a stroller for your baby

Buying the correct stroller for your baby is a difficult task as there are so many strollers available in the market with different specifications and features.

Before you even start to shop online or go to a store, you must ask yourself a few questions, so that you can find the correct one.

  1. How old is your baby?
  2. Where will you be using the stroller the most?
  3. What kind of weather will you use it in?
  4. What storage space do you have for the stroller? ( in the house or in the car?)
  5. What extra features do you want? i.e. place for drinks, storage basket, adjustable handlebar?
  6. For how long will you be using this stroller?
  7. What is your budget?

Once you start shopping for strollers, keep the above questions in mind, and choose the strollers that suit your needs and parenting style.

Here are some of the basic stroller types available in the market

1.Full size standard strollers

These are the bigger, more durable strollers available in the market

  • Padded seats that recline
  • Storage space under the stroller
  • Sun-shade
  • Some let kids face forward, others toward the stroller pusher and some let you switch between both
  • Many nifty features
  • For smaller and bigger babies – it grows with your baby
  • They are bulkier and harder to manoeuvre
  • High cost

Click here to check out some of the popular Standard strollers available in the market

2. Lightweight strollers

These are portable strollers keeping in mind that one can travel with these

  • Ideal for travel
  • Lightweight – usually under 15 lbs
  • Easy to carry, push and fold
  • Don’t have a lot of padding
  • Don’t have many bells and whistles
  • Suitable only for kids 6 months and older

3.Jogging strollers

These are great for active parents. They have 2 sturdy tires in the back and one in the front and provide a smooth ride for the baby and the parents

  • Parents can jog alongwith the stroller
  • good storage available
  • Reclining seats
  • They are bulky
  • Difficult to move in stores and apartment buildings
  • Not compact when folded

Click here to check out some of the popular Jogging strollers available in the market

4. Car sear carriers

These are basic frames to hold your baby’s car seat ( which may be one of your choosing )

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use and convenient
  • They are bulkier and harder to manoeuvre
  • High cost

Click here to check out some of the popular Car seat carrier strollers available in the market

5. Double ( Tandem ) Strollers

If you have twins , and only want one stroller, this is the only option you have.

You can get tandem strollers, which has one seat in front of the other, or side-by-side.

  • Ideal for twins
  • Difficult to manoeuvre
  • Expensive

Click here to check out some of the popular Double strollers available in the market

6. Travel systems

These are standard strollers which allows you to carry a baby car seat.

Car seat/stroller combos are available or you can find one with an adapter for the car seat

  • You can save money when you buy a combo
  • Take care of your entire journey for your baby
  • Storage space under the stroller
  • Sun-shade
  • Many nifty features
  • For smaller and bigger babies – it grows with your baby
  • They are bulkier and harder to manoeuvre
  • High cost

Click here to check out some of the popular Travel system strollers available in the market

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