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Baby Strollers – Things to Consider Before Buying One For Your Baby

INTRODUCTION

The baby is here, and you are on your feet again. Now is the time to get that important piece of equipment all new parents need … the baby stroller. Your baby will be spending a lot of time in one, and you will be spending a lot of time pushing one around.

Your stroller should have features that make it not only safe for your baby, but also easy for you to use, set up, and store. Strollers are available in a wide variety of price ranges. But before you just grab the cheapest one you can find, consider your lifestyle and how that will effect the type of usage your stroller will get. Here are some tips that will help you make a wise and informed decision when shopping for a new baby stroller.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Safety

The safety of your baby is paramount, so that should be your primary focus when choosing a stroller. The seat belts should be made from strong, durable materials and have no pinch spots or sharp corners. A five-point harness is best, but a three-point harness can also work well. Just use caution; as the child gets older, they may squirm more and it will be easier for them to slide out from under a three-point harness.

Usage

Think about how you will use the stroller. Will you only use it for short walks on paved city streets? Will you be taking it on unpaved trails? Will you use it while shopping and need room to carry packages? Do you travel a lot and need it to fold up as compactly as possible?

Portability

If you do travel a lot, you will probably need a stroller that folds to a minimal size to fit into small spaces like a trunk full of luggage or the overhead storage compartment on a plane.

Durability

Strollers come with various sized wheels. Larger wheels are not only stronger, they also give your baby a smoother ride than smaller ones do.

The frame of the stroller should also be rigid. Some strollers come with special hooks made to carry diaper bags. Be sure the frame is not flimsy when hanging a bag on these hooks. You would not want a cheap stroller to fold up on top of your baby.

Comfort

Of course you would want a stroller with plenty of seat padding so your baby is comfortable. But consider your own comfort also. Foam handles are easier on the hands during long walks. And adjustable handles help you keep a proper posture and prevent wheel kicking if you happen to have a long walking stride.

STROLLER TYPES

Umbrella Strollers

Umbrella Strollers are so called because of their curved handles and their ability to be folded into a compact package that can easily fit into small storage spaces. They are generally cheaper, flimsier, and have the least amount of features compared to other types of strollers.

Lightweight Strollers

Lightweight Strollers are a step above Umbrella Strollers. They cost a bit more and do not fold up quite as compactly as umbrella strollers, but they are sturdier and come with a few more features.

Standard Strollers

Standard Strollers are the Cadillac of the regular stroller types. They are the most comfortable, sturdiest and come with the all the bells and whistles.

Jogging Strollers

Jogging Strollers are built for the family with an active lifestyle. They are heavy duty and built to keep your baby comfortable while mom or dad log many miles on the road or off.

Have Two or More Little Ones?

All of the previously mentioned stroller types come in models that will accommodate two, three or more little tykes.

HYBRID SYSTEMS

Travel Systems

Travel systems are a combination stroller and car seat. The stroller seat detaches to do double duty as a car seat.

Car Seat Carriers

Do you already own a car seat perfectly fitted to your baby? A Car Seat Carrier is a less costly alternative to buying a full blown stroller. Your car seat attaches to the carrier (which is just a stroller base) and away you go.

Some regular strollers also allow the stroller seat to be replaced with your existing baby car seat. That way your new born can graduate to the regular sized stroller seat when they outgrow their car seat.

Bicycle Trailers

Like Jogging Strollers, Bicycle Trailers are also built for the family with an active lifestyle. They can be thought of as a pull stroller. When you are not towing them behind your bicycle, some of them can even be converted into a regular push stroller.

CONCLUSION

You now have more information about strollers than you would probably care to consider. Just keep the things that are important to you in mind and remember that there most likely is no one perfect stroller that will fit all your needs. You will have to make some compromises if you can not afford more than one stroller.

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Source by Caroline Draus

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