Carriages and strollers provide convenience, comfort and safety in transporting millions of children. Properly used, they can keep children out of harm’s way. Most importantly, currently made strollers must meet rigorous U.S. and ASTM International product safety standards.
But, strollers are not just for taking your baby from point A to point B, they are a lifestyle choice! A stroller is a part of your image and a reflection of personal style, parenting style, and lifestyle.
From travel systems and joggers to umbrellas and multiple seats, the possibilities are endless. With so many choices available today, selecting the right stroller can be a daunting task.
Here’s a top 5 list of things to consider when selecting a stroller:
- Cost of the stroller/budget needs
- Amount of storage space required for the stroller (in your house &/or in your vehicle)
- Ease of use, weight of stroller (Will you have to be carrying it up flights of stairs to your apartment?)
- Your particular needs for this stroller:
- Rough vs. smooth terrain
- Weather conditions that you will use it in
- Other children who will need a stroller (now or in the future)
- Feedback of others who have used this stroller
A stroller will be one of your most-used items so you must love everything about it. Again, think about what makes the most sense for your lifestyle. Do your research before you even visit the store. Comparison shop and talk to other parents about their recommendations. Manufacturer and retailer Web sites are also a great source of information.
Go to the store with a list of your most important features. Don’t feel pressured to buy or register that day. Go home with all of your new-found knowledge and make an informed decision.
Don’t forget about dad! Most moms are the primary babygear decision maker, but consider dads needs when selecting your stroller. Men focus on certain features like wheel design, steering, suspension, overall stroller height/feel, and sporty fashions, but above all, dad should also feel comfortable pushing your stroller.
Finally, keep in mind that one stroller may not serve all your needs. You may need more than one, especially as your baby grows and your needs and lifestyle changes. Whatever stroller you decide to add to your babygear repertoire, will be the right one for you and your family and will surely provide many hours of enjoyment for you and your little one when out and about! So be sure to enjoy the ride!