Baby’s stroller – by far one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make when it comes to preparing for your baby’s arrival. And with the countless options out there, it can be an overwhelming experience for any new mom. Once you’ve made that choice, though, it’s a purchase that will last a long time and can easily take you from newborn to preschool age. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and ask yourself some key questions before you start to shop.
Strollers can get expensive so knowing your budget before you start will help narrow your search and keep you on the right track.
Some strollers come with key accessories like tray tables and weather shields while others require you to purchase any extras. One extra you may want to think about is hand warmers like Bubzi Co’s carriage warmer mittens for stroller. They keep your hands warm and dry even in the most challenging weather and they’re a great addition to any stroller.
Before you choose your stroller think about whether you plan on using it strictly for pavement and indoor surfaces or whether you plan on using it for trails and long stretches of gravel. A stroller’s wheels will give you a clue as to what kind of terrain it can handle. Little plastic wheels are only really good for paved surfaces while large, heavy duty wheels are good for long stretches of gravel or cobblestone.
You should also consider whether you want air-filled rubber tires or foam-filled, no-flat tires. Air-filled tires are good for all surfaces but you do run the risk of getting a flat.
If you plan on taking your stroller out with you while shopping etc., you may want to consider a stroller with a larger undercarriage to carry your things. Taking baby out means carrying around diapers, extra clothes, bottles, thermal bottle bag and a cute clutch changing mat from Bubzi Co!
Some strollers can be used right away with a newborn while others require an adapter or special cushion. Some strollers also come with the option of a bassinet which is great for newborns. You may also want to think of whether you will be using your infant car seat with the stroller and whether an extra adapter is needed.
It’s important that baby is safe and secure in their stroller so make sure the stroller you choose has a 5 point harness that’s easy to use (for yourself and for other caregivers too).
When you’re strolling around and need to stop, you’ll want a brake that’s quick and easy to use. Make sure you try out the brake when looking at stroller options – it’s something that can easily get overlooked!
You’ll want a stroller that’s easy to push, pull and pivot, especially once you have baby’s weight in there. When you’re shopping for strollers, bring something heavy with you (your purse may even do the trick) to mimic the weight of a baby – the store may even have something for you to use. Then push, pull and pivot as you would on a regular walk or shop. It’ll give you a good idea of how the stroller performs once baby is in it.
It might seem too soon to think about baby number 2 already, but if there’s any chance you may want to expand your family in the near future it’s a good idea to look at a stroller that will allow you to add an extra seat.
Some of the best strollers on the market can be quite heavy, so if you think you may be doing a lot of travelling with your stroller, it might be a good idea to look for something small and lightweight. You may also want to think about getting a couple of different strollers for different uses (i.e. one for travel, one for running/trails, one for everyday use etc.).
And remember, there is no perfect stroller so it’s a good idea to choose the one that best fits your lifestyle. Like buying a car, don’t just buy the first baby stroller that you see - take your time, try them out and try to imagine yourself using it in your day to day life. It might sound silly, but you’ll be glad you did once your little newborn is snuggled safely inside!
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