How to Choose a Stroller 👶🚗
Deep dive with Little News
Choosing a stroller is one of the toughest decisions an expecting parent has to make. There are so many different varieties of strollers: full-size stroller, city stroller, jogger stroller, travel stroller, etc. We will try to help you narrow it down a bit in this special deep dive.
When choosing a stroller, there are a few things to consider:
🍼 Where do you live: is it a city or a suburb? Does it snow in winter? Is your city hilly (hello, SF!)? If there is some kind of terrain in the place where you live (snow, hills, non-paved surface, beach), a full-size stroller generally works best because their wheels are bigger and have a better suspension. The bigger the wheels, the better they are for snow, grass, beach sand, and make a much smoother ride for a baby.
🍼 Weight of the stroller: do you live in a house and are able to leave the stroller in the garage or in the front yard? Or do you need to bring your stroller (and your baby!) on the fifth floor of the apartment building that doesn’t have an elevator? Are you going to drive a lot and put the stroller into and out of the car trunk all the time? The stroller has an awkward shape, so it requires much more coordination and effort to put a 30 lbs stroller into a trunk compared to a 30 lbs dumbbell. Depending on where you live and your lifestyle, a stroller’s weight may be important to your family (or not!). Also, consider one-hand fold vs two-hand fold. Keep in mind you will also be holding your baby while trying to fold the stroller.
🍼 Lifestyle: are you planning to jog with the stroller? Take a look at jogger strollers then. Do you do a lot of shopping? Look for a stroller with a large basket.
🍼 Cost: the most expensive ones cost $1,000+ but there are plenty of less expensive models with similar functionality. Keep in mind that you will be using it for a few years.
🍼Travel system: do you need just a stroller or the whole travel system (i.e. stroller and a compatible car seat)? Baby has to be in a car seat when traveling in a car or taxi. Travel system is great because you can grab the car seat with the baby in it and snap it on the stroller.
🍼 Will you be using the stroller from day 1 or in a few months after the baby is born? Some people opt for baby-wearing the baby for the first few months and then getting a stroller. If you need a stroller from day 1, then you need either a bassinet compatible with the stroller or a stroller that reclines fully or a stroller with a newborn insert. Newborn’s neck and head don’t have strength in the first couple of months, this is why they need special accommodation.
🍼 Other important features: sun canopy size, adjustable handlebar, peek-a-boo window, reversible or not, adjustable footrest, type of harness, accessories (cup holder for you, snack tray for a baby, belly bar, rain cover, mosquito cover). Are you one and done or do you consider having more kids? Then maybe you need a stroller that converts into a double stroller.
We are not even talking about the color and style of the strollers and canopies yet… Yes, choosing a stroller is not an easy decision. But we tried really hard to help you a little bit and put together a “Stroller comparison” table below (also in the attached excel file in case you’d like to continue building the table for your personal use!) with the most popular strollers in the market. We hope it will help you decide which one is right for your family. Not to overwhelm you but… most families have more than one stroller 😉 We suggest getting your main stroller first, and later decide if you need (an) additional stroller(s).
Little News Team