With so many options on the market today how do you know which baby stroller will fit your needs? You could ask your friends and family, do an internet or Google search, check out the local used or new baby stores and much more. You may like the style or color of the stroller, but the most important thing in choosing a baby stroller to buy deals more with capabilities. Baby strollers have evolved so much in the last few years that it can be difficult to know what to buy without wondering if you’re missing out on something better.
For that first child there are many strollers to choose from. Most people today will choose a travel system which is basically a stroller that comes with a car seat that will fit the stroller and your vehicle. Just make sure that the car seat is certified for use in your vehicle and hasn’t ended up on a recall list. If a travel system isn’t in your budget and you don’t do much strolling than all you may need is a single stroller that has a storage basket and a placement area for the car seat. These kind of baby strollers usually don’t come with an actual seat to place the baby in, but a metal bar area to attach the car seat to.
Parents who are on their second child have two options. Purchasing a single stroller, if the first one has worn out and the two children are at least three years or more apart, or looking into buying a double stroller. Double baby strollers use to be somewhat of a headache to handle, fold up and use. Today’s models are sleeker, some are lighter and fold up to easily store in the trunk of almost any vehicle. There is usually one seat that allows for a car seat to attach and a second seat for a small toddler or older baby. There are even some double strollers that can convert to a single stroller and have a great amount of storage space.
Moms and Dads of multiples may have to get a little more creative in their search for the perfect stroller. While some companies have created lines of baby strollers that are compact and made just for multiples of three or more, finding one that will last for two years and carry everything needed when you have many children at one time can be very hard to find and expensive too. In these cases it’s a good idea to find and join a multiples group where you can ask around about the types of strollers used and how well they handle. You may even get lucky and receive a hand-me-down in good condition for free.
For any parent searching through baby strollers for the one that is just right, there is a checklist of things to look for. First, always know your budget! The more options, the more popular the brand and the larger the stroller usually means the price will also be more than what you planned for. Some things to consider when looking for a stroller are space, compatibility and options. Think of everything you need to tote along for your cutie and ask yourself if the stroller you want will be able to handle that kind of a load and where you would store it. Take a measurement of your trunk and get the dimensions of the stroller after it is folded up to be sure it will fit. Also go into the search knowing whether or not you’ll need a food tray, cup holder or more.
In general you can usually find a decent stroller that will meet you needs for between $100-$200. Higher end baby strollers usually come with more convenience but can cost between $300-$500. Knowing what you want in a stroller before you even begin to shop makes a difference in the search. Just remember that while some baby strollers look very appealing they may not be the best buy if they aren’t going to fulfill all the needs you have as a parent. There are plenty of strollers out there that look great and get the job done. Be sure to read reviews and ask other moms and dads how they liked the stroller they bought. You may be surprised at what you hear and what you see when searching for the perfect baby stroller.