Where to Start to Choose the Perfect Stroller
Finding the best stroller for your lifestyle can be a daunting task. It can be overwhelming as a new mom-to-be standing in the stroller aisle and wondering what really makes a stroller worthy of your money! I remember picking out our stroller for Samson when I was pregnant and really having no clue what I was actually looking for. James and I asked the salesman what he recommended, but he basically said “it’s personal preference”! No help…
So, if you’re really trying to figure out the best stroller for your lifestyle, you need to consider the major components listed below. If you keep these in mind while you are shopping, you’ll be able to find the perfect stroller in no time!
Criteria to consider
1. Folding with one hand
This is the most important criteria for me. There will be so many times you need to open or close the stroller with your baby in one arm. If you’re testing strollers in a store, make sure you test this out by opening and closing with one hand a few times. You will not regret it!
It is important to consider the weight of your stroller. You will need to pick it up and take it in and out of your car and home over and over again. You don’t want something cumbersome and heavy. Lightweight, however, should not be confused with durability. When you transport it, open and close it, lift it, etc. it should still feel sturdy.
The size of the stroller when collapsed is very important to consider, especially if you have a small vehicle or living space. Consider the amount of trunk space it will take up and how many other items you may need to transport at the same time. You also need to have space for it in your home. If you have a small apartment like I do, then it may be difficult to store a bulky stroller.
Maximum storage is a huge plus! Whether you are going to the park, on a family trip, or grocery shopping, you may need to carry anything from your diaper bag, jackets, shopping bags and anything in between. If you ask me, there’s no such thing as too much storage for my stroller, but if you are a little more minimalistic, consider at the very least storing your diaper bag.
5. Weight limit
There are varying weight limits across different strollers. You want to consider how long you plan to use your stroller and whether it will convert from infant to toddler and older stages. I highly recommend choosing an option that will convert and stay with you for the longest time possible to give you the best bang for your buck. So for me, a higher weight limit is better. However, you may want to switch to a small compact stroller when your child gets to a certain weight. In that case, consider that you may want to buy another small stroller down the road. Whichever rout you decide to go on this one, think about quality and your budget in the long term.
6. Travel System
A travel system is a carseat, carseat adapter and stroller which all work together, so your carseat easily clicks and secures into your carseat or stroller. There are pros and cons to this! It is awesome for sleeping infants who you don’t want to wake when getting them in and out of the car. If you prefer to have a convertible carseat (like this Britax one I have and LOVE!), then a stroller that converts from a bassinet to a sitting stroller may be a better fit. The travel system carseats typically go up to about 25-30 lb maximum weight and do not change reclines. So if you go this route, you will still need to buy a carseat/booster seat in the future for your toddler. This is a personal preference choice, but consider both your carseat and stroller when choosing whether to go with a travel system.
Your lifestyle may play a huge part in some details of the stroller you choose. If you plan to use your stroller often while jogging or on heavy terrain, you will want to make sure your stroller has durable rubber tires. A jogger (characteristically a single wheel in front and 2 wheels in back) is also more agile. If your lifestyle is a bit more relaxed and majority of your walking will be on smoother surfaces, then you have a few more budget friendly options with plastic wheels. My stroller also has plastic wheels and still works great for us!
I am a serious review reader. Baby products are so hard to gage if you’re a new parent, so what better way to choose the perfect stroller than to see previous users’ comments? If you’re just starting to look around, here are 7 of the highest rated strollers on Amazon to get you started!
All in all, mama, reading this article tells me that you’re doing all the research you need to in order to make a well informed decision. Don’t be afraid to go to the baby aisles and give the strollers a test ride before you buy! You’ll find the perfect stroller for your growing family in no time!
Do you already have a stroller you can’t live without? Drop a comment below and tell me what you love about it!
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