How to Choose a Stroller

When purchasing a stroller what else do you need to consider?

Baby strollers are one of the most popular items to put on your baby registry, but it's so hard to know which stroller is best. Here are the key stroller features to look for when deciding on a stroller to put on your baby registry.

  • Cost: Strollers can be really expensive, and it's common for first-time parents to have sticker shock. If you are on a budget, here are some of the best strollers under $300.
  • Weight: Strollers range from about 10 pounds to over 30. The heavier strollers tend to be more durable, have stronger wheels and are often made for jogging. They are tough, but they are really hard to handle in tight spaces or on public transport. The lighter strollers are easier to carry, but you can't take them on bumpy terrain.
  • Fold: Some strollers have an easy, one-handed fold to collapse, but others require that you remove some of the wheels to collapse them. If you are going to be taking your stroller in and out of your car often, look for an easy fold.

Infant Stroller

If you want to stroll with a baby younger than six months, buy a stroller that can recline almost completely flat or use a bassinet attachment or infant car seat that clips into your stroller.

Car Seat Stroller Combo

Since most strollers can't be used from birth, many parents also want to clip their infant car seat into their stroller safely. One option is to find a stroller that goes with your car seat with an adapter that you purchase separately. This tends to be very complicated because not all strollers go with all car seats. Another option is a travel system, which is a set of an infant car seat that clips into a matching stroller. Here are six of the most popular travel systems to consider.

Lightweight Strollers and Umbrella Strollers

Since many families travel with their children, it can be very helpful to have a lightweight stroller. One drawback: lightweight strollers tend to be flimsier and can’t handle rough terrain. Umbrella strollers are lightweight strollers that fold up like an umbrella. Though these can be convenient, they can’t fold small enough for airline overhead bins.

Travel Strollers

Travel strollers (not travel systems) tend to be lightweight, and some even fold small enough to put into the airplane overhead bin. If you are traveling frequently, start with the best travel strollers.

Double Strollers and Twin Strollers

Parents who are having twins or planning on growing their family quickly appreciate a stroller that can convert to a double. Even though they are more expensive, buying one upfront can save you money in the long run. These ten best double strollers include options with side-by-side or stadium seating for your tots.

Jogging Strollers

Jogging strollers tend to be bulkier and harder to fold than standard strollers. However if you're a runner and want run with baby, they are the only option so look for jogging strollers.

From sun shades to cup holders, make sure to think about the stroller accessories you'll need, too.

If you're looking for specific strollers, here are the best seven strollers according to thousands of real parents.

Have you created your baby registry yet? If not, head to Babylist now where you can create the perfect baby registry, quickly and easily.


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