So your baby is ready for the first ride outside? Make sure you get the perfect stroller for your little one. For first-time moms and dads, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make when getting all the baby gear together is what kind of stroller to buy. You would think that it shouldn't be that hard to pick one, but once you realize just how many types there on the market, choosing can become quite a painstaking experience. You will also have to keep an eye on your pocket. With the arrival of new-born baby, you need to factor in hospital fees, medical costs, diapers and make a decision on how much you want to invest in something that you will use for few years.
Choosing the stroller for your baby
When buying a stroller, safety is your priority. Make sure that the stroller's leg opening isn't wide enough for your baby to slip it. Make sure the stroller locks into position easily and stays locked so that there is no danger of it collapsing with the child in it. Any stroller you buy must be equipped with a seatbelt to keep the baby secure. Miniscule details are important, such as adjustable handles. If more than one person would push the stroller, the handles need to be adjusted according to the pusher's height and the infant's safety. Also, a cup holder, an umbrella and basket might come handy as added features. Always think about the kind of lifestyle that you have before deciding on the stroller for your child. If you have sedentary office job, a regular one would be fine. But if your work entails a lot of travel or if you hit the trails as a hobby; get the car seat or the travel frame or the jogger.
Always check the how easily the stroller folds. Try it with one hand if you want. No mom has her two hands free all the time. That would guarantee the smoothness of functioning. Take a test drive (if you might call it that) with the baby before you buy a model. That would give you an idea about the safety and comfort of the stroller. Remember, it is the baby's personal vehicle. So invest as much thought as you would while buying a car. Make sure the brakes work well and are simple to operate. Also, make sure there are no sharp edges, uncovered springs, screws and other projections that could hurt the baby. Remember, an infant has special needs. A newborn might not require a reclining stroller before he/she can lift his/her head. But as the baby grows up, the stroller needs might change. And do keep in mind that that you might need more than one stroller that suit the growing baby's needs. Therefore, be careful about your budget. Do not spend too much on one.
Big and sturdy, these strollers come with a bassinet (or carry cot) which will allow your baby to lie down flat, and a seat that reclines so that your baby can sit up when he's a bit older. Standard size strollers can range from a simple to a sophisticated model fit with gadgets. All of them have a comfortable padded adjustable seat. Some carry sun shades to protect the baby from heat. Double or triple strollers, as the name suggest are designed for more than one baby. There are varieties in the model -- the tandem, the sideways, et al.
These are lightweight ones that come with a common frame that holds car seats and toddler seats. This makes it easy to transfer the baby from the stroller to car or vice-versa without taking him out of the seat. They are especially useful when the baby outgrows the infant size.
These are lightweight strollers that have handles that are curved like umbrella handles. They are easy to fold, making them ideal for travel, negotiating small spaces and for use in cars.
Jogging strollers have three bicycle wheels on a light frame for a smooth ride. The pusher and the passenger can both enjoy long walks, runs and hikes through wide trails. There is an option for carrying multiple passengers. But to carry an infant, extra safety gadgets are a must. If you run for exercise these strollers are ideal. They come with a safety strap for your hand and hand brakes. But because they are three-wheeled strollers, they could be a little difficult to maneuver in a small space.
Lightweight strollers have the advantage of being lightweight and inexpensive. They are also easily foldable. But the adjustment is a little poor compared to the others. It is good for a backup while on travel.
All-Terrain Strollers & Double/Triple Strollers
All-terrain strollers are just like full-size strollers which are much easier to maneuver, are more resilient with wheels that are of full-suspension. Double or triple models come with strollers either fitted side-by-side, or in-line, that is one behind the other. These types of strollers are great for twins and triplets, or even babies and toddler siblings. The in-line ones will obviously give you a bit more maneuverability, but at the cost of a greater distance between you and the babies. There's no getting around it: having a baby stroller is a necessity. But before buying one you must take into consideration your budget and where you live so that you buy the stroller that best suits your lifestyle. It would be advisable to go in for a stroller that is all-purpose and handy. Because really, the stroller has to survive your baby's spills and upchucks.