What Should I Consider When Buying a Stroller?

Car seat strollers and carriers are often designed for use with infant car seats.
Jogging strollers are excellent for jogging or walking, but they are not very compact.
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  • Written By: Tricia Ellis-Christensen
  • Edited By: O. Wallace
  • Last Modified Date: 28 December 2014
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The number of choices available complicates buying a stroller for your baby. Tons of styles of strollers and baby carriages exist, and every model has advantages and disadvantages. You can even find double strollers if you plan to stroll more than one child at a time, or sit/stand strollers where an older child can ride standing, while a younger child can comfortably ride in a seated position. In all, it can be a little overwhelming if you’re facing huge amounts of choices at your local department store.

When you’re buying a stroller, or just starting to look, it helps to understand the different types of strollers:

Consider how you will use the stroller and match it up with each variety to see which one best fits. That is only the beginning. You’ll also want to think about some other things when you are buying a stroller. Among these, you definitely want to contemplate baby safety. If you plan to save a little money by buying a stroller that is used be sure that the used stroller is still pretty recent in make and model. Also verify that there are no recalls pending against the particular brand or model.


For better safety when riding, children are most secure in a five-point harness, but this may be unnecessary for older toddlers. If your choice is a jogging stroller for running or jogging, you should still choose the five point harness, since even an older child can be injured if he or shee falls out of a quickly moving stroller. Also, on used models, check the brakes to be sure they work adequately.

Additionally, you’ll want to contemplate your height versus that of the stroller. If you’re buying a stroller and you happen to be very tall, you’ll need to find handlebars that adjust or purchase a set of attachable bars that can accommodate your height. Be sure that the handles fit you comfortably without having to stoop. It is very uncomfortable to lean over a stroller and can cause sore necks and backs.

A few more things to keep in mind when you’re buying a stroller are washability of fabric and accessories available. Washability is vastly important, since babies and young children are quite prone to making messes. Accessories that can be helpful are things like trays, extra storage space for diaper bags, bottles or toys, and overhead shading to protect kids from too much sun. If you find an ideal stroller that is short on these, see if they can be purchased separately.



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