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Baby Stroller Shopping – How to buy it and what to expect? 

BABY STROLLER SHOPPING – hOW TO BUY IT AND WHAT TO EXPECT?

Having a baby means you’re also welcoming an endless amount of stuff into your home. Baby strollers are one of the things that you need to have for your little one. However, when going to buy one for the first time, parents learn another truth: A stroller isn’t just a stroller. Before you buy one, try to consider whether you want it “to grow with you” and your expanding family. 

There are many different types of strollers at different price points. Each of them is intended for a specific lifestyle or need. You must know how to pick the best baby stroller for your family. In this article, we will help you to learn more about the various types of strollers and what stroller features you should be considering. 

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE SHOPPING FOR THEIR BABY STROLLER

First thing parents need to know is that shoppers should always start with size before anything else. Families have to first measure their trunk, doorway and stroller storage area to see what size might work best. Then they need to think about how the stroller is going to be used. If it is for daily use, where do you live? Will you be on concrete, gravel, grass, dirt path? Narrow it down.

The next thing you need to consider is whether you plan to expand your family anytime soon. Will you want a stroller to grow with you and your family or will you just buy another one? And lastly, there’s the budget. As we all know not everyone can afford the “best” on the market. Anyways, you might be surprised to find out that the ‘best’ might not be the best anyway after thinking about the above scenarios.

Two other essential aspects to consider are where you live and your lifestyle. In an urban environment, your stroller is your car. That’s because you’re using it all day not only to walk with your kids but also to schlep your groceries and goods around. Therefore investing in a great stroller in an urban environment. It can be more important than investing if you are in and out of a car constantly in the suburbs.

parents taking walking in the park with their baby in a stroller

VARIOUS TYPES OF STROLLERS

As we all know, not all strollers are created equal. For this reason it’s very important to understand the difference between stroller types to ensure you are looking at models in the category that best fits your needs.

  • JOGGING STROLLER

If you plan to run or jog, or traverse bumpy sidewalks, dirt roads or other rugged surfaces, a jogging stroller can be key. Usually, this is a three-wheeled stroller made for multiple terrains and fast movement. Most experts note that running with your baby in a jogging stroller isn’t recommended until they’re at least 6 months old. That’s because most jogging strollers don’t offer a fully reclining seat. 

BENEFITS OF A JOGGING STROLLER

1- Parents can run with a stroller and still train for a race even if you aren’t hitting the mileage or speed your training plan calls for. The key to this is all about thinking time over distance and heart rate over pace.

2- The biggest benefit of all for running with a stroller is that it gives you quality time with your kids. Maybe your children may want to get out early or bicker with one another. What you’re doing here is that you’re showing them something you love and instilling healthy habits in them. Furthermore, if you make it fun like by ending at a park, they’ll think of those stroller runs fondly and be begging to go with you next time.

3- It’s true that while using a jogging stroller, you can run slower than your usual pace. But researchers have found that no matter what, they still burn the same amount of calories as if they were running faster without the stroller. That’s because of the extra exertion. You’re working harder even though you are running slower.

mother running with her baby in a stroller

  • TRAVEL SYSTEM STROLLER

This kind of stroller first accommodates an infant car seat and then it converts into a typical single stroller as your child grows. They are just as convenient as car seat carriers. Anyways travel system strollers offer more versatility, with a full-size stroller that includes a detachable car seat. It’s up to the parents to choose if they want a standard size with extra storage, a lightweight [stroller], or even a jogging stroller travel system.

Travel systems are a complete set of things required to carry a baby while traveling. The baby travel system makes it handy for the parents while carrying their sleeping baby from home to other places or carrying him from the car inside the house. Its infant car seat comes with a frame that allows parents to use it as an infant carrier. Therefore, they can easily take their baby in the car without removing the baby from the carrier. When they reach their destination, they can snap the same infant car seat to the travel system stroller without removing the baby from the car seat.

BENEFITS OF A TRAVEL SYSTEM

1- Your baby can be moved very easily from the pushchair to the car and vice-a-versa or the house without waking him/her.

2- Purchasing a travel system involves one purchase decision. But the parents get everything— the carrycot, pushchair, and the car seat at once.

3- The carrycot can do multi-function because it can easily be used as a bassinet or a Moses basket.

4- Even though a travel system may seem expensive, that’s not true. Buying it is more economical because travel systems are multi-functional. Buying a pushchair, stroller, car seat, etc. can be more expensive.

CONVERTIBLE TRAVEL SYSTEM STROLLER

A convertible travel system stroller does all of the above but it also has the ability to convert and add a second seat if you expand your family. So it can be both a single and a double. A convertible stroller allows the parent to attach a second stroller seat, infant car seat or, in some cases, a bassinet in order to transform a single stroller into a ride for two. Furthermore most convertible strollers offer multiple seat configurations. In this way your kids can face you, face the world or face each other, helping you attempt to keep two kids happy at the same time.

DID YOU KNOW THE WAY A BABY FACES IN THE STROLLER MATTERS?

  • You will be able to provide emotional comfort. In a rear-facing stroller (such as Metro), your little one sees your face but also sees you talking to him as well. Seeing you comfort him emotionally helps the baby to feel safe.

  • When a baby is between 2-6 months old, he really needs and likes seeing his parents’ faces. The baby craves social exchanges with you. Kids also start learning the rules of social interaction and basing their reactions on your facial expressions during their first few months of life. This is so important for their holistic development. What’s more, in a rear-facing baby stroller, you can give your baby this kind of stimulation easier.

  • It provides the best support and protection for their little head and body. Before your baby is strong enough to support his own head, he needs the extra head and neck support that most strollers that face you offer. 

Metro Red Stroller for babies

  • Different studies found that babies were twice as likely to sleep when they were in a rear-facing stroller. It is believed that this is so because infants feel safer and more relaxed when looking at a familiar face so they more easily fall asleep.
  • Parents also benefit when their baby faces them in a stroller. When the little one is facing the parent, it’s so much easier to keep an eye on him. To be able to see and know your baby is safe and comfortable allows you too to relax and actually enjoy this time with your son. Take a look at Metro stroller, it would be a perfect choice. 

  • Lastly, a lot of studies found that when the observed babies were facing their parents in a stroller, the parents were twice as likely to talk to their babies. The babies were also more likely to laugh. When your kid is right in front of you, you’re prone to make more eye contact, talk more to and laugh more with him/her. Interacting with your child makes it easier to create that important bond between both of you.

  • UMBRELLA STROLLER

Umbrella strollers come with a foldable aluminum frame and are much smaller than regular strollers. It’s the lightest and easiest option for parents or caregivers who can’t lug around bulky baby gear. These kind of strollers are the most portable wherever you go. They can fold up into a slender umbrella that is easy to carry around.

BENEFITS OF UMBRELLA STROLLERS

1- Umbrella strollers are smaller and more lightweight than regular strollers. Storing and transporting them is much easier and more comfortable.

2- While this type of stroller can be folded into a small size, you can easily carry it in your car while going for a long trip. Or, why not, carry it with you if you are away from home.

3- They are much more affordable than a regular stroller. So, if you are running on a tight budget and still want to buy a stroller for your child, you can go for an umbrella stroller.

VIE, for example, is the perfect umbrella stroller. 

Quick, nimble, and easily collapsible. It is the stroller that goes everywhere and you can stash anywhere! 

Vie also folds up very easily making it convenient to store, and even easy to carry around when you’re not using it. It doesn’t weigh more than about 8,8 pounds (4 kg). Vie baby stroller fits well in small car trunks, or in limited closet space, and it is very easy to get on things like public transportation. 

You can maneuver these baby strollers pretty well in crowded situations so there is no need to worry if you’re planning on going to state fairs, to amusement parks, through busy streets or the like.

Red-Convertible-stroller

  • FULL-SIZE STROLLER

This is a typical four-wheeled, all-in-one convertible stroller. Parents can use it from birth up to 50 pounds, depending on the recline level. They offer ample storage space and accessories to accommodate your growing child, but may be a bit bulky. A full-sized stroller covers all the basics and offers nifty bells and whistles that usually include: Wide, comfortable, well-padded seat; A deep seat recline; Expandable canopies; Sturdy tires; Roomy basket and Telescoping handlebars. 

  • DOUBLE STROLLER

A side-by-side double stroller seats two children conveniently next to each other. Double strollers are a must for life with two little ones and we totally recommend them. Whether it’s to safely accommodate twins or a baby and toddler, these strollers remove the challenge of pushing one child in a stroller while trying to manage another child by the hand.

Inline double stroller has two children “stadium seated,” or one below the other. HOP is a tandem umbrella, inline double stroller that really packs a punch. It gives your youngest the comfortable and safe accommodations that they’d have had if they were in a single stroller while at the same time letting your older child ride comfortably when they’re too tired. Weighing in at only 21.5 lbs. Hop is lightweight, narrow and easily collapsible for parents on the go. Suitable for both twins and sibling that are close in age the small footprint and compact design make this the easiest way to get two children around period. So if you have been blessed with twins or have 2 children who are close in age, Hop stroller can help you cope with both your kids. 

 

  • Infant or car seat carrier stroller

Car seat carrier strollers include a base that connects to hold one or two infant car seats in a snap. Usually, they are compact and convenient for traveling with infants when you need support carrying a baby in a heavy car seat. You might also see them referred to as Snap n’ Go strollers.

Stroller features you should consider

  • Don’t forget that you are buying a stroller to push, so check those wheels and suspension. Keep in mind that larger, air-filled tires typically give a much smoother ride than smaller plastic wheels.
  • We must note that solid handle makes it easier to push one-handed. 
  • Not every stroller has the option to switch up seating configurations as the child grows or your family expands. As mentioned before, we are a big fan of reversible seats because it’s nice to have the option of your child facing you or facing out.
  • If you like to wear sandals then we must recommend you to  look for “flip-flop-friendly” brakes. If it hurts your feet to engage them, you’re less inclined to use them and brakes are there for a reason.
  • Stroller weight is very important too. When considering how heavy a stroller is, remind yourself to consider who will be behind it. Will grandma and grandpa help you with the baby? Are they able to lift the stroller?

We understand how hard it can be to pick just one stroller because of the features factored into finding the best unit for your family. We recommend you to start with combining two or three features that are must-haves and compare the best of each. And then pick the one that fits the family.