Choosing a stroller is like choosing a car. Only way more interesting, since it's for your little one and all those baby things are so cute. It's important to keep in mind that there are no perfect strollers - you just need to find the ones that are perfect for you and your baby. So here are some basic questions to think about before you make a final decision.
How much money do you plan to spend?
Once you start looking you'll see that the price difference is huge. Even though there's no point in wasting time looking for the strollers that are out of your price range - don't be too exclusive. Sometimes the price can be justified with the quality of the strollers or with all the extra accessories you get.
What type of stroller are you looking for?
There are several different types of strollers to choose from. Each type has its own pros & cons, so it's up to you to decide according to your needs.
Pram/Carriage - They are fully reclined so they are the best choice for newborns since they only lay for the first few months
Standard Strollers - They have a seat that can recline to many different positions which make them appropriate for both newborns and toddlers. Seats can be front-facing, rear-facing or reversible. Travel Systems - Combination of the stroller and the car seat makes a travel system.
Double Strollers - If you're expecting twins there's not much to think about - you'll need double strollers. There are two types - tandem or side-by-side each with their own characteristics. There are also strollers for three or more kids.
Sit and Stand Strollers - As their name says - they are made so that one child sits and the other one stands. These strollers are perfect if you have a toddler and a baby or two toddlers.
Umbrella Strollers - These strollers are very small, lightweight and easy to fold, so they are a great option for toddlers or for vacations.
Jogging strollers - They are similar to the standard strollers only with three large air-filled tires, shock absorbers and additional wrist strap for your child's safety. These strollers are made for active parents who want to continue running and hiking.
Where do you expect to push your strollers?
For parents who want to continue with their active life and go hiking or jogging, there are jogging strollers. But if you're not that much of a hiker and you often travel by car you might consider buying a travel system. Just be sure to buy strollers that are easy to fold and can fit in your trunk. For everyday walks in your neighborhood a few extra pounds won't be that big of a deal, but if you're planning any longer walks you might consider buying strollers that aren't too heavy for you to lift. Or you could buy one standard strollers for the first few months and once your baby grows enough to sits sturdy change them with lightweight umbrella strollers.
What features are you looking for?
There are so many features to think about. Adjustable handle (very convenient if you're high), reversible handle, a tray for a child and for a parent (for storing small accessories - keys, pacifiers, teething rings...), a cup or a bottle holder, a footrest, an adjustable canopy (to provide the shade for your baby), a bumper bar, a grocery basket... some strollers come with extra accessories like the diaper bag, the footmuff, the insect netting or the weather shield... don't forget to include them in the price when you're making your decision. Think about which features do you really need and which can be bought separately and added to the strollers later.
Do I need a bassinet?
Some parents choose a bassinet for the first few months. It's soft, cozy and keeps your baby protected from the wind or the sun. You can use bassinet for your newborn if you don't want to move your car seat from the car. And it's convenient for visiting the grandparents, so your baby has a safe place to sleep while you're there.