Stroller Buying Guide:
How to Choose the Right Stroller For You and Your Baby
Ask yourself these questions to ensure that you choose the best stroller for your needs.
Function: Why do you need a stroller? What purpose do you want it to serve? For what activities will you primarily be using this stroller (transportation only vs. exercise)? Where will it be used - inside or out?
Age Range: How old is your child? If you're looking for a stroller for an infant, does the stroller recline and provide adequate head support? Are you looking for a stroller that grows with your child?
Size: Look at how big the stroller is and how compactly it will collapse. Where do you plan on storing your stroller? How much closet space do you have? How much trunk space will it take up? How much does it weigh?
Comfort: How comfortable does this stroller seem for your child? Is it too narrow for your toddler's now-broad shoulders? If you plan on using this stroller outdoors, check out the size of the wheels. Larger wheels absorb more bumps and make for a smoother ride.
Steering Ease: Are you looking for a stroller that you can easily wind in and out of tight store aisles? Or will it mostly be used for walks down a wide road or path? (Steering is generally affected by the size of the stroller. Take this into special consideration when purchasing a double or triple stroller.)
Features: Look for features such as a tray, cup holders (for both you and your baby), a sunshade, storage underneath, etc. These features may seem trivial now, but will definitely prove helpful once you start using your stroller.