How to Buy a Baby Stroller

Whether you’re headed to the park for a leisurely stroll or to Paris

to see all of the sights, a stroller is a must-have for life on the go

with baby. The right

not only gives baby a safe place to sit or snooze, but it

also provides a place for you to stash all of those must-have essentials,

from wipes and diapers to a change of clothes and an extra pacifier. 

But finding the best stroller

 isn’t easy. The market is saturated with all different types

of models and prices that vary widely from as little as $30 to upwards of

thousands of dollars. So when you begin your hunt, first consider your

budget. Then, think about how you plan to use your stroller to narrow down

your options. Ask yourself some key questions, like: Where are you going

to use it? Where are you going to store it? How many babies will be using

it? And how much stuff do they have?

A basic lightweight umbrella stroller makes travel (and storage) easy,

while high-function stroller systems boast helpful features like extra

storage and snap-on bassinets or car seats. For some, a basic model for

occasional use is perfectly suitable. For others, the splurge on a more

advanced model is well worth it — even if it feels like a big investment.

If you frequently take baby out and about or plan to have multiple kids,

your stroller will likely get miles and years of use.

Before you purchase, don’t be afraid to try out your top choices. A

trial run goes a long way in making sure it works for baby’s needs — and

for the needs of other family members who will be pushing it, folding it

and stowing their things within it along the way.

What are the different types of strollers?

There are six basic types of strollers:

Full-sized stroller

Lightweight or umbrella stroller

Jogging stroller

Double stroller

Car seat carrier

Travel system 

It’s worth noting that although many strollers do fit squarely into

the above categories, there are plenty that don’t. Some

baby jogger

can have characteristics of more than one type (i.e. a double

jogging stroller).

Full-sized stroller

What it is: If you’re hoping to invest in one stroller that’ll

wheel your baby right through the toddler years, look no further than a

full-size stroller. Bigger, sturdier and usually more durable, these

strollers are the standard option. Plus, many models come with a full

range of features that not only make baby’s ride a joy, but also make

your life easier.

Full-size stroller benefits: The go-to option for many families,

a full-sized stroller covers all the basics and offers nifty bells and

whistles that usually include:

Wide, comfortable, well-padded seat

Deep seat recline

Option to mount the seat forward-facing or rear-facing

Option to attach a car seat

Convertible design that grows with baby, from newborn use with

car seat (or optional bassinet, in some cases) to toddler use

Expandable canopies

Sturdy tires with decent suspension to absorb shock

Roomy basket for storage
Telescoping handlebars (especially helpful when one parent is tall

and the other is petite)

Useful nice-to-haves, like a cup holder or snack tray 

Full-size stroller downsides:

Can be bulky and heavy (if you take public transportation, climb

stairways frequently, or navigate busy streets or small stores with your

baby, this can make it tougher to travel with)

May also be a tight fit for a small-space home with limited


Lightweight or umbrella stroller

What it is: You might lose a few of the features you can find in

a full-sized stroller, but an umbrella stroller scores points for being

supremely easy to handle while on the go.

Lightweight or umbrella stroller benefits:
Often weighing under 15 pounds, a lightweight stroller is designed

for portability (some even come with a shoulder strap).
These models are easy to fold, which makes stashing one in the

trunk or taking it on an airplane, bus or train a snap.

Many lightweight strollers still come equipped with beneficial

features, such as a partial seat recline, expandable canopy, storage

basket and built-in cupholder or snack tray.

Lightweight stroller downsides:

If you’re looking for a stroller you can use from the newborn

months on, a lightweight stroller won’t do. While a few models can safely

carry newborns with car seat adapters or bassinet attachments, most

umbrella strollers are designed for babies 6 months or older.

Most lightweight


do not have a convertible option, which means if you end up having a

second (or third) baby within a few years of your first, you'll likely

need to purchase a second stroller.
Jogging stroller

What it is: On the run — literally? Then a jogging stroller

might be a good option. Jogging strollers typically have larger, sturdier

wheels and better suspension to take bumps and alternate terrain in


Jogging stroller benefits:

Superior suspension lets you walk, jog or hike and keep baby

in comfort while on and off the trail.

Many jogging strollers come with a front wheel that can swivel

(for flexibility) or be fixed (for stability at higher speeds).

Depending on the model, other benefits may include

compatibility with a car seat (for use from newborn through toddler

stages), deep reclining seats, telescoping handlebars and generous storage

baskets. A hand brake, five-point harness and wrist strap are key safety

features, so don’t go jogging with a stroller that doesn’t include


Jogging stroller downsides:

A jogging stroller can be a bit heavier and challenging to


If space is tight, a jogging stroller usually can't fold

up as small as an umbrella


Jogging strollers are typically wider than even many full-size

strollers, which means maneuvering them through tight spaces can be


Keep in mind that while most three-wheeled strollers are referred to

as “joggers,” not all three-wheelers are actually optimized for runners.

Some of the most popular three-wheelers are “hybrid” strollers that lack

hand brakes and other safety features, and therefore, aren’t intended to

be used for jogging with baby. Serious runners will want to do a test

drive to make sure their jogging stroller has the appropriate safety

features and functionality.

Double stroller

What it is: If you’ve got twins in tow — or a toddler who’s

not ready to give up their stroller days — then a double stroller is the

way to go. Doubles come in two formats: tandem, where one child sits

behind the other, or side-by-side seating.

Double stroller benefits:

With multiple children, this option enables you to swiftly

manage only one stroller.

Because these models are on the bigger side, there's usually

ample storage space.

Double stroller downsides:

Strollers for two tend to be bigger and bulkier, weighing in

at up to 40 pounds and with a much larger footprint.

Though there are some lighter options, these are not without

issues, as they don’t tend to take bumps and alternate terrain well. As

you shop, consider width (does it fit through your door?), mobility (is it

well balanced? how does it turn?) and whether it’s compatible with one or

two car seats.

Car seat carrier

What it is: These wheeled frames are built to transform your

infant car seat into a stroller in just a snap (literally!).

Car seat carrier benefits:

Car seat carriers are compact and lightweight.

For a no-fuss transition into and out of the car, they are

convenient and great for travel.

Some car seat carriers can even accommodate multiple babies.

Car seat carrier downsides:

Car seat carriers tend to be best for short-term use, since

baby outgrows the infant car seat quickly. That said, some full-featured

baby prams

function as a car seat frame, then transform into a toddler-friendly


Car seat carriers generally do not have any extra features

like cup holders or storage.

Travel system

What it is: An easy-to-connect travel system pairs together an

infant car seat and stroller. There are full-size, lightweight and jogging

stroller travel systems, so you can choose a system with the type of

stroller you like best.

Travel system benefits:

Having an infant car seat that connects to your stroller with

an adapter (usually built in) means you can move your sleeping baby from

the car to the stroller without waking her up.

Being able to buy both components as a set may save you money.

Travel system downsides:

While the baby buggy will usually last into the older toddler years,

your baby will outgrow the infant car seat much sooner than that.

If you’re a multiple-car family, you’ll need to buy a

separate car seat or base to use with your second car.

Portable beds, as the name suggests, are those beds that are

lightweight and easily mobile. Portable beds are used in places where one cannot

use large permanent beds. Portability and compactness is the main

advantage of using these beds. Portable beds are usually made of a

foldable metal frame, plastic, or lightweight wood, which is covered with

linen, canvas, or nylon. The market for portable beds has been increasing

considerably over the past few years, owing to the small living space.

Also, they are the best alternative for traditional beds because of their

multi-functionality and space-saving capability. 
Rapid urbanization has led to an increase in residential

construction and has thereby increased the demand for these beds among the

residents. While the non-residential segment also contributes toward the

growth of portable beds, globally. Under the non-residential application,

these beds are installed in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, hostels, and

healthcare centers. Portable beds are considered as the best choice when

it comes to living in a small place or studio apartment. Therefore, the

market is projected to experience significant growth in the coming years.

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