Choosing the right type of baby stroller for a child can be a daunting task with newer models entering the market almost every day. And since the equipment is going to be used for a few years, the right type of stroller with consideration to budget, quality, amount of use and size needs to be chosen accordingly. For someone who enjoys going out on long walks, a stroller is an ideal choice instead of having to carry the baby. It can also be useful for running quick errands, equipped with a car seat frame and a lightweight stroller. Strollers come in different shapes and sizes. Some of the commonly bought stroller types are
Standard strollers come in all shapes and designs from low priced strollers with the basic features to high-end strollers equipped with all the latest in design technology. They have a comfortably padded seat which can be reclined partially or fully, ample storage space, sunshades, and a secure harness.
Depending on the prices, strollers can be of high quality to ensure durability and navigation through any terrain.
Lightweight strollers generally weigh less than 12 pounds and can be folded quickly to store it. It also very travels friendly and is ideal for babies and children. The lightweight strollers do not usually have much padding or fully reclining seats and are generally not very adjustable since they fall into the budget-friendly category. They are mostly used as backup travelers since they do not have much back or head support for infants. When going for light weight strollers, it is always better to buy a slightly expensive one for a quality that will last.
Jogging strollers are ideally designed to travel over rough terrains, scale hills and navigate safely over curbs. They are fitted with three bicycle wheels on a lightweight frame to ensure a smooth navigation. Some jogging stroller is designed to carry two or more children for long walks, hikes or even short runs. For babies under 6 months old, additional parts may need to be bought such as fully reclining seats or an infant car seat adapter made for the stroller. The price of jogging strollers can be quite steep since they are of high quality and are durable to sustain and endure harsh terrains. They need to be big and safe enough to keep the baby comfortable when running.
Double or triple strollers:
Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger. These types of strollers can accommodate two or more children. Older models were designed with a rear seat behind to accommodate a second child, although this did not give much legroom. These models are easier to maneuver the stroller through a doorway or pass through a crowded sidewalk. Some even some equipped with a platform behind the seat with enough space for a child to stand. The more recent models have two seats placed side by side. Although these are much more comfortable to push, a lot of the designs are too wide and cannot fit through a doorway or may be a hassle to push through a crowded sidewalk.
These are one of the more popular types of strollers which contain an additional feature for fitting a car seat. The car seat can easily be switched between the car and stroller without much hassle or having to wake up a sleeping child.
Once the type of stroller to be bought has been chosen, it is then time to choose the other features unique to a stroller such as
Handles for the strollers should be chosen depending on the height of the person and the length and size of the handle bars. Very narrow ones can be quite difficult to handle and a tall person cannot navigate a stroller with a handlebar placed low. However, these are difficult to identify just from seeing the pictures of the strollers online. In such cases, the best option to find the right fit is to read reviews and go through the detailed specifications of the product. User reviews are usually the most helpful options and Amazon listings contain some of the most helpful reviews online. Nowadays, most of the strollers come equipped with adjustable handles which make them ideal for a person of any height.
Wheels and Suspension Types
The wheel type and suspension should be selected depending on how often the stroller is going to be used and the type of terrain it needs to handle. For smooth, even surfaces, most of the air-filled tires do the job just fine or even plastic tires. However, most of the luxury strollers offer foam filled tires for a more comfortable riding experience. An all-wheel suspension for strollers tackling bumpy or uneven surfaces. Most strollers equipped with foam tires also some fitted with an all-wheel suspension. The suspension can either be fitted only in the front and back, which handles most situations, or an all-wheel suspension to handle off road travel. Also, older swivel wheel models were quite irritating to use since the tiny movements prevented the stroller from moving forward. However, the latest swivel wheels models are convenient to use and control for even the slightest turns. Some even come equipped with a locking mechanism on hilly areas.
More storage space becomes along with adult cup holders become available with the increase in prices. Less expensive strollers do not have any storage space below the seat for storing diaper bags or other baby items.
The safety harness generally comes either as a three point or a five-point harness. Three-point safety harnesses are ideal for less energetic children who sit quietly in their seats without moving around much. Highly enthusiastic children who insist on trying to touch the bottom of the wheel or ground need to be fitted into a five-point harness which provides a bigger degree of safety.
Thus, choosing a baby stroller requires a great deal of time and effort into researching and finding the ideal one that suits the users’ needs.