Picking the perfect stroller is never easy! There are so many types and brands it could be overwhelming. Let us help you out!
What do you want to do with your stroller?
First, you need to find out what your lifestyle is like? Are you going to be going off-road or staying on the sidewalks? Are you a runner or just a shopper? Do you want a travel system or just a stroller? If you are going to just use a stroller for sidewalk walking and shopping you can go with either a 3-wheeled or lightweight 4-wheeled stroller.
Compact and Full Size Strollers
Britax makes a lightweight 3-wheeled stroller called the B-Lively that works great for shopping or just taking a stroll down the sidewalk. If you would like a classy elegant stroller, Uppababy makes a Vista Stroller that comes with a bassinet or you can try their more compact Cruz! Both are perfect for the mall or going downtown!
Umbrella strollers, like the Chicco Liteway, the Baby Jogger City Tour LUX or the Uppababy G-Luxe are a great choice while traveling or to keep in your vehicle for quick trips out. They fold up easy, take up minimal space are are still versatile enough to accommodate your daily needs.
If you are an off-roader or runner you might check into the BOB line of jogging strollers. They have a lot of different styles to fit everyone’s needs. They have ones that have a fixed front wheel and some that have a swivel front wheel that you could lock when you need more stability. Our FAVORITE is the Bob Alterrain Pro! It is versatile, and makes a great travel system with many different brands of infant bucket seats. Other brands that offer jogging strollers include: Thule, Joovy and more!
If you are looking into getting a travel system, there is something for every family’s needs and wants. If you buy the stroller and infant bucket seat separately, make sure they are compatible with each other. Britax, Nuna, Graco, Evenflo, Baby Trend, Chicco and Uppababy and others have their own travel systems but can also be configured to fit other bucket seats! BOB strollers are compatible with a lot of different car seats as well; you would just have to make sure you get the correct adapter for the specific stroller and car seat you want to use.
Double (and Triple) Strollers
If you are more of a planner, there are several strollers that will grow with your family! The Baby Jogger City Select and City Select LUX, Uppababy Vista and Thule Sleek are all examples of single strollers that can be configured to transform into double or even triple strollers in just a few minutes!
Choosing the right stroller for your family takes some thought, but keep in mind that many families have several strollers to suit their needs. If you live near a retailer that offers baby gear, I’d highly recommend you go “test drive” some strollers and see how they feel. You’d be surprised to see that many that appear “great” online, aren’t what they seem!