Buying a stroller can be very difficult, especially when you don’t know what to look for.
Plus, there are so many options on the market that will make it even harder for you to choose one that will fit your needs.
Luckily, I’ve got you covered and I created this stroller buying guide just for you! I wish I had these tips before purchasing my strollers…
Type of strollers
I guess before buying anything, you should know that there are different types of strollers.
The market is full of strollers that will meet certain needs you might have. If you go running, you should consider buying a jogging stroller. If you own a car, you might want an easy to fold and lightweight stroller.
Whatever your reasons are, make sure you do a little bit of research before deciding on what stroller to buy.
- Full-sized stroller – it’s a heavier stroller (typically from 16 to 35 pounds). But if you want your stroller to last for a really long time or potentially transition into a double stroller (for a second baby :D) this is the perfect one for you. Quite often it comes with more features than the average one.
- Lightweight stroller – with a weight up to 16 pounds, easy to fold and very portable.
- Umbrella stroller – very similar to the one above, but the only difference is on the way it closes. You push a button and then it closes just like an umbrella. These are great for any type of travelling. Personally, I’d recommend staying away from these. They are not very sturdy and I feel like they can break at any minute. If you are a tall person, this is certainly not for you. The handles are quite low.
- Jogging stroller – specially designed for active people or runners. If you plan on hiking, jog or other sporty stuff. Comes with huge suspension wheels that’s easy to handle while running. Your baby will be very comfortable and safe. It comes with a few safety features such as hand brake, five-point harness and wrist strap. All these will make sure that you have complete control of the stroller and keep your baby safe while running or hiking.
- Double stroller – just as the name says. Ideal for twins or if you have multiple young children (a toddler and a baby for instance). These strollers come in 2 different formats: side-by-side or tandem seating (one child sits behind the other). With these you also have more variations – you can put them facing each other, facing you or forward facing. If you ask me, the side-by-side seating can be a little bit difficult to manoeuvre because it’s too wide. If you plan on taking the bus, you can’t really fit with it. Definitely, things to consider here too.
- Mobile Car seat – I think this is brilliant if you have a car and you have errands to run on a daily basis. Essentially it’s a car seat on wheels. You just take the car seat out and unfold it. BOOM! You instantly have a lightweight stroller. The only downside to this one is that you can’t use it for too long.
- Travel system – is a stroller that comes with a car seat too. You can easily connect either of them to the mainframe. You should also take into consideration that the car seat will not last for a very long time (sometimes up to 6 months). The stroller won’t Therefore I would advise to purchase them separately. There are many car seats out there that have a reclining back suitable from birth up to 12 years old (will become a booster seat).
1. What’s your Budget?
This is the most important thing to decide when buying a stroller. Discuss it with your partner, how much money you are looking to spend on a stroller. Try to stick to it as much as you can. There are so many choices out there so you can easily get off track.
Even though the stroller is one of the most important things when it comes to transport your baby, I would still recommend to don’t spend a HUGE amount of money on it.
Why?! Simply because you might not like it after a while. Or it might not work for you and your lifestyle. You should also keep in mind that, depending on when you’ll buy it, you might not be able to return it on time. I am almost certain that you don’t want to end up with a million strollers piling up in your garage.
I say this from my personal experience. OK, I don’t have millions (only 2 haha), but I had to buy a second one simply because I didn’t think of certain things.
For instance, I didn’t think of its weight or how does it fold. These are essential things to consider if you plan on travelling with it. Well… I didn’t take this into consideration. I just went for safety, budget and how nice it looked :))
That’s exactly why I wrote this article for you because I know there are others just like me out there.
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Is it safe enough?
Safety is one of the most important things to consider when looking for a stroller. Ideally, you’d want it to be sturdy (not wobbly) and have a 5 point-point safety harness. This is essential especially after your child gets mobile. You don’t want him to fall out, am I wrong?
Another thing you should keep in mind is if you plan on going on walks or parks you’d want a stroller that has suspension wheels. Meaning that your child will sense subtle movements rather than the heavy ones. Great when the little ones are sleeping or very young.
Make sure it’s suitable from birth, especially if you are going for a lightweight or umbrella stroller. These tend to be more for toddlers (after 12 months). They are not safe for newborns.
Interested in a Travel System?
Having a travel system is great because you don’t have multiple items and you don’t really have to worry about matching them. And more importantly, it saves you a lot of money! So if you are on a budget, I think you should consider a travel system.
You may wonder what is a travel system, right? Well… it’s 3 into 1 or 2 into 1, depending on what the manufacturer offers.
To be honest with you I don’t really recommend a travel system.
We bought one for our son and we loved it. I still do, but it isn’t what I wanted.
The toddler part (the one that doesn’t look like a basket) didn’t fit him for a really long time (not even 2 years) nor the car seat (6 months only). We had to buy a different car seat after that.
Now, I don’t know if my child is too tall for it, but he outgrew it quite quickly. So I would advise you to take this into consideration too.
I’m not saying that all stroller makers are the same, but you never know. Definitely, something to look into.
How do you plan to use it?
Another important aspect you should think about is how do you plan to use it.
If you are an active mom you should go for the jogging stroller. If you don’t own a car, you should consider a “heavy duty” stroller with large bagging area (for shopping of course).
On the other hand, if you do have a car, you should consider buying an easy to fold and lightweight stroller to fit your boot.
Have a look at your lifestyle and take it into consideration when buying a stroller.
How does it fold?
Another important thing if you are planning on travelling or you own a car. One of the things I look for when I purchased my stroller was “how it looked”.
How wrong was I?! Of course it’s not a bad thing to consider, you want it to look pretty, am I right?
Well… this was the main reason why I needed another stroller – easy, lightweight and quick to fold. I had only realized this when I went for my first aeroplane trip.
My first stroller was super cool – had suspensions in its wheels, looked pretty, massive wheels, very heavy and when folded it was out of two pieces.
The biggest thing that bothered me, was that I had to remove the sitting part to be able to fold the rest of it.
My second stroller, was super easy to fold – one handed! Piece of cake, especially when travelling.
That’s it for my stroller buying guide! These are all the things you should think about when looking for a stroller.
Don’t forget to literally go into the shops and test it before you buy it.
Think of it as an investment in both you and your child. You’ll be using it every day for at least a couple of years.
Make sure it’s good quality and easy to use that has a lot of features so it makes your life easier.
Do you have any other tips you’d like to share with us? Leave them in the comments below! I’d love to read them.
Take care & stay beautiful!