Strollers are one of the most basic items that you need to have when you have a baby. However, choosing the right stroller for you and your little one isn’t always easy to do.
There are so many different models and options available on the market. Many parents don’t even know where to start. Below, we want to provide you with a series of tips to help you make the right choice for your family.
First and foremost: Practicality and appearance
Our personal tastes don’t always go hand in hand with what is practical or manageable. It’s important to keep certain aspects in mind when it comes to choosing the right stroller for your little one. For example, making sure it fits into the trunk of your car or the elevator in your building.
If you use public transport, you want something easy to fold, compact, and lightweight. But finding something that’s practical doesn’t have to mean choosing something you don’t like. There are so many options available, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs and suits your tastes.
First of all, you want to make sure that your child is travelling safely. The stroller’s seatbelt must have sturdy and easy-to-use safety straps that also unbuckle quickly and easily. Furthermore, the stroller needs a security bar that is located in front of the child to provide added safety.
Look for a stroller that isn’t heavy. Once it’s folded up, you should be able to lift it easily with one hand. Furthermore, the stroller needs to be manageable. In other words, it should roll around and turn smoothly so that you can maneuver comfortably.
In fact, there are special wheels that adapt to different terrains. These are especially great for travelling.
You also need to make sure that the measurements and dimensions of the stroller fit your needs. If you have a reduced living space, then you definitely want to look for something that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
It’s also important that your stroller can adjust to different heights. Pushing around a stroller in high heels is completely different than pushing it around in flats or tennis shoes. If the stroller you choose adapts to your height and your footwear, you’ll avoid a lot of back problems.
As for accessories, many strollers have built-in spaces and gadgets for all sorts of things. You can find purse and backpack hangers, a place to put an umbrella, a basket for groceries, toys, etc, and even a convertible cover in case of rain.
Lastly, make sure the stroller seat is reclinable and that you can remove the inner lining. The lining should be washable, breathable and cushioned.
Analyzing different models: Full-size strollers or travel systems
Full-size strollers are an option that offer everything you need in one stroller. They are versatile, practical and grow with your little one. A wide variety of brands and models are available for you to choose from. We’re sure you’ll find one that fits your tastes and at the same time offers comfort and safety to your beloved one.
Full-size strollers are more practical than traditional flat baby buggies. They are much less bulky and have the option of adding more accessories. They also tend to be more budget friendly.
These strollers are also a far better option than an umbrella stroller when it comes to small babies. They provide the head and spinal support that your little one needs as he develops and gains back and neck strength.
When your baby is older and able to sit up on his own, you can adjust the stroller accordingly.
For an even more complete option, you can choose a travel system. Travel systems include car seats that you can easily and safely transfer back and forth between your car and stroller.
Cultural aspects regarding strollers and newborns
The way in which we transport our newborn babies is part of our culture. In the United States, most parents place their newborns in a horizontal position while in their strollers.
Furthermore, most professionals recommend this position. This is based on the theory that the horizontal position better supports a newborn’s head and back.
Whether or not a stroller has a buggy (horizontal) setting doesn’t necessarily depend on the parents’ taste. In general, strollers made for newborn babies (including full-size strollers) usually provide the option of lying your baby down flat.
However, there is no such thing as a standard baby stroller. What might work well for one baby might not be right for another. So it’s important to take into account the particular needs of each child. Just the same, there are some general features that any good stroller should have:
- Choose a stroller that is small, comfortable and easy to transport.
- Make sure the stroller is not too heavy. Pushing around a heavy stroller with a baby inside can be very tiresome.
- If you enjoy travelling, make sure your baby’s stroller is all terrain. This means it will adapt to any type of terrain or floor.