One of the most important pieces of equipment you will buy for your baby is a good stroller. Knowing how to buy a stroller will help you get your money’s worth in features and safety. First, it’s important to know that there are economical strollers available that will serve your needs as well as the really expensive brands.
Never buy a used stroller. Although the reduced price is tempting, you really don’t know what problems may be lurking in the near future. Graco is an economy brand that will save you money while keeping your baby safe. Full sized strollers have historically been bulky, as well as expensive, but even the economy brands are making these strollers easier to maneuver, put away and store.
With storage in mind, decide whether the stroller will fit in your car trunk. How easy is it to fold up. Look for one you can fold with one hand. Also, make sure it will allow your baby to lie completely down. Infants are not able to support the weight of their own heads, so they’ll need to be flat. Some strollers will accommodate a carrier. Also, look for a five point strap system. Some parents report that their kids can wiggle out of a three point system.
Never buy a stroller without laying your hands on it. Look for sharp edges. Gently press down on the handle and see if it wants to pop a wheelie. Make sure padding is sufficient. The canopy needs to provide lots of coverage from sun, rain and wind. A little bootie system is also good for keeping your baby’s feet protected. Also look for a locking mechanism that keeps the stroller from collapsing accidentally.
Tires will vary for lifestyle. Whether you walk on a sidewalk or run trails, there will be a tire to suit you. Just know that inflatable tires will need air occasionally. Since options vary, look closely before choosing your stroller.