Strollers

How to Choose the Best Stroller in 2024

Ashley Davis

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Whether you are considering getting your very first stroller, or getting a second one perhaps for the second baby or for your new active lifestyle, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the several options available. While stressful, I always think having more options is better than lacking options but exceptional research and understanding of all types is essential.

Over time, baby travel system strollers have evolved to have more comfort features and to upgrade its safety features such as head barriers, side impact protection or lockable front swivel wheels. Additional features like parent and child cup holders, storage pockets and many more have also been added to some strollers.

When I got my first stroller, I went all in for the stylish design, thinking I had it all figured out. My only other concern? A lightweight frame. Oh, how naive I was! Turns out, style can be deceiving, and I learned that the hard (and heavy) way!

Fast forward several years later, I am now working towards getting certified as a baby car seat safety specialist and I have tons of helpful information to share with parents on how to be smart when it comes to picking a baby stroller.

In this comprehensive guide, I have provided detailed info on all the types of strollers available, when to consider which type, advantages and disadvantages of each type, and more tips to use when picking the most ideal stroller for your family and baby.

What is a baby stroller?

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A baby stroller, also known as a baby carriage or pram, is a wheeled device designed for infants and young children to be pushed around in by an adult. Strollers are intended to provide a comfortable and secure way of transporting your little one from one place to another while on the go.

The design of strollers takes advantage of the traction concept where the wheels make it easy to navigate across different terrains. The key advantage they give you as a parent or caregiver is the freedom to move around with your baby without worrying about carrying them in your arms.

Strollers have been around since the early 1700s, making them one of the earliest baby products ever developed. Over the years, they have evolved significantly in terms of both design and functionality, constantly improving to meet the needs of parents and caregivers.

Most stroller designs have a 4-wheel stroller that distributes the weight equally and helps keep the stroller stable. However, 4-wheel designs may not be as sturdy and maneuverable in sharp corners as the 3-wheel strollers. Read details of 3 vs 4-wheel strollers.

Stroller Types to Choose From:

Now that we’ve understood how strollers have evolved, let’s look at the different types of strollers available in 2024:

  1. Standard Strollers
  2. Jogging Strollers
  3. Lightweight/Umbrella Strollers
  4. Travel Systems
  5. Luxury Strollers
  6. All-terrain strollers

Standard strollers/Full-size:

These are standard strollers that often come with lots of features such as a large storage basket, cup holders, and adjustable seats, among others. They are designed to provide maximum comfort and durability. They are generally heavier and bulkier, making them suitable for long walks on smooth terrain.

They have an average weight of 25 to 35 pounds and are well-padded and often recline for napping babies. Canopies are usually large to provide shade on sunny days. These strollers typically have storage baskets underneath to store diaper bags, purses, and other items.

  • The number of wheels: 4
  • Weight: 25-35 pounds (on average)
  • Recommended use: Everyday activities
  • Width – 28.5 to 34 inches
  • Length – 38 to 43 inches
  • Height – 41 to 48 inches
  • Weight – 25 to 35 pounds

The folded dimensions range from 27 to 37 inches in length, 25 to 30 inches in width, and 12 to 22 inches in height. You should take note of the folded dimensions as this is essentially how much space the stroller will occupy in your trunk or storage area.

Advantages:

  1. They are durable and can last for years with proper maintenance.
  2. It is easier to push on flat surfaces as the bigger wheels provide more stability and a smoother ride.
  3. The seat is roomy and comfortable for your child, and it often reclines for napping babies.
  4. There is usually a large storage basket underneath to store all your belongings.
  5. Standard strollers are generally less expensive than the other types of strollers.

Disadvantages:

  1. They are difficult to maneuver in tight spaces due to the bigger wheels.
  2. They are heavy and bulky, making them difficult to carry around.
  3. Not ideal for traveling as they can be quite difficult to fit in the car trunk or overhead compartment on a plane.

Jogging/Running strollers:

The second type of stroller to consider if you have an active lifestyle is a jogging stroller. They are built with larger, air-filled tires and shock absorbers to provide the smoothest ride possible for your baby while you jog or run.

They have a lightweight frame compared to full-sized strollers and are compact for easy traveling. Most jogging strollers like-style come with a fixed front wheel that helps maintain stability during runs but also makes it harder to maneuver in tight spaces.

However, some jogging strollers now have a lockable front wheel that can be unlocked for regular use. They also often come with hand brakes and safety straps to keep your baby secure while you exercise.

Pros:

  • Ideal for active parents who want to take their baby on runs or hikes.
  • Its lightweight and compact design makes them easy to transport and store.
  • Offers a smoother ride with larger tires and shock absorbers.

Cons:

  • May not be suitable for everyday use as they are designed primarily for jogging purposes.
  • The fixed front wheel can make it more challenging to navigate in small spaces.
  • May have fewer features and accessories compared to full-sized strollers.

Lightweight Umbrella Strollers:

If you’re looking for a stroller that offers easy folding, is travel-friendly, and fits your budget, a lightweight umbrella stroller is a great choice. Unlike full-size strollers that are compatible with car seats or bassinet, umbrella strollers are more basic and don’t offer as many features.

Umbrella strollers typically come with two separate handles, which can make them more challenging to push and nearly impossible to steer with just one hand. This is one reason to avoid umbrella models in place of full-size strollers which, in contrast, feature a single handlebar, enabling easier maneuverability in crowded areas while maintaining stability.

While both Umbrella strollers and jogging strollers are lightweight compared to full-size models, umbrella stroller models mostly have 4-wheel design and super compact fold compared to jogging 3-wheel stroller models.

A type of lightweight umbrella stroller by Summer Infant Called Summer Infant, 3D Mini Convenience Stroller – Lightweight Stroller with Compact Fold
Summer Infant, 3D Mini Convenience Stroller – Lightweight Stroller with Compact Fold

They also have limited recline options and may not be suitable for infants under six months, as they cannot typically fully recline. However, they are a great option for toddlers who can sit up and hold their heads steady on their own.

See the image below to get an idea of how small an umbrella stroller when folded;

Image showing how an umbrella stroller can get to small compact size when folded.
Summer Infant Compact Fold

Umbrella strollers are very ideal if you are looking for a backup stroller, one for traveling, or use it occasionally. They are perfect for quick trips to the grocery store or mall, where navigating through tight spaces is essential.

Pros:

  • Ideal for travel and on-the-go parents due to their compact size and lightweight design.
  • Easy to fold and store in tight spaces like car trunks or closets.
  • Budget-friendly compared to full-size strollers.
  • Canopy provides adequate sun protection for your little one.

Cons:

  • Not suitable for rough terrain or jogging purposes.
  • Limited features and accessories compared to full-size strollers, such as lack of compatibility with car seats or bassinets.
  • Less stable and challenging to maneuver with two separate handles.

Double Stroller:

Double strollers are designed to accommodate two children at the same time, making them a great choice for parents with twins or children close in age. They come in two main styles: side-by-side and tandem.

Side-by-side double strollers have seats next to each other, while tandem strollers have one seat in front of the other. Both styles have their advantages and disadvantages.

Unlike convertible strollers that convert from single to double, double strollers are designed specifically for two children, making them more durable and sturdy. Compared to full-size strollers, double strollers tend to be larger and heavier, which can pose challenges when maneuvering through tight spaces or using public transportation.

Pros:

  • Ideal for parents with twins or two young children.
  • Double the storage space compared to single strollers.
  • Can accommodate different ages and weights of children.
  • Some models have the flexibility to convert from a double to a single stroller.
  • More stable and easier to maneuver compared to single strollers.

Cons:

  • Bulkier and heavier than single strollers, making them more challenging to transport.
  • May not fit through narrow doorways or aisles in stores.
  • Increased cost compared to single strollers.
  • Limited options for customization or added features.

I would also recommend going for versatile brands that converts from single to double strollers like the Joovy ScooterX², Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller

and Baby Trend Navigator. With a convertible stroller, you just need to purchase a converter kit which goes for less than $200. Make sure the kit is complete with a seat, upper adapters, lower adapters, canopy and sunshade.

These convertibles offer more value for money in the long run as your family grows.

Travel System Strollers:

Another type of stroller to consider is a travel system stroller, which includes a compatible car seat and stroller base. This option provides convenience for parents who frequently use their car and need to transport their baby from the car to the stroller without disturbing them.

Travel system strollers differs from a regular standalone stroller in that the infant car seat easily clicks into the stroller base, allowing for a smooth transition from car to stroller. This eliminates the need to wake a sleeping baby or transfer them between carriers.

There are jogging travel systems or lightweight travel systems available, depending on the intended use. Some models also come with additional features such as adjustable handlebars, all-terrain wheels and storage options.

Pros:

  • Convenient for parents who frequently use their car.
  • Easy to transfer baby from car to stroller without disturbing them.
  • An all-in-one system eliminates the need for separate purchase of a car seat and stroller.
  • Some models come with added features for versatility and customization.

Cons:

  • Heavier and bulkier than traditional strollers.
  • May not fit through narrow doorways or aisles in stores.
  • Limited options for customization compared to standalone strollers.
  • High cost compared to individual car seat and stroller purchases.

High-end/Luxury Stroller:

If budget is not a concern, high-end or luxury strollers offer top-of-the-line features and materials for the ultimate comfort and style. These strollers often come with unique designs, premium fabrics, and advanced suspension systems for a smooth ride.

High-end strollers also tend to have more customizable options such as reversible seats, adjustable handlebars and multiple seating positions. Some models even come with additional accessories like cup holders, snack trays and rain covers.

Pros:

  • High-quality materials for durability and comfort.
  • Advanced features for a smooth ride and customizable options.
  • Unique designs for a stylish look.
  • Additional accessories included.

Cons:

  • Expensive cost may not be feasible for all budgets.
  • May not be practical for everyday use.
  • Heavier and bulkier than traditional strollers.
  • Limited options for compatibility with car seats.

11 Key Factors to Choose the Best Stroller:

#1. Consider the folding mechanism:

You’re going to be doing a lot of folding and unfolding, especially if you’re using public transportation. Choose a stroller with an easy-to-use folding mechanism.

There are different types of folding mechanisms, including a one-hand fold, a two-hand fold or an automatic fold. A one-hand fold is the most convenient because you can do it with one hand while holding your baby in the other.

Some strollers with one-fold include;

Some of the models above promise a 5-second compact fold and are perfect if you want a model that you can easily collapse in a hurry. The only disadvantage of a one-hand folding mechanism is that they tend to be more expensive with UPPAbaby Mini V2 and Babyzen Yoyo2 going for $449. However, one-hand fold systems often have the most compact fold and are usually lightweight and this sort of makes up for the high price tag.

2-hand fold strollers require, you guessed it, two hands to fold. These strollers tend to be larger and usually have more features than one-hand or automatic folding strollers. Most strollers are 2-hand fold and if they don’t indicate that a model is a 1-hand fold, then it must be a 2-hand fold. With a two-hand fold, you can’t fold your buggy with one hand, and may not be ideal if your other hand is often engaged such as holding your baby.

Automatic folding strollers are the most expensive but also the most convenient.

They have a button that you can push to automatically fold the stroller. There are not a lot of auto-fold strollers and Larktale Autofold is among the few available. Below is an image showing Larktale’s auto-fold mechanism;

Larktale’s mechanism does not use springs or motors and activates with a flick of the wrist. On its website, they say that its auto-fold model requires you to simply press the fold triggers. It uses kinetic energy and with some help to flip the handlebar, this model will fold into a compact, easy-to-carry standing package.

Aside from watching out for the ideal folding system, you also need to look out for how you activate the fold with your stroller. Some models will require you to press a trigger, while others need you to lift a latch. There are also some that come with an automatic fold lock mechanism. If your stroller has this, it means that the stroller will remain in its folded position until you release the lock. Quick-fold straps are also a nice feature to have as they make it easier and quicker to fold the stroller. I personally think trigger-activated models are the best as they’re easier to use.

Models that require you to lift a latch can be a bit more difficult, especially if you’re trying to do it with one hand. If your stroller has this type of fold, make sure that the latch is easy to reach and doesn’t require too much effort to disengage.

#2. Go for those with ideal storage space for you and your baby:

You’re going to need a place to store all of your baby’s gear — diapers, wipes, bottles, clothes, blankets, etc. Most strollers come with a storage basket located underneath the seat. The size of the storage basket varies from model to model, so if you need a lot of space, make sure to choose a stroller with a large storage basket. Some strollers even have additional pockets or compartments where you can store your keys, phone, or wallet.

If you’ll be using your stroller for running or jogging, you may want to invest in a model that has a weatherproof storage compartment where you can store your phone and other valuables. The last thing you want is for your phone to get soaked in the rain or covered in sweat.

One final thing to keep in mind is that not all storage baskets are easily accessible. Some require you to lift up the seat cushion in order to get to the basket, while others have a flap that covers the basket. If you think you’ll be using the storage basket often, make sure to choose a model with an easily accessible basket.

#3. Consider your Lifestyle:

Are you an active person? Do you like to go running or hiking? If so, you’ll need to make sure that your stroller can handle rough terrain. Some strollers are designed for use on smooth, flat surfaces only, while others can handle a variety of different terrains.

If you live in the city and do most of your walking on sidewalks and city streets, you’ll probably be fine with a standard stroller. However, if you live in the suburbs or rural areas where there are more dirt roads and uneven terrain, you’ll need to make sure that your stroller can handle it such as an all-terrain models.

Some strollers even come with adjustable suspension systems that allow you to adjust the level of shocks and bumps that your child feels. If you’ll be using your stroller on rough terrain, make sure to choose a model with an adjustable suspension system.

There are also some lifestyle-specific strollers such as double strollers (for twins or siblings close in age), jogging strollers, and travel systems (stroller + car seat). If you have specific needs, make sure to choose a stroller that meets those needs.

#4. Stick to your budget:

Of course, price is always a consideration when purchasing any product. Baby strollers range in price from around $50 to $1000+. The type of stroller you choose will largely determine the price. For example, a basic umbrella stroller is going to be much cheaper than a high-end jogger stroller.

It’s important to find a balance between price and quality. You don’t want to spend too much on a stroller only to have it break after a few months of use. However, you also don’t want to spend too little and end up with a flimsy, poorly-made stroller.

To get the most bang for your buck, I recommend checking out online retailers such as Amazon or Walmart. You can usually find good-quality strollers at a fraction of the cost of department stores. Just make sure to read the reviews before purchasing!

#5. Consider your Baby’srequirement:

You’ll need to consider the baby’s needs when choosing a stroller. For example, if your baby is very small (under six months old), you’ll need to make sure that the stroller has a reclining seat so that they can lie down flat. You’ll also want to make sure that the stroller has a sun canopy to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays.

If your baby is older (over six months old), you’ll need to make sure that the stroller has a seat that they can sit up in. You’ll also want to make sure that the stroller has a good suspension system so that they don’t get jostled around too much.

#6. Weight and Ease of lift and carry:

Another important consideration is the ease of lift and carry as well as the weight. If you’ll be lifting your stroller in and out of the car often, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not too heavy or cumbersome. Some strollers come with built-in carrying handles which make them much easier to lift and carry.

If you think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

Some lightweight models weigh less than 10 pounds, making them extremely easy to carry. However, these models usually don’t have all the bells and whistles that the heavier models do such as a sun canopy or cup holder.

If you live in a hilly area or think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

#7. Size of stroller vs size of your car’s trunk:

Finally, you’ll need to consider the size of the stroller. If you have a small car, you’ll want to make sure that the stroller folds up small enough to fit in your trunk. Some strollers even come with compact folding mechanisms that make them super easy to fold up and store away.

If you have a larger car or SUV, size may not be as big of a consideration. However, you’ll still want to make sure that the stroller you choose is easy to fold up and store away. No one wants a bulky stroller taking up valuable space in their trunk!

#8. Consider Weight and Ease of lift and carry:

Another important consideration is the ease of lift and carry as well as the weight. If you’ll be lifting your stroller in and out of the car often, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not too heavy or cumbersome. Some strollers come with built-in carrying handles which make them much easier to lift and carry.

If you think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

Some lightweight models weigh less than 10 pounds, making them extremely easy to carry. However, these models usually don’t have all the bells and whistles that the heavier models do such as a sun canopy or cup holder.

If you live in a hilly area or think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

#9. Check the Size of the stroller vs the size of your car’s trunk:

Finally, you’ll need to consider the size of the stroller. If you have a small car, you’ll want to make sure that the stroller folds up small enough to fit in your trunk. Some strollers even come with compact folding mechanisms that make them super easy to fold up and store away.

If you have a larger car or SUV, size may not be as big of a consideration. However, you’ll still want to make sure that the stroller you choose is easy to fold up and store away. No one wants a bulky stroller taking up valuable space in their trunk!

#10. Don’t compromise on Safety:

Of course, safety is always the number one priority when choosing a stroller. You’ll want to make sure that the stroller has a five-point harness system to keep your little one secure. You’ll also want to look for a stroller with large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with reflective fabric to help keep you visible at night.

#11. Don’t compare or get influenced by others:

Is there a universal best stroller on the market? The truth is, there is no one “best” stroller. It all depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Don’t get too caught up in what other people are using. Just because your neighbor has a $500 stroller doesn’t mean that it’s the right choice for you. Likewise the best stroller for you and your family? The answer is: it depends! Consider your needs and preferences when choosing a stroller and don’t be afraid to ask for advice from friends or family. With a little bit of research, you’re sure to find the perfect stroller for your family.

More Considerations:

It is very crucial that you understand the different stroller’s components so you can be in a position to evaluate differences and differentiate various designs and make them in order to suit your needs. Below are all the parts and a detailed description of their role.

One study found 54% of stroller parts to be composed of metal, 33% to be made of plastic and only 13% made of cloth/fabric.

Frame:

This is the main structure of the stroller that everything else is attached to. The frame can be made from different materials including aluminum, steel, magnesium, and even plastic. Most of the time you will see a combination of different materials being used on a single stroller model. If the frame gets damaged, in most cases, it is not repairable and you will have to replace the whole stroller.

Most stroller companies sell replacement frames for their stroller brands with UPPAbaby’s replacement frame going for about $180. Considering that some cheap models cost around $180 price, you would have to decide if it is worth replacing just the frame or getting a new stroller all together.

Some of the things you want to consider when looking at the frame include:

– The material used in construction and its durability especially when folding and unfolding the stroller.

– The weight of the frame as this will impact how portable the stroller is.

– The width of the frame as this will determine how narrow or wide the stroller can be when folded and also the space it will take in your trunk or storage.

– The height of the frame from the ground as impacts how easy it will be for you to push especially over different terrains.

– The suspension system on the stroller. This is mainly on off-road strollers and includes shock absorbers to make the ride smoother for both the baby and you.

When you purchase a premium $1000+ Stroller brand such as UPPAbaby or Bugaboo, please remember to register the warranty immediately after unpacking the product. Some companies do not honor warranties registered late and their customer service can be very unhelpful.

Frame dimensions:

The dimension may vary slightly depending on the type of stroller but generally, these are some common stroller frame dimensions:

– Length: 38.19” / 97 cm

– Width (unfolded): 25.98” / 66 cm

– Width (folded): 12.99” / 33 cm

– Height: 39.37” / 100 cm

Stroller frame compatibility:

Some brands such as Baby Jogger, Britax, and Peg Perego produce car seat adapters that are compatible with their stroller frames. These allow you to attach an infant car seat directly to the stroller frame making it a travel system. This is useful if you don’t want to disturb a sleeping baby when transferring from the car seat to the stroller. While some brands have many long lists of ‘compatible’ frames, take your time to read the reviews. Compatibility is not always as straight forward as the car seat or stroller company makes it sound.

Go for a versatile brand that can grow with your baby from infancy to toddler-hood such as UPPAbaby, Babyzen, Nuna, or Bugaboo. These companies sell various conversion kits that allow you to use the same stroller frame and convert it into a double stroller or add a bassinet. This is very useful as it saves you money in the long term.

Some companies such as Britax and Joovy produce frame strollers that are compatible with different car seats on the market allowing you to create your own travel system. These are very versatile but generally, more expensive than getting a specific travel system from one company.

Go for versatile brands that allow you to use different seats, bassinets, and car seat adapters on their stroller frames.

It is important to differentiate and to highlight what frame strollers are. Frame strollers are simply the stroller frame with no seat or canopy attached to it. It is common for some companies such as Baby Jogger and Bob to sell double stroller kits that you can use to turn your single stroller into a double. The kit includes the second seat, sun canopy, and adapter bars to attach the second seat. This is much cheaper than buying a complete double stroller.

Y-shaped vs L-shaped stroller frames:

Most double stroller frames on the market are either Y-shaped or L-shaped. The main difference between the two is how they fold. Y-shaped strollers generally fold in half like a book while L-shaped strollers usually have one side that folds down similar to a single stroller.

L-shaped frames are generally longer and take up more space when folded compared to a Y-shaped frame. The main advantage of an L-shaped frame is that it can accommodate two full-size seats or bassinets. This is not possible with a Y-shaped frame as the seats are usually smaller.

Below is an Annex Baby brand stroller with an L-shaped frame;

ANEX® – Strollers, child safety seats and accessories.

Below is a Baby Jogger City Mini2 with a Y-shaped frame:Baby Jogger city mini® 2 travel system | Baby Jogger

Y-shaped frames are shorter and easier to maneuver compared to an L-shaped frame. They are also easier to fold and take up less space when folded. The main advantage of a Y-shaped frame is that it can accommodate two infant car seats making it a great travel system for twins. This is not possible with an L-shaped frame as the seats are usually too wide.

Triangular frame:

Some companies such as Magic Zc produce stroller frames that have a triangular shape. These frames are shorter and lighter than Y-shaped or L-shaped frames making them easier to maneuver. They are also easier to fold and take up less space when folded. The main advantage of a triangular frame is that it can accommodate two infant car seats making it a great travel system for twins.

image showing a stroller with Triangular frame:
Image showing a stroller with Triangular frame:

Rotating frame:

Some companies such as Hot Mom Store produce rotating stroller frames that allow you to rotate the seats from front to back. This is useful if you want your baby to face you when they are younger and facing forward when they are older. The main advantage of a rotating frame is that it can be used as a travel system for twins.

The main advantage of a rotating frame is that it is easier to maneuver than a fixed frame.

Wheels:

The majority of strollers have three or four wheels, with two wheels at the back in any quantity of wheels. To really evaluate the wheels of a stroller, it is important to understand;

  • the different types of terrain the stroller will be used on,
  • how often the stroller will be used on those terrains,
  • and how easy it is to push the stroller.

To make an objective analysis of the options at hand, below are some criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of stroller wheels;

  1. Size of the wheels: The larger the wheels, the easier it is to push the stroller over different terrains. It is preferable to have the larger wheels at the rear as they provide more stability.
  2. Type of wheels: There are three main types of stroller wheels – air-filled (pneumatic), solid rubber, and foam-filled. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a purchase.
  3. The number of wheels: More wheels provide more stability and are easier to push than three-wheeled strollers. 3-wheels are also more maneuverable than a 4-wheel model and you’ll have to weigh your preference for stability or maneuverability over the other.
  4. The suspension system of the stroller: A good suspension system will make the ride smoother for both the baby and you. It will also make it easier to push the stroller over different terrains.
  5. Swivel or fixed front wheels: A stroller with fixed front wheels is easier to push over smooth surfaces but can be difficult to maneuver around tight corners. A stroller with swivel front wheels is more maneuverable but can be difficult to push in a straight line over rough terrain.

Size of the wheels:

The rear wheels are generally larger than the back wheels and can be either swiveled or fixed. The reason why the front wheels must be smaller is that bigger front wheels will deliver a very bumpy ride to the baby when it gets to a rough terrain where big wheels cannot soak up the bumps very well.

The big rear wheels are good for stability but make the stroller less maneuverable. Smaller wheels, on the other hand, are good for maneuverability but can make the ride bumpier and the stroller less stable. Just keep in mind that, if you pick a stroller with small or huge rear or front wheels, you’ll be giving up some characteristics. When you pick small rear and big front, you’ve given up the stability for a more maneuverable stroller. The big rear and small front combination will make the ride smoother but it will be harder to push and turn.

Swivel or fixed front wheels:

If you are going to be using the stroller mainly on smooth surfaces, then you will want to choose a stroller with swivel front wheels. Swivel front wheels make it easier to maneuver the stroller as they can rotate 360 degrees.

However, if you are going to be using the stroller on rough terrain or offroad, then you will want to choose a stroller with fixed front wheels. Fixed front wheels provide more stability on uneven surfaces and make it easier to push the stroller on rough terrain.

You can have the front wheels to be either fixed or swiveled and can switch to the mode you want when suitable.

The number of wheels:

High number of wheels does not necessarily mean that the stroller will be better. In fact, most of the time, it is the opposite. A stroller with four wheels is more difficult to maneuver and push than a stroller with 3 wheels.

Why is that?

A 3-wheel stroller will have two wheels in the back and one wheel in the front. This design makes the stroller more maneuverable because of the way the weight is distributed.

The three-wheel design also makes it easier to push on rough terrain as the two wheels in the back can help soak up some of the bumps.

4 four-wheel stroller, on the other hand, will have two wheels in the front and two wheels in the back. This design makes the stroller less maneuverable because of the way the weight is distributed. The four-wheel design also makes it more difficult to push on rough terrain as all four wheels will have to deal with the bumps.

Tires:

There are three types of stroller tires – air-filled (pneumatic), solid rubber, and foam-filled. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a purchase.

Air-filled (pneumatic) tires:

Air-filled (pneumatic) tires are the best type of wheels for a stroller. They provide a smooth ride and are good for all types of terrain. However, they are also the most expensive type of wheels, their need to be inflated, and the risk that it can puncture easily. The valving system of the tire can be damaged by some air pumping stations- specifically at the gas stations. This can result in leaks.

Air-filled tires are still, however, the favorite among many parents because of their many benefits. They provide a much smoother ride than any other type of tire, making it better for both the baby and the parent who is pushing the stroller. They are also good for all types of terrain, whether it be smooth or rough.

Solid rubber tires:

Solid rubber tires are the second best type of tires for a stroller. They provide a smooth ride and are good for all types of terrain. However, they are not as good as air-filled tires in terms of providing a smooth ride and they are also not as good in terms of being able to handle rough terrain.

Foam-filled tires:

Foam-filled tires are the least expensive and least durable type of tires is the foam-filled wheel. It is made of a hard plastic with a foam filling inside. These types of wheels are not as good as the other two types in terms of providing a smooth ride or being able to handle rough terrain. However, they are much better than no wheels at all.

Suspension system:

The work of the suspension system in line is to make the baby feel more comfortable by absorbing some of the bumps. A good suspension system will make the ride smoother and more comfortable for the baby. It is especially important if you are going to be using the stroller on rough terrain.

There are two types of suspension systems: independent and fixed.

An independent suspension system or All-wheel suspension system:

In an independent suspension, each wheel can move independently, so a bump on one side of the vehicle has no effect on the tires on the other side. This improves ride comfort and tire contact with the road for the remaining tires.

If you choose an independent system, each wheel will have its own suspension. This is the best type of system as it will provide a smoother ride, especially when on rough roads/offroads. However, it is also the most expensive option.

Below is an image of a $1200 brand by Orbit Baby USA with an independent suspension system;

A fixed wheel suspension system:

The fixed suspension system has the suspension attached to the frame of the stroller. Fixed is the most common type of suspension system as it is less expensive than the independent system.

However, it is not as good as the independent system in terms of providing a smooth ride in uneven surfaces.

Canopy:

The canopy is the detachable sunshade that is attached to the frame on most strollers. The great thing about a canopy is that it provides shade for your baby/

When choosing a canopy, you will want to make sure that it is large enough to provide adequate shade for your baby. You will also want to make sure that the canopy is made from breathable material so that your baby does not get too hot when sitting under it. are two types of canopies: extendable and non-extendable.

Extendable canopies:

As the name suggests, an extendable canopy can be extended to provide more shade for your baby. This is a great feature to have as it will allow you to adjust the amount of shade that your baby is getting are two types of extendable canopies:

– Pop-out canopy: A pop-out canopy is a canopy that can be extended by popping out the sides of the canopy.

– Zip-up canopy: A zip-up canopy is a canopy that can be extended by zipping up the sides of the canopy.

are two types of canopies: extendable and non-extendable.

Non-extendable canopies:

A non-extendable canopy is a canopy that cannot be extended. This type of canopy is not as popular as the extendable canopy as it does not provide as much shade for your baby.

Base:

When choosing a stroller, you will want to make sure that it has a large base. A large base provides more stability for the stroller and makes it easier to push on rough terrain.

Bars:

There are different bars on a stroller including handlebars, bumper bars, and even trays. The suspension system is what makes the stroller ride smoothly by absorbing handlebars.

Handlebars are the bars that you hold on to when pushing the stroller. Most strollers will have foam-covered handlebars so that they are comfortable to grip.

Some strollers even have adjustable handlebars

Bumper bars are the bars that are located on the side of the stroller. They are there for you to grip onto when pushing the stroller and for your baby to hold onto when riding in the stroller.

Most bumper bars will have a foam cover so that they are comfortable for your baby to grip onto.

Trays are the bars that are located on the side of the stroller. They are there for you to grip onto when pushing the stroller and for your baby to hold onto when riding in the stroller.

Most trays will have a foam cover so that they are comfortable for your baby to grip onto.

The great thing about a tray is that it provides a place for your baby to put their snacks and toys.

Some trays even have cup holders so that you can put your drink on the tray while you are pushing the stroller.

Seat:

The seat is where your baby will be sitting when they are in the stroller.

When choosing a seat, you will want to make sure that it is comfortable and spacious enough for your baby. You will also want to make sure that the seat is reclinable so that your baby can take a nap in the stroller if they need to.

Most seats will have a five-point harness,

Harness:

The harness is what keeps your baby secure in the seat of the stroller.

There are different types of harnesses including:

– Five-point harness: This is the most common type of harness and it has five straps that go over your baby’s shoulders, hips, and crotch.

– Three-point harness: This type of harness has three straps that go over your baby’s shoulders and hips.

– Waist strap harness: This type of harness has a waist strap that goes around your baby’s waist and two shoulder straps that go over your baby’s shoulders.

The nice thing about a five-point harness is that it provides maximum protection your infant in the seat compared to a 3-point harness.

Where to buy strollers:

You can buy strollers at many different places including baby stores, department stores, and even online.

Some common online options are;

  1. Amazon: from Amazon, you will have a wide variety of strollers to choose from. You can also read reviews from other parents to help you make your decision.
  2. Buy Buy Baby: Buy Buy Baby is another great option for buying strollers. They offer a wide variety of strollers and you can often find good deals on their website.
  3. Walmart
  4. Strolleria
  5. Pishposhbaby.com – Mostly for luxury brands
  6. Bed Bath and Beyond – General

When buying a stroller, you will want to make sure that you are getting a good deal by comparing prices at different stores. You may even want to wait for a sale so that you can get a great deal on a stroller.

No matter where you buy your stroller, you will want to make sure that you are getting a good quality stroller. You can do this by reading reviews of the different strollers before you buy them.

You can also talk to other parents who have purchased strollers and get their opinion on which ones they like the best.

Some places offer discounts or coupons if you purchase a stroller from them.

You can often find coupons in baby magazines or on websites like RetailMeNot.com

You can also sign up for email lists from different stores so that you can be notified of any sales or discounts that they are offering.

Strollers to avoid:

There are some strollers that you will want to avoid because they are of poor quality or because they have been recalled.

Some examples of these strollers are:

These are just a few examples of strollers that you may want to avoid.

You can find a list of recalled strollers on the website for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you are unsure about a stroller, you can always contact the manufacturer to ask questions about it.

Bad strollers to avoid have these features;

  1. Flimsy frame
  2. Hard to steer
  3. Heavy/bulky
  4. Cheap materials
  5. Poorly designed
  6. No safety features
  7. Uncomfortable for baby or parent

Stroller safety tips:

  • – Always read the stroller’s instruction manual before using it.
  • – Make sure that the stroller is properly assembled before using it.
  • – Never leave your child unattended in a stroller.
  • – Do not allow your child to stand up in the stroller