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Buying strollers and prams are like buying a car. It’s a huge investment of money and time and might sometimes seem to be more of a hassle than it’s worth. A part of that time investment includes doing your entire research, observing your options, and even taking them for a test drive if you can.
Questions to Ask When buying Strollers and Prams
Before you even start online or window shopping, ask yourself the subsequent logical questions:
- Who would use the stroller?
- Where will we be using the stroller most?
- What sort of weather am I going to use it in?
- What type of space for storing can we have for a stroller (in the house and car)?
- How much weight am I able to handle?
- Do we want one that you simply can fold up with one hand?
- Do we want all those extra features, i.e., a place for drinks, storage basket, peekaboo window within the canopy, adjustable handlebar?
- How long will we be using the strollers and prams?
- What’s our budget?
Keep these questions in mind so that you select the stroller that provides the features you are searching for and meets your parenting lifestyle.
Types of Strollers and Prams
Which stroller to shop for the baby depends on the number of kids you have got (or are having), what features you deem to be necessary, your parenting lifestyle, and, of course, your baby budget. The six basic types of strollers are given below along with the good and bad information of each:
Standard strollers are also known as Full-sized strollers. They are larger and more durable strollers. They are bulkier and hard to move. This stroller type always constitutes a padded seat that reclines. They also consist of a space for storing under the stroller and even a sunshade. Some let kids face forward, and the others toward the stroller pusher. A few of them allow you to switch between both. Most traditional models include all the nifty features parents want and can grow along with your baby through their toddler years.
These strollers are also known as Umbrella Strollers. By seeing their name, we get to know that lightweight strollers are designed in such a manner that it is portable. Weighing around 15 pounds or less, they’re easy to hold, push and fold. Their only flaw is that they do not have all the bells and whistles that you will be needing. They are not consisting of enough padding. While some have seat adapters, most are made for small kids, 6 months and older.
Made with sturdy tires (two within the back and one upfront) and a lightweight frame, jogging strollers are great for active parents and supply a smooth ride for all parties. They need good storage, reclining seats, and most are compatible with car seats. But they are also bulky so that they do not move through stores or apartment buildings well and aren’t the foremost compact when folded up.
Car Seat Carriers:
These have a basic frame to hold your infant’s seat, and typically the seat of your choosing. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and convenient.
If you are having twins, and you simply want one stroller, this is often your only option. You will either get a tandem stroller, which has one seat ahead of another one, or a side-by-side stroller. The primary can lack legroom for the rear sitter, but the side is harder to break through doors and anywhere around crowds.
This feature comes as a typical or jogging stroller and allows you to hold an infant seat. You may either get a combination of a seat and stroller or find one with an adapter. Travel systems are usually bigger and heavier. But you will also find some lighter-weight ones. And sometimes you will also economize after buying the combination of a seat and stroller.