Strollers for Dummies (or any normal person…)

Strollers, you need this, it’s expensive and it’s a great bigger gift or ideal for friends/family to throw in on. My mom bought me my travel system for my first baby and a double stroller with my second baby and while the double stroller comes in handy at times we totally prefer the travel system, even now that Vienna is one year old.

Strollers should match your lifestyle so do your research. I think safety, compatibility and convenience are what all moms are all looking for but you also need to like it. Here is a little more on that since the stroller world will quickly aggravate you, confuse you and overwhelm you, especially if you are pregnant.

Things to keep in mind while looking for a stroller

  • Strollers that feel heavy will feel even heavier when your baby is crying, its hot outside and you have thrown up on you.
  • Non-jogger strollers are usually not ideal on less maintained roads or sidewalks or outside
  • Make sure you have enough storage space on the bottom or an option to attach something for your personal stuff, phones, drinks, diaper bag, etc.
  • With strollers, unfortunately you usually get what you pay for
  • The look of the stroller doesn’t matter after a few months, don’t look too much into color/style.
  • Read reviews and go to the store (Buy Buy Baby is a great option) and take them for a stroll
  • Look for one that matches your lifestyle

What will you be doing in it? Strollers differ depending on your need for it. Running? Shopping?, Mall? Power walking? Tight spaces?  Small car? Multiple children? Apartment living? Lots of stairs?

STROLLER GLOSSARY

Travel system:

My personal pick for a registry. These are strollers with the attachable car seat, perfect for the first several months to successfully transfer a sleeping baby from the car to the stroller. Buying a system verse separate items is also more affordable.

Umbrella Strollers:

These are lightweight and smaller. They are usually less expensive but unfortunately cant be used with infants. We were gifted a Chicco and love it but I would personally wait until you child is about six months old and ready for one so you know if they prefer leaning back or sitting more upright in order to pick the perfect one for your kid.

3-wheel strollers:

  • Sharper turning radius (great for shopping, theme parks, etc.)
  • Easier to steer, especially with one hand

4-wheel strollers:

  • Stands better while folded
  • Easier to fold

Tire Options:

  1. Rubber, air filled tired
  • Seen on joggers and my current stroller the Bob
  • More suspension
  • Usually a more comfortable and better ride for the baby
  1. Plastic Tires
  • Bumpier ride
  • Wheels crack easily

POPULAR STROLLERS AND MY PERSONAL PICK

  1. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

PROS:

  • Includes bassinet, which I love. I feel like the bassinet option provides the baby more comfort on walks and such, especially in a warmer climate. It is also tested and approved for overnight sleeping (not my jam but if that’s something you are into that’s a huge plus)
  • Rides incredibly smooth
  • Easily folds and stores
  • Often called the Rolls Royce of strollers
  • Great reviews

CONS:

  • Expensive AF, a stroller that costs almost $1,000 should come with all the works, personally speaking
  • No cup holder or handle storage included
  • Expensive accessories
  1. BOB Stroller

My personal pick and the one I current use is a Revolution

PROS

  • Moderately priced
  • Rides smooth
  • Easy to stroll
  • Lots of under stroller storage space
  • Easy to fold
  • Not too heavy
  • Easy clip-in adapters for car seat
  • Easy locking food pedal
  • Adjustable Handle (my husband is tall)

CONS

  • The front locks randomly lock and it drives in nuts
  • The seat doesn’t sit upright enough. We rigged it but wish it would allow the baby to sag less.
  • Some accessories are sold separately and they are expensive
  1. Baby Jogger City Mini

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Reclining Seat
  • Many compatible car seat options
  • Opens and closes with one hand
  • Great with long distance trips (walks, theme parks, etc.)
  • Lightweight
  • Great for public transportation
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Handle Bar storage/cup holder not included
  • Break is not easily accessible
  • Height does not with everyone
  1. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

PROS

  • Lightweight (13 lbs)
  • Very inexpensive
  • Easy to fold
  • Great reviews
  • Plenty of storage

CONS

  • Lots of complaints about seat depth
  • Lacks sun protection

Conclusion

Don’t go with mine or anyone else’s preferences. Unfortunately, this is something I suggest you research so you don’t end up hating it a few weeks in. Test drive them (I know that sounds ridiculous), seriously, Buy Buy Baby has a great area with an expert manning the department to teach you everything you need to know about the stroller world!

Okay, so obviously put a stroller and car seat on your registry or travel system, lets move on. Check out my next post for what else I think you need!

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