Baby Stroller Buying Guide
Baby Stroller Types
Other than the family car, the first vehicle that your child will spend any time in is his or her baby stroller. This makes your baby’s stroller a very important item and as time passes and your child grows, you may find that you need more than just one.
Safety and your baby’s comfort are the two most important things to consider when choosing a baby stroller. However, you need to keep yourself in mind also. After all, you are the one who will be lifting, carrying and pushing the stroller. So, look for the type of stroller that will make your life easier.
This type of baby stroller is available in different styles, colors and designs. They usually have padded seats for comfort that also recline. Most of these strollers come with under seat storage and many have a sun shade. Seating can vary from forward facing to rear facing, and some can have the option to do both. Prices for these type strollers can range from a very affordable $50.00 all the way up to over $1000.00 for high-end models with plenty of features.
Car Seat Strollers
Somewhat similar to the Standard Strollers, these models consist of a lightweight “bare bones” frame that allow you to attach a car seat. Simply remove your car seat (with the baby in it) from the base inside your car and just snap it onto the stroller frame. This is a good option for parents that know they will be taking their baby in or out the car often. They fold up easily and need very little space, but are only practical for infants up to six months or a year. After that your baby will be too big to use one these strollers safely.
Baby Stroller Combos
Travel System Strollers
These are package deals that usually consist of a heavier and larger standard stroller and matching car seat and base. They cost more than a car seat carrier, but the quality is better and they can be used for a longer time. This is possible because you do not need to attach the car seat into the stroller.
Very similar to travel system strollers, these stroller packages resemble “bassinets with wheels”. Similar in style to the classic English pram, the bassinet feature allows you to have your baby lay flat. There are many variations with combo strollers. Some come with removable seats to accommodate the bassinet feature and some can also accept a car seat. Quite often though, you need to purchase the car seat, base and/or adapter separately. Although it can be used longer and in more ways, a combination set up is more costly
Lightweight Baby Stroller
More suited for older babies and toddlers because of the lack of head support and the ability to recline fully, the lightweight umbrella stroller is a no-frills simple Travel stroller. They weigh between 10 and 12 lbs., fold easily and take up very little space folded. They are less expensive than other models and often used as a back up baby stroller for traveling.
The Classic Baby Stroller
This type of baby Travel stroller is reminiscent of the traditional English pram. They offer a flat and ample sleeping surface for your baby. The classic styled baby carriage or pram often have large spoke wheels with inflatable tires that can actually be removed for servicing, These carriages are well suited for all babies from birth to three years old.