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There are loads of baby strollers for every lifestyle, so choosing the one that works best for your family, and your child, can get confusing. Today, I’m going to share with you the different types of strollers available to you, and the ways in which each type works best. But, be sure to read till the end, where I announce the giveaway!
A Note About Safety
When choosing your stroller, the number one concern is likely safety, right? My absolute favorite place to go to find safety reviews is consumer reports. They share the best (and worst) rated items out there, as well as user reviews, and if you have a membership, you can even get the specs of whatever it is you’re looking up! It was how I made almost ALL of my choices when it came to buying products for my children.
Types of Strollers and Their Uses
Perhaps the most commonly purchased stroller out there is the single stroller. These come in a variety of options, from lightweight / umbrella, to modular (can change positions as your child grows), to the traditional.
1. Lightweight / Umbrella Strollers
When it comes to choosing a single stroller you need to take your personal needs into consideration. Are you looking for a stroller that is easy to travel with? If so, then you’d want to go with a lightweight, umbrella option. They’re typically compact and can be stored with more ease.
2. Modular Strollers
If you’re hoping to just buy one stroller for your child, then you would definitely want to choose a modular one. As mentioned above, these stroller can shift positions as your child grows, removing the need to purchase different strollers as your child ages.
3. Traditional Strollers
And, if you want a strong and sturdy stroller, going the traditional route is probably best, they have great maneuverability and allow a variety of ages to ride in them.
4. Transformable Car Seat Stroller
Many strollers are not suitable for babies under 6 months of age. If you’re looking for an option that does allow for a younger baby to use, consider a transformable car seat stroller. These allow you to use your infant’s car seat and just pop it right onto the carrier. This way your little is still snug as bug in their car seat, you don’t even have to wake them up, when you transfer them. Plus, this is obviously very safe as car seats have to meet very high safety specifications.
Double and Specialty Strollers
If single strollers aren’t what you need, then you may be looking for a double or specialty stroller. These can include double or jogging strollers.
5. Double Side-by-Side Strollers
These are great because they maneuver similarly to how a traditional stroller works. They’re not any more difficult to move, so long as the children riding in them are about the same height and weight. However, they can be wide and might be tough to use on a busy city street, if this is the case for you, consider the next option.
6. Double / Tandem Strollers
These strollers have each of the seats one behind the other. This makes it about the same width as a traditional stroller which makes using it on busy sidewalks or in stores easier. The downfall of this option is that it can be difficult to steer and lift up over curbs, as the stroller is now twice as long.
7. Jogging Stroller
Finally, we have the jogging stroller. Jogging strollers can be a bit pricey, but if you are an avid walker or runner, having one of these is a must! You definitely want to do your research before settling on a specific jogging stroller because their are loads of choices available. The most important thing to have, is a hand brake and a tethered strap, in case you need to stop quick or trip and fall.
Want even more info? Check-out this video on picking a baby stroller.
Now, onto the BEST part! As I’ve mentioned, there are lots of stroller options out there, and diapers.com has a HUGE variety to choose from. I have a $50 gift card to their site, and am offering it to my readers! All you need to do is leave a commenting answering the following question: Which stroller do you believe will fit your family’s lifestyle the best? Winner will be chosen at random on 3/23/17.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you make a list of what you will be using your stroller for, it will become clear what you do and don’t need in each one. One thing to remember, do not just rush in and buy anything– If you do this you may end up buying something you don’t like, or never use, which just ends up being a waste of money. Trust me, do your research!