Stroller shopping: a checklist
I ignored plenty of good advice when I was pregnant with my first child. One tip I ignored at my peril: "Wait till after your baby arrives to buy the stroller." In my haste to get everything ready (and to answer the grandparents' insistent requests for things to buy), we got a stroller and dutifully stowed it away with all the other baby paraphernalia.
The stroller we picked looked perfectly useful in the store, but once filled with an actual baby, barely functioned. We ended up pitching it for a Baby Trend Snap-n-Go (a wheeled frame into which you snap the infant car seat), and then bought another stroller when our son was about six months old and could sit up.
Karen suggests keeping the following details in mind:
When I was pregnant and stroller-shopping, I looked at price, weight, and how easy it was to fold up and unfold. Some other things to look for: Is there a handle or other easy part to grab to pick up the folded stroller? What is up and what is down when it's folded? Mine is good on this count, but there are strollers that, when folded, put the tray on the ground. Yuck!
- Can you steer the stroller with one hand?
- Is the handle height adjustable to accommodate taller parents? Our first stroller killed my husband's back.
- Can an older child get in and out by herself? Some kids reject the stroller soon after they can walk. Others (like my almost four year old) will still happily hitch a ride when tired.
Anything to add?