Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Picking the Perfect Stroller

All moms know that choosing the right stroller is essential for transporting baby with ease. The perfect stroller will make a mom’s job easy, while the wrong stroller will only cause frustration and inconvenience. We’ve all seen those moms in the parking lot, kicking and practically beating their stroller to the ground to get the stroller to fold the right way. Here are a few tips on picking the best stroller for you, so that you do not become that mom.

Safety First: Above anything else, a safe baby stroller is a must. Don’t be afraid to take strollers out for a test drive in the store. Are the harnesses supportive and comfortable? Are the harnesses right for your baby – i.e. will your baby start to slip if the ride gets too bumpy? Also, check to see if the structure of the stroller is strong and supportive. Is the stroller easy to tip over? Can the stroller remain standing when you hang your purse and diaper bag on it? Let’s be real here – your bags are heavy, and after a few minutes of lugging around baby, your overstuffed purse, and that diaper bag that has a funky smell coming from it, you are going to want to throw your bags in the stroller or on the stroller’s handles. Therefore, it is very important to find the stroller that can carry extra weight.
Finally, can you fold up the stroller without losing a finger? Don’t let the store workers tell you that if you pinch your finger, you aren’t folding it up right. You should be able to fold that stroller up quickly, with bags on your shoulder, and baby in one hand with no casualties. 

Convenience: If your stroller is easy to use and transport, you are more likely to use it a lot. There are several lightweight strollers that are still durable. When testing out strollers, find a stroller that is light enough for you to carry, even if you add 20 pounds to the stroller. Moms all over will tell you that there will be times where you have to carry baby and stroller through grass or upstairs.
When testing out strollers, also check to see if the wheels turn easily. Nothing is more annoying than sticky wheels on a stroller. The perfect stroller should be able to glide around corners easily. Keep in mind the size of the stroller, as well. Larger strollers are harder to maneuver in stores.

Comfort: Splurge on a comfortable stroller for baby. Find a stroller with a reclining seat, sun shade, and that is well cushioned. Think of it this way: if you were to be stuck in a chair for majority of the day, what kind of chair would you like. Hopefully you would want a chair that is comfortable and can recline for when you wanted to lie down or sleep. The same principle goes toward buying a stroller for your baby. A comfortable stroller can keep fussiness at a minimum because your baby can fall asleep while you push them.

Lifestyle: If you plan on walking or jogging frequently with baby, buy a jogging stroller. Jogging strollers have more durable tires and are easier to maneuver. Jogging strollers are a great choice for outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping. Some problems about buying a jogging stroller are that the size is a little bit larger than a standard stroller, they do not fold as easily, and they are not recommended for infants who cannot support themselves sitting upright.
Finding the right stroller for you and your infant or toddler is easy, but it may take some time and a lot of testing to find the perfect one. For the best deal, find a stroller that will grow with your baby, so that you will be able to use the stroller for a few years.

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