What kind of stroller do you need?
Need a stroller, but don’t know where to start looking? Here we sift through the countless models, features and options to help you choose the one that suits you and your baby.
If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, chances are you’ve pictured yourself taking your bundle of joy out and about in a pretty and practical stroller. If you’re overwhelmed at the sheer number of strollers out there, never fear -- SheKnows is here to help you decide which one to get.
Like with any big purchase, it’s always a good idea to do a little research to assist you with making a decision. Before you splash some cash on a stroller (or two), there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Do you need to fit your stroller in a small space? Will you use it when exercising? Do you want a grab-and-go, easy to fold up model? How many kids will it need to fit? The answers to these questions will rule out some strollers, and lead you straight to others.
The holy grail of strollers, travel systems combine a car seat with a stroller, so they can take you through your baby’s infancy and up until toddlerhood. As such, they are one of the most practical stroller options for new parents. The car seat also snaps into the stroller, which can make travelling with a sleeping newborn a much easier experience. While travel systems are the bulkiest choice, they offer a very smooth ride and value for money.
Sometimes known as baby carriages, these traditional prams are favoured for their sturdiness and classic style. They are a great choice if you plan on taking leisurely walks through mostly flat, urban areas. Featuring lightweight metal frames and large wheels, prams allow your newborn to lie flat as you stroll. Prams are intended for infants only, so keep in mind that you will need to buy another stroller once your baby can sit up. These super stylish prams are a comfortable ride, but they often come with a hefty price tag.
These durable strollers are perfect for parents who need something to whiz around in once they have a toddler. Best for use on smooth surfaces like shopping centre tiles and footpaths, most traditional strollers are very easy to push and steer. Many also feature reclining seats, so your child will be able to lie down and sit upright. These strollers are light, user-friendly and easy to fold up, but they are off limits in the first few months of your bub’s life.
Lightweight and umbrella strollers
A lightweight stroller is great for travelling or running errands. Since they do not offer a reclining seat and can’t be used in the first year, most parents pick one up as a second stroller later on down the track. Umbrella strollers are another great all-purpose option. These relatively cheap strollers are compact and lightweight and will fit into almost any car boot. Their simple yet sturdy design makes them easy to manoeuver through the busiest shops and narrowest walkways.
Jogging and all-terrain strollers
As the name suggests, jogging strollers are the ultimate choice for serious runners. Thanks to their lightweight frames and air-filled tyres, these strollers can provide your child with a reasonably smooth ride regardless of the surface you’re running on. While jogging strollers can be used in much the same way as a traditional stroller, they are often bought as a second option. All-terrain strollers are similar to jogging ones in features and purpose, but their 3-wheelled designs makes them even easier to steer. They are an ideal choice for parents who want a stroller that works just as well outdoors as it does indoors.
If you’ve just had twins or you have a toddler in tow, double strollers are a fantastic option. Holding two infants or toddlers comfortably, these strollers make life easier for the parent who needs to take both children out at the same time. You don’t have to sacrifice your tastes, though: Double strollers come in traditional, lightweight and jogging styles.