Strollers make it easier to leave the house, whether for a quick errand or a long trip. They also provide comfort for your baby, and a sense of relief for you as you get used to being a parent.
Several strollers can be used for more than one child, so you may want to consider what type of stroller you need in the future, such as a single-to-double convertible or tandem stroller, depending on your family size and needs. Getting a stroller that can accommodate multiple kids is important for families who are expecting twins or children with an age gap.
Ease of assembly – Tying into speed
To keep production costs low and assembly workers healthy, stroller manufacturers have made it easy to assemble the parts in a logical order. This is done through standardization of the parts and reduction in the number of different pieces required.
For example, front and back wheels share a common part, but a separate part is needed to link the two front wheels together, which eliminates the need for the worker to use excessive force in putting the wheels into place. In addition, some parts are reusable. This saves the manufacturer money by avoiding the cost of molds and the time it takes to manufacture the parts again.
Key features – When choosing a stroller for an infant, you’ll want to ensure that the seat reclines, has good sun protection, and a storage basket. The basket should be deep, so you can carry large items like diaper bags or a car seat.
Some models have a large awning that extends to protect your little one from the sun’s harmful rays. Others have a simple stretch-knit canopy that can be easily adjusted to meet the baby’s needs, while some offer a UV-protected front visor.
The seat is well-padded and has a five-point safety harness to help keep your baby safe. A front tray, cup holder, and storage basket add convenience.
A rear wheel brake makes it easy to lock and stop the stroller, so you can park it safely. A storage basket under the seat can hold a few items, too, while an undercarriage basket is large and accessible for carrying packages and more.
Toddlers & Older Babies – When looking for a stroller for older babies and toddlers, you’ll want to look for a seat that reclines. It is especially useful if you are traveling or out exploring and your baby or toddler needs to sleep.
It is also worth considering the weight limit of your stroller. Most lightweight strollers can support up to 50 pounds, but some have weight limits of 75 pounds or higher.
You should also check the handlebar angle, as this will determine how comfortable you will be pushing. Handlebars that are too high or too low can create neck and shoulder strain for the pusher.
Luckily, some strollers can be easily adjusted to change the handlebar angle for the best fit for the pusher. This is particularly helpful if you are swapping pusher duties on the go or have a family member who is willing to help out with the stroller.