There is no denying the fact that a stroller is by far one of the wisest investments you will make for your child. Especially, if your child starts walking late (like mine) or loves the outdoors (like mine). But as a new parent, no one tells you that the hardest choices don’t end at picking the babys name. When you set out to look for a stroller, there are over 200 options available.
Of course, you could go to the nearest mall or baby store and pick one out of the 5 display pieces or, if you’re smarter, you’ll go online and find that there are far more options. In this case, perhaps far too many. And thus, it would help if you knew how strollers can serve different purposes and what kind would make most sense for you based on your lifestyle.
When your child is still a baby, you cannot sit them up in a stroller. For babies younger than 6 months, they make what is called a bassinet attachment. Often the bassinet is an additional attachment to a regular toddler stroller so you don’t have to buy two different strollers. You could also get a multifunctional stroller instead that comes with an infant insert and reclines all the way so can be used in the sleep position. It is important to keep the infant reclining aspect in mind when picking a stroller for a new baby.
Car Seat Attachment
When your baby is still young, you can take advantage of this feature tremendously. Certain stroller manufacturers make strollers to which you can attach infant car seats. A car seat that gets attached to a stroller is ideal for very young babies when you don’t want to wake up a sleeping baby from the car seat but instead just pick up the car seat and attach it to the stroller. I cannot tell you how many delicious dinners I have enjoyed while my baby was young, thanks to this feature. We would just carry the car seat in the restaurant and my baby kept sleeping it while we ate our dinner. Once done, we would simply detach the car seat from the stroller and fit it back into the car. Ta-da!
Strollers are most handy when you’re travelling. Picking the wrong stroller for travel would be a nightmare. The main thing you want to look for while picking a travel stroller is how much the stroller weighs , how easily you can fold it up and how compact the stroller is when folded. An ideal travel stroller should be one that you can fold up using just one hand. This is most crucial if you are travelling alone with a child. Holding the baby in one hand, you should be able to easily fold up and sling the stroller on your shoulder. My favorite stroller for travel is the Chicco Echo Stroller. Some travel strollers are not ideal for children under 6 months because they don’t recline all the way.
For other lightweight traveller stroller options on babyoye click here
Domestic Air Travel: While taking flights domestically in India, if you’re travelling alone and flying a low cost airline, please bear in mind that you’ll probably be ascending and descending a bus, then ascending and descending the plane, then ascending and descending another bus with the stroller and the baby before you reach your destination. So basically, you’re best of travelling without a stroller. For this sort of travel, a baby carrier might be more ideal.
All in One Travel Systems
These are the ones that come with the entire travel system that often includes a car seat attachment, a bassinet attachment for infants and a toddler attachment. Attachments differ based on different manufacturers and models. Some will even offer a diaper bag, rain cover, sun cover etc. These are always the most expensive due to the various different attachments involved.
There are several options on babyoye.
Jogging strollers are usually ones with one wheel in the front and two in the back like a tricycle. These are harder to maneuver and quite often don’t swivel left and right but are very sturdy, have great suspension and work well for atheletic moms and dads who like to get back in shape soon after the baby is born. Jogging strollers rarely recline much so they are not ideal for babies (you shouldn’t run with a small baby in a stroller anyway) and also don’t usually fold up.
There’s a range of jogging strollers on babyoye, like this one here
While you could find the perfect stroller that is ideal for travel and daily use, it is not atypical to own more than one stroller if your needs are very specific. When picking a stroller there are a few general things you might want to keep in mind –
- Reclining Positions
- Breaks on front/back wheels
- Storage Space
- Maximum Weight Capacity (Incase you wish to use it for an older or healthier child)
- Cup Holders/ Baggage hooks and finally
- Color, Design and Price
There may be several other features that make a stroller different from the others, but in general, as long as you know this much about a stroller, lets say you’ve graduated in at least one complex subject of parenthood.