Do I need a stroller? A stroller is essentially a lighter, more basic version of a standard pushchair. If you are in and out of the car a lot or out and about using public transport, then a lightweight stroller will make your life easier. At between 4 and 8kg, they weigh considerably less than pushchairs or travel systems. They also fold into neat and tidy packages, making them ideal for people who have limited space, in their car boot for example, or even at home. Baby paraphernalia sure can mount up!
Many are suitable from birth. Check the model for the maximum child weight they can accommodate.
They are the lightest of all buggy type products and are very often extremely easy to manoeuvre. Definitely something to consider if grandparents will be taking care of the child at any stage.
Features Strollers in most cases don’t come with the full gamut of features of standard pushchairs or travel systems, but will usually feature a hood, carrying baskets/trays, and sometimes helpful extras such as a rain cover, bottle holder and so on. Other useful accessories can be purchased for most strollers.
Things to look for
• Ease opening and closing. The majority of new strollers are excellent in this regard. Some models will even stand when in the closed position, which can aid storage. Think of who else will be operating the product. Is one-handed folding an important feature for you? • Recline positions. Some strollers allow for a greater level of recline than others. Look for full recline if you have a newborn. Some have an adjustable footrest to really let your (older) child nap in style. Both you and your child will benefit most from stroller that aids sleep! • Comfort. Check padding thickness and quality. Some models offer front and/or rear suspension. The level of comfort will have a knock on effect on the contentedness for your child! • Accessories. Some brands provide a much wider range of accessories than others. Think of the accessories that may be required in the future. Bear in mind though that if certain branded accessories are not available directly from the manufacturer, it may be possible to buy universal accessories. • Manoeuvrability. Most strollers come with lockable front wheels, a feature which some people find makes the pushing of a stroller a more comfortable experience.
So, lots to think about. There are super lightweight strollers perfect for the parent who regularly has to climb stairs or is on and off planes, for example. Then there are sturdier models built for comfort and storage. As always, consider your lifestyle and make a choice based on what works for your family. After that, it’s really about your budget and your personal preferences in terms of design and colour