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With so many different options out there, choosing the perfect baby stroller may seem a bit daunting. Should you go with the super-sized, all-in-one travel center or something a bit more compact? Do you need a jogging stroller or something more suited for, well, strolling? It’s not like the grocery store checkout, where your biggest choices are paper, plastic or “I brought my own bag.” Strollers are a big purchase, so you want to make sure you’re getting something that you’ll actually use AND enjoy using. Check out my tips for choosing the perfect baby stroller.
How to Buy the Perfect Baby Stroller
Remember that you’re buying it for YOUR baby
Don’t get drawn in by all the fancy features when you’re looking at baby strollers. Think about how YOU will be using it. Look at the functionality of each stroller in relation to how it fits into your lifestyle. For example, if you’ve never jogged a day in your life, do you REALLY need to get a stroller designed for runners? If you’re constantly on the go and planning to travel a lot with baby, a bulky stroller system may not be the way to go. You might want to opt for a something more like the Bravo Trio Stroller (pictured above). It actually lets you remove the stroller seat and insert your baby’s car seat, then transitions to a baby stroller and a toddler stroller.
Of course, if you ARE a jogger, you’ll want something that lets you take your baby on your runs yet keeps him comfy & safe! Jogging strollers are also great for walking on sidewalks and over bumpy terrain. I like the Tre Jogging Stroller from Chicco because it’s bright and colorful. This isn’t just good for aesthetic reasons, but also for safety. It lets cars see you.
Try to maximize your baby budget
If you’re working with a tight budget, going with a travel system may actually be the best baby stroller for your needs. ChiccoShop.com has travel systems with a stroller and infant car seat starting at $279. However, my favorite is a bit pricier but comes with SO much stuff. It’s the Mix Match III KeyFit 30 Car Seat + Liteway Plus Stroller Bundle. It comes with a free extra car seat base. That way, you can install a base in your car and another car, and easily switch the seat. The stroller easily converts from an infant car seat carrier to a toddler stroller. Plus it’s lightweight, perfect for parents on the go!
Consider other young children
If you’re having twins or you already have a baby who will still need a stroller, think about getting a double baby stroller. The Cortina Together Double Stroller is super cute and sturdy. It’s also super adaptable. Check out all the ways you can use it:
Each seat holds up to 40 pounds, so it’s perfect for babies and toddlers. My son didn’t hit 40 pounds until he was like 5! Oh, how I miss the days of being able to put him in a stroller. Honestly, I just miss the space for my purse and bags, which brings me to my next points.
Consider your storage needs
One of the best things about having a baby in a stroller: having a space to put your purse and shopping bags! I’m not kidding, that was my favorite thing about using a baby stroller. I can’t stand carrying things. I always buy cross-body purses because I don’t like things hanging off my shoulder or in my hands when I’m walking around. If you travel light, you can get away with a stroller with just a little mesh spot underneath it. If you’re going mall shopping, though, I recommend pulling out the big baby stroller with the handy cup holder! Of course, I’m not saying this should be your main consideration when you buy a stroller, but we’re talking the perfect stroller for your baby, bells and whistles included.
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What do you think is the perfect baby stroller? What type of stroller did you get if you already had a baby?