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Best Stroller

For parents, buying a stroller is similar to buying a car. There are so many different brands, features and accessories, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. While you may be tempted to purchase the high-end luxury model, you may find out that all of those bells and whistles aren’t as necessary as you first thought.

Used from infancy right through the toddler years, a stroller is one baby item that you will use the most, which is why you want to be sure that you choose the right one for your specific needs. Fortunately there are strollers ranging from streamlined lightweight strollers for the on-the-go parent to the shock absorbing all-terrain jogging stroller for the active parent. Which stroller is right for you? Have a look at our buyer’s guide below to find out which type of stroller is the best for your specific needs.

Phil & Ted's Sub4 Jogging Stroller

Phil & Ted's Sub4 Jogging Stroller

The Phil and Ted Navigator Stroller is truly a one-of-a-kind stroller. It features a state-of-the-art, geometric design which allows you to maximize your stride and keep a natural pace. The lightweight design is super responsive to your movements, yet it balances weight distribution so that you can keep full control of the stroller with just one hand while allowing you to keep your natural posture. With dual disc brakes, which can be operated by they handle, gives you full control over the stroller. The front wheel locks so you can enjoy increased stability and safety when hitting the jogging trail or trail that's off the beaten path.

An extra padded seat and a motion control hub with full suspension and torsion control bars help to absorb shock and keep baby extremely comfortable. To top all of this off, you need just one hand to fold this stroller and it folds virtually flat making it super easy to transport. Want to see your newborn as you walk, or planning on having another little one? This stroller can be converted so that the seat can turn around and face you as well as accommodating another seat to comfortably transport two tykes at once.

Bob Revolution SE Stroller

The BOB Revolution SE is both easy to maneuver and offers great stability. The front wheel swivels, making it easy to move around turns when walking, but it also locks in the forward position, providing increased stability when jogging or when the road just gets bumpy. Other notable features include the state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system, which creates a super smooth ride for baby. The seat reclines, has thick padding and a five-point harness, which will ensure baby is comfortable and safe.

The stroller accessory adaptor enables the stroller to accommodate an infant car seat, which can also be used as a snack tray when baby gets older. The easy to use hand brake makes it easy to stop the stroller and keep your pace while the canopy can be adjusted into several positions to ensure baby is well protected from the sun. This stroller has an aluminum alloy frame and a two-step folding system, plus the wheels can come off which makes it easy for parents to fold, transport, and store.

Thule 10101902 Urban Glide 1 Sport Stroller

The Thule Urban Glide Sport Stroller is a favorite among active parents who enjoy running and/or walking. The front wheel on this stroller both pivots and lock into a stationary position, making it safe to use on runs and on those uneven surfaces and easy to use on walks. There is also a tool-less tracking adjustment features, which ensures the stroller is moving straight. Rear suspension gives this stroller a smooth and comfortable ride for baby.

The five-point adjustable harness ensures your baby is safe at all times. The pinch-free design protects baby and allows the stroller to be folded with just one hand. There’s also a convenient grab bar with a fold-release lever which makes stowing this stroller away a breeze. Mesh pockets on the sides of the stroller provide storage for baby and parents, as does the zippered under seat storage compartment. A simple pull on the handle brake and the stroller slows down or comes to a complete stop. When the stroller is folded, it's almost completely flat which makes it so easy to stow away.

Schwinn Turismo Single Swivel Stroller

With a 12-inch front wheel that both swivels and locks forward and 16-inch rear wheels that glide over any surface with ease, the Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger is a favorite among parents, who have given the stroller rave reviews on sites like Amazon. An exposed spring suspension offers a super smooth ride for baby and makes it easy for you to push this stroller along on your walks or runs. The stroller handle is rubberized and adjustable, so you’ll not only have a good grip, but also able to adjust it to a level comfortable for you. The padded five-point harness keeps baby safe and secure while a built-in MP3 speaker let’s you and your little one to groove out to some awesome tunes on your adventures.

Joovy Zoom360 Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller

What really sets the Joovy Zoom 360 Jogger apart from the rest of the joggers is the material it is constructed out of. This stroller is made out of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, as well as 600D fabric, both of which makes it extremely durable and extremely lightweight. The 3-inch travel suspension ensures this stroller offers a totally smooth ride your little one will find super comfortable.

Other comfortable features your tot will love include the over-sized canopy, which is a signature Joovy feature and an extra wide seat. You’ll love the neoprene parent organizer which features two cup holders and a zippered container. This stroller also features a generous amount of storage with an under seat basket and mesh pockets. The front wheel can be stationery or it can swivel 360 degrees, making it great for leisurely walks and intense jogs or hikes, and when you’re all done this stroller quickly folds down flat.

Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller

The winner of several awards including JPMA Innovation, Best of Baby, Cribsie, and Baby Center Mom Picks, the Baby Jogger Citi Mini Double Stroller features everything you could possibly want in a stroller and more! This side-by-side double stroller boasts Quick Fold, a patented technology that allows you to fold the stroller up in one step. Add to that the fact that it’s 26.5 pounds, which is super lightweight for a double stroller, and this is the perfect stroller for the on-the-go parent.

This stroller features eight six-inch wheels and the dual swivel front wheels can lock for added stability. There’s also awesome wheel suspension and pushing this stroller around is a breeze. Each seat features a five-point harness for superior safety along with other features you’ll love which include an oversized under seat storage basket, storage compartments on the back of each seat, padded seats that individually recline to nearly flat, and adjustable sun canopies.

Chicco Eco Twin Stroller

Chicco Eco Twin Stroller

It may sound like an oxymoron, but this stroller is a compact double stroller. Thanks to the side by side design of the seats, this stroller is very compact when it’s folded. It also has a handle built right in, which makes it super easy to carry around when it is folded down. There are a total of 12 wheels (six dual sets; three in front and three in back), which makes this stroller very easy to push over any surface. Each seat has a padded backrest and they can both be completely reclined, creating the perfect place for your little ones to nap when you’re on the go. The leg rests can also be adjusted for added comfort. The dual canopies adjust separately and the rear flaps zip off, providing your little ones with air flow. Of course, the five-point harnesses secure your kids in place to provide peace of mind and a spacious basket under the seat is ideal for storing diaper bags.

Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Double Stroller

If you have an older child and an infant or a toddler, you’ll love the Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Double Stroller. There’s a sturdy platform in the back for your older one to stand on when and there’s a padded, spacious seat in the front for your younger one to sit in. The rear platform is a patented design and features a padded seat, which the bigger one can comfortably sit on when his legs get tired. The front seat can easily accommodate an infant car seat, so you can use this stroller as soon as your newest bundle arrives.

When it’s not in use, folding this stroller down is a cinch; when folded, it’s compact and lightweight, making the stroller easy to transport and store. The front seat features a five-point harness for your littlest one, and the back seat features a three-point harness for your older child, providing security yet making it easy to jump on and off the stroller. The large basket and the storage pockets make it super easy to keep those much-needed items in easy reach.

Bob Sport Utility Duallie Stroller

The Bob Sport Utility Stroller Duallie is perfect for the active parent who wants to take both kids along for an adventure. Outfitted with tires that have thick treads and polymer composite wheels, you’ll have great traction on any surface. The front wheel is fixed which provides this stroller with extra stability when you’re hiking, jogging, or simply when the pavement gets bumpy. Thanks to the ultra padded seats and the state-of-the-art suspension system, both of your little ones will enjoy a smooth ride on even the bumpiest of surfaces.

Even though it’s extremely durable, this stroller is super lightweight and easy to fold down, making it easy to stow away and transport when it’s not in use. Both seats can recline independently and the sun shades can be adjusted to keep your little ones shaded. Add the Bob Infant Car Seat Adapter and you can easily transport your newest additions to the family. The snack tray can also be added to provide each rider with a space to hold his or her treats and drinks. There are also five-point harnesses included which will keep your little ones securely fastened in their seat.

Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller

Thanks to Joovy’s Too Quol aluminum frame, you’ll feel like you’re pushing a single stroller instead of a double stroller. Outfitted with a unique cantilever four-wheel suspension system, pushing this stroller is virtually effortless for you and it’s extremely comfortable for little ones to ride in. You’ll love the leather-wrapped handlebar, which offers a comfortable and secure grip. When the terrain gets rough, just push a button and the strollers front wheels lock into place, offering you and your little passengers extra stability.

The front seat can be adjusted to face backward or forward, both seats can be reclined into multiple positions, the footrests are also adjustable, and your little ones will be safe and sound thanks to the five-point harnesses. When the stroller isn’t in use, just push a button and it folds down to a compact size that is easy to store and transport. There are also tons of attachments to add to this stroller including a bassinet and a car seat mounting system so you can completely customize it to fit your needs.

Joovy Groove Ultralight Lightweight Travel Umbrella Stroller

Weighing in at a super light 13.9 pounds, the Joovy Groove Ultralight Lightweight Travel Umbrella Stroller feels almost as light as air. Since it’s so lightweight, it's extremely easy to transport and pop into storage compartments or overhead bins. The stroller can also be opened and closed with the push of a button. In addition to these two convenient, the seat reclines into multiple positions that will keep your little one feeling nice and comfy. Other features worth noting include an oversized canopy, a large storage basket, and a carry strap which makes transporting the stroller even easier.

Summer Infant 2015 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Another great stroller for the family that likes to travel is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. Weighing in at 15.7 pounds, toting this stroller around is a breeze. Plus, there’s a carry strap that makes carrying the stroller around even easier. Folding down the stroller is also a breeze as you simply lift the rear handle, push the lever down with your foot, and the stroller folds almost completely flat. Additionally, the seat is cushioned and the back is adjustable, plus there’s an extended canopy so you know your little one will be comfortably shaded. This stroller features a durable aluminum frame and it comes in an array of fun colors.

Dream On Me Sunseeker Stroller

You’ll barely feel like you are carrying around extra weight when you have the Dream On Me Suneeker Stroller. This lightweight stroller is just 13 pounds, which means you won’t have to deal with the feeling like you're toting around extra bulk unlike many other strollers. The padded seat can be reclined into five different positions and the footrest is also adjustable so your tot will be riding in comfort. The stroller also folds down in a matter of seconds to a nearly flat position, so you can easily stow it away wherever you may be. You’ll also really love there's a large basket for storage under the seat so you can keep all your necessities within arm’s reach.

Jane Nanuq Lightweight Stroller

Weighing a mere 15 pounds and 3 inches smaller than the smallest lightweight stroller, the Jane Nanuq Lightweight Stroller is certainly a stroller which traveling parents and their children will love. Easy to fold down, you can go from pushing your child around to making the stroller ready to travel in a matter of seconds. Your little one will love that the padded seat has a backrest and it can also be adjusted into 5 different positions. Don't forget there's also foot rest for those little tootsies to rest on! Parents will love that this strollers handle is adjustable along with a number of additional features including a stroller hood, a rain cover, and a cup holder.

UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny

The UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller is the lightest stroller on this list. Weighing a mere 8.8 pounds, you won’t have any problems picking this stroller up and stowing it away into an overhead compartment. In addition to being super light, this stroller also folds down with ease so you can get your little one situated quickly instead of struggling to get the stroller under control. Other convenient features you’ll love about this stroller include a padded seat covered with stain-resistant fabric, a removable cup holder, shock-absorbing suspension, an over-sized sun shade, a big basket for storage, and a shoulder strap which makes carrying this stroller a breeze.

GB Qbit Lightweight Stroller

Talk about a revolutionary umbrella stroller, the GB Qbit Lightweight Stroller is the perfect example of how an umbrella stroller can be as high tech and boast as many wonderful features as a full sized stroller. Weighing just 14 pounds, the stroller is very light for easy transportation. When folded down, the stroller tucks right into its very own transport bag which makes traveling with the GB Qbit Lightweight Stroller a cinch and there's even a spacious basket under the seat for storage. Thanks to the full-sized seat, which reclines, has a foot rest, a canopy and a padded five point harness, your tot will be comfortable and safe. Lastly, the strollers front wheel suspension ensures you’ll have no problem pushing this stroller over uneven terrain.

Chicco Echo Stroller

You’ll love the Chicco Echo Stroller for many reasons. For one thing, it’s super easy to push around, thanks to the dual front wheels with suspension, so you’ll be able to operate over virtually any surface. There’s a mesh storage basket under the seat, which gives you enough space to hold those small must-have items when you’re out and about. The five point harness will ensure your little one is safe, and the straps are padded, which means your little one will also be comfortable. The seat reclines into four positions and has an adjustable leg support which will make your little one feel even more comfortable.

Summer Infant Go Lite Convenience Stroller

At just 15.8 pounds, this stroller is very easy to tote around when it isn’t in use. The front wheels are anti-shock and the rear wheels are lockable with easy touch brakes, so you can push this umbrella stroller across the park, mall, or a bumpy sidewalk with ease. There’s a mesh storage basket under the seat, which is actually pretty large for an umbrella stroller to carry all your necessities while the five point safety harness is padded, so your tyke will be safe and comfortable. Add to these features the fact that the canopy is adjustable and that the seat has a large base and can recline into several positions and you and your child will be super happy with the Summer Infant Go Lite Convenience Stroller.

Chicco C6 Stroller

The Chicco Capri Stroller is as stylish as it is lightweight; in fact, it's the lightest stroller on this list at only 11 pounds, so toting it and stowing it is really easy. The stroller also comes with a carry bag and a carry strap, making it even easier to travel with. With front wheel suspension, you can handle even the roughest of terrain with ease. There’s a small storage basket under the seat, so you can keep diapers, wipes, drinks and your childs favorite blanket within close reach. The five point harness is padded for comfort and the seat can be reclined into two positions. The frame is also made out of aluminum, makes the stroller super durable for long lasting use.

UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny

The UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller is the lightest stroller on this list. Weighing a mere 8.8 pounds, you won’t have any problems picking this stroller up and stowing it away into an overhead compartment. In addition to being super light, this stroller also folds down with ease so you can get your little one situated quickly instead of struggling to get the stroller under control. Other convenient features you’ll love about this stroller include a padded seat covered with stain-resistant fabric, a removable cup holder, shock-absorbing suspension, an over-sized sun shade, a big basket for storage, and a shoulder strap which makes carrying this stroller a breeze.

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Weighing less than 12 pounds, the Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller from Kolcraft may be lightweight, but it certainly isn't light on features. Thanks to the 3-tier extended canopy, your little one will be safely shade from harmful UV rays and moms love the 5-point safety harness and multi-position reclining seat. The one-hand and self-standing fold feature really make this stroller an ideal choice for the busy parent juggling multiple tasks. All-terrain wheels and front suspension add to the awesomeness of this stroller, so it’s super easy to handle. There’s plenty of room for storing drinks in the two cup holders on both the parent and the child trays, while the under-seat storage basket offers ample space for baby supplies and your own personal belongings.

Summer Infant 2015 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Another great stroller for the family that likes to travel is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. Weighing in at 15.7 pounds, toting this stroller around is a breeze. Plus, there’s a carry strap that makes carrying the stroller around even easier. Folding down the stroller is also a breeze as you simply lift the rear handle, push the lever down with your foot, and the stroller folds almost completely flat. Additionally, the seat is cushioned and the back is adjustable, plus there’s an extended canopy so you know your little one will be comfortably shaded. This stroller features a durable aluminum frame and it comes in an array of fun colors.

Chicco C6 Stroller

The Chicco Capri Stroller is as stylish as it is lightweight; in fact, it's the lightest stroller on this list at only 11 pounds, so toting it and stowing it is really easy. The stroller also comes with a carry bag and a carry strap, making it even easier to travel with. With front wheel suspension, you can handle even the roughest of terrain with ease. There’s a small storage basket under the seat, so you can keep diapers, wipes, drinks and your childs favorite blanket within close reach. The five point harness is padded for comfort and the seat can be reclined into two positions. The frame is also made out of aluminum, makes the stroller super durable for long lasting use.

JJ Cole Lightweight Stroller

The JJ Cole Lightweight Stroller meets all necessary safety requirements with a 5-point harness and eight 6-inch diameter wheels so it’s a cinch to push over even the most uneven surfaces. It features an extra wide seat for comfort and the handles taller than your average lightweight stroller so it’s comfortable for parents to push around; no more worries of slouching over and getting a sore back! Lastly, this stroller has ample storage space and a one-hand fold up feature for fast packing. Keep in mind this selection is a little bit heavier than the rest of the strollers on the list, weighing in at 14 pounds.

Babies R Us Zobo Lightweight Stroller

Moms will love taking their little ones on adventures with the Babies ‘R’ Us Zobo Lightweight Stroller. At 16 pounds and side carry handle, this lightweight stroller is convenient to tote when you’re not rolling it around. The dual front lockable wheels with suspension make it easy to push this stroller over most surfaces and eliminate worry of the stroller rolling away when you’re stopped on an incline. The 5-point harness with comfort strap covers makes this stroller safe while the addition of a multi-reclining seat and an adjustable leg rest assures a comfortable ride for tiny passengers. The oversized canopy and extended visor provide extra shade for your little one will always be shaded. When you’re ready to collapse this stroller down, you’ll love the addition of a no-reach, standing fold carry handle.

Moutain Buggy Terrain Jogging Stroller

Featuring shock absorbent wheels, your little one will hardly feel the bumps that she’ll be gliding over in the Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller. The front wheel can either swivel or lock and you’ll appreciate how easy it allows this stroller to handle. Your tyke will be super safe even on the roughest of surfaces, thanks to the five point harness and the bumper bar as well as a hand brake and foot brake. Though the stroller is larger in size than your standard full sized stroller, it's still super easy to fold down because it features a one-hand fold system. There’s also an automatic frame lock and an adjustable handlebar which makes this stroller easy for both you and your spouse to use. Another reason why you and your child will love this stroller is that if rain starts falling, your little passenger will be protected thanks to the 300 D polyester water resistant fabric.

Bob Revolution SE Stroller

The BOB Revolution SE is both easy to maneuver and offers great stability. The front wheel swivels, making it easy to move around turns when walking, but it also locks in the forward position, providing increased stability when jogging or when the road just gets bumpy. Other notable features include the state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system, which creates a super smooth ride for baby. The seat reclines, has thick padding and a five-point harness, which will ensure baby is comfortable and safe.

The stroller accessory adaptor enables the stroller to accommodate an infant car seat, which can also be used as a snack tray when baby gets older. The easy to use hand brake makes it easy to stop the stroller and keep your pace while the canopy can be adjusted into several positions to ensure baby is well protected from the sun. This stroller has an aluminum alloy frame and a two-step folding system, plus the wheels can come off which makes it easy for parents to fold, transport, and store.

Kolcraft All Terrain Adventure Stroller

This stroller makes the list for many reasons, one of the biggest reasons being that there are a three 12-inch air filled tires that are able to take on the most uneven surface with ease. The front wheel can either swivel, which provides you with superior mobility; however, should things get too rough, that front wheel can lock for increased stability. The five point harness is padded for comfort and it's also adjustable, meaning it can accommodate your little one comfortably as they grow. You’ll also love the parent tray which features a deep cup holder, and there's also a removable child tray with cup holders. Other features that are worth noting include a large storage basket, an extended canopy, a one-hand fold to standing position, as well as a seat that can recline into multiple positions.

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger

With pneumatic bike-style rear wheels that are 16-inches in diameter and a 12-inch diameter front wheel, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger can take on virtually any terrain. The stroller seat is super padded as is the five point harness, which means that your baby will be comfortable AND safe at the same time. The stroller tether strap can easily be worn around your wrist and will give you added peace of mind knowing it's not going anywhere. A stand-out feature on this stroller is the childs footrest which features reflectors that will allow you and your baby to be seen even when there’s poor visibility. With the simple push of a button, this stroller folds right down and you'll also really enjoy the ergonomically shaped rubber handle which makes this stroller comfortable to push around.

Baby Jogger City Elite Single Stroller

There are so many reasons to love the Baby Jogger City Elite stroller. The first reason is because of the three 12-inch, all terrain, non-flat tires, which provide a super smooth and comfortable ride that your baby will be sure to enjoy, no matter what surface they're riding over. A padded five point harness will keep baby buckled in securely, which is always important, but especially for those bumpy rides. The handlebar, which is completely adjustable and features a hand brake, enhances the strollers safety and is yet another reason to love this stroller. There’s also an extra large canopy, which will keep your little one perfectly shielded from the sun and elements, and there's also a large under seat storage basket for all of those necessities for both child and parents.

InStep Safari Swivel-Wheel Jogger

This budget stroller is perfect for the active parent who doesn’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on a jogging stroller. You’ll love the swiveling front wheel which makes this stroller super easy to push around those corners when you’re out for a or a walk or just battling through the crowds at the local mall. If you want to go for a jog, just lock that front wheel for extra stability. The molded top tray features two cup holders and a convenient storage space for those little things you want to keep in easy reach and there’s also a molded child tray with two cup holders that flip open.

The rubberized handle gives this stroller a secure and comfortable grip while the child seat is nice and wide, offering great comfort for your toddler. This stroller can also accommodate infant car seats which mean this stroller will grow along with your child. There’s plenty of storage under the seat for all of your belongings, the five-point harness will keep your little one safe, and the super wide, adjustable canopy will keep the sun away. When you’re ready to put the stroller away, just press a button and it conveniently folds right down.

Summer Infant 2015 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Another great stroller for the family that likes to travel is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. Weighing in at 15.7 pounds, toting this stroller around is a breeze. Plus, there’s a carry strap that makes carrying the stroller around even easier. Folding down the stroller is also a breeze as you simply lift the rear handle, push the lever down with your foot, and the stroller folds almost completely flat. Additionally, the seat is cushioned and the back is adjustable, plus there’s an extended canopy so you know your little one will be comfortably shaded. This stroller features a durable aluminum frame and it comes in an array of fun colors.

Graco FastAction Fold LX Stroller

Aside from the budget-friendly price tag, one of the biggest things you’ll love about the Graco FastAction Fold LX stroller is how easy it is to fold down when you’re ready to pack it away. The one-second, single-step fold means that you can literally fold this stroller down in one easy motion. Other features that you’ll love include lockable, swivel front wheels and great suspension which make pushing the stroller over any kind of surface a breeze. There’s a parent tray with two cup holders and a storage space for personal items, a super large storage basket under the seat, and a convertible harness which can go from 5-point for infants to 3-point your child has grown a bit older. Your tyke will love the reclining seat which can lie flat for when they’re ready to take a nap. The adjustable canopy will keep the sun out of their eyes and the child’s tray offers a cup holder with a space for snacks and/or small toys.

Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller

One of the biggest reasons you’ll love the Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller is because of the Click Connect technology. This budget stroller can accommodate Graco’s SnugRide infant car seats which can be easily connected and disconnected, making this a stroller you can use from infancy right through toddlerhood. Other features you’ll love include the locking front swivel wheel so you can easily maneuver it around those tight corners or keep it steady while you’re running. The parent tray offers plenty of space for drinks and small items and the same goes for the stroller’s child tray.

There’s a super large storage basket provided under the seat for the diaper bag, your purse, blankets and of course shopping bags. The seat can recline into multiple positions so your child can take in the sights, lounge away, or lay down for a needed nap while the stroller’s adjustable canopy will keep the sun out of your little one’s eyes. Another thing you’ll love is how easy this stroller is to fold and carry; it folds with one hand, stands on its own, and features a carrying strap so you can tote it around with ease.

Summer Infant 2015 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Another great stroller for the family that likes to travel is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. Weighing in at 15.7 pounds, toting this stroller around is a breeze. Plus, there’s a carry strap that makes carrying the stroller around even easier. Folding down the stroller is also a breeze as you simply lift the rear handle, push the lever down with your foot, and the stroller folds almost completely flat. Additionally, the seat is cushioned and the back is adjustable, plus there’s an extended canopy so you know your little one will be comfortably shaded. This stroller features a durable aluminum frame and it comes in an array of fun colors.

Buyer's Guide

Stroller Buyer's Guide

Before you start shopping for a stroller, the first thing you want to do is consider your specific needs. Of course, the safety and comfort of your baby is of top priority, but don’t forget to think about yourself, too. After all, you will be pushing the stroller and transporting it, which means that you want something that will work with your lifestyle and how you intend to use the stroller.

If you have a busy lifestyle and will need to fold the stroller up and stow it with ease, a lightweight stroller may be just the ticket for you. If you are expecting twins, or your first little one is going to be a big brother or sister, a double stroller may be a wise investment. However, do keep in mind you should also be mindful of the things you don’t intend on doing with the stroller. For instance, if you aren’t a jogger and you don’t plan on leaving paved ground, then a jogging or an all-terrain stroller probably isn’t the right choice for you (no matter how cool you think they are).

Types of Strollers

Travel Systems
If you’re an on-the-go parent and you want to get everything you need in one shopping trip, a travel system will suite you will. Combining an infant car seat and a stroller in one, a travel system can be used from infancy right through the toddler years.

The infant car seat locks right into the stroller, allowing you to easily transport your sleeping babe from car to stroller without disturbing her. Once baby is big enough for a convertible car seat, you can continue to use the stroller part of the travel system.

The biggest advantage of a travel system is you get the most bang for your buck. Buying an infant car seat and a stroller separately typically costs more when you purchase them together.

Jogging Strollers
If you are active and you want to remain active once baby arrives, a jogging stroller could be the right choice for you. These strollers typically feature big tires (think all-terrain wheels on an SUV) and are shock absorbent, making them easy to push on virtually all surfaces, and ensuring your baby’s comfort, whether you are on a flat road or a bumpy wooded path. These are great strollers if you plan on taking baby on lots of adventures.

Lightweight Strollers
These strollers are great for parents who are on the go, but who want to be able to provide baby with space and comfort. They are easy to open and fold. and because they are light, they are easy to transport when they are folded. Plus, they offers under seat storage where you can keep baby’s must-have items. There are even convertible lightweight strollers available, which switch from a carriage to seated stroller.

Umbrella Stroller
This is the lightest stroller of them all; even lighter than lightweight strollers. They are ideal for taking trips to parks, museums, malls or anywhere else where your toddler can walk, but may become tired and want a ride. They don’t have much structure and they usually don’t offer storage.

Double Strollers
Expecting twins or is your only child about to gain a sibling? If so, than a double stroller may be a wise investment for you. You’ll be able to tote both kids around in comfort in either the tandem or the side by side double stroller.

Features

While different strollers may have different features, there are certain features that are essential for safety and comfort. These features include:

Brakes
Whether they are controlled by a lever on the handle or they are applied by pushing them down behind the wheels, brakes are a vital feature for a stroller. They prevent the stroller from moving when they are applied, keeping baby safe and secure. Whatever type of stroller you purchase, the brakes should be easy to use and durable.

Leg Openings
The leg openings should be big enough to comfortably accommodate your little one’s legs, but not too big that he or she could potentially fall out of the stroller. For added comfort, look for a stroller which has padded leg openings.

5 Point Safety Harness
There should be a total of five straps in the stroller; one that will go over each shoulder, one that will go over each hip and one between the legs, where the straps will buckle. A five point harness will ensure baby remains safely seated inside the stroller.

Stability
The stroller should be firm and stable while it's being pushed as well as parked to ensure the baby’s comfort and safety, as well as your own comfort while pushing.

Locking Mechanisms
The stroller should have a locking mechanism that will prevent it from collapsing while in use. Check to make sure the locking mechanism is working properly before you purchase it and after you start using it.

Child/Parent Tray
These aren’t necessary features, however, they do make things a lot more convenient for both your child and you. A small tray that goes over baby’s lap can be used to hold drinks, snacks and toys, while a parent tray will sit near the handle.

Suspension System/Shock Absorbers
Just like a car, a stroller should have a good suspension system/shock absorbers. This feature will help to keep the ride comfortable for baby and make it easier for you to operate.

Adjustable Canopy
An adjustable canopy is vital for providing baby with shade while sitting in the stroller.

Height Adjustable Handle
Nobody is the same size and this feature will make it possible to change the height so the individual pushing the stroller can do so comfortably.

Storage Basket
A storage basket under the seat will allow you to conveniently store items like a diaper bag, jackets, and blankets. Look for one that's spacious and easy to access.

Multiple Seat Reclining Positions
There may be times when baby wants to see the world and others when he or she just wants to lay back and take a nap. You'll definitely want a seat offering baby multiple reclining positions.

Extra Options

Of course, there are added features which can make a stroller even more comfortable and easier to use.

Bunting
A lightweight fabric which can be laid over baby, providing additional warm.

Hand Muffs
Allow you to keep your hands warm while pushing the stroller.

Stylish Aesthetic Design
Usually a particularly unique color, pattern, or other design embellishments which allow the stroller to stand out from the crowd.

Lightweight Construction
A stroller frame made of lightweight material, like aluminum to make the stroller easier to push around.

Take it for a Test Drive

While it’s definitely convenient to shop for strollers online, you’re going to want to take a stroller for a test drive before you purchase it. All of the features you are looking for may be listed in the product description, but you won’t know if you’ll be comfortable using it until you actually take it for a spin.

While you’re on a test drive, try opening and folding the stroller. If it’s tough to open and close, you’re probably going to get frustrated. If you can easily set it up and fold it with one hand, you’ll be in the clear. You should also compare the brakes, the locking mechanism, and the maneuverability between different models to ensure ease of use and overall safety.

While the stroller is folded, pick it up and carry it to see whether transporting it is easy. If it’s too bulky and heavy for you, look for something made of a lighter material and more compact. Take notice of how you are standing while pushing the stroller. If you're hunched over, you’ll end up being uncomfortable when pushing it for long periods of time.

Also, if the stroller is going to be shared by two individuals make sure it's comfortable for both of you to use. A stroller that has a height adjustable handle is a wise choice if two or more people will be pushing it.

Shopping Online

If you are unable to test drive a stroller and will be making your purchase online, there are ways to learn details so that you can make the best informed decision. Visit the manufacturers websites to read a full product description and take note of the different features.

Check out any reviews posted by users to see what people who are using the stroller have to say about it. You can also check out photo galleries to get a better sense of the strollers overall design. Search for instructional videos that will show you how to operate the stroller and will show the stroller in action.

Safety Ratings

Safety is always the first priority when it comes to children. Though safety standards do change all the time, you want to purchase a stroller which complies with the most current standards. Check to make sure it has the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association seal (JPMA), as this will ensure the manufacturer followed specific safety standards.

Take a close look at the stroller for anything that may potentially harm your child. Check to see if there are any sharp edges or areas where the stroller could potentially pinch your child's skin, fingers, or toes. Check the size of the leg openings to make sure they aren’t too small and uncomfortable, or so big that your child will slip through.

Set a Budget

If you have an unlimited budget, than you may want to splurge on the stroller; however, it’s good to know that you don’t have to break the bank in order to purchase a stroller. Set a budget that you are comfortable with and keep it in mind while shopping. There’s no sense in spending more than you can afford because, especially since there are so many safe and comfortable strollers to meet every need and budget.

Warranties and Return Policies

Warranties and return policies are two more things you are going to want to check out. In the event your stroller malfunctions or breaks, a warranty will ensure you can have the stroller repaired, replaced or simply get your money back. Additionally know what the return policy is so you don't end up getting stuck with a stroller that you and/or baby aren't happy with.

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