When it comes to picking out a baby stroller, the choices can be absolutely overwhelming. You really need to know about the types of baby strollers and it features.
These lightweight strollers get their name because when they are folded up they look a lot like an umbrella. They’re usually very cheap…both in price and quality. In fact, some can be had for as little as $10 or $20. But those cheaper models don’t exactly provide a comfortable ride for your little one (we think it pays to spend a little more and get a moderately priced umbrella stroller). They’re also not designed for use with babies under 6 months of age because there really isn’t much head support.
A step above the umbrella stroller, the traditional stroller offers a bit more room for your little one to stretch out. They usually let you recline the baby into a fully horizontal position for quick naps, and a snack tray gives you a place to put some Cheerios for munching on the road. Some models also accommodate an infant car seat.
Car Seat Carrier Frames
These ultra-lightweight frames don’t actually have a seat of their own. Instead, they’re made to accommodate an infant car seat which easily snaps into place. These are really useful as long as your baby fits in an infant carrier, but once he outgrows it the frame is pretty much useless.
This is a 3-in-1 system that includes an infant car seat, a car seat base to secure it in a car, and a traditional stroller. Travel systems are great because they offer the convenience of car seat carrier frame (you can move your baby from the car to the stroller without disturbing her), and when she outgrows the infant seat you can still use the traditional stroller.
These sporty strollers are easy to spot because they have 3 large, bicycle-style tires and a handbrake. They’re made for active parents who plan on taking their baby with them when they run or jog. Larger wheels make it easier for you to push and the air in the tires provide a more comfortable ride. Make sure the model you choose has a wrist strap so the stroller doesn’t go flying out of control if you trip or fall down.
These rugged strollers have three wheels like jogging strollers, but the difference is the front wheel swivels and lets you push your baby on a variety of surfaces. The larger tires provide a smoother surface and make navigating bumpy trails, gravel roads, and uneven streets a breeze.
If you have twins or if you have a second child right away, you’ll need to pick up a double stroller. Tandem models have one seat in front of the other, while side-by-side models look more like two umbrella strollers strapped together. Both styles are heavy and more difficult to push around, but we prefer the tandem models. The side-by-side models are just so wide that they are often impossible to fit through doorways.
I think that discussions about types of baby strollers will help you to decide to take your desired strollers.