How to Shop for a Stroller

how to shop for a strollerBy Katherine M. Tomlinson

There are tons of must-haves on your new baby checklist. But to transport your young child for a distance on foot, the piece of equipment you’ll likely call upon most is a stroller. And when it comes to choosing which stroller is right for you, options abound:

Prams and full-size strollers Great for newborns and young infants, many of these models have seatbacks that recline flat provide roomy, mobile sleeping quarters.

Car seat-carrier frames Practical and lightweight, these afford young infants undisturbed transfers between car and stroller.

Umbrella strollers a compact mode of travel for tots who can sit up unassisted.

Travel systems Serving a newborn’s needs through toddlerhood, these comprise a set of three components: (1) a stroller with a compartment that can accommodate the system’s (2) infant car seat or a toddler sans car seat, and (3) a snap-in base for securing the car seat in a vehicle.

Many parents find that they need more than one type of stroller. If you’re a runner, for example, after your baby is 6 months old, you may want to consider investing in a jogging stroller. Families with multiple children may opt for a double, triple or quad stroller.