How to Shop for a Stroller

Shopping for a Stroller

When shopping for a stroller, try to visit a location where models are on display and road test them in the store. Take into account the age and developmental abilities to which the stroller is suited, how comfortable your child will be in it, and your own comfort while pushing it. Look for a sturdy frame, user-friendly brakes, a multi-level reclining backrest, a variable-height handle, adjustable safety-harness straps, reflective trim, a canopy, washable seat covers, an easy folding/opening mechanism and reversible passenger orientation (the ability to alternate the direction your baby is facing between forward and toward you as you push).

You may also want to explore the pros and cons of hard plastic wheels versus air-filled tires. In addition, some models may have special features that turn your head: pretty fabrics, built-in consoles, a large storage bin, even an MP3-player-compatible sound system so your little one can listen to music en route. Accessories that can enhance your baby’s stroller experience can also be purchased separately. Learn more from other parents’ comments about the strollers and related accoutrements represented here.