Baby strollers come in all shapes and sizes to fit almost any taste and definitely any budget. The most important aspect of any baby stroller you are considering is safety; will this stroller protect your child adequately or does it pose a potential problem down the road? First, before even going to
the store or shopping on line, you should check out the Consumer Reports verdict on strollers for the year. Consumer Reports is a professional, unbiased reviewer of all kinds of consumer products from food to card and everything in between. Their reports on strollers have predicted many a recall which could become inconvenient or even dangerous to you and your child later on. Their tests are focused on safety and comfort for both the baby and the adult using the stroller including where the straps are, how tough they and their fasteners are, and how easy the baby stroller is to maneuver. Consumer Reports requires payment for access to their site in the form of a subscription; a small price to pay to get excellent reviews on your next baby stroller and since they review all kinds of products, you may find referring to them a habit as the months go by.
Second, you should consider the weight of the baby stroller you are looking at; it seems weird to contemplate the weight of a stroller when it is on wheels, but it does make a difference in your decision. First of all, the weight affects the maneuverability of the stroller. The heavier the baby stroller, the harder it is to turn which may cause muscle strain and make for a tired mommy or daddy at the end of a day. Also, weight affects how easy the stroller will be to fold, load, unload, and unfold. Heavy strollers can become problematic for newly-delivered mothers as the extra strain may cause certain problems in areas once thought healed. Also, even for later on, mothers and fathers of petite or small frame may struggle with lifting and unfolding the strollers repeatedly, say at an outing to a park or to grandma’s house for the day. Don’t discount the weight of an object you’ll be lugging around for at least a year, if not more.
Finally, you will want to consider the price range you are willing to pay for a stroller. Some strollers are over priced, no doubt about it. Consider carefully the features you need and if the added price is worth the extra cost. If you can’t afford (or don’t want to pay) full price for a baby strol
ler, consider looking in second-hand stores. Thrift stores such as Goodwill refurbish and clean strollers so they are serviceable and inexpensive. A slightly more pricy, but also higher standard retailer is Once Upon a Child; the pre-owned children’s apparel and equipment store accepts and sells only “gently used” items like baby strollers, so you know the baby stroller will be in good shape when you do buy it.