Most people don?t realize that there?s more to buying a baby stroller than just choosing the cutest design or the perfect color until they?re faced with the need to prepare for their upcoming baby. In fact, choosing one is just as complicated as choosing the perfect car. For soon-to-be parents, it can become an overwhelming task simply because of the various factors that need to be taken into consideration. ?When choosing a baby stroller, you will need to think of your lifestyle, the safety features of the baby buggy, the height of the stroller, your arm length, and even your personal preferences to the additional features (a.k.a. bells and whistles). ?Below are 3 essential things that you will need to look out for when choosing your baby stroller:
Your baby?s safety is your primary concern when choosing a baby stroller. The best baby strollers are often the most stable. Make sure the strollers are stable and sturdy. If you are able, try the stroller with a diaper bag on the handle to see if it will still remain upright. You will also need to make sure that the stroller won?t suddenly collapse while carrying your baby. In addition, the stroller should also have good suspension to ensure that your baby will have a smooth ride wherever you go. Another safety feature that is essential is the five-point harness which secures your baby to the stroller at his shoulders, waist, and crotch. This prevents him from sliding down or slipping under the belt. There also shouldn?t be any sharp corners in your stroller. Lastly, the brakes on the baby stroller should be trustworthy. You wouldn?t want your baby buggy rolling away while you?re not paying attention.
Your baby stroller should be easy and convenient to use. Check the height of the stroller?s handles to see if it is comfortable to you. If more than one person is going to be pushing the stroller, the handles? height should be adjustable. Maneuverability is also essential. Make sure that the wheels can easily turn smoothly especially if you?ll be using it in crowded malls. Your baby stroller should also be easy to fold; a one-hand folding mechanism is perfect and you won?t need to struggle with it whenever you?re going to use it or pack it away. Look at the stroller?s dimensions and weight as well to determine its ease of use. A heavy or big stroller can be difficult to maneuver and to lug around with you. It might not even fit in the trunk of your car. Another essential convenience that any baby stroller should have is the roomy basket underneath the seat. This provides you a place to store the diaper bag or any other items you need to haul around while strolling with your baby.
Your baby?s comfort is an important factor to consider. Make sure that the reclining seat of your baby stroller has multiple positions. A newborn won?t be able to sit down yet so your stroller?s reclining seat should be able to allow him to lie down flat while in it. The different positions will also allow you to provide comfortable support to your baby as he grows (sitting straight, slightly reclining, etc.). The baby stroller should also have a canopy to protect your little one from the rain and the sun. The harness should not only be secure and reliable, it should also be comfortable for your baby.
Of course, aside from these three, there are other factors that you will have to consider before finally buying a baby stroller. Washable fabric, presence of a cup holder and/or snack tray, stylish design or just the basics ? these are all things that you may also include in your baby stroller checklist. And while you go about your quest for perfect stroller, just keep in mind that the best baby strollers are those that fit all your baby?s needs and yours.