How does one choose the best stroller amidst the many offerings on the market? We know it can be quite a daunting task for new parents especially to distinguish between all the different features, specifications and styles. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few helpful hints, and a couple of our recommendations!
Baby strollers are one of those things that you won’t be able to manage without, unlike many gadgets often found on baby registries. They are often also the first item parents-to-be invest in. Despite the fact that the market is abundant in options – or perhaps because of that, they are a rather tricky item to shop for, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So keep reading to find out what our tips are when shopping for strollers and what you should be looking out for!
1| Price of the Stroller
Cost is the deciding factor. They can be really expensive like the realm of designer handbags and so it is rather common that new parents get a shock when they first look at the price tag. Look around online and then set a budget for what you think is feasible – many come with unnecessary gadgets that you won’t actually need.
2| Weight of the Stroller
Weight is the second thing we advise that you look at – the more substantial versions are more durable with thicker wheels and can be made for jogging etc (read Workout With Your Baby and Stroller). They are tough, but the downside is that they aren’t suited for public transport. This is where you need to shop around your lifestyle choices. In general, in the UAE we recommend the lighter strollers. Unless you are an adventurous mum in which case opt for the first choice.
3| Foldability & Compact-ability
Foldability is the last but crucial part of the decision making process. Some strollers can be folded with a single movement while others require that you dismantle their wheels in order to collapse them. Are you intending on travelling in your car a lot? How large is the size of the bonnet of your vehicle? (Read Lightweight Stroller Buyer’s Guide).
Last but not least – as we are all learning to be more environmentally conscious it’s worth looking around in your mum community for a second hand one. Here are a few we at Mumzworld recommend: