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Baby Strollers - Don't Forget the Fundamentals When Buying

Aug 25, 2008
Have you been shopping for baby strollers? If so, you probably realized there are several things to take into consideration when purchasing a new infant stroller. There will certainly be a wide variety of features that you will be comparing. However, there are several fundamental considerations that many parents overlook, or do not review closely enough. When shopping the vast selection of baby strollers, be sure to consider the weight of the stroller and your baby, the size of the stroller, the price, and the safety features of the stroller as well.

The weight of the stroller is a very important factor when you make a decision as to which one to purchase. It is important to keep in mind you will be lifting the stroller in and out of the car, out of a closet or from a shelf and you need to be able to lift it comfortably. Some strollers are extremely heavy to lift and heavy to push around. If you buy a heavy stroller as your baby grows, it will become increasingly difficult to push your child in it. Lightweight baby strollers can be the best option for parents with limited physical strength.

The size of baby strollers is important in your decision also. The height of the stroller, including the handlebar, should be considered. If a stroller is positioned to low or too high then it may be uncomfortable for you to push. There are strollers with adjustable handlebars. You might consider a stroller with an adjustable handlebar if you cannot find one that fits right. The width of a stroller is also really important because you want it to fit through the doorway of your home and other places as well. Some baby strollers, in particular multi-child side-by-side strollers, are so wide that they have to be folded to fit through entrances.

When you are thinking about the size of a stroller you also want to look at the size when it is folded up for storage. Some baby strollers are very bulky when they are folded which makes it hard to store in small places. And remember, storage is not just an at-home consideration. A baby stroller's most common storage place is in the automobile. Be sure the folded size can be accommodated by your vehicle with ample room for you to comfortably store and remove the stroller.

Safety is the most important factor when you look at baby strollers for your baby. It is important for a baby sitting upright to have a safety belt or, better yet, a multi-point harness to secure him or her into the stroller, preventing baby from being able to stand and fall out of the stroller. There should also be a parking brake mechanism on the stroller. This allows you to lock the wheels when you park the stroller. Though most baby strollers provide wheel locks for the two rear wheels, strollers which provide locking of all four wheels are the safest, particularly when parked on inclines, where rear wheels bear the weight of the baby and the stroller, and gravity tends to inconveniently rotate the stroller towards the downhill-facing position.

When you shop for baby strollers you should think about many factors before you make your purchase. Many parents buy the best looking stroller, the most stylish stroller, or the baby stroller with the most features and regret it later because of the weight or size. So take all these aspects into consideration to help save you time and money and make your life a happy one!
About the Author
Learn more about baby strollers and understand why many parents choose baby strollers for their infant. David Cummings is the General Manager of Bustling Baby, a business devoted to providing baby mobility, comfort, and convenience to active families.
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