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How To Pick The Best Baby Stroller

Aug 17, 2007
Strollers have developed quite a bit in the past few years. In the past, if you were looking for a stroller you would have to choose between two main models: an oversized pram, (a large black stroller where the baby lies down), or a small, precarious stroller that your child would sit in, but would fly around the sidewalk and break easily.

Today, parents are lucky to have a wide variety of well made strollers at their disposal. And this is a good thing too, because a good stroller is a parent's connection with the rest of the world. Parents rely on strollers to transport their growing family outside of the house.

Indeed, some parents even find that there are times when the only possible way they can get their child to sleep is with a walk in the stroller. No matter whether you are using your stroller for work or pleasure, it is clear that strollers (or pushchairs, as they are known in Britain), are a mainstay in modern living, an essential tool for the busy parent on the go and the relaxed parent out for a stroll.

What is the best stroller for my needs?

Your stroller is going to be one of the most important and frequently used baby accessories you own. For this reason, it is essential that you find the perfect stroller for your newborn.

What is perfect for you, however, depends on what you plan to do with your stroller. Strollers come in a variety of configurations to meet the variety of needs and situations parents face in modern society.

If space it not a concern, either in your house or in your car or mini-van, you should be happy with a standard or full-size stroller. The standard stroller will give you and your child a high level of comfort, and be easy to use.

However, if space is at a premium, or you are primarily going to use your stroller while you are out shopping, or want a stroller you can take on trips and that can be brought out quickly, you should consider purchasing a compact stroller.

These lightweight strollers are small and fold away quickly and easily. The main drawback to getting a compact stroller is that they will not be as strong as standard strollers. Also, because they are lighter and more flimsy, they will be harder to push.

As a compromise, consider getting a standard stroller and keeping a compact stroller in the car for when you have to run out with your baby for groceries.

Those parents who plan on going for jogs with their baby, or for long walks in the forest, you should definitely consider buying a jogger, also known as a jogging stroller.

These strollers have exploded onto the scene in the last few years. One of the main benefits of a jogging stroller is that it has large air-filled tires, which will give you a smooth ride over bumpy surfaces. The handlebars are also specially designed to allow you to hold on as you jog behind the stroller. Your baby may not be getting any exercise while you run, but he or she will sure enjoy the ride!

Be sure to take the time to make sure you have the best possible stroller for your child and your lifestyle; after all, you will be spending a lot of your time over the next few years behind the handle bars.
About the Author
Steve Dolan has had to select several strollers over the past few years. Learn all about baby strollers at Baby Strollers and Jogging Strollers Need a baby gift? See our sister site Baby Gifts and Baby Showers
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