Are you trying to figure out which stroller is the best one for you? Read this article to learn what to look for in the best baby strollers.
Baby strollers have come a long way since the first model (which had to be pulled by a pony!) was built in 1733.
Modern baby strollers have been designed with several features in mind that make using them comfortable and convenient for both you and your child. Today's strollers can cost anywhere from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars depending on what's important to you.
To help you determine the best baby strollers to consider buying, here are five top features you want to look for.
1. Shock Absorbers
Do you plan to take baby off the beaten path when strolling, such as unpaved and gravel park paths? If so, then look for models that include shock absorbers and all-terrain wheels so your baby will enjoy a smoother ride with fewer jolts that can wake or startle them.
Many jogging strollers have made these features standard.
2. Folding Capability
Folding strollers are known as umbrella strollers and they're usually much lighter than traditional strollers. They're easy to store and carry, and convenient if you're planning on travelling with your baby or you take public transportation. Some are even designed to be folded with one hand while you're holding your baby.
Many parents use an umbrella stroller as their back-up stroller for taking trips. One downside of this feature is that it's usually not accompanied by shock-absorbing benefits, as the stroller has to be lightweight.
3. Storage Space
What parent can't use more of it? Many stroller manufacturers have begun to incorporate pockets and baskets to stash extra diapers, beverages, or mom and dad's keys and phone.
You may also want a stroller with a built-in snack tray so your little one can enjoy a bite to eat while taking in the scenery. A cup holder will keep a beverage for you or your child within close reach.
4. Reversible Handles
Sometimes your little one may prefer to see you as their main view versus the world in front of them. A stroller with reversible handles such as ErgoBaby strollers can make this happen by flipping the handle over to the other side. Also called modular strollers, they allow you to keep an eye on your baby as well and never miss a precious moment.
A sunshade is an important feature to protect your baby and their sensitive young eyes from the sun's damaging UV rays. Sunshades also help keep them cooler. Look for a stroller sunshade that has a peek-a-boo window so you can check on your baby and mesh inserts to allow for ventilation.
How to Choose From The Best Baby Strollers
These are just a few of the features that the best baby strollers have in common. You will need to determine which ones are most important for you and your baby's needs.
We suggest testing out strollers in the store so you can see how they maneuver and feel. Pick them up and test out their features to make sure it's a purchase you'll be happy with for the next few years.
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