One of the very first things I put on my Baby Registry was my stroller. When purchasing a stroller, you need to consider your environment (city or the burbs) and lifestyle.
For example, if you are an avid fitness fan and plan to go on jogs and tons of outside adventures with your baby on a regular basis, then an athletic/jogger stroller is probably the best fit for you. If you are someone that is planning on taking your baby on a ton of errands with you (grocery store, mall, dining out, etc.), and will take light strolls around your neighborhood, I would suggest the Doona or a smaller/lightweight umbrella stroller.
It is also important to take your living space into consideration. If your home has minimal storage, take a close look at how easily the stroller can be stored (i.e. a simple one-hand fold) and how compact it gets, as well as the weight (esp. if you live in a walk-up apartment.)
Lastly, look out for the stroller’s weight capacity and age limit. Some strollers can only hold babies up to 30 pounds, while others can accommodate up to 65. Also, not all strollers are safe for newborns. You never want to put a newborn baby in a stroller without a deep reclining seat or bassinet, as they still need neck support. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until between 4 and 6 months to use the stroller.
Types of Strollers
- Full-size strollers: Also known as all-purpose strollers, these strollers combine a smooth ride with convenient features like a storage basket, seat recline and cup holders. All-purpose strollers tend to be on the bulkier side and take a bit of effort to fold down. Full-size strollers also offer travel systems, meaning they can attach to an infant car seat to easily transition from car to stroller.
- Umbrella strollers: Umbrella strollers are lightweight, making them ideal for travel or quick errands around town. True to name, they can fold up like an umbrella, making them portable and compact. The downside…Umbrella strollers are usually not as sturdy as full-size strollers and also don’t have tons of storage space.
- Jogging strollers: If you’d like the ability to run with baby, you’ll need a jogging stroller for its increased stability and shock absorption.
Let’s Get Rollin’!
- Best “Luxury” Stroller
- Good investment — Vista grows with your family; it’s able to carry 2-3 kids so you won’t need to buy a second stroller within the next few years.
- Also comes with a bassinet that attaches to the stroller (great for going on walks in the early months AND can be used as a bassinet for next to your bed using this stand)
- Cons: $$$, takes up space/not easy to store
- Best “Athletic” Stroller
- This stroller is for those who plan to go on frequent runs or outdoor adventures with baby
- Cons: hard to store due to the big wheels
- Best “Overall” Stroller
- Most versatile due to the all-terrain wheels, a UV 50+ canopy, an adjustable handlebar and hand-operated brake.
- It’s long-lasting as it holds kids up to 65 pounds!
- Cons: Although “Jogger” is in its name, it isn’t *as* good as the BOB for jogging. But, if you are only planning on jogging around your neighborhood, the all-terrain wheels make it great for tons of concrete usage.
- Best “Bang for your Buck” Stroller
- The 3-wheel design helps with uneven sidewalks.
- The seat reclines to a nearly flat position (crucial for naps!) and there’s a peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy.
- One-hand fold into a compact position for storage.
- Cons: Comes with adapters to work with Britax and BOB car seats only. Also, no parent tray or cup holders. (You can buy an add on for this, though!)
- Best “Travel” Stroller
- Once your baby outgrows the Doona (which will most likely be around 1 year), this stroller will be your new best friend when traveling.
- Super lightweight!
- Has an easy, one-handed fold to fit in an airline’s overhead compartment. And its compact size means it’s airline-certified to bring on board a plane as carry-on.
- Cons: Can become an all in one travel system, but needs to use adapters for car seats.
The Holy Grail
I can NOT recommend the Doona enough!!! In one simple motion, the Doona goes from a car seat to a stroller in seconds. It is super compact, lightweight, FAA Aircraft Approved for travel, AND can be strapped into a car safely even without the car seat base (by strapping it in with a seatbelt). This means, if you are traveling or live in a city like New York or San Fran where you may be taking ubers / cabs frequently, you can safely jump into a car at the drop of a hat! (I’ve also taken the Doona on the subway, and it fit nicely on the subway bench, as shown below.) Although expensive, the Doona is worth every penny for its convenience.
- Since it transitions immediately into a stroller, there’s no need to carry a heavy car seat on your arm when running errands.
- Amazing for restaurants because it’s not as bulky; same height as typical tables, no need to flip over a highchair to place a car seat in to get it to table height.
- Amazing for travel (fits well in an airplane seat, and you don’t have to bring a stroller AND a car seat when traveling!)
- This would be in place of an “umbrella stroller” too.
- Cons: $$$. Only lasts until your baby is 35 pounds or approx. when they turn one year.
- If you have another caregiver in your household, I suggest ordering an extra car seat base – one for your car and one for theirs.
Best “Luxury” Stroller
Best “Athletic” Stroller
Best “Light Weight” Stroller
Best “Over-All” Stroller
When it comes to car seats, it’s best to stick to the same company as your stroller so it converts easily (something you don’t have to worry about with the DOONA).
- Winner of Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks”
- Winner of The Bump’s “Best of Baby”
**Don’t forget the extra base for whichever car seat you choose!
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