Strollers give you and your child a smooth way to shop, walk and venture through the neighborhood. Safety and convenience, though, is crucial when you have to determine which stroller will do.While all strollers have the same basic components, the model, size and wheels can be different. They all play a role in how easy it will be for you to guide your most valuable passenger.
Some strollers are designed for convenience, but many have luxurious options that are sleek, stylish and functional, according to Julie Vallese, consumer safety expert with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Carriage strollers, also known as full-size strollers, are similar to a bed on wheels. It has a flat seat and a leg rest that pulls up to form a bassinet-like feature. Additional components may include padded seats, cup holders, carriage baskets and quilted canopies to keep your little one comfortable.
A travel system stroller allows you to snap the car seat directly on to the stroller says Vallese. These convertible strollers feature durable frames and snap-in buckles to support the car seat. It also has user-friendly latches so it can be quickly set up and folded down. Travel strollers are also easy to convert into an upright stroller when your child outgrows the infant car seat.
Jogging and sports strollers feature large bicycle-tire wheels but lightweight frames. They're designed to endure rough roads and trails, says Vallese. The front wheel of these all-terrain models feature a maximum glide to avoid slips and enhance maneuvers. The stroller base has padded seats and an adjustable harness so the baby stays comfortable and safe.
Lightweight strollers are just that – light in weight. They're easy to set up, and just as easy to fold when it's time to put them away. Lightweight models typically have high-quality wheels, storage baskets and canopies. Vallese warns, though, that due to the small frame of this stroller, your baby may be able to reach the folding and locking devices. If you go with this option, you'll need to keep an eye on those tiny, wandering hands.