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The Ultimate Stroller Buying Guide

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As a new parent, the world of strollers can feel overwhelming. With so many options, features, and price points, how do you know which one is the best fit for your family?  

Fear not, weary future moms and dads — our comprehensive guide has got you covered! 

From must-have safety specs to game-changing convenience factors, we'll walk you through everything you need to consider when choosing the perfect stroller.  

By the time you're done reading, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to make an informed decision and hit the ground (or sidewalk) running. 

Let’s get to it!

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Stroller Basics 

stroller is much more than just a way to get from point A to point B.  

Quality strollers are designed to keep your little one safe, comfortable, and entertained during those long walks and endless errands. 

Beyond the basic functionality, strollers can also be a reflection of your personal style and parenting philosophy. From sleek and modern to rugged and adventurous, there's a stroller out there to suit every taste and lifestyle! With the right one, your daily outings can go from an arduous chore to enjoyable bonding time.

Typically when you buy a stroller, in the box you'll find the stroller frame and toddler seat with canopy. However, sometimes you will also receive extras like a bug net, a rain shield, a cup holder, a carrying strap, a bassinet attachment for newborns, and adapters to connect your infant car seat .... speaking of which.

 

Travel System Compatibility 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of stroller shopping, let's talk about travel systems 

A travel system refers to a coordinated set of products, usually a stroller and an infant car seat, that are designed to work seamlessly together. 

Many stroller brands offer these bundled options, which can be a great money-saving solution for new parents. Instead of purchasing a stroller and car seat separately, you get a matched pair. Your infant car seat will easily click off and on to its car seat base and onto the stroller frame — making transitions from car to stroller a total breeze (no need to wake baby while sleeping!). 

For many parents, travel systems are a must-have during those first sleep-deprived months. If you envision yourself doing a lot of in-and-out-of-the-car trips, a travel system could be a lifesaver. 

You can also create your own travel system by mixing and matching one brand of stroller with another brand of infant car seat. Many stroller brands sell adapters that allow for compatibility with a wide array of seats. Just be sure to do your research to ensure your top picks work together.  

For more info on travel systems and our favourite products, check out our Top Travel Systems of the Year article.

Nuna

TAVO + PIPA Travel System

$1,200.00

Peg Perego

YPSI Travel System

$1,379.99

Britax

Willow Brook S+ Travel System

$699.99

 

Things To Consider 

When it comes to selecting the perfect stroller, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Let's break them down:  

Safety Features: The safety of your child should be the top priority when choosing a stroller. Look for features like a sturdy frame for tough terrains, foot brakes for control, lockable wheels for added stability on hills, and a secure harness system to keep your little one firmly in place. A UPF-protected canopy is also a must-have for shielding delicate skin from the sun's harmful rays, and a bumper bar can keep them protected from accidental injuries. 

Comfort Features: Once you've addressed the safety essentials, it's time to think about your child's comfort. Plush padding on the seat and harness, ample ventilation, and a smooth suspension system can go a long way in keeping your baby happy and content during longer outings. The size and weight of the stroller can make or break your buying decision (lightweight ones are easier to maneuver), while footrests and suspension systems ensure your tiny tot always enjoys a smooth, relaxing ride. There are also many comfort features for parents like leather-wrapped adjustable handlebars that allow parents of all heights to have the perfect push. 

Convenience Features: Modern strollers are packed with smart design elements to make your life easier. Look for one-handed folding mechanisms, easy-access storage compartments, and fabrics that wipe clean in a snap. Features like cup holders and snack trays are ideal when you're on the move, while easy-to-use buckles make loading (and unloading) your little one a cinch! 

Newborn Friendly: If you plan to use your stroller from birth, check the stroller specs. Many stroller seats can’t be used until your child is at least six months old, so you will want to make sure it is compatible with an infant car seat or other newborn-friendly accessories like a bassinet. 

Price Point: Strollers can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand, depending on the brand, features, and overall quality. While it's tempting to go for the most affordable option, remember you often get what you pay for. We recommend you shop smart and invest in a stroller that will withstand the wear and tear of everyday use while growing with your child at the same time. Many amazing options are both budget-friendly and fully loaded with must-have features. 

Types of Strollers 

To pick the right stroller, consider your needs. Are you a one-and-done family or will you be having more little ones? Are you using your stroller on smooth sidewalks or bumpy gravelly paths? Do you have a tiny car trunk or limited storage space and require a compact model? What convenience and comfort features are important to you? 

There are different types of strollers to suit any family! Let's dive into the different stroller options on the market. 

  • Single Strollers: The classic, one-child, single stroller is a great choice for parents of singletons. These compact, maneuverable models are perfect for navigating tight spaces and crowded sidewalks while offering premium comfort and convenience features. They're also relatively lightweight, making them easy to lift in and out of the car. For a deep dive into these strollers, check out our Top Single Strollers of the Year. 
  • Convertible Strollers: If you're planning on expanding your family in the near future, a convertible stroller might be the way to go. These versatile models can accommodate one, two, and sometimes even three children, often with the option to add a second seat, infant car seat, or bassinet. They offer excellent value and longevity, growing right alongside your brood. For more information, check out our Top Single-to-Double Convertible Strollers of the Year. 
  • Double Strollers: For parents of twins or closely-spaced siblings, a double stroller is the way to go. These sturdy, wide-set models provide a comfortable ride for two little ones, with features like individual canopies and reclining seats. They do require a bit more maneuvering, but the convenience factor is unbeatable. Check out some great options in our Top Double Strollers of the Year article. 
  • Travel Strollers: Lightweight and compact, travel strollers are designed with mobility in mind. Perfect for frequent flyers or city dwellers, these nimble models fold down to a fraction of their full size, making them easy to stash in the trunk or check at the gate. While they may sacrifice some bells and whistles, travel strollers are all about streamlined convenience. Any of our Top Travel Strollers will make a fine addition to your next vacation! 
  • Jogging Strollers: For the active parent who refuses to let a little one slow them down, a jogging stroller is a fantastic option. These rugged, three-wheeled wonders are built to handle uneven terrain and offer a smooth, shock-absorbent ride — especially at higher speeds! For safety purposes, be sure to wait until your child is at least six months old before taking them for a jog. Take them on a fun-filled fitness adventure with one of our Top Jogging Strollers. 
  • Big Kid Strollers: As your child grows, their stroller needs will change. Big kid strollers are designed to accommodate toddlers and preschoolers, with features like extended canopies, padded seats, and higher weight capacities. These models provide a comfortable ride long after the infant stage, making them a worthwhile investment. For the best options, check out our Top Strollers for Big Kids article.

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Stroller Shopping Simplified 

Choosing the perfect stroller isn’t easy, but with our comprehensive guide, you're well on your way to finding the ideal match for your family.  

Remember to prioritize safety, comfort, and convenience — and don't be afraid to test-drive a few options before making your final decision! 

Whether you opt for a sleek, modern single, a versatile convertible, or a rugged jogging model, the right stroller will quickly become an indispensable part of your parenting journey.  

So, embrace the adventure and get ready to explore the world with your little one in tow!