Purchasing a new stroller can be a pretty big decision, whether you’re shopping for your first baby or your fourth. There are so many different brands and models, and at prices ranging from cheap and affordable to outrageously expensive. That fancy stroller in the store window may have all the bells and whistles, but does it actually fit your needs? Here are a few things to take into consideration when you’re shopping for new wheels.


Who is going to use it? If you have three kids like I do, you might find that any of the three may want to use the stroller, depending on the situation – sometimes all three at once, but that’s not safe. A three-seater might be a little much with older kids who will very rarely agree to be contained. Sometimes a standard double is too much too. A stroller with a rear bench is perfect for us because it’s not too big to use with only one child, but can fit another if needed.

Where are you going to use it? Are you very active? Will you be taking this stroller through parks and trails and during exercise? Or are you a more casual stroller user, taking it the the mall, theme parks and errands. A jogging stroller is great for both situations, but may be a little on the bulky side. For more casual use, a lightweight stroller should do the job. If you plan on using it for long periods of time, you might want a stroller that reclines far enough for comfortable sleeping, or a snack tray and cup holder to keep your little one satisfied.

What are you willing to pay? You can find a $20 umbrella stroller as easily as you can find a $300 travel system. But which one do you think is going to last you longer? If you have to buy three cheap strollers over the course of the year, it’s wiser to spend a little extra on a stroller that’s built to last, and includes a manufacturer warranty in case anything goes wrong along the way.

How big is it? Pull out the measuring tape and see how big the stroller is when it’s in use and when it’s folded. Is it going to take up your whole trunk? Are you going to be able to push it comfortably? A good position for the handlebar of the stroller is a little above your belly button but below your chest. Measure from the floor to that spot and look for a stroller close to that height.

Most of all a stroller should fit your style. You’re going to be seeing a lot of it so make sure you love it!

What are some of the features you look for in a stroller?

2 Responses to Things to consider when shopping for a stroller

  1. We had great luck with baby stores letting us take strollers out and test them in the trunk of our car when we were looking. It made things so much easier to see how they would work before we bought one.

  2. Oh man I have a whole list of requirements of what I was looking for in my double: inline vs. side by side, needed a decent parent tray, versatile to handle newborn up to toddler, etc. But the main thing was I really wanted one that was going to last through what my boys would put it thru, and possibly another kid as well.

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