When planning for life with a little one, there are plenty of accessories to consider. Between the diapers, bibs, and toys it can be easy to forget one of the most important items of all: a stroller!
Whether you're strolling to the park or through the grocery store aisles, this is one piece of baby gear that can make on-the-go parenting a lot easier. Yet, with so many different types of strollers on the market, how can you pick the best one for your needs?
Today, we're taking a closer look at a few of the most common models, including the features that each one provides and the differences between them. This way, you'll know exactly which one will fit your family!
Common Types of Strollers
Before you start shopping, it's important to understand the five main types of strollers that are available today. These include:
- Full-sized strollers
- Jogging strollers
- Double strollers
- Lightweight strollers
- Travel systems
Let's take a closer look at each one:
As their name implies, full-sized strollers are the most robust and spacious models on our list. They are designed to be the only stroller you'll ever need, capable of carrying your child from infancy through the toddler years.
Most full-sized strollers offer a wide range of bells and whistles that add to their appeal, including:
- Deep, reclining seats
- Adjustable handles
- Flexibility to switch seat position
- Ability to add a car seat
- Convertible seating options
- Sturdy tires with shock absorption
In addition to these basic touches, you can usually find other convenient add-ons for these strollers, including cup holders and snack trays. While many parents herald the benefits of such gear, keep in mind that some full-sized strollers can be a little cumbersome to fold and store in your vehicle.
That's why it pays to invest in a compact, easy-folding one that you can take anywhere, such as our Valco Baby Tri-Mode X Tailormade Stroller. This stroller moves effortlessly across both city streets and rugged terrain and offers a clean, one-motion fold that takes the guesswork out of storage.
Love the idea of squeezing in a workout while taking your baby for a ride? If so, a jogging stroller is ideal.
These strollers feature excellent suspension that lets you walk, jog or even hike while your baby stays fully comfortable and protected. In addition, most allow you to change the position of the front wheel to swivel when you're in casual motion and lock into place when you reach higher speeds.
Other key features that come standard on most jogging strollers include:
- Car seat compatibility
- Telescoping handlebars
- Deep, reclining seats
- Hand brakes
- Five-point seat harnesses
- Wrist straps
There's nothing like strolling with a sibling!
If you have two young children, a double stroller is a must. These are usually designed in one of two ways. Tandem strollers will position one child in front of the other, while side-by-side strollers allow them to sit next to one another.
While these strollers can be bigger and bulkier than other models, they offer unmatched convenience for busy parents. Take a look at our Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Stroller for inspiration! Another favorite is our Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend, which features an adjustable footrest and handle, along with a reversible seat and auto-fold lock, all weighing in at a lightweight 24 pounds!
Sometimes, you just need to run into the store very quickly. You don't want to lug a heavy stroller around, but you need to keep your kids in tow. In this case, a lightweight stroller, or umbrella stroller, can come in handy.
These are ideal when you're running errands, strolling on a paved path, or traveling. They're designed to take up as little room as possible, allowing you to easily stash them in your car when not in use.
One great example is the UPPAbaby Mini Stroller-Ryan. This portable stroller weighs just under 15 pounds and folds with a one-handed, ultra-smooth motion!
A travel system stroller is designed to allow your stroller and car seat to work together seamlessly. This way, you can leave your sleeping baby in their seat and transport them around town without waking them up!
The Cybex Travel System is a great option, combining the brand's PRIAM Stroller and ATON 2 Car Seat. Ideal for children up to 55 pounds, it includes a fully-reclining and reversible seat, along with lockable front wheels, adaptable handlebars, and a high chair function that aligns the seats to standard table heights.
Active parents will love an all-in-one travel system that lets them zip around town with ease!
Choosing the Best Stroller For Your Needs
Now that we've discussed the main types of strollers, let's review a few questions to ask when you're ready to bring one home. To find the best model for your family, answer the following:
- Where do I plan to do most of my strolling? Neighborhoods, city streets, or trails and parks?
- How much space do I have in my home or vehicle for a stroller?
- How much do I want to spend on a stroller?
- Do I plan to be active with my stroller?
- Does my stroller need to hold a car seat?
- Do I need a convertible stroller that can shift from a single to a double?
- What's my personal stroller style? Classic, trendy, sporty?
- What size stroller do I need? Compact, standard, or spacious?
These are just a few of the decisions you'll need to make when searching for a stroller. The perfect one will check all of your boxes for style and practicality.
Shop Our Wide Selection of Strollers Today
Shopping for a stroller might feel like an overwhelming feat, but it doesn't have to be. With this guide, you can navigate the different types of strollers to find the one that's meant for you and your baby.
When you're ready to start browsing, we'd love to help.
We offer a wide selection of strollers, with myriad brands and features to choose from. Explore our site to learn about each one and the different features it includes. Along the way, feel free to contact us with any questions!