Buying the Best Stroller for you

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There are so many options when it comes to buying a stroller – all the choices can be overwhelming!  What can you do to make a choice?  Well other than read this site, I thought you might like some other ideas…

Check out stroller buying guides online

There are some great sites online to help you choose a stroller. I recently came across The Stroller Site which has some very helpful reviews, comparison charts and buying guides.

It breaks up the strollers into categories, such as umbrella strollers, double strollers and jogging strollers, explains each category and gives some suggestions as to what you should consider when buying a stroller. It also has stroller reviews, but I think you should keep reading those here instead :) I especially found the category on the best umbrella stroller to be helpful, as I was trying to work out the differences between two different strollers that I hope to review on here soon.

There are also some great helpful videos on some of the big parenting sites, such as parents.com.

Go to a baby shop and play with some strollers

Looking at videos and buying guides online is a great starting point, but nothing beats actually touching and pushing around the strollers you are considering. There are many baby shops around with huge stroller selections and it is definitely worth having a look in one, even if you end up buying online (which is often cheaper).

While you are looking at them, ensure you put some actual weight in the stroller. Pushing around an empty stroller is not the same experience as pushing around one with a screaming toddler. It may be hard to replicate the screaming part, but it is easy enough to add some weight.

Talk to other moms

Other moms are a great resource when it comes to picking a stroller. Chat to ones that you know or other moms at work and playgroup. It can also be beneficial to chat to other moms online, especially if you don’t come into contact with many moms in day to day life. Check to see exactly why they like their stroller and how they use it. Also remember that everyone’s needs are different, so just because a stroller is perfect for your best friend, it doesn’t mean it will be for you. It is a good starting point though.

 

Hopefully these tips will get you started on the path to finding your perfect stroller. Keep coming back here to learn more about different strollers as well!

 

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller Review

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

One of the most popular and best rated strollers around is the BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller. Favored for its easy to use, compact and light-weight frame, this durable product is a favorite of active families for the comfort and convenience it provides both for parents and the little one.

Features:

• Dimensions: 51.6 x 25.4 x 40 inches
• Product Weight: 25 pounds
• Maximum Weight Capacity: 70 pounds
• Fully rotating front wheels for superior maneuverability
• Two-position shock absorber suspension system
• Two-step folding system
• Seventy degree reclining seat
• Five-point safety harness

Pros:

The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller features fully-rotating front wheels that allow easier maneuverability and control in even the most difficult turning situations. It has wide rear wheels that provide stability coupled with a unique shock absorber suspension system for a more comfortable ride in even the most rugged terrain. Designed to support active lifestyles, this stroller can go from the jogging and hiking trail to malls and busy streets. An accessory adapter (sold separately) allows parents to use the stroller with the BOB infant car seat making it a good choice for active parents who want a stroller to adapt to their growing child’s needs. The adjustable padded reclining seat with five-point harness strap keeps your baby comfortable and secure. A multiple setting canopy allows you to adjust the level of shade and protection for baby depending on weather conditions. Its cargo basket and seat pocket has plenty of room for carrying baby essentials. Made from high strength aluminum alloy, the BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller is built for durability to endure even the most rugged use.

Cons:

The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller comes out as one of the priciest jogging strollers on the market since its accessories are sold separately. The wrist strap which is supposed to be an added safety feature can be a safety hazard when used while jogging or hiking, if the parent trips or falls while the wrist strap is on, the stroller can potentially topple over with him. This stroller is also not as lightweight as other competitors making it a bit inconvenient if you would need to carry it around a lot.

Our Recommendations

Evaluate your family’s lifestyle, if you are the type who would be walking around a lot, this stroller would be a good choice for you. The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller works best for active, on-the-go families. It is specially designed to handle well on rugged terrain making it a good choice for parents who love to go jogging or hiking with their little one. Despite its pricier cost, its durability and purposeful design makes it a good investment for the active outdoors family. For families who do not really jog, or walk or hike a lot and would only need a stroller for the occasional short trip to the mall or the doctors, then we suggest getting a stroller more suitable for your situation and with a lower price tag.

You can read more about it here.

Why Maclaren Strollers are Popular

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From celebrity moms to soccer moms, it would seem Maclaren Strollers have become synonymous with baby strollers. For many first time parents, choosing a stroller can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. A lot of things need to be considered when choosing the right stroller for your family’s needs: budget, durability, convenience, features etc. Often, a stroller is the single most thought about investment in every new parent’s must-have list. So, why all the fuss over Maclarens? Here’s why:

They’re lightweight and compact

Maclaren strollers are famed for being so lightweight they’re referred to as umbrella strollers. Designed by former British aeronautical engineer Owen Maclaren, these strollers are easy to carry without sacrificing comfort and safety. Despite being so light, Maclaren strollers are built for durability, taking the wear and tear expected of any good quality child accessory. Light weight strollers are popular for their convenience and their practicality, perhaps the most important consideration when investing in your baby’s first ride. The compact design of Maclaren strollers means not only easier transport but easier storage as well when they’re not in use.

They’re easy to use

The Maclaren’s trademark single-hand fold is also a big attraction for parents. It eliminates having to figure out how to fold or unfold your gadget, providing convenience and ease of use for on the go parents. Complicated twists and clicks and steps just to use, store or transport a stroller are a huge turn-off. After all, who has time to figure out how to get your stroller in the car when faced with screaming and grumpy kids.

They’re stylish

Maclaren strollers are so stylish they are a favorite of celebrity moms. Their trendy designs add a dash of sass and accent for the style conscious modern parent. A range of accessories can also be bought separately, allowing parents to customize and even personalize their strollers to their needs. A few celebrity designers have already lent their name to a Maclaren stroller line, adding more style points to this already fashionable brand.

There’s one for every budget

Maclaren offers a range of stroller models to cover every need and every budget. From the simple basic umbrella models to twin strollers and buggies, prices vary from the reasonably priced editions to the pricier designer models preferred by celebrities. While even the most affordable Maclaren can still be pricier than other competitors, they more than make up for it in terms of product quality and durability.

They’re covered by a warranty

Unlike other stroller brands with very limited warranty, all Maclaren strollers are covered with a basic warranty that covers manufacturing and material defects, extending up to 1 year for some of its models. Parents also have the option of registering their Maclaren with the company to automatically avail of the Sovereign Lifetime Warranty. For as long as you use your stroller according to its specified purpose and within the parameters of normal use, a warranty has you covered.

Maclaren has earned a reputation for top quality strollers designed to keep up with the growing and changing needs of the modern family. Their commitment to product excellence has rightfully earned them the approval of many satisfied users, making them one of the most popular and well-loved stroller brands in the world to date.

Baby Jogger City Select Review

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The Baby Jogger City Select is a multi-functional stroller that transforms from a single to a double stroller. It has a patented attachment system that allows parents to customize seating combinations to suit their needs.

Features:

• Dimensions: 43.5 x 25.8 x 41.5 inches
• Weight: 28 lbs.
• Weight capacity: 45 lbs. (single)
• 16 seating combinations
• Double conversion kit (sold separately)
• Patented quick fold system
• Five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and buckle cover
• Adjustable multi-position seat (from upright to multiple reclining positions)
• Adjustable sun canopy
• Adjustable head height
• Hand operated brakes for safe parking

Pros

The Baby Jogger City Select converts from a single to double stroller, allowing parents the convenience of having a multi-purpose stroller that grows with their family. For those with toddlers and a new baby it eliminates the need of having to bring two strollers. Its award winning 16-seating combinations gives parents freedom to customize seating and carrying configurations to suit their needs. The five–point harness with shoulder pads and buckle cover ensures your baby is seated comfortably and safely. Although it is convertible into a double stroller, its narrower frame compared to other competitors allows more freedom of movement without having to worry about tight spaces. This stroller also allows you to adjust its three part sun canopy (provides more protection than most strollers) and even the head height of the cover, truly accommodating a growing child’s needs. The added front-wheel suspension allows a more comfortable ride and easier maneuverability even on uneven surfaces. Hand operated brakes provide easier parking. The Baby Jogger City Select folds compactly for easier transport and storage.

Cons

The Baby Jogger City Select is a bit pricey, although still affordable compared to higher-end strollers with the same features. When used as a double stroller, it gets harder to maneuver especially when moving up or down an incline. Since it converts into a double, it is considered a full size stroller and not as compact as its single stroller counterparts. It also does not stand on its own once folded for storage. You will need to lean it against a wall or similar surface if you want to store or transport it in an upright position. Converting the stroller from a single to a double takes a bit of work and effort, it is not as easy as snapping on an added seat, however once all the basic converter parts are in place, it basically is an easy to use double stroller, unless of course you want to shift it back to single.

Our Recommendations

For parents who want a stroller that grows with their family or for those who already have two children, this stroller could be a good choice. Despite its pricier cost, its versatility, quality and durability make it well worth its price. Especially for those planning to have a second child close in age the City Select can be considered a good investment. Its elegant design makes it a stylish yet useful accessory for the modern family. All in all, this stroller provides comfort, safety, versatility and durability plus extra features that make it worth its price.

Read more about it here.

The First Years Indigo Stroller Review

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The First Years Indigo Stroller is a compact, light-weight, contemporary styled reversible stroller that can accommodate infants and children up to 50 lbs. It has an affordable price tag and provides all the utility of a practical stroller without sacrificing comfort and safety.

Features:

• Dimensions: 34.5″ x 18.5 W x 41″ (L x W x H)
• Weight: 22 lbs.
• Easy to assemble
• Reversible seat that converts from front-facing mode to rear-facing mode.
• Five-point harness ensures safety without compromising comfort
• Spacious seat that adjusts from upright to reclining position
• One hand fold for easy storage
• Compatible with other First Years products
• Universal attachment for popular infant car seat brands
• Large wheels for easier maneuverability
• Rear wheel brakes
• Adjustable and removable canopy
• Taller handle height
• Parent pocket and storage basket

Pros

The Indigo Stroller is very stylish. It sleek contemporary look makes it an attractive accessory for on-the go modern parents. At only 22 pounds, it is compact and lightweight making it more convenient to move around and store. It is also very easy to assemble. No need for screws or knots and bolts. The wheels and seat easily snap in place and it is ready for use. This stroller features larger wheels than competitors in its class, making it easier to maneuver on any type of ground surface. Its rear wheel brakes are a safety feature that allows parents to “park” with peace of mind. The relatively wide seat easily adjusts from an upright to reclining position with an easy release feature that also allows you to switch from forward-facing to “parent-facing” position. The large storage basket has more than enough space to carry the usual baby basics plus a little extra. It also has a cloth pocket with zippers which parents can use to store their wallets, keys and cell phones or loose change without fear of these falling out or easily getting lost. Its canopy offers baby sufficient protection from sun and rain.

Cons

Although it is narrower than other strollers, it tends to be a bit bulky when folded with the seat attached. To get a truly flat fold, you need to remove the seat first before folding. Although, removing the seat is not all too difficult. The rubber on the handle bar easily wears and tears. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about this stroller is its wheels tend to squeak after a period of use.

Our Recommendations:

Over-all, the First Years Indigo Stroller covers all the basic features of a versatile and reliable stroller at a fraction of the price. It gives great value for your money without compromising safety and comfort of your little one and at the same time provides parents with added features for their convenience. The pros far outnumber the cons on this one. The squeaky wheels can easily be resolved by doing a DIY repair using lithium grease. The most attractive feature of this stroller is its affordability. It may not last as long as its higher priced counterparts, however considering the wear and tear children can inflict on their things, the First Years Indigo Stroller allows you considerable durability despite its lower cost. Plus, First Years is known for their excellent customer service, so this product gets our thumbs up.

Read more about it here.