November 04, 2020 5 min read
One of the big purchases most soon to be parents make is the stroller. Pushing the right stroller for your needs can be a joy, whereas pushing the wrong one can be, totally annoying. Here at Global Baby we think it's important to match the right stroller to the parents, these are some of the questions that we like to ask:
Do You Walk Often?
If you're pounding the pavement on a regular basis, you might want to look at a sportier stroller, like the Edwards & Co Oscar MX, Bugaboo Fox2, or Mutsy Nio. If you prefer a gentle walk to the café for a latte then take a look at the Mutsy Nexo, or Bugaboo Lynx.
Edwards & Co Oscar MX
Where will you walk?
Choose the correct wheels and suspension for the terrain you will be walking on, for example if you walk the dog every day at the dog park, or live on a farm, or even in a suburb with cobbles, you might want to consider a three wheeled stroller like the
Edwards & Co Oscar MX, or a stroller with larger front wheels and integrated suspension, like the Mutsy Nio. The larger wheels will give baby a smoother ride, and make pushing easier for you. At the other end of the spectrum, if you live in town and plan on walking along the footpath and the glossy floors at the mall, you might find the Mutsy Nexo more suited to your needs.
How old is Your Baby?
For a new born baby we always recommend a bassinet, lying flat on their back is the best, safest position for baby to be in. Look for a bassinet that can be removed from the stroller and used as a day bed, which will make it easier to transfer baby from the stroller if you get home from walking and she is asleep, and is a nice familiar place for baby to sleep in when you visit friends and family.
A separate bassinet (as opposed to one that shares a frame with the stroller seat) really comes in to its own around the 6 month mark, when baby becomes more alert and is able to sit up, she may be awake and want to be sitting in a seat and looking around one day, but may be due for a sleep the next. The Mutsy Nio has the option of adding on a lovely carry cot, and Edwards & Co also make a carry cot to fit their Oscar MX.
How Big is Your Car? (Or How Strong Are You?)
Firstly check how small the stroller is once it's folded down, if you're worried that it won't fit into your car ask if you can try it out. It may be a matter of taking the seat off and putting it in the boot separately, or it may be that the stroller just doesn't fit, best you find out before you buy! If you'll be looking after baby on your own and using the car, check that you can lift the stroller into the boot by yourself, there are strollers out there that weigh 10kg and can be difficult for some people to lift.
Have you thought about parent facing seats?
We are big fans of parent facing seats, especially for babies under one year old. You can chat while you walk, see when baby is upset, and a parent facing seat can help ease that separation anxiety stage. Almost all of the strollers that we sell at Global Baby have parent facing/ reversible seats.
How Much Do You Want To Spend?
Let's not beat around the bush, you probably have a budget in mind, so try to be honest with yourself and stick to it. Check what is included with the stroller, does it come with a rain cover, bumper bar, adaptors, suncover, shopping basket, canopy? When it comes time to compare strollers, it's best if you can compare apples with apples and those little extras can really add up.
Which Stroller Do You Like The Look Of?
Firstly an explanation, air filled (or pneumatic) tyres are just like the tyres on your car or bike with an inflatable inner tube. EVA tyres are the more modern alternative and are filled with foam. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Air tyres absorb some of the bumps in uneven terrain, giving a cushioning effect, however if the stroller has independent suspension the EVA tyres will perform on uneven terrains almost just as well.
Some people prefer air tyres for nostalgic reasons, and we don't blame them! The drawback of air tyres is that you need to maintain them, when they are a too flat the stroller will feel heavier to push, so you'll need to pump them up with a hand pump (never at the petrol station, the pressure is too high), you also run the risk of getting a puncture and needing to take your stroller in for repair.
EVA tyres are lighter and are maintenance free. In the last few years we have seen almost all stroller manufacturers move to EVA tyres.
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