Pro Tips for Choosing a Stroller
Here at Global Baby strollers are our specialty. We spend our days talking strollers, demonstrating strollers, and pushing strollers. So it was about time we put together a list of things to take into consideration when you're shopping for a stroller!
Where will you walk?
City footpaths, or bumpy trails- where will you be taking your stroller? The size of the wheels, and the stroller's suspension will determine the sort of terrain it's suitable for. If you're going to be walking off-road a lot then you want to be looking for larger wheels, like the Edwards & Co Oscar MX. Good suspension will also help with providing a smooth ride- we love the integrated suspension in the Bugaboo Fox2.
How big is your car?
If you drive a really small car you'll need to look at strollers with a compact fold. The Mutsy Icon is a great choice, it's a full-sized stroller with all the features, and it will fit in the boot of a VW Polo.
A parent facing seat will allow you to chat with your baby while you walk, you'll be able to comfort baby if they're upset, and notice when they drop a toy. It can also really help if your baby goes through the separation anxiety stage.
Can you lift it?
Make sure you try out lifting the stroller when you're in the shop, as the weight of strollers can vary. Some strollers are also quite bulky and awkward to lift, especially if you're petite.
These aren't totally necessary, but they are very nice to have! Adapters will allow you to attach your capsule (car seat) to the frame of your pram. It's handy when baby is very little and sleep a lot, because you don't have to wake them to transfer them from the car to the pram. Adapters are also totally handy on the school run when you have more than one child! Pictured above is the Mutsy Icon with Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Capsule.
Running with strollers
This topic is deserving of its own blog post, which Anita says she will write one day! Pregnant customers are often looking for a stroller that they'll be able to go running with, but anecdotally we know a lot of people seldom, if ever, go running with their baby in the stroller. If you're a keen runner we'd recommend the Edwards & Co Oscar Mx, in which you can take your 6 month + baby for a jog at up to 10km per hour. Otherwise, let someone else look after the baby at home while you go out for a casual jog.
Can you collapse it?
This is a difficult one, because it's always going to be a little tricky collapsing an unfamiliar stroller in a shop! It will probably still be tricky the first two or three times you take your stroller out! The main thing is that the person working in the shop makes it look easy, then you'll make it look easy too one day.
We hope you found that helpful, all that's left to consider now is the look and the colour!!
See you in store or online soon.
The Global Baby Team
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