Most of the strollers that we sell at Global Baby have parent facing seats. In the old days pushchairs always had parent facing seats but sometime around the 60s or 70s a compact fold became more desirable with strollers, and so due to engineering restraints the seat was turned to face the other way. These days engineering has come along way and it's now possible to have a light weight compact stroller where your child can sit facing you. We think that there are a lot of things to love about parent facing strollers, and here are some of our faves.
1. You can see and hear if your baby is upset
You don't need to stop walking and move around to the front of the stroller to see what your baby doing or what's bothering them.
3. You can talk to your baby while you're walking
There are lots of studies showing how much more babies are talked to when they are sitting in the push chair facing their parent, like this one out of the UK, and this more recent study in NZ. It's really a lot of fun to chat to your baby while you're walking, and it's exciting too, when their language develops and they start pointing things out to you like busses, flowers, playgrounds, dogs, and other objects that you see every day but hardly notice without your child bringing them to your attention.
4. You can make adjustments
If the blanket phones off or if the hat goes over their eyes, you'll notice straight away, you can even see if one of their booties falls off.
5. This is kind of a funny one
When you go to pick up your child from daycare with an empty stroller, you'll get less comments from strangers if the seat is parent-facing. This is especially a bonus if you're pregnant with number two, Anna told us that the strangers comments ramped up a notch when she was pregnant and walking with an empty outward facing stroller! LOL!