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Consumer Report, What to Expect, Strolleria, and Mommyhood101 have each done extensive guides on stroller buying guides but each is lacking in certain key areas such as folding mechanisms functionality where they fail to give details. A stroller folding mechanism can differentiate between a poor and an excellent stroller.

Let me explain.

Some strollers are very easy to fold requiring one hand, while others require a little more effort. There are also those that need two hands to be able to fold them and there are those that automatically fold…wait, there are also various ways to trigger the fold which also matters.

Do you now see why details are more important than just a blanket ‘easy-fold-mechanism‘?

After extensive research, and digging into peer-reviewed studies on safety and stroller designs, I am happy to be putting this guide together to assist other parents to avoid the mistakes I made when we first got our stroller a few years back.

After reading this extensive guide, you’ll know everything useful to understand about strollers – including the different types of strollers available, what to look for when purchasing one, and factors to consider such as budget and features.

I’ll start with the basics as this guide is intended to be for new parents just starting their research on mobility strollers and can also be helpful for experienced parents who might want to switch to a new type or model of stroller.

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So, what is a baby stroller?

A baby stroller is simply a hand-pushed vehicle designed to carry an infant or young child weighing up to 50 pounds. The first baby carriages or prams were made in the early 1700s and they have come a long way since then in both form and function.

Look at the 1889 stroller and how it looked;

William H. Richardson invention of a 3-wheel stroller design in 1889.

This was actually a big upgrade from the 1773 to 1880s models which had very limited maneuverability as each wheel moved independently.

The 1889 model above by William H. Richardson was designed to overcome this issue of maneuverability with the wheels moving in unison. This was a great design except that it required the user to stoop down quite a bit when pushing the stroller. William’s model was actually reversible. The basket’s front could face the back or vice versa.

By the early 1900s, baby carriages started getting lighter and more streamlined. Significant improvements were made with 1920s models introducing brakes and having deeper prams that allowed the baby to lie down more comfortably and made it difficult to climb out! They had no safety harness then.

The 70s gave us strollers with detachable seats and the 80s decade gave us foldable mechanisms and lightweight designs to make strollers compact and portable.

The baby boom generations didn’t quite get to use it as mainstream as it has been since the 90s. The demand of strollers has grown with significant improvements steered by technology and use of new materials such as aluminum tubing which makes strollers more durable and lightweight.

Read more about the history of buggies here.

Types of Strollers

Now that we’ve understood how strollers have evolved, let’s look at the different types of strollers available in 2022:

1. Standard Strollers

2. Jogging Strollers

3. Lightweight/Umbrella Strollers

4. Travel Systems

5. Luxury Strollers

6. All-terrain strollers

Standard strollers/Full-size:

These are the workhorse strollers that can be used for everyday activities such as grocery shopping, walks in the park, and errands around town. They are usually made of steel for durability with an average weight of 25 to 35 pounds. The seats are well-padded and often recline for napping babies. Canopies are usually large to provide shade on sunny days. These strollers typically have storage baskets underneath to store diaper bags, purses, and other items.

A standard stroller is also known as a full-size stroller or a traditional stroller. Its wheels are usually big, making it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. It is not recommended for traveling as it can be quite heavy and bulky to carry around.

  • The number of wheels: 4
  • Weight: 25-35 pounds (on average)
  • Recommended use: Everyday activities

Wheel design:

Standard strollers have four wheels, with two at the front and two at the back. The wheels are usually made of rubber or plastic and are designed to absorb shock, making for a smooth ride. Some models have all-terrain tires that can handle rough terrain, but these are not as common.

Standard strollers Dimensions:

  • Width – 28.5 to 34 inches
  • Length – 38 to 43 inches
  • Height – 41 to 48 inches
  • Weight – 25 to 35 pounds

The folded dimensions range from 27 to 37 inches in length, 25 to 30 inches in width, and 12 to 22 inches in height. You should take note of the folded dimensions as this is essentially how much space the stroller will occupy in your trunk or storage area.

Advantages:

1. They are durable and can last for years with proper maintenance.

2. It is easier to push on flat surfaces as the bigger wheels provide more stability and a smoother ride.

3. The seat is roomy and comfortable for your child, and it often reclines for napping babies.

4. There is usually a large storage basket underneath to store all your belongings.

5. Standard strollers are generally less expensive than the other types of strollers.

Disadvantages:

1. They are difficult to maneuver in tight spaces due to the bigger wheels.

2. They are heavy and bulky, making them difficult to carry around.

3. Not ideal for traveling as they can be quite difficult to fit in the car trunk or overhead compartment on a plane.

Jogging/Running strollers:

As the name suggests, jogging strollers are designed for running or jogging with your child. They have three large wheels – two in the back and one in the front. The front wheel is usually fixed, making it difficult to turn corners. Jogging strollers are made of lightweight materials such as aluminum or plastic to make them easier to push while running. The seats are well-padded and often recline for napping babies

Jogging strollers are designed to provide a smooth ride even on rough terrain.

The three-wheel design makes them easier to maneuver than standard strollers.

They are usually lighter and more compact than standard strollers, making them easier to carry around.

Advantages:

  • The seats are well-padded and often recline for napping babies
  • They are easy to push even when running or jogging.
  • The three-wheel design makes them easier to maneuver.
  • They are usually lighter and more compact, making them easier to carry around.

Disadvantages:

  1. The front wheel is usually fixed, making it difficult to turn corners.
  2. Relatively more expensive

Lightweight Umbrella Strollers:

Another type of stroller is the lightweight or umbrella stroller. As the name suggests, this type of stroller is designed to be lightweight and easy to carry around. Some of the most recent models weigh below 10 pounds and you can use from when your baby is about 6 months in age to when they attain 50 pounds.

It has a folding mechanism that allows you to collapse it into a compact size that can be stored in your trunk or overhead compartment on a plane.

Lightweight strollers usually have smaller wheels, making them difficult to push on rough terrain.

They are not as durable as the other types of strollers and may not last as long.

The seats are often less comfortable and do not recline.

There is usually no storage basket underneath.

Advantages:

  • Lightweight and easy to carry around.
  • Folds into a compact size.
  • They open and close easily.

Disadvantages:

  • Smaller wheels make it difficult to push on rough terrain.
  • Less durable.
  • Because they are designed to be very compact and lightweight, some of them cannot accommodate infant seat attachments
  • Seats are often less comfortable and do not recline.

What to look for in a lightweight stroller:

Regardless of how you want to utilize your Umbrella stroller, compactness, safety, weight, and storage capacity should be your primary concerns. If you plan on using public transportation or want something that can easily be stored in your trunk, look for a stroller with a small footprint that can be easily folded.

If you are looking for something to take on vacations or plane rides, consider how much space it will occupy when collapsed and whether it can be stored in an overhead compartment. Don’t compromise on safety. Go for those with a 5-point harness and securely locking brakes.

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If you want to be able to take your stroller with you on hikes or off-road adventures, look for a model with all-terrain wheels. And finally, if you are concerned about your budget, keep in mind that while Umbrella strollers are generally less expensive than other types of strollers, there are also many high-quality, durable models available at a variety of price points.

Double Stroller:

A double stroller is perfect for parents who have twins or kids close in age. As the name suggests, a double stroller can accommodate two children at the same time. There are several different types of double strollers to choose from, including side-by-side and tandem styles.

A good double stroller isn’t cheap but to make sure you’re getting value for your money, make sure that you select a double stroller that can support the weights of your babies from birth to when they attain at least 40+ pounds. By the time they’re that age, they will most likely be ready to graduate to a single stroller or walk on their own.

There are two types of double strollers; tandem and side-by-side stroller;

Tandem:

  • Advantage: The main advantage of a tandem stroller is that it’s more compact than a side-by-side model. It fits in the same doorways as a single stroller and you can be sure that it won’t be an issue.
  • Relatively more expensive: The main disadvantage of a tandem stroller is that it can be difficult to steer, especially if one of the children is fidgeting or trying to climb out. Configuring it requires-side:Advantages: Side-by-side strollers have several advantages.

Side-by-side:

  • Advantages: First, both children have a clear view of their surroundings and can interact with each other. Second, it’s easier to steer than a tandem model since the weight is evenly distributed. And third, side-by-side strollers are generally more affordable than a side-by-side stroller is a great choice for parents who have twins or kids close in age.
  • Disadvantages: by-side stroller can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces and doorways. And, if one of the children is significantly heavier than the other, it can be challenging to push.

What to look for when buying a double stroller:

When choosing a double stroller, the factors to consider are many as it has a more advanced dynamic configuration that requires you to be keen on features such as a reclining seat, handlebars adjustability, overall stability of the stroller, and safety:

Go for brands with more than average storage space and try to find a stroller with a large basket that can accommodate all of your belongings.

The seats should be comfortable and provide support for your baby’s back, neck, and head. Look for features like leg rests and padded seat belts to keep your kids comfortable on long walks or during naps.

Most double strollers have adjustable handlebars to make pushing easier, no matter your height. Don’t for those with non-adjustable handlebars.

Finally, double strollers tend to be heavy and bulky, so make sure that the model you choose is easy to fold and transport.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year pointed out that you should choose a double stroller with one footrest that extends across both sitting areas — since small feet can get trapped in between separate footrests.

I would also recommend going for versatile brands that converts from single to double strollers like the Joovy ScooterX², Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller

and Baby Trend Navigator. With a convertible stroller, you just need to purchase a converter kit which goes for less than $200. Make sure the kit is complete with a seat, upper adapters, lower adapters, canopy and sunshade.

These convertibles offer more value for money in the long run as your family grows.

Travel System Strollers:

A travel system stroller is a great option for parents who want the convenience of an all-in-one solution. A travel system includes a stroller and a car seat, which can be used together or separately.

You can use the infant car seat rear-facing until your baby achieves the right weight or the required minimum years of 2 years (in most States) and can then transition to a forward-facing car seat that will still fit on the travel system stroller.

Pros:

  • The main advantage of a travel system is that it’s incredibly convenient – you can use the car seat to transport your baby from the car to the stroller without having to wake them up.
  • Additionally, travel systems tend to be very budget-friendly, since you’re essentially getting two products for the price of one.
  • You can pick from several options as traditional/standard, running/jogging and double strollers can be a travel system.

Cons:

  • Some travel systems can be quite bulky and difficult to maneuver, so make sure you choose one that’s lightweight and easy to push
  • While they fold easily, they are not as compact as other strollers and may not fit the trunks of smaller cars
  • Once the baby outgrows the infant car seat, you’ll need to make another purchase

What to look for in a travel system stroller:

The most important factor to consider when choosing a travel system stroller is compatibility. You’ll need to make sure that the car seat you choose is compatible with the stroller.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that the travel system is easy to fold and transport. As I mentioned before, some travel systems can be quite bulky, so it’s important to choose one that’s lightweight and easy to push. Also, consider safety and stability of the system when being pushed. Aside from relying on 5-point safety harness, you should also read reviews and especially videos of actual parents demonstrating the different safety features.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the travel system has all of the features you’re looking for in a stroller, such as ample storage space, a comfortable seat, and adjustable handlebars.

Luxury Stroller:

Luxury strollers are made with high-quality materials and feature all of the bells and whistles that you could possibly want in a stroller. Its design

makes it superior to its peers and while they do have smoother rides, it has become more of a status symbol to own. If you have the funds, you should definitely get one of the high-end brands that allow you to even choose your own fabric to use.

Not all luxury brands are the same and just because Bugaboo or UPPAbaby are selling for over $1200 doesn’t make all their features automatically great for your situation. Go for a brand that all and end all of the features should not be about the price tag. If you are on a budget, consider getting a mid-priced stroller with luxury features that is within your means.

Pros:

  1. Superior materials used including framing, fabric, and wheel rubber that extends its durability
  2. They have a stylish good-looking design
  3. Its ride is smooth with most customizable features such as adjustable handlebars
  4. Less likely to have part defects

Cons:

  1. Prohibitively expensive
  2. They are designed to cater to urban parents that used paved roads or small pathways making it hard for some parents to adapt in more rough terrains
  3. Some lack some essentials such as cupholders as they’ve designed them to obtain the most appealing look and at times, that means giving up accessories such as extra pockets or cupholders.

What to look for in a luxury stroller:

If you’re going to spend over $1000 on a stroller, get the right one because a $1000 regret can be painful. To simplify your search, list all the features you want in your ideal stroller – forget about the luxury bit for a moment. With your list, now find a few brands that have most of those features. Do some research on the quality of those brands, how long they’ve been around and what kind of guarantee or warranty they offer. Also, be sure to read reviews from other parents about their experience with the brand and stroller model you’re interested in.

Another factor to consider is your lifestyle because a luxury stroller that’s not meant for the outdoors will have a hard time in, well, the outdoors. If you frequently travel or go on long walks with your baby, then get a stroller that can handle those activities without breaking a sweat – and your back.

To sum it up, getting a luxury stroller is a great idea if you have the money and you know what features to look for. If you don’t have the funds, get a mid-priced stroller that has some luxury features that are important to you.

Choosing the Best Stroller without breaking the bank:

I am usually a big advocate for mid-priced strollers by reputable brands as they offer the best value for your money but don’t come with the lofty price tag. While it is possible to find strollers in the range of $100 to $200, I have heard too many stories to just understand that they are not worth it. Cheap models are usually made with flimsy frames, and poor suspension systems, wiggling wheels – features that make you hate a stroller.

On the other hand, models going for around $300 to $500 offer reliable features without the designer price such as this Bugaboo Donkey3 Duo Complete Stroller is selling for $1759 while. If you have your heart set on a particular model but can’t afford it, check out resale websites or Facebook groups as you might get lucky and find someone selling their gently used stroller for a fraction of the price.

Limits to be aware of- Age, Height, and Weight Limits to Consider:

Newborn infants have weak neck muscles and are unable to hold their heads independently. Experts recommend not using a stroller before your baby is able to hold their head straight independently.

When looking for a stroller, you need to be comparing the manufacturing specifications of the recommended weight, age, and height limits of any particular stroller to understand if they are a good fit for your baby. Obviously, a stroller with a weight limit of 25 pounds is not going to be suitable for a toddler who weighs 23 pounds as the baby will soon surpass the 25-pound limit.

On Amazon, these details on minimum weight, max weight, and maximum height are usually located in the Technical Details section of the product page.

Snapshot showing max weight, height and age recommendations of strollers

The minimum weight is often around 5 kg( 11.2 lbs). According to the chart below on baby’s age vs weight vs height, a baby attains 5kgs by around the 4th month which is in line with the recommendation that newborn infants should wait until they are able to support their heads.

If your baby has attained the minimum height but has yet to control the neck muscles, it is better to err on the side of caution and wait until at least the 6th month. If you must start using a stroller on a newborn before the 4th month, make sure that the stroller you choose offers enough recline as your newborns can’t sit up or hold up their heads.

Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year also noted that umbrella strollers often lack head and back support for newborns and aren’t suitable until a baby is at least 5 or 6 months old.

One of the things we ignored when we got our stroller the first time was the folding mechanism. Some strollers are very easy to fold, while others require a little more effort. There are also those that need two hands to be able to fold them. I had not clue of the extensive folding mechanisms available in strollers and what to even look for in a folding stroller.

Years later, I am happy to be putting this guide together to assist other parents to avoid the mistakes I made.

In this blog, I have provided the most extensive guide for anyone looking to purchase a stroller. After reading this, you’ll know everything useful to understand about strollers – including the different types of strollers available, what to look for when purchasing one, and factors to consider such as budget and features.

I’ll start with the basics as this guide is intended to be for new parents just starting their research on mobility strollers and can also be helpful for experienced parents who might want to switch to a new type or model of stroller.

11 Key factors to consider when purchasing a Stroller:

#1. Consider the folding mechanism:

You’re going to be doing a lot of folding and unfolding, especially if you’re using public transportation. Choose a stroller with an easy-to-use folding mechanism.

There are different types of folding mechanisms, including a one-hand fold, a two-hand fold or an automatic fold. A one-hand fold is the most convenient because you can do it with one hand while holding your baby in the other.

Some strollers with one-fold include;

Some of the models above promise a 5-second compact fold and are perfect if you want a model that you can easily collapse in a hurry. The only disadvantage of a one-hand folding mechanism is that they tend to be more expensive with UPPAbaby Mini V2 and Babyzen Yoyo2 going for $449. However, one-hand fold systems often have the most compact fold and are usually lightweight and this sort of makes up for the high price tag.

2-hand fold strollers require, you guessed it, two hands to fold. These strollers tend to be larger and usually have more features than one-hand or automatic folding strollers. Most strollers are 2-hand fold and if they don’t indicate that a model is a 1-hand fold, then it must be a 2-hand fold. With a two-hand fold, you can’t fold your buggy with one hand, and may not be ideal if your other hand is often engaged such as holding your baby.

Automatic folding strollers are the most expensive but also the most convenient.

They have a button that you can push to automatically fold the stroller. There are not a lot of auto-fold strollers and Larktale Autofold is among the few available. Below is an image showing Larktale’s auto-fold mechanism;

Larktale’s mechanism does not use springs or motors and activates with a flick of the wrist. On its website, they say that its auto-fold model requires you to simply press the fold triggers. It uses kinetic energy and with some help to flip the handlebar, this model will fold into a compact, easy-to-carry standing package.

Aside from watching out for the ideal folding system, you also need to look out for how you activate the fold with your stroller. Some models will require you to press a trigger, while others need you to lift a latch. There are also some that come with an automatic fold lock mechanism. If your stroller has this, it means that the stroller will remain in its folded position until you release the lock. Quick-fold straps are also a nice feature to have as they make it easier and quicker to fold the stroller. I personally think trigger-activated models are the best as they’re easier to use.

Models that require you to lift a latch can be a bit more difficult, especially if you’re trying to do it with one hand. If your stroller has this type of fold, make sure that the latch is easy to reach and doesn’t require too much effort to disengage.

Madeformums reviewed 10 easy-fold strollers here.

#2. Go for those with ideal storage space for you and your baby:

You’re going to need a place to store all of your baby’s gear — diapers, wipes, bottles, clothes, blankets, etc. Most strollers come with a storage basket located underneath the seat. The size of the storage basket varies from model to model, so if you need a lot of space, make sure to choose a stroller with a large storage basket. Some strollers even have additional pockets or compartments where you can store your keys, phone, or wallet.

If you’ll be using your stroller for running or jogging, you may want to invest in a model that has a weatherproof storage compartment where you can store your phone and other valuables. The last thing you want is for your phone to get soaked in the rain or covered in sweat.

One final thing to keep in mind is that not all storage baskets are easily accessible. Some require you to lift up the seat cushion in order to get to the basket, while others have a flap that covers the basket. If you think you’ll be using the storage basket often, make sure to choose a model with an easily accessible basket.

#3. Consider your Lifestyle:

Are you an active person? Do you like to go running or hiking? If so, you’ll need to make sure that your stroller can handle rough terrain. Some strollers are designed for use on smooth, flat surfaces only, while others can handle a variety of different terrains.

If you live in the city and do most of your walking on sidewalks and city streets, you’ll probably be fine with a standard stroller. However, if you live in the suburbs or rural areas where there are more dirt roads and uneven terrain, you’ll need to make sure that your stroller can handle it such as an all-terrain models.

Some strollers even come with adjustable suspension systems that allow you to adjust the level of shocks and bumps that your child feels. If you’ll be using your stroller on rough terrain, make sure to choose a model with an adjustable suspension system.

There are also some lifestyle-specific strollers such as double strollers (for twins or siblings close in age), jogging strollers, and travel systems (stroller + car seat). If you have specific needs, make sure to choose a stroller that meets those needs.

#4. Stick to your budget:

Of course, price is always a consideration when purchasing any product. Baby strollers range in price from around $50 to $1000+. The type of stroller you choose will largely determine the price. For example, a basic umbrella stroller is going to be much cheaper than a high-end jogger stroller.

It’s important to find a balance between price and quality. You don’t want to spend too much on a stroller only to have it break after a few months of use. However, you also don’t want to spend too little and end up with a flimsy, poorly-made stroller.

To get the most bang for your buck, I recommend checking out online retailers such as Amazon or Walmart. You can usually find good-quality strollers at a fraction of the cost of department stores. Just make sure to read the reviews before purchasing!

#5. Consider your Baby’srequirement:

You’ll need to consider the baby’s needs when choosing a stroller. For example, if your baby is very small (under six months old), you’ll need to make sure that the stroller has a reclining seat so that they can lie down flat. You’ll also want to make sure that the stroller has a sun canopy to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays.

If your baby is older (over six months old), you’ll need to make sure that the stroller has a seat that they can sit up in. You’ll also want to make sure that the stroller has a good suspension system so that they don’t get jostled around too much.

#6. Weight and Ease of lift and carry:

Another important consideration is the ease of lift and carry as well as the weight. If you’ll be lifting your stroller in and out of the car often, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not too heavy or cumbersome. Some strollers come with built-in carrying handles which make them much easier to lift and carry.

If you think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

Some lightweight models weigh less than 10 pounds, making them extremely easy to carry. However, these models usually don’t have all the bells and whistles that the heavier models do such as a sun canopy or cup holder.

If you live in a hilly area or think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

#7. Size of stroller vs size of your car’s trunk:

Finally, you’ll need to consider the size of the stroller. If you have a small car, you’ll want to make sure that the stroller folds up small enough to fit in your trunk. Some strollers even come with compact folding mechanisms that make them super easy to fold up and store away.

If you have a larger car or SUV, size may not be as big of a consideration. However, you’ll still want to make sure that the stroller you choose is easy to fold up and store away. No one wants a bulky stroller taking up valuable space in their trunk!

#8. Consider Weight and Ease of lift and carry:

Another important consideration is the ease of lift and carry as well as the weight. If you’ll be lifting your stroller in and out of the car often, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not too heavy or cumbersome. Some strollers come with built-in carrying handles which make them much easier to lift and carry.

If you think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

Some lightweight models weigh less than 10 pounds, making them extremely easy to carry. However, these models usually don’t have all the bells and whistles that the heavier models do such as a sun canopy or cup holder.

If you live in a hilly area or think you’ll be carrying your stroller up and down stairs often, you’ll want to make sure that it has large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with a strap that you can put over your shoulder to help distribute the weight.

#9. Check the Size of the stroller vs the size of your car’s trunk:

Finally, you’ll need to consider the size of the stroller. If you have a small car, you’ll want to make sure that the stroller folds up small enough to fit in your trunk. Some strollers even come with compact folding mechanisms that make them super easy to fold up and store away.

If you have a larger car or SUV, size may not be as big of a consideration. However, you’ll still want to make sure that the stroller you choose is easy to fold up and store away. No one wants a bulky stroller taking up valuable space in their trunk!

#10. Don’t compromise on Safety:

Of course, safety is always the number one priority when choosing a stroller. You’ll want to make sure that the stroller has a five-point harness system to keep your little one secure. You’ll also want to look for a stroller with large, sturdy wheels. Some strollers even come with reflective fabric to help keep you visible at night.

#11. Don’t compare or get influenced by others:

Is there a universal best stroller on the market? The truth is, there is no one “best” stroller. It all depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Don’t get too caught up in what other people are using. Just because your neighbor has a $500 stroller doesn’t mean that it’s the right choice for you. Likewise the best stroller for you and your family? The answer is: it depends! Consider your needs and preferences when choosing a stroller and don’t be afraid to ask for advice from friends or family. With a little bit of research, you’re sure to find the perfect stroller for your family.

Stroller Parts Guide and How to Judge Different Stroller Parts When Choosing the Best Stroller

It is very crucial that you understand the different stroller’s components so you can be in a position to evaluate differences and differentiate various designs and make them in order to suit your needs. Below are all the parts and a detailed description of their role.

One study found 54% of stroller parts to be composed of metal, 33% to be made of plastic and only 13% made of cloth/fabric.

Frame:

This is the main structure of the stroller that everything else is attached to. The frame can be made from different materials including aluminum, steel, magnesium, and even plastic. Most of the time you will see a combination of different materials being used on a single stroller model. If the frame gets damaged, in most cases, it is not repairable and you will have to replace the whole stroller.

Most stroller companies sell replacement frames for their stroller brands with UPPAbaby’s replacement frame going for about $180. Considering that some cheap models cost around $180 price, you would have to decide if it is worth replacing just the frame or getting a new stroller all together.

Some of the things you want to consider when looking at the frame include:

– The material used in construction and its durability especially when folding and unfolding the stroller.

– The weight of the frame as this will impact how portable the stroller is.

– The width of the frame as this will determine how narrow or wide the stroller can be when folded and also the space it will take in your trunk or storage.

– The height of the frame from the ground as impacts how easy it will be for you to push especially over different terrains.

– The suspension system on the stroller. This is mainly on off-road strollers and includes shock absorbers to make the ride smoother for both the baby and you.

When you purchase a premium $1000+ Stroller brand such as UPPAbaby or Bugaboo, please remember to register the warranty immediately after unpacking the product. Some companies do not honor warranties registered late and their customer service can be very unhelpful.

Frame dimensions:

The dimension may vary slightly depending on the type of stroller but generally, these are some common stroller frame dimensions:

– Length: 38.19” / 97 cm

– Width (unfolded): 25.98” / 66 cm

– Width (folded): 12.99” / 33 cm

– Height: 39.37” / 100 cm

Stroller frame compatibility:

Some brands such as Baby Jogger, Britax, and Peg Perego produce car seat adapters that are compatible with their stroller frames. These allow you to attach an infant car seat directly to the stroller frame making it a travel system. This is useful if you don’t want to disturb a sleeping baby when transferring from the car seat to the stroller. While some brands have many long lists of ‘compatible’ frames, take your time to read the reviews. Compatibility is not always as straight forward as the car seat or stroller company makes it sound.

Go for a versatile brand that can grow with your baby from infancy to toddler-hood such as UPPAbaby, Babyzen, Nuna, or Bugaboo. These companies sell various conversion kits that allow you to use the same stroller frame and convert it into a double stroller or add a bassinet. This is very useful as it saves you money in the long term.

Some companies such as Britax and Joovy produce frame strollers that are compatible with different car seats on the market allowing you to create your own travel system. These are very versatile but generally, more expensive than getting a specific travel system from one company.

Go for versatile brands that allow you to use different seats, bassinets, and car seat adapters on their stroller frames.

It is important to differentiate and to highlight what frame strollers are. Frame strollers are simply the stroller frame with no seat or canopy attached to it. It is common for some companies such as Baby Jogger and Bob to sell double stroller kits that you can use to turn your single stroller into a double. The kit includes the second seat, sun canopy, and adapter bars to attach the second seat. This is much cheaper than buying a complete double stroller.

Y-shaped vs L-shaped stroller frames:

Most double stroller frames on the market are either Y-shaped or L-shaped. The main difference between the two is how they fold. Y-shaped strollers generally fold in half like a book while L-shaped strollers usually have one side that folds down similar to a single stroller.

L-shaped frames are generally longer and take up more space when folded compared to a Y-shaped frame. The main advantage of an L-shaped frame is that it can accommodate two full-size seats or bassinets. This is not possible with a Y-shaped frame as the seats are usually smaller.

Below is an Annex Baby brand stroller with an L-shaped frame;

ANEX® – Strollers, child safety seats and accessories.

Below is a Baby Jogger City Mini2 with a Y-shaped frame:Baby Jogger city mini® 2 travel system | Baby Jogger

Y-shaped frames are shorter and easier to maneuver compared to an L-shaped frame. They are also easier to fold and take up less space when folded. The main advantage of a Y-shaped frame is that it can accommodate two infant car seats making it a great travel system for twins. This is not possible with an L-shaped frame as the seats are usually too wide.

Triangular frame:

Some companies such as Magic Zc produce stroller frames that have a triangular shape. These frames are shorter and lighter than Y-shaped or L-shaped frames making them easier to maneuver. They are also easier to fold and take up less space when folded. The main advantage of a triangular frame is that it can accommodate two infant car seats making it a great travel system for twins.

image showing a stroller with Triangular frame:
Image showing a stroller with Triangular frame:

Rotating frame:

Some companies such as Hot Mom Store produce rotating stroller frames that allow you to rotate the seats from front to back. This is useful if you want your baby to face you when they are younger and facing forward when they are older. The main advantage of a rotating frame is that it can be used as a travel system for twins.

The main advantage of a rotating frame is that it is easier to maneuver than a fixed frame.

Wheels:

The majority of strollers have three or four wheels, with two wheels at the back in any quantity of wheels. To really evaluate the wheels of a stroller, it is important to understand;

  • the different types of terrain the stroller will be used on,
  • how often the stroller will be used on those terrains,
  • and how easy it is to push the stroller.

To make an objective analysis of the options at hand, below are some criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of stroller wheels;

  1. Size of the wheels: The larger the wheels, the easier it is to push the stroller over different terrains. It is preferable to have the larger wheels at the rear as they provide more stability.
  2. Type of wheels: There are three main types of stroller wheels – air-filled (pneumatic), solid rubber, and foam-filled. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a purchase.
  3. The number of wheels: More wheels provide more stability and are easier to push than three-wheeled strollers. 3-wheels are also more maneuverable than a 4-wheel model and you’ll have to weigh your preference for stability or maneuverability over the other.
  4. The suspension system of the stroller: A good suspension system will make the ride smoother for both the baby and you. It will also make it easier to push the stroller over different terrains.
  5. Swivel or fixed front wheels: A stroller with fixed front wheels is easier to push over smooth surfaces but can be difficult to maneuver around tight corners. A stroller with swivel front wheels is more maneuverable but can be difficult to push in a straight line over rough terrain.

Size of the wheels:

The rear wheels are generally larger than the back wheels and can be either swiveled or fixed. The reason why the front wheels must be smaller is that bigger front wheels will deliver a very bumpy ride to the baby when it gets to a rough terrain where big wheels cannot soak up the bumps very well.

The big rear wheels are good for stability but make the stroller less maneuverable. Smaller wheels, on the other hand, are good for maneuverability but can make the ride bumpier and the stroller less stable. Just keep in mind that, if you pick a stroller with small or huge rear or front wheels, you’ll be giving up some characteristics. When you pick small rear and big front, you’ve given up the stability for a more maneuverable stroller. The big rear and small front combination will make the ride smoother but it will be harder to push and turn.

Swivel or fixed front wheels:

If you are going to be using the stroller mainly on smooth surfaces, then you will want to choose a stroller with swivel front wheels. Swivel front wheels make it easier to maneuver the stroller as they can rotate 360 degrees.

However, if you are going to be using the stroller on rough terrain or offroad, then you will want to choose a stroller with fixed front wheels. Fixed front wheels provide more stability on uneven surfaces and make it easier to push the stroller on rough terrain.

You can have the front wheels to be either fixed or swiveled and can switch to the mode you want when suitable.

The number of wheels:

High number of wheels does not necessarily mean that the stroller will be better. In fact, most of the time, it is the opposite. A stroller with four wheels is more difficult to maneuver and push than a stroller with 3 wheels.

Why is that?

A 3-wheel stroller will have two wheels in the back and one wheel in the front. This design makes the stroller more maneuverable because of the way the weight is distributed.

The three-wheel design also makes it easier to push on rough terrain as the two wheels in the back can help soak up some of the bumps.

4 four-wheel stroller, on the other hand, will have two wheels in the front and two wheels in the back. This design makes the stroller less maneuverable because of the way the weight is distributed. The four-wheel design also makes it more difficult to push on rough terrain as all four wheels will have to deal with the bumps.

Tires:

There are three types of stroller tires – air-filled (pneumatic), solid rubber, and foam-filled. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a purchase.

Air-filled (pneumatic) tires:

Air-filled (pneumatic) tires are the best type of wheels for a stroller. They provide a smooth ride and are good for all types of terrain. However, they are also the most expensive type of wheels, their need to be inflated, and the risk that it can puncture easily. The valving system of the tire can be damaged by some air pumping stations- specifically at the gas stations. This can result in leaks.

Air-filled tires are still, however, the favorite among many parents because of their many benefits. They provide a much smoother ride than any other type of tire, making it better for both the baby and the parent who is pushing the stroller. They are also good for all types of terrain, whether it be smooth or rough.

Solid rubber tires:

Solid rubber tires are the second best type of tires for a stroller. They provide a smooth ride and are good for all types of terrain. However, they are not as good as air-filled tires in terms of providing a smooth ride and they are also not as good in terms of being able to handle rough terrain.

Foam-filled tires:

Foam-filled tires are the least expensive and least durable type of tires is the foam-filled wheel. It is made of a hard plastic with a foam filling inside. These types of wheels are not as good as the other two types in terms of providing a smooth ride or being able to handle rough terrain. However, they are much better than no wheels at all.

Suspension system:

The work of the suspension system in line is to make the baby feel more comfortable by absorbing some of the bumps. A good suspension system will make the ride smoother and more comfortable for the baby. It is especially important if you are going to be using the stroller on rough terrain.

There are two types of suspension systems: independent and fixed.

An independent suspension system or All-wheel suspension system:

In an independent suspension, each wheel can move independently, so a bump on one side of the vehicle has no effect on the tires on the other side. This improves ride comfort and tire contact with the road for the remaining tires.

If you choose an independent system, each wheel will have its own suspension. This is the best type of system as it will provide a smoother ride, especially when on rough roads/offroads. However, it is also the most expensive option.

Below is an image of a $1200 brand by Orbit Baby USA with an independent suspension system;

A fixed wheel suspension system:

The fixed suspension system has the suspension attached to the frame of the stroller. Fixed is the most common type of suspension system as it is less expensive than the independent system.

However, it is not as good as the independent system in terms of providing a smooth ride in uneven surfaces.

Canopy:

The canopy is the detachable sunshade that is attached to the frame on most strollers. The great thing about a canopy is that it provides shade for your baby/

When choosing a canopy, you will want to make sure that it is large enough to provide adequate shade for your baby. You will also want to make sure that the canopy is made from breathable material so that your baby does not get too hot when sitting under it. are two types of canopies: extendable and non-extendable.

Extendable canopies:

As the name suggests, an extendable canopy can be extended to provide more shade for your baby. This is a great feature to have as it will allow you to adjust the amount of shade that your baby is getting are two types of extendable canopies:

– Pop-out canopy: A pop-out canopy is a canopy that can be extended by popping out the sides of the canopy.

– Zip-up canopy: A zip-up canopy is a canopy that can be extended by zipping up the sides of the canopy.

are two types of canopies: extendable and non-extendable.

Non-extendable canopies:

A non-extendable canopy is a canopy that cannot be extended. This type of canopy is not as popular as the extendable canopy as it does not provide as much shade for your baby.

Base:

When choosing a stroller, you will want to make sure that it has a large base. A large base provides more stability for the stroller and makes it easier to push on rough terrain.

Bars:

There are different bars on a stroller including handlebars, bumper bars, and even trays. The suspension system is what makes the stroller ride smoothly by absorbing handlebars.

Handlebars are the bars that you hold on to when pushing the stroller. Most strollers will have foam-covered handlebars so that they are comfortable to grip.

Some strollers even have adjustable handlebars

Bumper bars are the bars that are located on the side of the stroller. They are there for you to grip onto when pushing the stroller and for your baby to hold onto when riding in the stroller.

Most bumper bars will have a foam cover so that they are comfortable for your baby to grip onto.

Trays are the bars that are located on the side of the stroller. They are there for you to grip onto when pushing the stroller and for your baby to hold onto when riding in the stroller.

Most trays will have a foam cover so that they are comfortable for your baby to grip onto.

The great thing about a tray is that it provides a place for your baby to put their snacks and toys.

Some trays even have cup holders so that you can put your drink on the tray while you are pushing the stroller.

Seat:

The seat is where your baby will be sitting when they are in the stroller.

When choosing a seat, you will want to make sure that it is comfortable and spacious enough for your baby. You will also want to make sure that the seat is reclinable so that your baby can take a nap in the stroller if they need to.

Most seats will have a five-point harness,

Harness:

The harness is what keeps your baby secure in the seat of the stroller.

There are different types of harnesses including:

– Five-point harness: This is the most common type of harness and it has five straps that go over your baby’s shoulders, hips, and crotch.

– Three-point harness: This type of harness has three straps that go over your baby’s shoulders and hips.

– Waist strap harness: This type of harness has a waist strap that goes around your baby’s waist and two shoulder straps that go over your baby’s shoulders.

The nice thing about a five-point harness is that it provides maximum protection your infant in the seat compared to a 3-point harness.

Where to buy strollers:

You can buy strollers at many different places including baby stores, department stores, and even online.

Some common online options are;

  1. Amazon: from Amazon, you will have a wide variety of strollers to choose from. You can also read reviews from other parents to help you make your decision.
  2. Buy Buy Baby: Buy Buy Baby is another great option for buying strollers. They offer a wide variety of strollers and you can often find good deals on their website.
  3. Walmart
  4. Strolleria
  5. Pishposhbaby.com – Mostly for luxury brands
  6. Bed Bath and Beyond – General

When buying a stroller, you will want to make sure that you are getting a good deal by comparing prices at different stores. You may even want to wait for a sale so that you can get a great deal on a stroller.

No matter where you buy your stroller, you will want to make sure that you are getting a good quality stroller. You can do this by reading reviews of the different strollers before you buy them.

You can also talk to other parents who have purchased strollers and get their opinion on which ones they like the best.

Some places offer discounts or coupons if you purchase a stroller from them.

You can often find coupons in baby magazines or on websites like RetailMeNot.com

You can also sign up for email lists from different stores so that you can be notified of any sales or discounts that they are offering.

Strollers to avoid:

There are some strollers that you will want to avoid because they are of poor quality or because they have been recalled.

Some examples of these strollers are:

These are just a few examples of strollers that you may want to avoid.

You can find a list of recalled strollers on the website for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you are unsure about a stroller, you can always contact the manufacturer to ask questions about it.

Bad strollers to avoid have these features;

  1. Flimsy frame
  2. Hard to steer
  3. Heavy/bulky
  4. Cheap materials
  5. Poorly designed
  6. No safety features
  7. Uncomfortable for baby or parent

Stroller safety tips:

  • – Always read the stroller’s instruction manual before using it.
  • – Make sure that the stroller is properly assembled before using it.
  • – Never leave your child unattended in a stroller.
  • – Do not allow your child to stand up in the stroller
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