Choosing the right baby gear is really a hard job. Most of the bigger stuff is pricey and if you end up with something that doesn't function the way you expect it isn't always easy to find the money to replace the product. Picking a Stroller is one of the hardest things because most of the time you don't know what you should look for and if your like me you end up going with looks rather than function! I'm hoping to help you with that today!
I'm not going to cover carseats in this post - just the actual stroller. So if your going for a combo set, you can still use these tips because it is two products you are purchasing and you want to be happy with both.
Go to the store and try them out
You really need to go to the store and take the stroller out on the floor and play with it. Maybe the wheels don't turn the way you like. Maybe the handle is too high or too low for you to comfortable push. Take it for a stroll in the store!
Practice opening and shutting it
If you cannot open and shut it in the store with ease then how can you expect to do it with a crying baby or in the rain! Every model and make has different mechanisms to fold their strollers - so make sure you pick one that is easy for you.
Does it Fit in Your Trunk?
We made this mistake with our first son. The stroller was perfect had all the features I loved. However it didn't fit in my car trunk! It was HUGE! I never even thought about that when I was picking out this monster! I ended up leaving it at my mother in law's house for her to use and bought a smaller stroller for us.
Does it have a cup holder for Mom? A tray for baby? Is it a 5 strap harness to keep baby locked in - can you undo and hook that 5 point harness easily? Does it have a plush padded seat, will baby be comfortable with the padding? These are good questions to ask.
Does the stroller have a recline? How many levels? Will baby be able to sleep comfortably? This is a big deal to me. I like the recline to feel sturdy and to go back most of the way. Some only have two levels which don't work for me.
I hope these tips have helped you! I'd love to hear some tips you have for picking the right stroller - leave a comment to let me know!