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So I have this little massive crush on strollers. I’ve had a couple or 7 of them. And I’ve made some mistakes along the way. Learn from my mistakes. Make my husband feel better that all of our trips to the stroller department are not for naught by making a wise purchase right out of the ballpark for me.
Points to consider in your Stroller purchase:
-Ditch the travel system: I know, I’ve been there. The adorable picture of the matching stroller and car seat seem like no-brainer. Just say no, friends, say no. Travel systems manage to combine the worst of everything. They are big and bulky like an all-terrain or jogger, but have a terrible push. Not adaptable. Stay away
-Consider a car seat adapter: So you’ve nixed the travel system-good girl. Now what do you do. Check to see if the stroller you have your eye on takes a car seat adapter. Most do, some even come with them. Or get a snap and go (the type that’s just a frame you click your car seat into) for the few weeks/months you need that feature.
-Tires: Air tires will give you the smoothest ride. Bigger tires also help with a smooth ride. Big air tires=smoothest ride, but also takes the most space. Think about what you’ll be using the stroller for and then decide what ratio of space vs. smooth ride is right for you.
-Handlebar: A single bar across the top will allow for one handed steering much more so than the two separated handle bars. Recommended.
-Brake: Ideally you won’t be slamming on your brakes, but if you need to stop for a second to get something for baby, talk to a neighbor, etc. you don’t want a brake that’s difficult to engage. My personal fav is an easy to use foot brake.
-Resale value: As much as we hate to think about it, strollers have a limited shelf life. Whether it’s from baby outgrowing it, or needs changing (hello, double stroller!), the stroller’s days are numbered. Certain strollers, like Bob and Baby Jogger City Mini, get gobbled up on Craig’s List because of their name recognition. There are plenty of lesser known drool worthy strollers out there, but if resale is a priority is a priority to you, spend some time browsing your craigslist to see what seems to go quickly.
-Consider Used: Like we said, strollers have a limited shelf like. Take a look at craigslist, consignment sales, eBay (beware of shipping costs though), etc. to see what someone else might be done with.
-Storage: check out the size of the basket underneath, seatback storage, etc. Then think about what you’ll need to fit in the stroller and make sure things match up.
-Growth potential: Multiple strollers on the market today allow for you to put a kit on the stroller to make it a doubles down the road. If this is something you think you’ll need sooner rather than later, it may be a wise investment for you.
Questions about a more specific stroller? Feel free to message me on my blog (www.makesthemostof.com or facebook page (www.facebook.com/makesthemostof) with questions.