You’ve just discovered you’re expecting a bundle of joy, and now it’s time to start gathering the items your baby will require. If this is your first child, the number of choices may seem daunting at first.
One of the most significant purchases you will make is the stroller for your kid.
There are several stroller models to pick from, and one of the first things you should do is establish your budget. Strollers range in price from as little as $10.00 to as much as $400 and more. The entry-level strollers are often umbrella strollers. These strollers have the benefit of folding compactly and fitting virtually anyplace. As the price increases, the stroller’s features and quality may improve.
Strollers come in a range of configurations. What is critical to you? Are you interested in a convertible travel system or a stroller that doubles as a car seat? There are travel systems available that include a car base, an infant carrier/car safety seat, and a stroller frame for the infant seat. These are fantastic, especially if your kid is still a newborn.
Strollers come equipped with a play tray that has slots for a bottle or juice cup. Numerous models have canopies with a vinyl window, allowing you to keep a watch on the infant. Most strollers now feature brakes linked to both rear wheels that are readily deployed with your foot. Some additionally have a wrist strap brake that works in combination with the foot brake. It provides additional security when you come to a halt, as the stroller will not ‘roll away’ while you are holding the strap.
There is often a big storage bin beneath the stroller’s seat(s), and many strollers also have a parent tray that attaches to the handle bar. It has a compartment for a cup of coffee or soda, a pocket for your cell phone and keys, and a compartment for a snack.
Most strollers now include height-adjustable handlebars that are reversible from front to back or vice versa. The height-adjustable function is quite convenient on the back, and the reversible handle allows you to watch your kid as he rides.
The next consideration is the seat. Does the seat recline, and if so, is it sufficiently reclined to allow your newborn to rest virtually flat? Is the seat well-padded, and will your infant be comfortable in it? Is the seat padding machine washable?
The majority of higher-end strollers include blankets that clip onto the seat. These blankets transform your baby’s pushchair into a rolling bunting. Additionally, rain hoods are removable and may be used to shield your kid from harsh sunshine and winds.
Here’s another way to consider your baby stroller purchase. Your friend has a nearly-new stroller that she is willing to give you for free. She offers to clean and prepare it for you. Is it safe for your infant to ride in a secondhand baby stroller? It can be an excellent solution for you and your kid, but there are a few things you should consider before entrusting your precious one to it.
The frame – the frame should be free of dents, fractures, and gaps. Each bolt and screw must be securely fastened. Anything less might result in an accident and result in significant injury to your infant. Are there any jagged edges on the frame? Are there any loose or protruding screws that might suffocate your baby? Is the handle bar securely attached to the frame?
Are the wheels sturdy or do you need to check for air pressure leaks? Are the wheels damaged? Are they in need of replacement? Are the wheels turning in the proper direction? Are the axels aligned? Are the brakes functioning correctly; that is, do they keep their position when applied?
The seat – does it remain in its upright or reclining position? A seat that does not maintain its position effectively may result in catastrophic injury to your infant. Is the lining clean and does it fit snugly around the frame?
Strollers come in an array of designs and configurations. There are strollers with numerous seats for twins or more children. There are several seating configurations available, including side by side sitting, tandem seating with one seat behind the other, and stadium seating (tandem seating with the rear seat elevated above the front), which allows the second kid to view over the back of his or her head. There are strollers for running (one wheel out in front and two rear wheels). Additionally, the jogging strollers include different seating options.
Whether used or new, take advantage of your trips with your infant or youngsters.