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How To Buy A Stroller: An Age to Age Guide for 2018

Age to age guide for stroller

Lets face it a stroller while being a piece of important baby gear is quite an expensive one. That being said you cannot just walk into the store or go online and pick up any stroller or travel system 

There are many features that you need to know about before buying that all important stroller, the most important of which is the age of the child.

With so many models all with different features we have compiled the age to age guide for strollers for the child right from infancy to when they are a toddler. From umbrella to lightweight to all terrain strollers we got you covered.

Infancy:0-6 Months

infant in stroller

Infant in stroller

Critical Requirements

At this age the most important thing is to ensure that the child is kept comfortable and safe from all the jostling and bumping that may come from jogging and walking on different terrain. What you need is a structured and sturdy stroller that comes with excellent suspension systems  to absorb the impact. You will also need a seat that can fully recline so that the infant can lie flat during those early months.

Other Requirements

You should get a stroller or travel system that takes an infant car seat so that you do not disturb the sleeping child when you take them in and out of the car. Some options you could consider include a cheap stroller frame that you can just snap the child seat into before you get a more feature filled or expensive stroller down the road. 

What to consider

If you are an urbanite that may not be much in the car get a stroller with bassinet attachment rather than the travel system that is best suited for an infant car seat. With such a stroller, you can lay the child without needing any attachments and not have to worry about them getting pinched by adaptors. Moreover, you can also use the bassinet as a mini crib.

6-12 Months

Year old in stroller

Year old in stroller

Critical Requirements

From six months old the child is older and hence the focus shifts from head support to the stroller seat as the child will probably prefer riding while seated. Go for a stroller with multiple and adjustable recline positions with plenty of cushioning and support for the kid. You also need to ensure the child's safety by buying a stroller that comes with a five point harness.

Other Requirements

At this stage if you are a new mother you are getting more confident about the idea of taking the kid to the mall or for a walk or jog outside. At this age you may need to have the child in a stroller that can have him rear face for more bonding time. 

What to consider

At this age you can start thinking about specialty strollers or travel systems that come with more features than the basic frame. One of the most important considerations is your lifestyle as you want a stroller that gives you utmost convenience. For instance if you are the jogging type find a lightweight jogging stroller that should be all terrain and easy maneuverable. If you love to travel or are always on the go, an umbrella stroller which you can quickly fold and stuff in your trunk may be best for you. 

Toddler: 18-24 Months

Sit n stand toddler stroller

Sit n stand toddler stroller

Critical Requirements

At this age the child is becoming ever more active, independent and curious about their world. The child loves to hop on and off the stroller and hence you will need a lightweight one that is easy to fold up quick and carry when the child is not interested. Nonetheless even if the child is older, the five point harness when they are riding in the stroller is still a must. In addition ensure that you get a stroller that does not have potential pinch points that the toddler may hurt himself on. Check out that the stroller you intend to buy is JPMA certified - it will normally have a sticker underneath. 

Other Requirements

Given that you may have to hold the hand of the child while they are walking alongside you, you will have to find a stroller that easily maneuverable and lightweight.

What to consider

While not absolutely necessary a ride on board can come in handy when the child does not wish to ride seated or walk alongside. At this age you will have a bored child who may get bored of sitting or walking and hence standing may be a very enjoyable alternative for them.

Features To Look Out For

  • Sun Protection: Regardless of age always find a car that comes with a good expandable canopy to protect the child from wind, rain and sun 
  • Handle Height: A good stroller is one that has adjustable handlebars for different heights. It is possible that you may have someone other than you using the stroller and you always want it to be comfortable and convenient for them too 
  • Brakes: You want a stroller that has almost instant brakes as these will ensure the safety of the child regardless of the terrain or any emergency stops you may need.Hand operated brakes are often the best type as they are easy to reach. 
  • Adjustable Seat:Toddlers infants and even older babies need seats that fully recline for that time that they may need to take a nap while you are going about your routine. 
  • Safety: Toddlers infants and even older babies need seats that fully recline for that time that they may need to take a nap while you are going about your routine.   
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Sheryl Brown
 

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