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Which Stroller Is Right for Your Baby?


Soon after your baby is born, you might be itching to go outside! Learn about the different types of strollers so you can determine which strollers are right for you.

Which Stroller?: Travel Systems

A travel system is a versatile piece of baby equipment. It's actually three different pieces of baby gear combined into one -- a stroller, a car seat, and a base. The base is installed permanently into your car using the seat belt or the LATCH system and the car seat simply clicks into place. You can take the car seat out of the car and click it into the stroller so you never have to worry about waking up a sleeping baby by taking him out of the car seat. Once the baby outgrows your car seat, you can use the stroller as a regular stroller.

Which Stroller?: Frame Strollers

If you don't want to purchase a full travel system, it's possible to get the convenience of one by using just a frame stroller. These can only be used when your baby is in his carseat so he will likely outgrow it quickly. However, these frames can be quite inexpensive and lightweight, which makes them an attractive option.

Which Stroller?: All Terrain or Jogging Strollers

An all-terrain stroller will work on a number of different surfaces. They typically have one large wheel that helps glide the stroller over rough ground. These all-terrain or jogging strollers can be a little bulkier because of the large front wheel but many will fold flat enough to fit in your car.

Which Stroller?: A Double Stroller

If you have two children, a double stroller is an ideal solution. They can be side-by-side or with one child directly behind the other. Although convenient, they can be difficult to maneuver and quite large, so make sure you have the space for one before you buy it.

What to Look For In Strollers

Make sure that whatever stroller you buy:

  • Can be folded easily and quickly with just one hand. It might be tricky at first, but you'll soon become an expert.
  • Is easy to maneuver.
  • Can fit through most doors and in the trunk of your car.
  • Can be lifted easily. You don't want one that is too heavy.


Sometimes babies hate strollers, no matter which one you try. If this is the case, consider a sling or other type of baby carrier. Your baby might be happier being held and a sling can help keep your hands free.

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