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Best Baby Lightweight & Umbrella Strollers 2015
Having a stroller for your baby is an essential piece of equipment to own.
Let's face it, no one wants to carry around a 10 to 30 pound child while running errands.
There are many strollers on the market to choose from; however there are strollers that are specifically made to be more lightweight.
A lightweight stroller typically will weigh anywhere from 10 to approximately 15 pounds.
These strollers are very convenient especially for travel.
What to Know Before You Buy a Lightweight Stroller
I recommend measuring the storage space, or the trunk of your car, to make sure that your stroller will fit.
The measurements listed on manufacturer's specifications are typically those of a stroller that is folded down.
Decide how much you can comfortably lift. Carry some things around the house that are between 10 and 20 pounds to see what the most comfortable weight is for you.
You should also consider how long you expect to use the stroller. If you are looking for something short term, or for just quick trips to the store, you can easily save money on a simpler model.
However, if this will be a long-term stroller for your child, you will want to check to see if it will accommodate an infant seat and keep in mind what the weight limits are.
Think about where you will be using the stroller the most. If you want to take walks outside you will want something much more durable with good all terrain wheels.
However, if you will be using the stroller mostly indoors as you run errands, something that is compact will make your outings much more convenient.
What kind of lightweight stroller do you need?
Convenience Features in Lightweight Strollers
I always recommend getting a good feel of how padded the seat is. If your child will be in it for long periods of time, or will be napping, you will want to make sure that their little bums are adequately padded.
Take a look at the kind of material as well. There are some that come with material that can be easily wiped down, but if you find one with a cloth cover I suggest ensuring that it can be removed to be put into the washing machine as needed.
Having a seat that will recline into a couple different positions will also make your baby much more comfortable.
If you look carefully, you can even find lightweight stroller seats that recline almost to a flat position so your baby can lie down.
This is something you will really want to pay attention to. I like having canopies that have a couple of different positions, as well as one that is quite large.
The bigger the canopy, the better your child will be protected from the elements. Though not a necessity, having a peekaboo window in the canopy also makes it easy to spy on your child quickly as you walk.
It is also convenient to find a canopy that can be removed when it is not needed, or to be cleaned
The most user friendly strollers are those that fold up with just one hand. I also like using strollers that will stay standing once they are folded.
Also, look for a stroller that has a locking feature once it's folded up. The last thing you want is to try to get it into your car and have it come undone on you.
Cheaper lightweight strollers sometimes will not offer a storage basket. However, many strollers do give you some kind of storage under the seat.
For quick trips, a small storage space will easily hold essentials, while a larger basket will hold diaper bags and other items you need while you are out and about.
Keep in mind that if you have a seat that reclines, it can often be hard to access your items in the storage basket underneath.
I also prefer using strollers that have other types of storage. This might include pockets on the back or sides of the stroller, as well as a storage tray between handles.
Having a snack tray for your child really helps keep them entertained while sitting in the stroller. You can easily get them snacks or toys to play with.
Look for one that either can be removed, or will swing up and out of the way to make it easier to get your child into and out of the stroller.
I also recommend finding one that has a cup holder for both you and your baby.
It is wise to note the dimensions of the stroller so you know how high the handles are, therefore knowing how comfortable it will be to push.
If you are exceptionally tall, find one that has adjustable handles.
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