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Buying a Stroller - Baby's First Wheels!

Updated on December 30, 2011
Quinny Zapp stroller in Capri Blue
Quinny Zapp stroller in Capri Blue

Buying a stroller can feel overwhelming. After all, a stroller is an important purchase and there are so many options!

My sister initially freaked out. Then she calmly chose the Quinny Zapp. This stroller was recommended by our sister-in-law partly because it's very easy to fold: You just lift up on a tab that's otherwise concealed by your baby's bottom.

When folded, the Quinny Zapp is extremely compact. Other benefits:

  • It's conveniently packaged with a rain shield, carseat adaptor and travel bag.
  • It's stain resistant.
  • It's very easy to steer.
  • You can use the stroller even when your baby becomes a toddler.

Seat-Carrier Frame Strollers

The stroller described above costs a bit above average. It will last a long time. A cheaper option is the seat-carrier frame stroller. It's only meant for the smallest babies. You'll need a new stroller once your baby outgrows his or her infant car seat.

What are the advantages of this stroller design?

  • This style features a lightweight frame.
  • Seat-carrier frame strollers like the Baby Trend Snap 'n' Go are compatible with almost every model of infant car seat.
  • With this stroller type, you can easily move a sleeping baby without disturbing their little dreams.

A Jeep Overland jogging stroller
A Jeep Overland jogging stroller

Jogging Strollers

Jogging strollers are popular here in sunny Santa Cruz. These three-wheelers make it easy to push your child while you jog. Extra suspension, a wrist strap and a hand brake make the situation safe for both of you.

Some doctors recommend that jogging strollers only be used with babies older than one year.

Strollers for Two

If you'll be pushing twins or another twosome, you can choose between tandem strollers and side-by-side strollers.

Tandem strollers are like bicycles built for two: One kid sits behind the other. These take up less space than side-by-sides but tend to be heavier and more difficult to maneuver. Also, one kid can feel squished.

My recommendation: Opt for a side-by-side stroller like the one shown above. Exceptions apply if your kids are of significantly differently weights or if your life involves a lot of narrow elevators.

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