Updated: May 9, 2015
Standard Stroller Reviews:Buying a stroller is one of the first things that a new parent will do. Full featured strollers are not cheap, but you need to consider the safety of your newborn and convenience as a parent now that you will be taking this infant almost everywhere you go. Standard baby strollers should have a 5 point harness so that your infant stays securely in place while you are wheeling them around town. We went with the Graco brand with our first child and were able to use it again when our second child was born a few years later. You will definitely get lots of use from a baby stroller so don't cringe at spending $200 or more. Which strollers are the best? What features are the most important when choosing a new baby stroller? We have created a guide down below to help you in your buying process.
First, keep in mind that many parents end up purchasing more than 1 stroller (jogger, umbrella, etc.) and you probably will too. When your infant is small a full featured stoller is the most likely choice. There are buying guides offered on the Babies R Us and Consumer Reports websites that help you determine just what to look for. Infants can't support their heads very well so you need a stroller with a reclining seat and one that can lie completely flat so they can sleep if possible. You will find yourself at the grocery store or in a shopping mall with a baby who goes to sleep and having a reclining stroller seat is nice to have. Experts say that nylon (hard) wheels are better than plastic (soft) but that air filled wheels are not necessary. A stroller with a large canopy is your best bet for hot or rainy weather. Providing shade on sunny days will keep your baby cool and then you don't need to worry about sunburn. We live in the Portland area so rain is always looming and our canopy has saved us many times while walking through parking lots. The new baby strollers usually feature one hand collapsible mechanisms which are great for parents juggling multiple items in their hands. For safety reasons, make sure the stroller locks in place once fully upright so there is no chance of an accidental collapse. All models we saw have locking wheels, padded seats, and trays for holding drinks or food right in front of your baby. A storage space either behind the seat or under it is essential for carrying around diapers, wipes, baby bottles, food, clothing, etc. We found stroller reviews listed all over the Internet on sites like Baby-gaga.com, About.com, and Amazon.com. Consumer Reports does a thorough job of testing all the latest strollers on the market and you should check out their findings if possible. Our favorite spot to shop for baby items is at Amazon. The owner reviews posted on the website by parents are informative and give you all the pros and cons associated with each stroller before buying one. The top brands include Graco, Evenflo, Inglesina, BOB, Kolcraft, Chicco, Peg Perego, Maclaren, and Baby Trend, You can browse the most popular baby strollers online here.
Standard Single Stroller:The #1 rated baby strollers in consumer magazines and on most websites we found was the Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe Stroller which is priced under $150. The popular Graco SnugRide car seats fits right on this stroller which is a nice feature. The stroller itself can handle a toddler up to 50 pounds meaning you can use the Quattro Tour for years and really get your monies worth from it. The one hand gravity fold function is what parents appreciate the most and the padded, reclining seat keeps little ones happy. Keep all your baby stuff in the lower storage basket - diapers, food, clothes, bottles. It may not be as luxury as the Bugaboo Bee or the Inglesina stroller, but it does offer a durable aluminum frame and very good maneuverability. Parent comments include "this stroller has everything", "love the adjustable footrest", and "easy, one hand folding". You can view all the top selling standard strollers online here.
Inglesina Zippy Stroller:Since we had our children a few years back a new brand has arrived that caught our eye. The Inglesina strollers are catching on and parents find them easy to use and worth the extra money. One of the top selling models is the Inglesina Zippy Stroller which gets excellent reviews from parents posting feedback online. The stroller weights just 17 pounds and it's good for babies from birth to 45 pounds in weight. The Inglesina will accommodate the Graco SnugRide and Compass car seats and it comes with a universal car seat strap. Other features include a breathable padded harness, snack tray and bumper bar, cup holder, raincover, storage basket and a rear footplate so older toddlers can ride along on the back. Parents claim the one hand to open or close the Inglesina stroller is the best on the market. You can view all the Inglesina strollers here.
See our buying guides for all stroller types below: