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Strollers Buying Guide
Things to Look for when Buying a Stroller
you’re about to have a baby and you know you need to buy a stroller.
Wondering what you should look for in your stroller purchase? Here are
some features to think about.
for a stroller
seat with enough width and a high seat-back that reclines fully and is
not too high off the ground. The wider, taller and deeper the stroller
seat, the more comfortable baby will be during the ride. The lower the
child sits, the more stable the stroller. Most
seat backs are around 20
inches high, seat bottoms are 10 inches long and knee-to-foot length is
typically around 11 to 12 inches.
The 5 Point Harness
a seat belt in a
car, this series of straps holds the baby or toddler in the stroller.
Generally accepted as the safest way to secure a child, the harness has
two straps at the shoulders, two at the hips and one at the crotch.
to Look For: A
harness that is easy to lock and unlock with one hand. It should be
tamper proof and difficult for the toddler to unlock. Look for padded
straps, which are more comfortable for the child, and adjustable
sliders that are easy to operate with one hand.
the frame of a
bicycle, the platform that the stroller is built on is very important
as it will determine the appearance and durability as well as its
ability to carry loads and keep the child safe.
to Look For: A one-piece unit made of aluminum with welded joints and
rounded surfaces is ideal.
do avoid: Rough edges and joints secured by plastic fittings; spaces or
gaps where little hands and feet can slip through and get stuck in.
height of a
stroller handlebar is a bigger issue with tall parents. When testing a
stroller, make sure that your back is not hunched over while you’re
pushing the stroller. For parents or caregivers who are not
approximately the same height, the best bet is an adjustable handlebar
that can go between 32 inches and up to 42 inches (most handlebars are
around 40 inches high).
to Look For:
Handlebar height is the distance from your elbow to the ground when
standing straight. If your forearm is parallel to the ground as you
grip the handlebar while standing straight, the handlebar is the right
height for you.
tether are the three most common brake formats. The better the
stroller, the more likely it will have all three options. The most
basic (and cheaper) strollers have only one brake format.
It Does: Applies stopping power to the front wheel only.
For: High-end strollers usually have a hand brake mounted on the
handlebar, which makes them ideal for strolling around the city. This
kind of brake is not intended to stop a speeding stroller pushed by a
It Does: Stops a stationary stroller from moving.
parents who commute with a stroller on the bus or subway; for those who
live in hilly cities and stop-and-go frequently, such as those who need
to wait up for a walking child or a dog.
It Does: It stops
the stroller as a last resort. At one end the strap or tether is fixed
to the stroller (usually the rear axle) and to your wrist (usually
through a loop) at the other end.
allow on-the-go parents to carry all sorts of things, from groceries to
a diaper bag, cell phone and toys for the child. The storage
compartment should be easy to access and offer adequate room for you to
store essentials. Storage areas are most commonly under-seat basket,
side compartments and behind-the-seat pouches.