Are you thinking about buying a new best lightweight stroller? If you are – and you haven’t purchased a stroller in awhile or this is your first purchase – then you may want to take a look at all of the different types of stroller features and stroller accessories.
A is for absorbers
Shock absorbers that is. Just like shock absorbers help to give your car a smoother ride, your baby can get a smoother ride with shock absorbers above the wheel assemblies. You can also look for strollers that offer air-filled tires for a smoother ride. Be advised though – sometimes a smoother ride also means a harder steer, so take the stroller for a test drive before you purchase.
B is for brakes
While strollers are made for people on the go, you also want them to stop when you need them to. Many travel strollers will come with a hand-operated brake designed to slow the stroller down if you need to stop suddenly while running. Any stroller that you purchase should have parking brakes designed to keep the wheels from rolling. These should be engaged whenever your child is in the stroller and you need to let go for any reason.
C is for canopy
Unless you plan on limiting your stroller use to the indoors, you will want to look for one that offers a canopy. Canopies provide protection against sun and rain. Depending on the type of stroller and the features, the canopy may be adjustable to offer different levels of protection. Some umbrella strollers will even offer a window in the top that you can use to check on baby without pausing your walk.
D is for drink holder
Pushing a stroller is thirsty work, and whether you prefer your liquid refreshment to come in the form of bottled water or a steaming cup of Joe you will want someplace to put it. Having a parent tray or separate cup holder is always a nice feature. Parent trays also give you a place to set your cell phone, car keys, and other small items that you don’t want to stash underneath.
F is for footrest
Taller children will appreciate having somewhere to put their feet and you will appreciate it when their feet don’t get caught in the front wheels. While most footrests will only be useful for older toddlers, some are adjustable to grow with your child.
H is for handlebars
Handlebars are another feature that is about mom and dad more than baby. If you are taller, then you will definitely want to look for a model with a taller handlebar so that you don’t have to hunch over while walking. Strollers with one handlebar are easier to steer with one hand than those with independent handles. Features like reversibility and padding will also make your walking experience more enjoyable.
L is for leg holes
If you are planning on using your stroller from birth and beyond, then you should check out the leg holes. Strollers designed for newborns will have the option to close the leg holes so that your child won’t fall out while the stroller is in motion. If you have a larger than average child, then you will want to make sure that you will be able to slide them in and out of the leg holes without pinching or scratching.
N is for newborns
Many new parents want to take their newborn out for a stroll to show them off and get out of the house. However, not all strollers are designed for newborns. If you want to use your stroller with a newborn, then look for a seat that can recline flat and has leg holes that close. Optional features on some strollers also include compatibility with an infant carrier car seat and a detachable bassinet.