1. WHAT DO THE HANDLEBARS FEEL LIKE?
You are going to have a good grip on these for some years at the very least, so make sure they feel nice in your hands. Some are plastic, most are foam, and some are leather (oh, you fancy huh?), and unless you’re dedicated to making “stroller gloves” a thing, you should pick whichever one you like best.
2. WILL THE FABRIC SHOW EVERY STAIN?
This is certainly more about colour than actual material, since most strollers are available with similar washable fabrics. Of course, you’re kidding yourself if you were to think you’re going to clean that thing over and over again in a blue moon, so pick a fabric which will best camouflage spit up and ground-up goldfish crackers. Actually, camouflage would do well here. It is not a time to choose white. We repeat. Usually do not under any circumstance buy a white stroller. Except if you’re Puff Daddy.
3. WILL BE THE TIRES AIR-FILLED? HOW COME I CARE?
Great question! Air filled tires give you a much smoother ride than plastic or rubber because they absorb almost all of the impact from bumps and cracks into the sidewalk. What this means is baby sleeps soundly and isn’t woken up every time you roll over a pebble. Believe us, you worry about that.
4. BASIC BLACK, OR BRIGHT AND COLORFUL?
We have already established that white is not an alternative, but let’s imagine you aren’t focused on stains and are basing you colour choice solely upon which one will match your wardrobe the best. Do not act like you have not already seriously considered this. Of course, black goes with everything, but so does ketchup and you also do not see us mixing that into our baby’s bottle. All we’re saying is, don’t automatically default to black. In the event that you found a stroller that meets every requirement in your list, and comes in a myriad of shades, take some time to give some thought to it. Plus, pushing something bright orange up a steep hill might just prevent you from dropping off to sleep during the wheel throughout the first couple of months.
5. DO I WANT A BASSINET?
If you wish to maintain your car seat strapped to your car or truck as often as you possibly can, then a bassinet is a no-brainer. It is cozy, warm, and doubles as a bed for day trips to consult with the grandparents. However, if you plan on making use of your child car seat as the new third arm, then a bassinet might just become a bulky extra that takes up way too much room in your trunk.