5 what to Ask Yourself Before You Choose a Stroller
1. WHAT DO THE HANDLEBARS FEEL JUST LIKE?
You will have a solid grip on these for a few years at least, so make certain they feel nice in your hands. Some are plastic, most are foam, and some are leather (oh, you fancy huh?), and unless you’re devoted to making “stroller gloves” a thing, you should pick whichever one you like best.
2. WILL THE FABRIC SHOW EVERY STAIN?
This will be more about colour than actual material, since most strollers are available with similar washable fabrics. Needless to say, you are kidding yourself if you believe you will clean that thing more than once in a blue moon, so pick a fabric that may best camouflage spit up and ground-up goldfish crackers. Actually, camouflage would do well here. This is simply not an occasion to decide on white. We repeat. Do not under any circumstance buy a white stroller. Except if you are Puff Daddy.
3. ARE THE TIRES AIR-FILLED? WHY DO I CARE?
Great question! Air filled tires give you a much smoother ride than plastic or rubber since they absorb a lot of the impact from bumps and cracks when you look at the sidewalk. This means baby sleeps soundly and isn’t woken up every time you roll over a pebble. Believe us, you care about that.
4. BASIC BLACK, OR BRIGHT AND COLORFUL?
We’ve already established that white isn’t an alternative, but let’s say that you aren’t concerned about stains and therefore are basing you colour choice solely on which one will suit your wardrobe the very best. Do not act like you have not already seriously considered this. Needless to say, black goes with everything, but so does ketchup and you don’t see us mixing that into our baby’s bottle. All we’re saying is, don’t automatically default to black. If you found a stroller that meets every requirement on your list, and comes in an array of shades, take a moment to think about it. Plus, pushing something bright orange up a steep hill may indeed prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel during the first few months.
5. DO I NEED A BASSINET?
Should you want to keep your child car seat strapped to your car or truck as frequently as you are able to, then a bassinet is a no-brainer. It is cozy, warm, and doubles as a bed for day trips to see the grandparents. However if you plan on with your child car seat as the new third arm, then a bassinet might just become a bulky extra that takes up an excessive amount of room in your trunk.