When it comes to choosing baby gear, it’s possible that one of the most important purchases you can make is a stroller. With so many different options to choose from, ranging in size, style, and price, it can seem overwhelming at first trying to decide which one will be the best fit for you and your little one. Don’t stress it! We’re here to help you to know how to choose the right stroller for you and your family.
What’s Your Budget?
The first thing you’ll want to do is consider what your budget is for your new stroller. With so many different options for strollers, you could spend as little as $50 or as much as $1200. However, in my experience, you can find a high-quality stroller that will last you a long time for around $300-$500, like these Ergobaby strollers. My personal favorite right now is the Colugo Complete Stroller which runs about $445. Even if you aren’t planning on having multiple children, this stroller is well worth the investment and will last you from birth right up to 55lbs (average 4-6 year old).
And did you know you could put a car seat in a stroller? You can connect your Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, and Nuna infant car seat right into the Colugo stroller with their Complete Infant Kit($50), making the car to store transition a breeze!
What is Your Family Size?
How many kiddos do you have in tow? Many families find themselves in a position where they are considering a stroller that can accommodate multiple children. Whether you have a toddler that still needs a place to relax while you’re out on long outings or you’re expecting multiples with your current pregnancy, this is definitely something that needs consideration when looking at all of your stroller options.
What is Your Lifestyle?
Take some time to consider what your lifestyle is and how a stroller will fit into that. Who will be using the stroller the most? Will you be traveling often with this stroller, whether it’s a long road trip or boarding an airplane? What about exercise- will you be running often with your child in the stroller? All of these factors are important to consider when trying to decide which stroller style you’ll need.
If you mainly need your stroller for running errands, picking up the kids from school, going shopping, and on field trips, then a compact, lightweight stroller like the Colugo Complete Stroller is a great choice! It folds up in seconds, can be carried easily with one hand, fits in the back of your car or minivan with ease, and has all the bells and whistles you’d be looking for in a luxury stroller.
What are Your Stroller Priorities?
When you picture yourself out and about with your baby tucked into their stroller, what do you see? Is there a cup holder to accommodate your favorite water bottle? A spot for your phone? Is it a reversible stroller, or perhaps a pram-style buggy? Is there storage on the stroller for older children’s toys and your diaper bag? These features are not available with every stroller on the market, so as a final step, consider which features are most important to you in a stroller and keep an eye out for those in your search.
Whether you’re looking for an upgrade or you’re in the market for your first stroller, be sure to take the time to note what is most important to you in a stroller and look for what will best meet the needs of your family. Happy shopping!