There might be a few reasons you’re in the market for a stroller. Maybe your little one is growing, and you want to upgrade your spacious travel system for something a little sleeker. Perhaps you’re planning a trip abroad and need a light, compact pushchair to navigate busy check-ins and sun-drenched strolls by the beach. Whatever the reason, strollers can be an ideal choice if you want to keep costs down and find something that fits around your lifestyle.
We’ve pulled together some top tips to help you make the right choice.
Think about your budget
If you’re purchasing a stroller, then it’s possible that this is a follow up purchase to your original pushchair or travel system. Whilst that might have been a definite investment to take baby from birth through the first couple of years, strollers are often seen as a cheap, light, compact alternative. Therefore, you don’t need to set aside as big a budget, unless you fancy splashing out.
Consider how much you want to spend on your stroller, as this will help to narrow down your options. If it is a purchase for a trip abroad, then you’ll have enough extortionate fees to contend with when booking your holiday, so a stroller shouldn’t be one.
Whatever budget you set aside, remember that while cheap and cheerful is fine, you need to make sure your stroller is up to the task at hand.
How compact should it be?
Strollers are traditionally more lightweight and compact than standard travel systems and pushchairs. However, you can still find a range of stroller sizes, so it’s worth considering things like travelling and storage.
We’ve mentioned holiday strollers already, but if you’re taking a stroller abroad, you’ll want one that is light and compact and ideally small enough to be stored in overhead compartments as hand luggage (much easier than standing for hours, waiting for it to turn up on the carousel…) Likewise, if you use your stroller on public transport a lot, or you have a small car, something that is compact when folded is key.
If space isn’t an issue, that frees you up to focus on the things that are important. Which brings us on to…
How you use your stroller
As the saying goes, it’s not always the size that matters, it’s what you do with it. But before your mind starts running, we’re still talking about strollers. Just because you’re investing in a compact, lightweight stroller, you still need to think about the end use.
What will you use your stroller for? If it’s for everyday use – going down the shops, trips to the park, etc. – the chances are, you don’t need to worry too much about rough terrains or specific needs. If you’re the sort of person who loves off-roading with your little one and exploring long countryside walks or strolls on the beach, consider strollers that offer all-terrain properties or even a Jogger stroller, which is great for using while running.
As with all baby products, you’ll want to be sure that it does the job, but mainly you want to know your little one is safe. When you’re sticking to a strict budget, it can be easy to make price the focus – but don’t forget to check out safety standards and reviews.
If you’re looking at big-name strollers, check the customer reviews, look for information on product safety standards and testing, and – most importantly – speak to your friends to find out what they recommend. Safety specifications can bring you peace of mind, but nothing beats a personal recommendation from someone you trust.
Compare your choices
You’ve thought about budget, use and size – so now you’ll have a good idea of the sort of stroller you need. And more importantly, the ones you don’t. Your selection will have narrowed down considerably, so you can start to get into the nitty gritty and compare your options.
At this point, it’s worth looking at the features in more detail. Depending on whether you go for cheap and cheerful or something more specific, you can compare the additional features, such as:
- Adjustable seats
- Comfort benefits for baby
- Additional ventilation
- Fabric styles and colours
- Additional extras: footmuffs, seat liners, changing bags, cup holders, etc.
Some of these features may be high up your list of priorities, while others are just a bonus. Either way, by reviewing what each stroller has to offer, you can start to identify which ones offer real value for money.
So, there you have it. Those are our top tips for finding the perfect stroller. It’s all common sense, but sometimes it helps to know which areas to focus on. No matter what you decide, happy shopping and we hope you find the perfect travel companion for you and baby.
Ickle Bubba has a range of affordable, stylish, and compact strollers, perfect for that second purchase or as a lightweight alternative to your everyday travel system. Visit our website to find out more.