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Which Stroller is Right For You?  
Cost, safety and stroller weight are important factors to consider

 

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FinanceHaving a baby is expensive, so it makes sense to make sure to stretch your dollars where you can. When it comes to strollers, there are so many choices—lightweight strollers, double strollers, jogger strollers, high-end strollers and less expensive models—that it's hard to know which one to buy.

When selecting a stroller, consider your lifestyle. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you be traveling a lot with baby?
  • Do you live in the city or the suburbs?
  • Do you want room in the stroller for another child?
  • Will you be lifting the stroller into a car?
  • How long do you plan to use your stroller?

Convertible travel system stroller: The biggest advantage of a convertible travel system stroller is that you don't have to disturb your sleeping baby to transfer her or him from the car to the stroller. The infant car seat snaps easily into the stroller frame, making for a quick car-to-stroller transition. Although they're a bit more expensive than traditional strollers, the convenience may be worth the price, especially because you can use the stroller through toddlerhood. Like other kinds of strollers, the convertible travel systems fold up easily for storing in a car. There's also some storage space for baby necessities.

Jogger stroller: Many parents who are runners swear by these strollers, which have larger wheels and enable children to be comfortable while on the run with mom or dad. Although these strollers have their advantages, they're not designed for newborns. When folded, jogging strollers aren't as compact as umbrella strollers and some smaller strollers.

Traditional stroller: Traditional strollers offer good support and a smooth ride for your baby. They're generally easy to fold and are fairly lightweight, although a bit cumbersome to store. Traditional strollers have plenty of storage space and some models are convertible, enabling baby either to sit up or fully recline. These strollers can be used from infancy through toddlerhood.

Double stroller: If you're planning on having more than one child, a double stroller may be worth the investment. Side-by-side models enable kids to sit next to each other, but these models are sometimes difficult to maneuver, especially through narrow doorways. Tandem models are about the same width as traditional strollers; on some, the older child has the option of either sitting in a seat or standing on the back platform while baby rides up front. Double strollers are heavier than traditional strollers—and more costly—so consider whether or not you'll be folding the stroller and lifting it into a car.

Lightweight stroller: Also known as umbrella strollers, lightweight baby strollers weigh generally less than 15 pounds and fold up small for easy storage. They can be great for travel. One caution, though: These strollers are not intended for newborns and small babies, who need the extra support offered by more traditional strollers.

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