Choosing a Baby Stroller
Strollers are a real necessity for getting around with a baby. They come in a range of sizes and prices. Umbrella strollers are convenient, lightweight (less than 15 lbs.) and collapsible. They are invaluable for city living, shopping, and traveling by any kind of public transportation. These strollers are easy to store, but they are less stable than larger models and provide little storage for packages and baby gear.

Mid-weight strollers weigh between 15 and 25 lbs. They are also collapsible and should last up to 5 years. These strollers should have a three or five point harness system and safety brakes. They should also have a lock to keep the stroller from collapsing with the baby in it. Canopies to protect the baby from sun or rain and storage for gear are valuable additions.

The following should be considered when buying a stroller:
  • Check the manufacturer's guidelines for age and weight.
  • Make sure the stroller meets the most recent safety standards.
  • Make sure the stroller is easy to push, easy to collapse, and fits into your car.
  • If you are taller than average, look for adjustable extension handles that can be added to some strollers so that you do not have to stoop to push.

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