Baby's First Stroller

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Picking a stroller is often equated to selecting a car. Both purchases require research, money and deciding on your personality. Do you see yourself as a practical sedan parent? Or perhaps more of a Porsche Cayenne parent? Modern parents have endless options and can spend hundreds of dollars on this purchase so we're here to make this purchase a little easier.

Over the years as a stroller tester for Momtrends and Babble.com, I've road tested more than 100 strollers. And I'm here to tell you research pays off.

Things to consider:
Do you plan to use the stroller when traveling? You'll want a light, colapsable stroller than can be carried over the shoulder easily.
Is fashion a concern for you? You may want to find a brand that offer the trendiest colors or partnerships with designers. I wouldn't be surprised if Ralph Lauren came out with one soon!
Do you plan to have another child right away? You may want to consider a convertible stroller right away.
Is a stroller system right for you? Some parents want a package that comes with a bassinet, carseat and toddler seat.
What is your budget? For some spending $100 on Craigslist is fine. For others this is the big splurge.
Pneumatic of plastic tires? There's nothing like the feel of real tires--that being said are you game for keeping air in them?

Shopping Tips:
Consider warranties: Anything less than a year is pretty lame.
Last season rocks: Buying last season's models may save you big. No you won't have the hottest colors or trendies features, but you might have extra $$ for that college fund.

Features we love:
Wide canopies that shield the sun
Sturdy raincover--it's super cheap to not include a rain cover with the stroller
One-hand steering (gotta hold the java too)
Full recline is essential for napping on the go
Adjustable handle height
Easy to reach basket
Five-point harness

Features we don't:
Drink holders are bulky and break.
Ipod holders--listen to the baby not your tunes.

Road Test:

  1. Everyone who will push the stroller should test the stroller. Short moms and tall dads alike should be comfortable.
  2. Collapse, switch the seat, click the brake. CHECK EVERY SINGLE FEATURE. Make sure you can do it all with ease. It won't get any easier trying to work it with a fussy toddler around.
  3. Carry the stroller up and down a set of stairs.
  4. Click the harness--if it is too stiff beware! You might catch little finger or thighs in the clasps.

TIP: ALWAYS REGISTER YOUR STROLLER: If there is ever a safety recall you will be notified right away.

Momtrends Baby's First is Sponsored by Scandinavian Child and Micralite. The Micralite FastFold Superlite Stroller has all of the features of a full-size stroller but functions as an umbrella stroller. Weighing in at only 14 pounds, the FastFold Superlite is a compact and ergonomic stroller that is easily maneuvered using only one hand. The sliding seat reclines for baby'??s comfort or sits upright so your child can enjoy the views. Lightweight stroller. Full size job..


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