5 Things to Consider When Buying a Stroller

ak February 19, 2018 by Amanda Kahl

So. Many. Choices. A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear for new moms and dads. It’s typically needed right from the start and used for years on end. With so many stroller varieties available and a wide range of features to consider, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your family.

That’s why we wanted to provide some handy tips from Erin Varano, Brand Marketing Director at trusted baby and children gear manufacturer Graco. Erin offers these five key questions to consider when buying a stroller:Erin Varano

Does the Stroller Meet Safety Standards? As the saying goes, safety first. Look for a stroller that has been certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to ensure it meets current safety standards. Also, do your research beforehand to make sure it hasn't been recalled. Avoid this question by buying from a reputable retailer like Babies“R”Us.

Does the Stroller Have an Adjustable Seat? Newborns need seats that recline to a near flat position until they have head control and can sit up on their own. Even for older babies or toddlers, a reclining seat is a plus for comfort. Make sure to check that the seat’s recline mechanism is easy-to-use and firmly locks into the recline position.

How Versatile is the Stroller? Single strollers with the ability to convert to a double are useful and oh so practical. Look for a stroller that can grow with your family, like the Graco Uno2Duo Stroller and Travel System. This new stroller is out-of-the-box ready for one child, but simply extends to accommodate two children. Now that’s convenience and flexibility at its best!

We designed this stroller with a 5-inch extension so that it can easily transition from a single stroller to a double. The extension adds room for a second seat and offers a platform for toddlers to ride along. A second seat or infant car seat gives parents added functionality with a total of 22 ways to ride. As an added benefit, the stroller features a multi-position reclining main seat that can convert to an infant bassinet or pram. This stroller is now exclusively available at Babies“R”Us.

Can the Stroller Accommodate Your Car Seat? An infant car seat and a stroller that come together are called a travel system. Buying a travel system is the simplest way to ensure stroller and infant car seat compatibility. However, if they don’t come together, you can often buy an adapter that connects them. Keep this in mind as you choose these items.

Is the Stroller Easy to Maneuver? Look for front wheels that swivel. This swivel action will make it easier to turn. It’s never a bad idea to visit a store to test this feature out in person. You should be able to easily push the stroller in a straight line using one hand. Brakes also play a part in maneuverability. You want brakes that are easy to operate even if you are wearing open-toed shoes.

Finding the right stroller for your family requires research and testing. Investing the time beforehand and keeping key features top-of-mind during your search will make the process less overwhelming and lead you to your perfect stroller match.

 

As for the new Uno2Duo stroller, Graco and Babies"R"Us teamed together to give away a handful of these gems to some lucky expecting parents. Watch as they answer a few of our fun questions before claiming their prize...


About Amanda Kahl: Amanda has been shopping the aisles of Toys“R”Us since she was in diapers. In fact, no childhood birthday card from Mom & Dad was complete without crisp “Geoffrey Dollars” in its crease. Some of her most prized purchases through the years include Polly Pockets, Sky Dancer, Littlest Petshop and her “mo-mo” (motorcycle). Now, Amanda is proud to be working for the big giraffe, helping spread the word on store real estate changes, baby gear trends, seasonal must-haves and more. When it comes to toys and playtime, Amanda is serious business.