Many of us know how difficult it is to find the right stroller. There’s a jungle out there, of different brands and models. That’s why we’ve talked to our stroller-expert Monika, who has given 7 suggestions on things to keep in mind when purchasing your first stroller.
1. It’s a good idea to first look at the seat. This is where your child will spend most of his/her time. Some questions to ask yourself: how long and wide is the seat? Does the seat fully recline in a way that will allow my child to rest comfortably? Can the seat be adjusted to face either direction?
2. How large is the stroller and how heavy is it? If you have limited room where you live and mostly travel by public transport, make sure to know whether the stroller will fit in an elevator, your entryway, your stairwell and your car. If you need to buy a carrycot, make sure to purchase a stroller with a fully reclinable seat.
3. Travel a lot by car? Make sure the stroller is easy to assemble and easily collapsible. One tip is to buy a child safety seat that can be attached to the stroller, so you won’t have to move your child from the seat to the stroller. Keep in mind that an additional adapter might be necessary to make this possible.
4. How do you plan to use the stroller? Is it for city use? Forest walks? Will it be a jogging-stroller or a vacation stroller? These are important questions to answer so you’ll buy a stroller that fits your needs.
5. What kind of wheels should it have? Your choice of material and the type of wheel largely depends on what kind of environment the stroller will be used in. Plastic wheels are made of polyurethane so you won’t risk getting a flat. This type of wheel often wears out faster than air-filled wheels which can cause gravel to easily get stuck in them. Air-filled wheels are sustainable and are adaptable to different types of terrains. Don’t forget to check if the wheels need more air! Puncture proof wheels are made up of plastic core and a rubber outside. These resemble air-filled wheels, but you won’t have to worry about getting a flat. Lastly, think about whether you’d like set or flexible, turning wheels. A stroller with movable front wheels is often smoother to use, especially in tight spaces. However, if you’re walking on a country road, it might be better to have locked, or set wheels.