Thursday, November 25, 2010

Baby Stroller Features To Consider Before Buying

By Aikednea Johansen

Purchasing a baby stroller is as an essential decision as purchasing a crib or a car seat. There are so many selections to select from and each baby stroller holds a multitude of features. Additionally they range in prices from inexpensive to expensive that is why it's important to decide on the right stroller from the beginning. Whilst staying within a budget is essential, you may be better off spending a bit more for a baby stroller up front, rather than purchasing a cheap stroller and having it break after a few of months.

The most essential features to consider when purchasing a stroller are the safety features. Buying a new stroller makes it easier to pay attention to several safety features needed in baby strollers. To begin with, make sure that the stroller has an adequate breaking system. Also be certain that the proper safety harness is in place (usually a 5 point safety harness) and check that there is a crotch strap also. A crotch strap will prevent your baby from sliding out of the stroller.

Some other features that are not critical but aid are things like adjustable handles. You're most likely not the sole person who will be pushing the stroller so adjustable handles are very useful. You might also wish to consider a stroller made from washable material or has Scotchguard protection to limit staining. Newer model strollers are generally built with stain guard fabrics.

Storage space is also a plus in a good stroller. You will need to have space for things like a diaper bag, baby formula, as well as having room to carry any additional bags. After storage space concern, your next feature check is how well will your stroller store? You'll need one that will fold very easily and open very easily because you'll be moving that stroller in and out of the car or storing it in a closet, and so on. The last thing you want to be doing is fighting with a stroller each and every time you have to use it or put it away.

If you're an active parent, you might consider the jogging stroller. Jogging strollers are great for the mom or dad who wants to get in their exercise with their baby. The one downside to these strollers are that they're usually not made for carrying extra bags and are generally not lightweight. Another problem is they're not recommended for newborns. If you are in to exercising, you're most likely better off buying 2 separate strollers, one for daily use and one for jogging or running.

What it boils down to is the features that you'll need on a regular basis. Safety features go without saying but some parents need more storage in there strollers whereas some parents instead have a lighter weight child stroller that is easy to store. It might assist to write down the features you are searching for in a stroller after which researching specific brands to determine which one fits your needs best.

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