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Buying Advice for Strollers Having a new baby can be a walk in the park-with the right stroller, of course. In fact, a stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear you'll buy. And as your baby grows, you may end up with more than one. Many parents buy a traditional stroller for every day and a lighter-weight one for traveling. You may even want a more rugged stroller for jogging or simply negotiating uneven sidewalks and curbs. City streets are deceptively hard on strollers. There are dozens of choices on the market, everything from the lightest-weight umbrella strollers to heavy-duty, midsized strollers, carriages, jogging strollers, and models designed to carry two or more children. For a newborn, you can find a basic frame with no stroller seat of its own that can support almost any infant car seat. Or, consider a fully reclining stroller with leg holes you can close, so your baby doesn't slip and get trapped. Another option is a travel system, which consists of an infant car seat, a car-seat base for your car, and a stroller. Some jogging strollers, such as the Graco LeisureSport (0), are sold as travel systems, and some strollers also function as travel systems by allowing you to attach an infant car seat. All Peg-Prego strollers--the Pliko P3 Classico, GT3 Completo, Centro Completo, and Aria OH Classico--are designed to anchor a matching Peg-Prego car seat, which is sold separately. Those strollers include a strap to attach other manufacturers' car seats to the stroller. When babies reach 6 months old or can sit up and control their head and neck movements, you can use the stroller alone, without the infant seat snapped in. The downside? Until then, you have to push your baby in both a stroller and a car seat, which can be unwieldy, depending on the circumstances, such as the terrain you're navigating. A final option is a combo stroller--such as the Bugaboo Frog, Gecko, or Cameleon--which functions as both a carriage and a stroller. This stroller is a hybrid that consists of a stroller chassis with wheels that can be used with various manufacturers' car seats. It includes a removable bassinet, which converts it into a carriage, so your newborn baby can fully recline, and a removable stroller seat to use when your baby is ready to sit up. Your stroller options are dizzying. Here's what you need to know to buy the right wheels for you and your baby. SHOPPING SECRETS Select it yourself. Strollers are popular baby gifts and shower presents. Still, you should shop for a stroller yourself because you're the best judge of how you intend to use it--then register for it at a department or baby store if you want to receive it as a gift. If you receive a stroller you didn't select yourself, make sure you want to keep it. Strollers, like cars, are highly personal items. You'll probably use your stroller often, and your baby will spend a lot of time in it. You should love the one you end up with. Let your lifestyle be your guide. City dwellers who rely on subways, buses, and cabs will need a lightweight but sturdy stroller that folds quickly and compactly. A travel system, for example, probably isn't your best bet. A stroller with sizeable, air-filled tires is recommended if you'll be going for long walks with your baby and your vehicle is big enough to accommodate it. Besides being more shockabsorbing, these strollers typically have cushier, more supportive seating. If you'll be strolling through snow, on unpaved roads, or on the beach or taking your baby to soccer games in the park, a stroller with large wheels is the way to go. Under those conditions, a stroller with small wheels may be difficult or impossible to push. If you're athletic, you might want an all-terrain or jogging stroller for walking or jogging workouts. Don't go by price alone. As you'll find out when you're shopping, there's a wide price range among types and brands. What makes one stroller worth 0 and another 0? Several things drive up the price tag. Higher-end strollers are made of high-grade, lighter-weight aluminum, and are easier to lift in and out of a car. The seat is cushier, with more back support, and is likely to be made of high-quality fabric. And because they often feature large, shock-absorbing, swivel wheels, higher-end strollers are easier to push, especially over rough terrain, which includes anything from uneven sidewalks to sand and snow, so babies get a smoother ride. Bigger-ticket strollers have such comfy amenities as adjustable handles, which can save your back if you're tall, and a reversible seat so your baby can face toward or away from you. They tend to be more durable, lasting from child to child. But that doesn't mean a lower-end stroller won't serve you well. A lot depends on where and how much you'll use the stroller. For infrequent travel or trips to the mall, a lower-end umbrella stroller (less than 0) may be all you need. But if you're going to be strolling more often and through all kinds of weather and conditions, consider spending more. Good-quality traditional strollers start at around 0. That said, a higher price doesn't always mean higher quality. Consumer Reports' tests have shown that some economical strollers can perform as well as or better than models costing hundreds of dollars more. Even the most sophisticated models can have typical stroller flaws: malfunctioning wheels, frames that bend out of shape, locking mechanisms that fail, safety belts that come loose, or buckles February 2012 January 2012

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frames that bend out of shape, locking mechanisms that fail, safety belts that come loose, or buckles that break. Consider your baby's age. Newborns can't sit up, so they need a stroller that lets them lie on their backs for the first few months, or one that can hold an infant car seat. Don't use a traditional stroller that doesn't fully recline--including an umbrella-style stroller--until your child can sit up, usually at about 6 months of age. If you buy a stroller that fully reclines for an infant, make sure it has a wall surrounding all sides above the retention space. In addition, you can use the cover or stroller boot the manufacturer sometimes supplies for the foot area/leg holes so your baby can't possibly slip through, or use the bassinet that may come with the stroller. Size up the storage. A stroller with a large shopping basket makes life easier for parents who get around town mostly on foot. If you opt for a model that reclines, make sure you can reach the basket if the seat back is fully reclined, or, if it's a travel system, when the infant car seat is in place. Evaluate warranties and return policies. Most stroller manufacturers and retailers have warranties that cover poor workmanship and inherent flaws, but they won't necessarily take the unit back if it malfunctions. Manufacturers may refer you to the store for a replacement or insist that you ship the stroller back for repair--at your expense--leaving you stranded without baby wheels. Your best bet is to purchase the stroller from a store, catalog, or Web site that offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Keep the packaging the stroller comes in until you're sure you want to keep the stroller and ask about a store's return policy (usually 30 days). It's not uncommon to buy a stroller many months in advance. If you're shopping that far ahead, you'll want to buy from a store with a flexible or long-term return policy. Check certification. Somewhere on a stroller's frame or carton there should be a certification sticker showing that the stroller meets the minimum requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) voluntary standard and that its manufacturer participates in the certification program administered by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The key tests are for restraint system, brakes, leg openings, and locking mechanisms that prevent accidental folding, as well as for stability and the absence of sharp edges. The program is voluntary, and models from uncertified companies may be as safe as those from certified ones. But all things being equal, choose a certified model. Companies that are certified are: Baby Trend, Britax, Bugaboo, Delta Enterprise, Dorel Juvenile Group, Evenflo, Go-Go Babyz, Graco, Hauck Fun for Kids, J. Mason, Joovy, Kolcraft, Maclaren, Mia Moda, and Peg-Prego. About the author: The autor writes on a variety of subjects including baby gear. He also has a blog on the subject and a website where baby gear can be purchased at substantial savings: Best Baby Things Online Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/parenting-articles/buying-advice-for-strollers-230693.html

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Amandary:
February 2, 2012 at 1:47 am Stroller for a 2 and 3 year old? I hate the double strollers that have two tandem seats, and I have never used a double side by side stroller but I really don’t like them either lol. The only thing I can think of would be one of the Sit and Stand strollers. I have been reading reviews on these for literally months, I’m not even kidding…. my husband says the boys are gonna be driving their own cars before I make a decision. I really like the 2010 Joovy Ultralight Caboose (except for the price) and my other option is the Baby Trend. I already know the differences in them, pros and cons. My only hold up is the fact that they seem to be more towards a toddler and a baby. I have a 2 and 3 1/2 year old, and they both weigh about the same. I’m concerned that the Joovy wont last long as far as my youngest fitting in the front seat. I don’t have any way to see these strollers in person, so I’m hoping that someone here has one. I have read so many reviews that say the Joovy front seat is short and may not be big enough for a “toddler” and that the footrest is also short so his legs would be dangling. Looking at pictures I can see what they mean. But the Baby Trend looks to be so long, it seems like it will be a pain to push, almost the same as the normal double tandem. Also, I don’t have a minivan or SUV so it has to fit in my Elantra trunk. I also thought about just saying screw it and getting 2 umbrella strollers, but my oldest doesn’t always like to be in a stroller and wont always listen when I tell him to stay with me. Ugh. Anyone have some good advise about this for me? Really I just need to know if these strollers are good for 2 toddlers. Sorry about the long question…. Oh yes! I was looking into getting a wagon at first, because I know my boys would love it…. but I know it wont fit in the trunk of my car ( Reply

erin8888:

erin8888:
February 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm I have a Baby Trend and I love it. However, I wish I had bought a Radio Flyer wagon. I think the kids, 4 and 1 would enjoy it more. They would have more to see. So check out the wagon…. Reply

Proud:
February 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm What do you think of the Sit N’ Stand Stroller? http://www.target.com/Baby-Trend-Galaxy-StandParent/dp/B000LNN53A/qid=1191884035/ref=br_1_5/602-1068882-0740661? ie=UTF8&node=3580041&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1 We’re seriously considering purchasing this stroller. We have a 2 month old, a 16 month old and a 3 year old. We put the 16 month old in an umbrella stroller, the baby stays in the car seat and snaps onto the big stroller system and my 3 year old usually walks. We think this would be a great alternative to toting around 50 different strollers. (OK, I’m exaggerating, but you get the point.) Do you have one? Do you like it? What are the pros and cons? Reply

joyceeleann:
February 13, 2012 at 2:19 am yes it will suite you just fine. Reply

Joana W:
February 18, 2012 at 12:31 am Will a Chicco carseart fit into a Baby Trend Trendsport Lite stroller? I would much appreciate your input! =)? I am thinking about handing down a Baby Trend Trendsport Lite to my friend, whom just had a baby.She owns a Chicco carseat, I am unsure of what the model is.But I assume that they are built the same on the bottom of the base.Anyhow..She is wanting to use it as sort of a Travel System. And if for some reason the carseat doesn’t fit, she is wanting to then put the baby in it just like that, without the carseat.He is only 3 wks. old, and since the stroller is pretty much an “umbrella” stroller, but alot more sturdy and with more features, I am not too sure about this idea…Unless she puts some sort of head support for the baby, since the stroller is not very plush..At least, not for a newborn….Anyhow…I was just wanting to know if you know/think that the Chicco infant carseat that she has, that if it would click properly on the child tray that the Baby Trend Trendsport Lite has.Any input will be VERY much appreciated! PS: I know there is Chicco strollers that go w/ Chicco carseats. I appreciate the first answer =) I did suggest the Snap ‘n Go stroller to her, but since her and her Hubby are in a reallyyyyyyy tight budget, they cannot afford it. She is hoping to get a stroller for her Baby’s Welcoming Shower and such, but she hardly doubts that will be the case (She doesn’t get along too well with her family*)…Anyhow… I even did some research on Craigs List, for a Snap ‘n Go, but it is still too pricey for them..That is why I am basically donating the Baby trend one, since I have 2 other strollers for my Son…(Maclaren Volo, and Britax Preview*)… I do think that the Baby Trend stroller would be too narrow for the Chicco carseat, but oh well..I guess the only way we can find out if there IS any luck somehow making it click onto the stroller, is by trying it out… Without her little baby boy in the carseat of course, for safety reasons… So we will see what happens =) Reply

Sit'nTeach'nNanny:
March 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm There’s only one way to find out: call Babytrend and speak with a representative. Most strollers require attachments for other brands. If it’s a glorified umbrella stroller that doesn’t recline fully, then she can’t use it for her baby as a newborn and she can’t use it as a travel system, either. You’re always better off buying a stroller that fits your seat–MUCH safer. EDIT: I looked up the seat on Babytrend.com and it can never be used as a travel system– not even with a baby trend car seat. Have her go purchase a snap ‘n go for fifty bucks or get a decent stroller to go with her seat. She’ll be using it for awhile. Reply

Toni L:
February 23, 2012 at 4:20 am Chicco Side by Side Twin Stroller or Graco? I am going to purchase a stroller for my Sister in law who is having twins. I personally use the travel system by Chicco, came with the stroller, car seat ect…but she is having twins and told me she wants an umbrella stroller since her husband is military and they travel alot, plus her car is a Nissan Versa with a small trunk…so umbrella twin stroller it is! Now I do like the chicco stroller as it can be used from 0-24 months with the seat reclining, but the graco does the same thing….I have never used graco, but it seems good too. Also, I am going to purchase her a baby trend double travel frame for her twin car seats (a surprise she doesn’t know yet) so do you think that chicco car seats would fit the frame? I have a chicco car seat so maybe I should just take it over to babysrus, but if anybody has the travel frames by baby trend please give me a heads up if it will fit the chicco seat as well. Thanks for your help! Reply

twinmomma:
March 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm i have twin girls and i use the gracco duo glider tandem stroller!! i much prefer the tandem vs. the side by side!! much easier to manage and fit through thing!! i love my gracco…have no idea if it carseats are interchangable between brands though!! Reply

KandCsMommie:
March 6, 2012 at 10:35 am Is it totally rediculous to buy 3 strollers for our toddler and newborn?

Is it totally rediculous to buy 3 strollers for our toddler and newborn? I have a 23 month old and am due in December. My 2 YO doesn’t really like to sit in her stroller that much, but at the same time it is still totally necessary for zoo trips, mall trips ect. And we go on day/weekend trips a LOT and totally HAVE to have a place for her to sit then too. I have a baby sling that I can/will use. However when the baby is a newborn and it is winter time I am certianly not going to want to take them out of thier nice comfy warm car seat to place them in a sling ect, especially if they are asleep. I am planning on getting the baby trend stroller that the car seat straps into. I was also planning on gettin the Baby Jogger City Mini twin with a buggy board attachment on the back (they now make a car seat adapter for the mini). However I would still like to have an umbrella style for quick trips around town. The baby will be about 4-5 months before it is really warm here and I would be OK taking them out of the car seat and into something where they can just lay/sit. I was considering a sit and stand style however I want an actual seat for my 2 YO not just a bench, and I really hate the way they look. I was considering getting the city mini and then looking for a used Maclaren for when they are bigger. None of the baby stores near where i live has the City Mini for me to preview so I have to go off of reviews and stuff online. Is the city mini light/compact enought to compare to a Maclaren? And suggestions/reviews? I really do not want one of the Graco type doubles that are wider front/back as I have used them before and they are super hard to move around. From what I’ve read the city mini is almost small enough to so through a standard door. you just have to tilt it sort of sideways. well I already have 3 that we’re/are my 2 year olds. The sinle one that came with the travel system that I hate. A really nice jogger one (but it’s only a single) and then a single maclaren stroller. There are times I will still use the jogger and single maclaren but I also see totally good reasons to have the car seat adapter one, the city mini, and eventually the maclaren double. But my husband is DONE with me buying stollers! Reply

~Ariana~:
March 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm OHH I hear you!! When my son was born we got a Graco travel system and a jogger since my husband likes to run and we thought it’ll be great to take our son out for runs, hikes, etc. Well my son never really liked the jogger And my daughter came when my son was a bit over 2, and just like your daughter he wouldnt sit much in his stroller either, but for longer trips, mall etc we needed one. So I got a Graco tandem stroller- bad idea! The thing was soo heavy, my son was uncomfortable, and I hated it. But my daughter was born in January! so we needed a stroller for the both of them! Soon we weaned my son out of his stroller and we got an umbrella stroller for trips. My sister had a baby not too long ago and she opted for the Chicco twin stroller, for her newborn and her toddler. It’s amazing! I wish I had thought of that when my daughter was born!! It’s very light, it’s comfortable for both kids, and it’s compact!! http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3028965 Good Luck!! Reply

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