How to choose a stroller cheat sheet

A great stroller will do more than just get you – and your tot – from A to B: it will simplify your whole life. But choosing one can be totally overwhelming, so we break it down for you.

Bumbleride Era Stroller

If you’re expecting, chances are, you’ve probably thought about the type of stroller you’ll buy. Maybe you’re envisaging running with your little one – in which case you’ll need a jogging stroller. Maybe you’ll be on lots of coffee dates, meaning you’ll want a stroller that fits easily in and out of small spaces. Or maybe you’ll be hiking and traveling with your baby, so you want a stroller that can – quite literally – go off-road. Whatever you want, we have a cheat sheet for the right stroller – for you.

First, let’s talk budget. A high-quality, durable stroller will set you back between $500 and $2,000, if not more. While you can get more economical models, they are generally more lightweight and tend to be better suited for older children, or for use while traveling (as they fold down easily and are compact).

Next, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How will you use the stroller?
  • What kind of car seat are you likely to buy?
  • What do you need for your lifestyle?
  • How often will you be carrying the stroller?
  • Where will you store it?
  • How often will you travel with it?
  • What kind of accessories will you need?

Now – let’s get some answers.

 

How will you use the stroller?

 

Do you intend to run with your baby? You’ll need a jogging stroller like the Bumbleride Speed (no, you can’t run with a regular stroller!). It’s important that you have a lockable front wheel design so you don’t risk tripping and tipping!

 

Bumbleride Speed Stroller

 

Bumbleride Speed

 

Ranging from $569 – $599

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Raising multiples? Perhaps you need to go for a twin design. It’s personal preference whether you like stadium seating or side by side, but we can’t get enough of the Bugaboo Donkey 2 Twin.

 

Bugaboo Donkey 2 Twin Light Grey Mineral Collection- Aluminum Frame

 

Bugaboo Donkey 2 Twin

 

$1,968

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Looking for light and easy? The Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller is a 2-in-1 Travel System that works with a Cybex car seat, meaning it’s suitable from birth.

 

Cybex Eezy S Twist in Manhattan Grey

 

Cybex Eezy S Twist in Denim Blue

 

Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller

 

$299.95

Available in more colors

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Do you intend to have another baby in the next two years? It may be worth investing in a stroller like the Nuna DEMI Grow because it can easily transition from a single to a double.

 

Nuna Demi Grow Stroller

Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller

 

$799.95

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If you’re a city-dwelling family with a need to maneuver tight spaces or love hopping on and off public transport, consider a stroller like the GB Pockit Plus All-City Stroller or Babyzen YoYo+.

 

GB Pockit+All City Black Stroller

 

GB Pockit Plus All-City Stroller

 

$249.95

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Babyzen Yoyo Stroller Black Grey

Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller

 

$499

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Admittedly looking for a statement piece that ALSO provides functionality?

 

We get it – you want a stylish stroller! So do we. And our friends at Cybex know how to deliver. For an innovative stroller that doubles as a work of art, you’re going to want to check out their Spring Blossom collection.

 

Cybex Priam Lux Stroller in Light Spring Blossom

Cybex Platinum Priam Stroller – Light Spring Blossom

 

$1,179.90

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What kind of car seat are you likely to buy?

 

Some parents prefer to get a capsule like the Nuna Pipa that they can clip in and out of their stroller, in order to transfer their baby without waking them. Often, you can buy adaptors that connect a separate car seat to a stroller, but mostly you’ll need to buy the car seat and stroller as a package deal like the Nuna MIXX and Pipa Lite LX. (And of course there’s a matching car seat to that insanely gorgeous Cybex Spring Blossom!)

 

 

Nuna PIPA carseat 2019 Birch

 

Nuna Pipa Car Seat and Base Set

 

$299.95

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Nuna Mixx Stroller & Car Seat Travel System in Bleu

 

Nuna MIXX + Pipa Lite LX

 

$999.95

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Cybex Cloud Q Car Seat in Light Spring Blossom

Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat with SensorSafe

 

$499.95

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Another option is getting a stroller that doubles as a car seat! (Genius, we know!) While this will only last while your baby is under 35 lbs, it can be a total lifesaver when it comes to hopping in and out of the car.

 

Doona 2018 Car Sear Stroller in Black

Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller

 

$499

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What do you need for your lifestyle?

 

Like cars, strollers come with techy terminology that can help determine which is best for you. Here’s a quick guide.

Tires:

  • Plastic: These are fine, but if you’re planning on walking a lot, you probably want to skip them. They will find surfaces other than smooth pavements tricky.
  • Air-filled: Durable and safe, and able to withstand changes in terrain.
  • Foam-filled: The Rolls Royce of tires, you’ll find these mostly on luxury strollers. They don’t go flat (obviously) and can handle rough terrains with ease.

Suspension:

  • No suspension: Can only handle smooth surfaces
  • Front/rear suspension only: Can handle bumps and jolts
  • All-wheel suspension: Can go off-road when necessary

 

How often will you be carrying the stroller?

 

If you live in an apartment building without an elevator, then chances are: a lot. Make sure you can safely carry your stroller if this is the case.

 

 

Where will you store it?

 

If you have a big garage or a mudroom, you won’t need to worry about storage so much. But if you have limited storage space, it’s worth measuring the size of the folded down stroller against the space you have – it may change your mind about which stroller to buy! The Bugaboo Fox is cool because it has the option of an extra compact fold.

 

Bugaboo Fox Fresh White Stroller- Black Frame

 

Bugaboo Fox – Fresh White Stroller

 

$1,299

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How often will you travel with it?

 

If you’re a frequent traveller with kids in tow, you’ll want to think about a lightweight stroller that’s compact, easy to carry and if it packs up into overhead carry on like the GB Pockit or its most recent incarnation, the GB Pockit Air All Terrain Stroller.

 

 

GB Pockit Stroller

 

GB Pockit Stroller

 

$179.95

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GB Pockit Air All Terrain Blue Grey

GB Pockit Air All Terrain Stroller

 

$159.95

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What kind of accessories will you need?

 

Most strollers come with a basket for storing shopping or a diaper bag, but some don’t. If this is a deal-breaker for you, make sure you check before you buy. While many strollers come with their own accessories, don’t worry too much if the stroller you’ve got your heart set on doesn’t have every accessory you want – after all, you can also purchase these as add-ons if you need to.

Here are a few we love:

 

Bugaboo Stroller Organizer Black

 

Bugaboo Stroller Organizer

 

$39.95

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Bugaboo Board Accessory

 

Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board and Seat with Adaptor

 

$144.95

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Bugaboo Snack Tray

Bugaboo Snack Tray

 

$49.95

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Bumbleride Organic Cotton Infant Insert

 

Bumbleride Organic Cotton Infant Seat Insert

 

$55

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Baby Zen YOYO + Footmuff AQUA

 

Babyzen YOYO+ Footmuff

 

$125

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