Strollers are essential for navigating life with your new baby. If you ever plan on leaving your home with your infant (and eventually, your toddler), you’ll get your money’s worth out of any stroller you pick.
Do You Need a Stroller?
Most parents use strollers all the time – to take power walk, go shopping, or walk around street festivals, malls and downtowns. Not to mention a stroller ride can help a fussy baby fall asleep (they love fresh air and movement). You’ll definitely want a stroller on your registry. There are several different types to choose from too, so you can get the one that makes the most sense for your family
these frames provide the skeleton of a stroller (think: handle, storage basket and wheels) and are made complete when you attach a compatible car seat. They’re super lightweight and folding them up is a cinch so they’re an easy option for the first six to 12 months. But once your baby outgrows the car seat - usually around 25 lbs - or fights being confined in a lateral position, you won’t be able to use it anymore.
These stroller come with their own attachable car seats, perfect for moving a sleeping baby from the car to stroller without disturbing her. And buying a set like this - instead of separately purchasing a stroller, carseat and an adapter to attach the car seat to the stroller - can often save you money.
These light weight and inexpensive models fold up small. But umbrella strollers can’t be used with infants (because of lack of support and cushioning). Typically, you have to wait until your baby can sit unassisted (usually around 6 months) to use this type of stroller. But because these strollers are so cheap, many moms purchase them as a second stroller for traveling or for other times when their featherweight is a huge asset. A great alternative to umbrella strollers is a travel stroller that folds small for airplanes.
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