Video:How to Choose a Light Strollerwith Jonathan Stewart
When choosing a light stroller, consider safety, convenience and style. Watch this how-to video from About.com for more on choosing a light stroller.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Choose a Light Stroller
A light stroller is a must-have accessory for the parent on the go and, of course, for the little person whose legs won't carry them a step farther. But with the dizzying selection of brands and models, choosing your child's name might seem easier than selecting a stroller. Here are some tips to keep in mind to narrow your light stroller purchase.
What Is a Light Stroller?
First, let's clarify the difference between a light stroller and one of those strollers that looks like a small apartment on wheels. A light stroller is considered "light” if it weighs less than 20 pounds. Today's light strollers range from the classic "umbrella" style to technologically impressive lightweight versions of their larger and heavier cousins.
Emphasize Safety When Choosing a Light Stroller
Safety should always be the first consideration. Look for products with a Juvenile Products Manufacturer's Association (JPMA) seal. Strollers with this seal have been tested and meet specific safety standards. There are also several other important safety features that should be found on any good light stroller. Be sure your stroller is appropriate for your child's weight and size. Some strollers might not give an infant the support they need. However, many strollers are compatible with car safety seats so, for safety and convenience, check to see which strollers are compatible with yours. Make sure the stroller has a safety harness to keep your child secure within the stroller. Also, make sure the stroller has reliable brakes that prevent a stroller from rolling.
Consider Convenience When Choosing a Light Stroller
On any parent's priority list, convenience is usually a close second after safety. There are plenty of great features that any light stroller should deliver to make it easier on the parent who is most likely juggling many things at once. I definitely recommend the caffeine holder. Chances are that with a little one, you'll be doing a lot of things one-handed. Look for a stroller that is collapsible with one-handed operation. However, also inspect the stroller to be sure it has locking mechanisms to prevent the stroller from accidentally collapsing while your child is still in it. When the stroller is collapsed, check to see if it will fit in your car if you're planning on stowing it there. An often overlooked feature that's important is the height of the stroller's handles. Be sure the handles are at a comfortable height for you so you're not hunched over have to peer over the top of the stroller.
Additional Features Are Important When Choosing a Light Stroller
Safety and convenience are important. But, wait, there are still more features to consider that can make your light stroller a don't-leave-home-without-it item. Features that make the difference between a good stroller and a great one include a peek-a-boo retractable canopy, cup holders for you and your child, a reclining seat, a good-sized storage basket that drops down when the stroller seat is reclined, and adjustable handles. Depending on the terrain you're likely to be covering, you can also consider strollers with replaceable wheels.
Style Is a Factor When Choosing a Light Stroller
Last, but possibly not least, strollers do come in a variety of styles and colors for the style-conscious parent and child. With light strollers, the axiom that you get what you pay for does apply to a certain extent. However, knowing what to look for can go a long way toward pinpointing a light stroller that has the features you want at a price you can afford.
I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.