Modern baby strollers are manufactured with convenience in mind. Especially for parents of multiple babies, convenience is very important. After all, you don’t want to find that it takes you half an hour to get baby and his or her stroller in the car before you even leave home, then another half hour to get the stroller out of the car and set up, and a baby strapped in and ready to go.
What you need is ease of use of a stroller for the parents and comfort for the baby sitting in it. Modern baby strollers provide both.
And you don’t want to pay the earth either. If you know where to find them you can buy strollers for extremely competitive prices. I’ve just been browsing some cheap triple strollers for around $200 brand new. That’s a top price for a triple stroller – if you know where to find them.
And modern strollers have some great features. They have larger wheels than in the past, so you can use them on uneven ground, they have comfortable reclining seats so baby can sit up or recline and sleep, footrests that can be adjusted as baby gets older. And you should get storage baskets for your shopping.
But when you’re buying a baby stroller you need to think of a few things. In the past babies have hurt themselves when in a stroller, particularly when trying to stand up, so you need a stroller that prevents baby from standing up.
There are formal standards for strollers in many countries that they must meet before being sold. Here are a few things you ought to look for in a stroller.
- Make sure that the stroller has a good adjustable harness, preferably a 5 point harness. And it needs solid brakes that can hold a fully laden stroller on a real hill. Look for foot-operated brakes and brakes where one-foot action applies all the brakes.
- Front wheels should swivel but be capable of locking if needed.
- And NEVER leave a baby on its own in the stroller unattended, even if strapped in properly. Don’t stop the stroller without applying the brake, even if flat ground, and if parking on a hill park across the hill rather than down it. Preferably don’t park on a hill. And don’t attach a dog lead to the stroller as you may look away and find your dog, and stroller and baby have taken off.