Searching for the perfect stroller can be daunting. You want to make sure your child has the best, but how do you know what the best is? There are so many varieties of strollers around now, it can be difficult to know what you need.
For a start, there is a difference between prams, strollers and buggies. Prams are typically designed for newborn babies or younger children as they feature carry cots or a lie-flat design. Strollers or pushchairs are usually designed for older babies or toddlers. Often, strollers come with a lie-flat attachment meaning they can be used from birth. Buggies tend to be lightweight with collapsible frames. If the thought of having to purchase more than one stroller for your child as they age fills you with dread, you may prefer to go for a stroller with a lie-flat attachment so that you can use it from birth onwards. The maximum weight for a stroller varies, and therefore if you do plan on using it throughout childhood, this should be considered
When searching for your perfect stroller, it is important to contemplate the different features and specifications. Many brands, such as the Kiddies Kingdom silver cross range have a variety of strollers to meet different needs, with varying prices.
There are some standard considerations which should be made when purchasing a stroller such as whether it has a lie-flat attachment, which is essential if you are wanting to use it from birth. You may also want to consider whether you need the stroller to be collapsible and if so how you want to be able to store it.
Comfort should be a priority both for child and parent. Whilst it is obviously important to consider whether the stroller is comfortable for the child, such as whether it has padding and how smoothly it travels, it is also important that it is comfortable to manoeuvre. In terms of comfort and ease for parents, you may want to consider adjustable handles to make sure the stroller is the correct height.
Like buying a car, buying a stroller is personal and individual. Therefore you should consider your own needs. For example; how often will you use the stroller? Some may use it all day, every day and therefore require a top of the line stroller however if you only plan on using it on occasions it may be worth considering a lower specification. If you do a lot of shopping, you may enjoy a larger shopping basket to store your shopping.
The convenience of the stroller is so important; if you drive you need to know how easy the stroller collapses and stores in your car however if you don’t you may want to know how easy it is to use on public transport. These are personal considerations you need to understand when making your purchase.
You should also consider, the weight of the stroller. If you are going to be carrying it up and down stairs, is it light enough to do so? If you want sun protection you should consider whether you require a sun protection hood.
In terms of safety, all strollers must comply with the respective British Standards safety regulations and will have a label to confirm this.
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