There are many different types of strollers to choose from. The right one for you will depend on where you plan on going with baby. Your stroller will probably be used daily well through the toddler years. So it is important to choose a stroller that will meet your needs as your baby grows.
Which stroller is for you? Consider the following:
Your lifestyle. Do you need to be able to frequently climb stairs? Does the stroller need to be lightweight and fold easily to fit in a car trunk or on an overhead compartment? Do you plan on taking your baby jogging outside with you or do you simply need a stroller to go to the mall with? How big is it, folded and unfolded? Will it fit in your car trunk? Can you take it with you if you use public transportation?
Your child's comfort. If you plan on transporting a baby under 3 months old, make sure the stroller can fully recline, or is designed to hold your infant car seat. If you have more than one child, a double (or triple) stroller might be right for you.
Your comfort. If you and your partner are tall, make sure the stroller handles are adjustable in height. Try out the stroller first, and make sure it is comfortable for both of you. Some strollers feature a one-hand-fold feature, which is handy while packing it back into the car while you hold baby.
Maneuverability. Fully independent wheels with caster-like movement will help you maneuver through those narrow grocery aisles and between people in crowded malls. Some models feature a locking device which point the front wheels straight forward for added stability. If you plan on jogging or walking outdoors with your stroller, look for larger wheels to help you negotiate bumpy roads and easily "pop" the curbs.
Convenience. Some strollers come with pockets and holders for everything from your bottle of water to your cell phone and car keys. A snack tray can be very helpful when dealing with a hungry toddler while you are on the go. You'll want a stroller that folds and unfolds easily, and if it is important to you: allows plenty of room for your diaper bag and purchases.
Types of Strollers
Lightweight Strollers - Sometimes called “umbrella” strollers, lightweight strollers weigh around 12 lbs, or less and fold easily for carrying. Perfect for travelling and for quick trips to the store, but not the best choice for long walks. Some feature a canopy and a pocket to hold some little items, while others are very basic in design.
Full Size Stroller - Full Size Single Strollers are usually packed with features from an easy-fold design, roomy undercarriage for holding your diaper bag, etc, to parent cup holders and a feeding tray for baby. These strollers will fully recline, making them perfect for newborns. The fancier (and more expensive) models can be used as a carriage or a stroller, so they grow with your baby. Many will feature a shock-absorbing suspension system and some have oversized wheels for those bumpy rides. Full size strollers can be bulky and heavier, so may not be ideal for travel. Features to consider are: removable front tray, large storage basket, dual wheel brakes, removable weather boot (to keep baby warm), adjustable footrest, and multiple-position seat recline.
Double Strollers - If you're expecting twins, or need a stroller to accommodate your toddler and newborn, consider a double stroller. There are two types - side by side or tandem (front and back). Some parents prefer the side-by-side stroller, so kids aren't arguing over who gets to sit up front. Some tandem strollers raise the back seat up so both babies can see what's going on. Look for the same features as you would find on a full size stroller such as a storage basket, full recline, dual wheel brakes and removable front trays.
Travel Systems - Another option to consider when buying a stroller for your newborn is the travel system. These innovative strollers are equipped with an infant car seat that easily snaps into the stroller. With the infant seat's stay-in-car base, you can transfer the car seat from your car to the stroller (and vice versa) without disturbing your sleeping baby. Keeping your baby in his or her car seat provides head, back and neck support, and keeps your baby comfortably reclined, just like a carriage. Once your baby has outgrown the car seat, the stroller can be used by itself with it's own restraint system. These strollers fold quickly and come with most of the features you'll find in a full size stroller.
Joggers - If you want to take baby with you on your morning jogs or runs, or simply enjoy the great outdoors in bumpier terrain, you'll need a jogger. Joggers feature three large all-terrain wheels, a hand brake, storage basket, canopy and deep, comfortable seating. The more expensive, aluminum frame joggers are more lightweight and rust-resistant, well worth the investment if you live in a rainy climate. Because most joggers don't fully recline, pediatricians recommend waiting until your baby is about six months old before using a jogger. Look for a rain/wind covers, a wrist wrap, a large canopy, and an easy-to-fold design.