How to Buy a Stroller

Comfort and style are important, but when it comes to choosing your baby’s new wheels, that’s just the beginning.

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By Paula Kasthan for

With the seemingly endless stroller options and technologies on the market, picking one can feel more confusing than buying a new car. And with so many different styles directed at so many different lifestyles, there’s simply no way to say which stroller is “best.” There are, however, some basic nonnegotiable features that you should look for in any stroller:

  • Newborn appropriate
    Since newborns aren’t yet able to sit up on their own, they need a seat that either fully reclines or accommodates an infant carrier. If you go for the carrier, make sure it’s easy to lock into the stroller.
  • Harness  
    All babies belong in a five-point safety harness that’s easy to buckle and adjust.
  • Canopy  
    Look for one that’s large enough to shield baby from the sun, wind, rain and any other unexpected elements.
  • Brakes  
    Check how easy it is for the brakes to become disengaged – some will unintentionally unlock with just a slight amount of pressure. Also look for ease in both locking and unlocking the breaks (the latter is often overlooked).
  • Hinges  
    Make sure any features where baby’s fingers or toes could potentially get pinched – moving handles, baskets, etc. – are out of baby’s reach or safely covered.