Baby strollers are one of the most essential pieces of equipment for new parents. They can also be one of the most expensive items as well. Because they’re often expensive, many people will receive them as gifts (which are always appreciated by new parents) and some cases as hand-me-downs. But regardless of how they come into their possession, strollers are probably the most used piece of baby equipment there is.
Today’s baby strollers come in a staggering variety of sizes and designs. They are designed as much more than a simple 4-wheeled buggy for pushing around a child. In many cases they can be found with storage compartments, interchangeable umbrella shades, oversized wheels, and a host of other luxuries. In some higher-end strollers, features such as a removable car seat or bassinet are standard features.
Most baby strollers have at least a few common design characteristics. The most important aspect of any stroller is that they have a seat that is not only comfortable for the child, but is also safe and secure. Any quality stroller will have a seatbelt/harness system that is designed to keep the baby securely seated in the chair. In most cases, the seat will be reclined to some degree, in order to help keep the child in a more laid back position for both comfort and safety. Other common features include an under the seat storage compartment for items such as a diaper bag and other essentials.
“Jogging” baby strollers are designed so that the parent can take the child with them when they go out for a bit of exercise. One of the most important design aspects of these strollers is that they almost always use over-sized wheels. This gives the stroller the ability to roll over any of the cracks and bumps that are common to most sidewalks and jogging trails. In some of the more expensive versions, it is common for a suspension system to be incorporated into their design to minimize any bumps that might occur while out and about.
For those that have more than one infant to take with them, tandem baby strollers are the ideal solution. These strollers feature multiple seats in one of two basic configurations; side-by-side and front to back. Side by side strollers tend to be much wider than the front to back designs, but allow the occupants to interact with each other more easily. Most of these strollers are designed to hold two children, but there are several companies that make strollers capable of holding 3-4 babies safely and securely.
Sit and stand baby strollers are relatively unique designs. These strollers offer a standard stroller seat for holding an infant, but also include a rear platform that allows a toddler to stand while being wheeled about. These are ideal for the parent that has both a baby and a toddler, and has to take them both when running errands. They can be a great way to travel with a toddler, as their tiny legs can get tired easily.