The humble stroller is an essential piece of kit for all parents and caregivers. Whether you’re bumping them down subway steps or rolling them through the woods, your baby or toddler will log long hours in their home on wheels - playing, napping, eating and watching the world go by.
Although most strollers do an adequate job transporting a child from A to B, each has a unique feel and specific features that may prove more or less important to any individual parent.
What stroller should I buy?
Which stroller is best for a newborn? One that fits a bassinet or full reclines. Regularly go to the market with little ones in tow? An under-seat storage space will come in super-handy. Live in an apartment up a flight of stairs? You'll need a stroller that is light and easy to collapse and store. Love running? Wide tyres are ideal for gliding over uneven terrain (and just really simple to maneuver in everyday use). Safety, reliability and comfort are also key factors to consider.
Because there are hundreds of models and brands on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you choose your baby’s first ride, we’ve put together the Pish Posh Baby stroller guide: our recommended stroller picks as well as essential features and benefits for every parent and caregiver.
What Different Types Of Strollers Are There?
Whatever your need, there’s a baby stroller to suit you. Pish Posh Baby offers an array of models from reputable brands such as Bugaboo, Uppababy, Silver Cross and Baby Jogger. The main strollers to look out for are:
What is a full-size stroller?
A full-size stroller can accommodate a child from birth through the toddler years. They tend to have more features and are often sold as part of a ‘travel system’, which means the stroller comes with a compatible infant car seat. To make the search a little less daunting, you can begin by choosing your car seat, then find the stroller that’s part of the travel system in the same brand, instead of the other way around. Trying to mix and match different brands is confusing and could end up costing you more in the long run.
Full-size Stroller Essentials
- Click-in car seat compatibility
- Bassinet option for a newborn baby or deep recline with a supportive insert for newborns
- Five-point safety harness from six months
- Canopy to protect little ones from sun and wind
- Storage basket
- Simple and intuitive to use
- Linked brakes - activated with a single action (usually by stepping on a pedal)
- Easy to push and maneuver
- Easy to fold, carry and store
- Longer serving than umbrella strollers, whose more compact size, typically lower weight and folding mechanisms limit their performance.
- Lighter and smaller than double strollers or jogging strollers but…
- … some are convertible. This is a single stroller that can turn into a double stroller, such as the Uppababy Vista or Silver Cross Wave, which is ideal if you plan to have multiple children as it has the option of adding a second seat for a second baby.
Silver Cross Wave Full Size Stroller
Full-size Stroller Drawbacks
- Can be heavy, so not always ideal for city living
- Can be bulky, so may not be convenient for compact living spaces.
Full-Size Strollers To Consider
Bugaboo Fox Full Size Stroller
Double (Side-By-Side or Tandem) Stroller
What Is A Double Stroller?
Parents with twins or two children under 4 may find that a double stroller is the easiest way to get around. There are two main categories: side-by-side double strollers, which have two seats next to each other and tandem (also called 'in-line') double strollers, which have one seat in front of the other.
Double Stroller Essentials
- Super-convenient as they can be converted from single to double and back to single when needed. Try the Silver Cross Wave, Bugaboo Donkey Twin or Uppababy Vista V2.
- Add on a ride-along board for a third, older child.
Uppababy Vista V2 Double Stroller
Double Stroller Drawbacks
- Bulkier than a single stroller
- Side-by-side double stroller can be difficult to maneuver through narrow doorways and sidewalks
- View and leg-room can be constricted for the backseat rider in a tandem double strollers
- Convertible stroller
- Lightweight stroller (also known as an umbrella stroller)
Double Strollers To Consider
Valco Duo Trend Double Stroller
What Is A Jogger Stroller?
Joggers give a smooth ride at higher speeds over uneven terrain and are loved by both runners and those who want something easy to push and maneuver.
Uppababy Ridge Jogging Stroller
Jogging Stroller Essentials
- Recommended for use with children who are at least six months old and can sit up unassisted
- Bring your little one along for the ride!
- Fixed or locking front wheel
- Hand brakes
- Fat tires
- Robust suspension
- Lightweight materials
- Larger wheels, which helps them roll over obstacles more easily
Jogging Stroller Drawbacks
- Heavier than single strollers
- Air-filled tires need to be inflated regularly and are prone to leaks and flats
- Fixed wheel makes the stroller harder to turn
Jogger Strollers To Consider
Bob Gear Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller
What Is A Lightweight Stroller?
Also known as an umbrella stroller, the lightweight stroller is as safe and reliable as a full-size stroller but more compact and portable. Great when on the go, if you do a lot of walking and for traveling.
Cybex Beezyv Lightweight Stroller
Lightweight Stroller Essentials
- Suitable for babies once they can sit up unassisted, usually around six months
- Perfect if you would prefer to use a baby carrier for the first six months and then decide that an umbrella stroller is the only stroller you need
- Lightweight yet sturdy
- Easy to fold and carry
- Five-point harness
- Easy to push
- Reclines comfortably for napping children
- Decent-sized storage basket
- Ideal for use on public transport or up and down lots of stairs
- Compact, portable and easy to store
- Durable, low-maintenance wheels
- Handles at a comfortable height for most adults’ sizes
- Budget friendly
Lightweight Stroller Drawbacks
- Smaller wheels are harder to handle on more difficult terrain
- Less storage space
- Smaller canopy
Lightweight Strollers To Consider
Joolz Aer Lightweight Stroller
Which Stroller Is Best For Me?
There is no such thing as a perfect stroller, but there will be one that’s best for you and your family. And even that one will depend on where you are on your parenting or caregiving journey! You need different things for different occasions, which is a big reason why many families own multiple strollers. A basic model may suit a grandparent for occasional use but if you’re a young family who is likely to have more children, splurging on a more advanced travel system may be more economical in the long term.
Each parent’s situation is individual – a lightweight, ‘umbrella’ stroller that might work for someone who lives in an apartment in the city may not be right for someone who lives in the suburbs and goes trail running every day. It’s important to really examine where you live, whether it’s the city or suburbs, how you’re going to use the stroller, and how much you want to spend.
And although there are some seriously jazzy colors and patterns out there, sometimes black is best. Like the classic little black dress or a timeless suit, black is so good at hiding all the spills and stains that will inevitably end up ‘decorating’ your baby’s pristine chariot! This will ultimately give you more longevity.
Try Before You Buy
We also recommend trying before you buy – you wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive. It’s the same with strollers. See how it handles when pushing, check you can collapse and erect it with minimum fuss and ensure you can easily snap on and off those extra features like car seats and bassinets.Need to learn more about our strollers? Visit our blog or get in touch - we'd love to answer your questions and help you choose the best stroller for you.