The Best Baby Strollers for Different Family Types
Life doesn’t slow down when you have a baby. If anything, it seems to speed up. Or rather, it cranks up the pace to warp speed to keep up with all the new responsibilities.
For busy parents, keeping a baby portable yet comfortable is an absolute necessity. That’s where the right stroller is a legitimate lifesaver. It can completely change the way you think about traveling with or going anywhere with a baby.
But how to pick the best baby stroller? Here’s a secret: there is no perfect stroller, but there is a perfect stroller for individual needs and each baby. It all comes down to knowing what to optimize for. Here’s how to pick the right one for your individual need.
What to Look for in a Stroller
Before you can find the best baby strollers, know what you’re looking for. What features are needed? What styles include those features? What price point? Etc.
Here are some of the key items to look for in a stroller.
Types of Strollers
The first thing to know is that strollers aren’t a one-size-fits-all item. There are several different types of strollers on the market, including:
- Standard/full-size strollers
- Jogging strollers
- Car seat carriers
- Lightweight/umbrella strollers
- Double strollers
- Travel systems
Standard strollers are bigger and bulkier with a padded seat that reclines, and most offer storage and a sunshade. Which way the baby faces depends on the stroller in question. The downside is that they’re bigger and harder to maneuver.
Jogging strollers are designed for active parents who want to take the baby with them on their run. These usually come with three sturdy tires (two in back, one in front) for maximum maneuverability. The front wheel can either swivel (for flexibility when turning) or be fixed (for stability at higher speeds). These are only really suitable for active runners or walkers.
Car seat carriers are exactly what they sound like—a basic frame for holding the baby’s car seat. They’re inexpensive and super convenient but only really work with infant car seats.
Lightweight/umbrella strollers are lighter than standard strollers, making them much easier to transport when you’re on the go. These strollers are designed with portability in mind. That said, they lack most of the bells and whistles of standard strollers.
Double strollers are explicitly designed for those who have twins and only want to deal with a single stroller. They come as a tandem stroller or side-by-side stroller. Keep in mind that these always have more surface area than a single stroller and can be harder to maneuver and transport for that reason.
Finally, travel systems are an easy system pairing a car seat and a stroller together. You can either get a car seat and stroller combo or find one with an adapter. This system is a serious plus if you want to transition your baby from the stroller to the car without waking them up.
Where Will You Use The Stroller?
Know what types of outings the stroller will be used for. That should eliminate half the options right off the bat.
For example, bustling city streets are a different animal from wide suburban sidewalks. On the other hand, a small and lightweight travel stroller may not fit everything and a bag of chips (or a bag of diapers) needed throughout a day.
Family Size and Lifestyle
Think about family size and lifestyle.
Take jogging strollers, for example. Unless a parent is an active runner, jogger, walker, or fitness enthusiast, jogging strollers can be the wrong type to purchase. They’re bulky and require extra features that are unhelpful in a regular stroller, plus they’re usually more expensive.
Also, think about family size. A one-and-done family (or one that plans to wait a few years between kids) means a single stroller is fine. Families that have multiples or plan to have kids close together are going to need a stroller that can convert.
Is It Newborn Friendly?
Not all strollers are made to carry newborns. Some are better suited to older babies and toddlers, while newborns will need a stroller that will recline and provide head support (this is why many parents opt for a stroller/car seat travel system). A stroller with a deep recline or bassinet mode means it can be used from day one, no fuss or feathers.
Our Favorite Strollers
Our favorite strollers were selected with family needs in mind.
The on-the-go parents will love the Nuna MIXX stroller, which offers mesh seating so a baby can keep cool when it’s warm, plus it offers durable construction and a lightweight design.
For families who want a stylish yet highly functional stroller, check out the Cybex PRIAM 3 stroller. It adjusts to several different positions so that the baby can stay comfortable no matter how they like to settle, and it sits at average table height so it can double as a mobile high chair.
Looking for the Best Baby Strollers?
If you’re looking for the best baby strollers on the market, Lux.Baby is here to help. We provide straightforward stroller rentals priced for real parents’ budgets.
We know that it’s frustrating to buy big-ticket items only to have the baby outgrow them in just a few months. We also know settling for cheap or low quality items is a major frustration for many parents, and less than what your baby needs.
Sound like the right fit? Check out our stroller shop today to find your baby’s best fit.