When you think of baby strollers, it probably doesn’t dawn on you the wide variety of shapes, sizes and types they are available in. They run the gamut, for strollers for joggers and runners to prams with two seats to combined car seat/stroller units.
Let’s have a look at just a few of the varieties on the market today.
First off, there is the basic, single-seat stroller. But it’s more than that, actually. For instance, there are so-called jogger strollers, featuring larger wheels and constructed for more stability so that the parent can run while pushing it, getting in a workout while making sure their baby gets some fresh air.
Then there are lightweight strollers that typically fold up into a relatively compact footprint. These are ideal choices for air travel, as well as frequent trips to the store that necessitate a lot of stowing and deploying of the pram.
Next up, we have the travel systems. These are sort of an all-in-one solution for hitting the road with your little ones. Most of these consist of a car seat that fits neatly and securely into a stroller framework, so you don’t have to be constantly moving the child back and forth between two different pieces of equipment.
Think about the advantages of this for a moment: if your toddler has dozed off in their car seat while you’ve been tooling around town, you can simply remove the entire seat and fasten it into the stroller without having to disturb your sleeping darling. No muss, no fuss.
Finally, there are double strollers. These are perfect if you have twins or two children who are close in age. There are two basic varieties: side-by-side and tandem.
A side-by-side stroller may be preferred for twins, as the two seats will be the same size. It also allows both children a clear view of the world around them. The downside is that it’s wider than a standard pram, so you may have trouble fitting in through some doorways and narrow aisles.
A tandem stroller is configured so one child sits behind the other. This may be more suitable for children of different ages, where the older one would likely sit in the back seat. Some models, known as “sit-to-stand”, allow the child in back to stand, so they have a better view. This is great for preschoolers who have learned to walk, but may get tired and need a break.
Also, unlike its side-by-side cousin, a tandem stroller will be easier to maneuver through doors, but may not be quite as stable overall. Double jogging strollers are usually configured as side-by-side for this reason.
So, if you’re in the market for a pram, you’ve got a lot of potential choices available. Hopefully, we’ve given you some food for thought, and you’ll be able to find a model that suits you.