What are the differences between strollers?

Stroller in full-size

It’s simple: A full-size stroller is the best choice if you want to take your baby from toddlerhood through adulthood. These strollers are larger, stronger, and more durable than the standard model. Many models also come with many features that make baby’s experience a pleasure and your life easier. 

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Benefits of a full-sized stroller: A full-sized stroller is the best option for most families. It covers all the essentials and has nifty bells & whistles, which usually include: 

Well-padded, wide, and comfortable seat

Deep-seated recline

You have the option to mount your seat forward-facing, or rear-facing.

Attach a car seat

Convertible design allows for baby to grow with you, from newborn use with a car seat (or optional bassinet in some cases) all the way through toddler use

Expandable canopies

Good suspension for shock absorption.

Roomy basket for storage

Telescoping handlebars are especially helpful for parents who are taller than the other.

You can use useful nice-to-haves like a cup holder and snack tray.

Full-size stroller downsides: 

It can be heavy and bulky (if you use public transport, climb stairs frequently, or navigate small shops or busy streets with your baby, it may make it more difficult to travel with them).

This may also work well in a home with limited storage and small spaces. 

Lightweight or umbrella stroller

It is what it is: While you might have to sacrifice some features in a full-sized stroller for convenience, an umbrella stroller can be incredibly easy to use while on the move. 

Lightweight or umbrella stroller benefits: 

A lightweight stroller, which is often less than 15 pounds, is made for portability. Some even have a shoulder strap.

These models fold easily, making it easy to store in your trunk, or take with you on a bus, train, or airplane.

Lightweight strollers can still be equipped with useful features such as a partial recline, expandable canopy and storage basket.

Lightweight stroller downsides: 

A lightweight stroller is not the best choice if you want a stroller that you can use for as long as you live. Some models are safe to carry newborns using car seat adapters and bassinet attachments. However, the majority of umbrella strollers are made for babies six months and older.

The majority of lightweight strollers don’t have a convertible option. This means that if you have another baby (or three) within a few years, you will likely need to buy a second stroller. 

Jogging stroller

It’s a running stroller. A jogging stroller may be the best option. Jogging strollers have more robust wheels and a better suspension that can withstand bumps and other terrain.

 Jogging stroller benefits: 

Superior suspension allows you to walk, jog, or hike with your baby in comfort.

A lot of jogging strollers have a front wheel that can be fixed or swivel for greater stability and flexibility.

Other benefits include compatibility with car seats (for newborns through toddlers), deep reclining chairs, telescoping handlebars, and large storage baskets, depending on the model. Safety features such as a hand brake, wrist strap, five-point harness, and wrist strap are essential. Don’t take your stroller with you if it doesn’t have these.

Jogging stroller downsides: 

Jogging strollers can be heavier and more difficult to assemble.

A jogging stroller can usually be folded up smaller than an umbrella stroller if space is limited.

Jogging strollers can often be wider than full-size strollers. This makes it difficult to maneuver them in tight spaces. 

Double stroller

It’s simple: A double stroller is the best choice if you have twins or a toddler who isn’t ready to part with their stroller. There are two types of double strollers: tandem where one child is seated behind the other or side-by-side. 

Double stroller benefits: 

This option is great for multiple children as it allows you to quickly manage one stroller.

These models have plenty of storage space because they are larger.