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How to choose a baby stroller

A baby stroller is a baby essential that every parent should have, and it usually forms one of the big ticket items purchased before a baby’s arrival. As strollers are one of the priciest baby purchases you have to make, you should never rush into buying one on impulse as you may regret a hasty decision on a poorly designed stroller.

It’s best to start researching strollers at least three months before you’re due, to give yourself time to test out different models. Here are some considerations to think about before choosing a baby stroller.

Budget

To find out what to budget for a baby stroller, try asking fellow parents. Also ask them what they like or didn’t like about their strollers. It is good to start with a budget in mind when shopping for a stroller, but be prepared to be flexible.

A cheap stroller may be easier on the wallet, but it may be worth paying more for a stroller that makes your life easier. Also, don’t rule out second-hand strollers as you can get great value for money this way.

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Versatility

If you want a stroller that can take you from infancy to toddlerhood, you have to find a stroller that is versatile. Most basic strollers on the market are not suitable for infants as they cannot recline fully. If you buy one of these, make sure you have a compatible infant car seat that you can snap onto it to make it a travel system.

There are however, many convertible strollers that can transform from a backwards facing pram position to a forward facing upright position as your baby grows. Brands that are known for this include Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi and Bugaboo.

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Lifestyle

Your stroller should suit your lifestyle. If you don’t own a car and take the bus or MRT, a lightweight stroller like a McLaren umbrella stroller that folds up quickly is very important. If you are a sporty person, consider a jogging stroller like the City Mini with three wheels that you can run with in the park.

You might also want to look out for features like a big hood to keep out the sun, and a rain cover to protect your child from sudden downpours. Drink holders and storage space are also great to have.

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Ease of use

Parents will tell you that how the stroller folds is very important. You should make sure that you have a stroller that fits in your car boot when folded. Ideally, you should be able to fold your stroller with one hand, so that you can hold your baby in the other arm. For the ultimate in high-tech strollers, check out the Origami self-folding stroller by 4moms.

Double buggies

If you’re expecting to have twins, or if you have a toddler, you’ll need a stroller that can carry more than one. The traditional double stroller has your kids sitting side by side, but this makes your stroller so wide that you’ll have problems navigating the streets, let alone Singapore’s narrow shop aisles.

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Better solutions for multiples include the tandem stroller, which has one seat behind the other, and the inline stroller, where seats stack on top of each other. Such strollers sold in Singapore include Phil & Teds, Kolcraft and Obaby.

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