by Amy Venzke October 29, 2016 4 min read

what type of stroller do i need

By Amy Venzke

amy@strolleria.com

 

Buying a stroller for the first time means learning a new set of rules and glossary of terms. What kind of stroller do you need for a newborn? Is a jogging stroller only for jogging? If you have a second child, will you need a second stroller? What's a convertible stroller? An umbrella stroller? A travel system?

Here, we explain the uses for six different types of strollers, along with the benefits and limitations of each type.

 

Full-size stroller

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The full-size stroller is the staple: usable from day one until your child is a toddler. Two smaller wheels allow for precise steering, while two larger wheels offer stability. Some full-size strollers can become a double stroller with the purchase of a second seat (see convertible stroller section).

 

Best for

Families who want a comfortable stroller with lots of room

 

Age range

Newborn (if baby is fully reclined) to 3+

 

Benefits

  • Can grow with baby from birth to toddler age
  • Compatible with infant car seats or bassinets
  • Durable and easy to maneuver
  • Roomy, comfortable seat
  • Ample storage space

 

Limitations

  • Heavier and more difficult to fold than a mid-size or lightweight stroller
  • Can be cumbersome for quick trips and travel

 

Mid-size stroller

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The mid-size stroller can be a compromise for families on-the-go. It’s smaller and lighter than a full-size stroller and offers more features than a lightweight stroller, like car-seat compatibility and larger back wheels for better maneuverability.

 

Best for

City parents with limited storage space; families who often travel or make frequent trips throughout the day

 

Age range

Newborn (if baby is fully reclined) to 3+

 

Benefits

  • Can grow with baby from birth to toddler age
  • Compatible with infant car seats or bassinets
  • Lighter and more compact than a full-size stroller
  • More sturdy and easier to maneuver than a lightweight stroller

 

Limitations

  • Less room and storage space than a full-size stroller
  • Heavier and bulkier than a lightweight stroller

 

Lightweight stroller

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The lightweight stroller’s main selling points are its compact size and ability to fold (which is why some are called umbrella strollers). Many families purchase a lightweight stroller for quick trips and travel in addition to a larger, more durable model.

 

Best for

Families with older babies or children who are frequently running errands, traveling or using public transportation

 

Age

6 months and older (unless infant car seat is used)

 

Benefits

  • Can be half the weight of a full-size stroller
  • Easy to fold; compact for storing in a car

 

Limitations

  • Can’t be used without infant car seat until baby is six months old; many models aren’t compatible with infant car seats
  • Smaller seat is less comfortable; smaller wheels offer less maneuverability than larger strollers
  • Limited storage space

 

Convertible stroller

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A convertible stroller grows with your family, changing from a single stroller to a double with the addition of a second seat. Some models can even take three kids along for the ride when you add a skateboard-like piece that an older child can stand on.

 

Best for

Growing families who want to use the same product as both a single and double stroller

 

Age

Newborn (if baby is fully reclined) to 3+

 

Benefits

  • Can eliminate the need to purchase a double stroller
  • Compatible with infant car seats and bassinets
  • Many models offer reversible seats, allowing children to face forward or face each other

 

Limitations

  • Uneven weight distribution can make it more difficult to turn
  • Back passenger may have limited leg space

 

Side-by-side double stroller

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As a stroller built for two, the side-by-side stroller features identical seats. In some models, the stroller seat can be substituted for an infant car seat.

 

Best for

Families with twins and children close in age

 

Age

6 months and older (unless car seat is used)

 

Benefits

  • Weight is more evenly distributed than in a convertible stroller, making it easier to turn
  • Children are more accessible to parents and can more easily see and talk to each other

 

Limitations

  • Width can make it difficult to fit through door frames or navigate city sidewalks, grocery store aisles and other tight spaces
  • Not all models are compatible with infant car seats

 

Jogging stroller

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Make baby part of your fitness routine with a jogging stroller, which features shock-absorbing suspension, an adjustable handlebar, a hand brake and large, air-filled tires. A swiveling front wheel can lock for increased stability when you’re running.

 

Best for

Active families who want to take kids out for a run or hike

 

Age

6-9 months and older (check with your pediatrician)

 

Benefits

  • Can also be used as an everyday stroller and on trails and rugged terrain
  • Weight capacity of 70+ pounds allows for years of use

 

Limitations

  • Air-filled tires can go flat
  • Can be bulky and heavy for everyday use

 

To learn more about choosing the right stroller for your family, click here to read our in-depth stroller buying guide!

 

what type of stroller do i need

Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke founded Strolleria to help new parents find the baby gear that's right for their unique needs. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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