by Amy Venzke

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 is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


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