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Stroller Buying Guide

A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear you will buy. The trick is finding a stroller that matches your lifestyle and location. The right one will let you maneuver through your favorite store aisles, lug home groceries, not slow down your run, fold up quickly for hopping on the subway, and hold everything you need for a day at the zoo.

Types of Strollers

With hundreds of strollers to choose from, you will find one perfect for you. Options abound, including streamline infant car seat frames; coordinated travel systems; lightweight strollers; sturdy full-sized strollers; luxurious prams; and multipurpose jogging strollers. There are even double- and triple-strollers for families with several young children, as well as a host of stroller accessories to make your travels easier and more convenient. 

Infant Car Seat Frame

You place your infant car seat directly in this frame with wheels, transforming it into a stroller seat. The frame folds down compactly when the car seat is removed, making the frame easy to transport. Note that the stroller cannot be used without an infant car seat placed inside it.
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Chicco
$99.99 at Target

The Chicco Keyfit Caddy was designed exclusively for and is a perfect compliment to the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat . Featuri...ng an easy and secure click-in car seat attachment, this lightweight car seat carrier was created specifically for parents looking for an extra-convenient way to travel with baby on those especially busy days. With its lightweight aluminum frame, compact one-hand fold, large expandable basket and 4-position height-adjustable handle, it's easy to see how the Keyfit Caddy can simplify life during baby's first months. Read More

Bugaboo
$44.95 at Neiman Marcus

Bugaboo Buffalo Chicco Car Seat Adapter Details Bugaboo car seat adaptor allows select Chicco infant car seats to be attached to t...he chassis of the Bugaboo Buffalo strollers. Allows parents to make it quick and simple to go from car to stroller. Compatible with the Chicco KeyFIt Available in black. Made of aluminum and plastic. Imported. Designer About Bugaboo: Born from a final project in design school, Bugaboo was launched in 1999 by designer Max Barenbrug and physician Eduard Zanen. Bugaboo is a visionary Dutch stroller company that is constantly innovating with the goal of keeping people mobile ?????? especially the littlest people. The line focuses on integrated functionality and streamlined design. Size: ONE SIZE. Color: BLACK. Material: Aluminum and plastic. Read More

Bugaboo
$44.95 at Neiman Marcus

Bugaboo Cameleon3 Car Seat Adapter - Peg Perego

Bugaboo
$44.95 at Neiman Marcus

A sturdy car seat adaptor works with Bugaboo Cameleon car seat to help you move your infant easier. Color(s): black. Brand: BUGABO...O. Style Name: Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller to Chicco Car Seat Adaptor. Style Number: 514506. Manufacturer part number 80401CI01 By Bugaboo; importedKids' Wear Read More

Travel Systems

Travel systems comprise an infant car seat and a stroller sold together as a set. The infant car seat and stroller have a coordinated color palette, and the car seat usually attaches directly to the stroller without any special adaptors. 
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Chicco
$299.99 at Target

Find baby gear accessories collections at Target.com! Have your baby travel in unique style in his or her customized build-your-ow...n Chicco travel system. There are a wide range of convertible strollers and stand-alone car seats available to choose from. Infant car seats have adjustable 5-point harnesses, padded support that offer safety and LATCH compatibility for easy and secure installation. Fashionable and functional, these Chicco strollers have 5 reclining positions to let your child sleep or lie back and enjoy the ride. The toe-tap brakes, adjustable leg support and removable peek-a-boo window allow you to keep a close eye on your baby. Care and cleaning as instructed. Gender: Unisex. Read More

Baby Trend
$229.99 at Target

Find baby gear accessories collections at Target.com! The Baby Trend double jogging stroller in the Elixer pattern has a 5-point h...arness system, which helps keep your children strapped in securely while you're on the move. The stroller has a lockable front swivel wheel for easy maneuvering on any terrain. The swivel wheel jogger has foot-activated rear brakes for parking the stroller with ease. The seat can be reclined in multiple positions for your children's comfort. The 5-point-harness stroller's ergonomic padded handles provide comfortable steering. It has a built-in parent tray and 2 cup holders for keeping snacks and beverages handy. This baby double stroller has an... Gender: Unisex. Read More

Baby Trend
$159.99 at Target

Find baby gear accessories collections at Target.com! Baby Trend Double Sit N' Stand Build Your Own Travel System Gender: Unisex.

BOBgear
$389.99 at Target

Find baby gear accessories collections at Target.com! The BOB STROLLER STRIDES FITNESS STROLLER allows you to include your childre...n in your workout with BOB and the Stroller Strides Fitness Program. Also available in Duallie two-seat model. . . The STROLLER STRIDES FITNESS STROLLER includes the Stroller Strides Fitness Kit composed of the BOB Handlebar Console, Stroller Strides exercise manual & exercise tubing, and a coupon for one free week of Stroller Strides classes by Fit4Mom. With a swiveling front wheel The BOB Revolution SE allows for superior maneuverability. The stroller locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns... Gender: Unisex. Read More

Lightweight Strollers / Umbrella Strollers

Sometimes called umbrella strollers, lightweight strollers have reduced heft, clocking in between 8 pounds and 17 pounds. They are easy to fold and can be compactly stored, making them perfect for apartment dwellers, urbanites, public transportation users, and travelers. 
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BOBgear
$552.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The BOB REVOLUTION FLEX DUALLIE STROLLER with the latest innovative features, the Revolution FL...EX is perfect for any sport experience. Also available in a single one-seat model. . The REVOLUTION FLEX DUALLIE STROLLER has a height adjustable padded handlebar, with 9 positions, creates a perfect fit for any parent. A swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough. Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage. State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride. .... Gender: Unisex. Read More

BOBgear
$384.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The BOB REVOLUTION FLEX STROLLER with the latest innovative features, the Revolution FLEX is pe...rfect for even the most intense sport experience. Also available in Duallie two-seat model. . The REVOLUTION FLEX STROLLER has a height adjustable handlebar, with 9 positions to accommodate any parent with a perfect fit. A swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough. Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage. State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride. . The... Gender: Unisex. Read More

Graco
$329.99 at Target

Graco's Relay Click Connect Jogging Stroller, Fern, is the ultimate performance jogger ?????? the only one with all accessories in...cluded, allowing you to include your child in your active lifestyle. Designed for avid joggers, it features air-filled rubber tires, a locking front-swivel wheel with tracking, premium suspension and a lightweight frame. Reflective, tech-fabric helps keep you visible in low light and the UV50 canopy gives your child sun protection. This stroller is compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seats to create a custom travel system. It's just what moms ?????? who need to go the extra mile ?????? need! Read More

BOBgear
$539.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The BOB REVOLUTION PRO STROLLER is fully loaded to conquer even your most intense outdoor adven...tures. Also available in DUALLIE two-seat model. . . The REVOLUTION PRO STROLLER has hand activated rear wheel deceleration brakes for added control to conquer hills & inclines. The height adjustable padded handlebar, with 9 positions, creates a perfect fit for any parent. A swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough. Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage. State-of-the-art, adjustable... Gender: Unisex. Read More

Standard / Full-Sized Strollers

Standard strollers boast a full-sized seat and are available in a range of styles, from bare-bones models to customized luxury options.
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Tike Tech
$339.99 at Target

Maximum Versatility with the Tike Tech City X3 Swivel Single Stroller Alpine Red With its relaxed smooth geometry and front swivel... wheel the new Tike Tech CityX3 offers both luxury and high performance all in one. The lightweight oval shaped frame with dual rear suspension creates a totally snappy ride. With many child friendly features including infant car seat and bassinet compatibility the new CityX3 is a radically responsive stroller and a delight to push. Standard features include a height adjustable handle, dual rear suspension, dual rear parking brake, one touch recline and harness system, and is suitable for newborns and toddlers. Car seat and bassinet compatible (both sold separately). Front End: 12 inch wide track swivel wheel provides unmatched maneuverability; Suspension: IFD Shox (independent frame damping) dampens unwanted vibrations at wheel impact creating a totally smooth ride. Back Wheels: 12 inch wide track with push button quick release and one step dual rear parking brake; Canopy: Removable multi positional with adjustable low drop down visor. Includes a large moon roof with moon roof cover; Folding: Quick one step fold up design provides easy stow go capability, perfect for the active on the go family; Seat: Fully padded with low ride recline (suitable from 6 weeks on) with padded seat bottom and seat back support (not flimsy hammock style). Includes a mesh pocket and a removable rear seat cover. Stain resistant makes clean up a snap. Read More

Inglesina
$199.00 at Target

Inglesina Stroller Stroller -Luna 2015 Inglesina Trip: the sporty second stroller you were looking for. Who said a second stroller... has to be all about utility? Trip is the exception to the rule, with a charming design and attractive color options to go along with its incredible mobility and Italian design. Trip is so agile (thanks to its shock-absorbing suspensions), compact and light that you can take it with you and use it just about anywhere. Don't worry about rain, either. Thanks to the standard hood with extended canopy, even a little bad weather won't ruin your plans. Outstanding features of Trip: Compact design and practical umbrella folding system for easy use and storage. Ergonomic soft-touch handles for easy maneuverability. Reclining, four-position backrest and adjustable leg-rest for maximum comfort of the baby. Rain cover canopy and cup holder are included with your purchase. Convenient carry handle for easy use and storage on the go. Surprisingly roomy storage basket. The Trip now offers an ergonomic soft/padded folding bumper bar for your baby to hold on to along with a basket matching the color of the seat. Dimensions when open: 19 x 43 x 30 '. Dimensions when closed: 11 x 15 x 41 . Weight: 14.5 lbs including canopy. Use: from 3 months to 55 lbs. Includes: Cup holder Bumper Bar Mesh Basket Shoulder Pads Raincover 1 year warrantyProduct Features: Umbrella folding system and compact for easy use and storage Ergonomic soft touch handles for easy maneuverability Swiveling front wheels equipped with a locking-unlocking system Amortized front and rear 6.5 diameter wheels Reclining, 4-position backrest Adjustable 5-point harness Adjustable 2-position leg rest Adjustable hood equipped with rear storage pocket and pick-a-boo window Equipped with a safety hook to avoid accidental opening of the stroller once it is stored Double height adjustment position of the dorsal harness to accompany the child's growthN: Car Seat CompartibleMaximum Weight: 55 lbs Read More

Inglesina
$199.00 at Target

2015 Inglesina Trip: the sporty second stroller you were looking for. Who said a second stroller has to be all about utility? Trip... is the exception to the rule, with a charming design and attractive color options to go along with its incredible mobility and Italian design. Trip is so agile (thanks to its shock-absorbing suspensions), compact and light that you can take it with you and use it just about anywhere. Don't worry about rain, either. Thanks to the standard hood with extended canopy, even a little bad weather won't ruin your plans. Outstanding features of Trip: Compact design and practical umbrella folding system for easy use and storage. Ergonomic soft-touch handles for easy maneuverability. Reclining, four-position backrest and adjustable leg-rest for maximum comfort of the baby. Rain cover canopy and cup holder are included with your purchase. Convenient carry handle for easy use and storage on the go. Surprisingly roomy storage basket. The Trip now offers an ergonomic soft/padded folding bumper bar for your baby to hold on to along with a basket matching the color of the seat. Dimensions when open: 19''x 43''x 30 ''. Dimensions when closed: 11'' x 15'' x 41''. Weight: 14. 5 pounds including canopy. Use: from 3 months to 55 pounds. Read More

Inglesina
$199.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! 2015 Inglesina Trip: the sporty second stroller you were looking for. Who said a second strolle...r has to be all about utility? Trip is the exception to the rule, with a charming design and attractive color options to go along with its incredible mobility and Italian design. Trip is so agile (thanks to its shock-absorbing suspensions), compact and light that you can take it with you and use it just about anywhere. Don't worry about the rain, either. Thanks to the standard hood with extended canopy, even a little bad weather won't ruin your plans. Outstanding features of Trip: Compact design and practical umbrella folding system for... Color: Buff Beige. Gender: Unisex. Read More

Prams

Also known as baby carriages or carrycots, prams are any stroller where the child lays flat, facing the parent. While some strollers can convert into a bassinet or pram-style stroller, true prams only offer one position -- and no option for a child to sit upright. 
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Contours
$399.99 at Target

The infant car seat adapter fits over 20 different car seats so you can create your own travel system. Contours Bliss features our... trademark reversible seat that converts from Pram to Stroller seat, allowing you to completely customize your stroller! Convertible carrycot can be used without the stroller as a cozy sleep option. Read More

Contours
$399.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The Contours Bliss 4-in-1 Baby Stroller in black is the ultimate travel system. It converts fro...m universal car seat carrier to pram, to takeaway carrycot to a stroller. The car seat adapter fits over 20 different car seats so you can create your own system. The carrycot can be used separately for Babys naptime and bedtime when youre away from home, and the padded insert provides extra comfort. This system features a reversible 4-position reclining seat, 5-point safety harness, adjustable handle height, comfort-grip handle, a storage basket and a built-in cup holder. The front wheels lock for secure stopping and it folds with or... Gender: Unisex. Read More

Phil & Teds
$499.99 at Albee Baby

The world?s first auto stop inlineThe new navigator buggy brings a whole new level of convenience to the parenting day with the wo...rld?s first auto stop inline. A pioneering ?hands free? braking system that is as convenient as it is safe. Ideal not... Read More

Valco Baby
$349.99 at Albee Baby

The Quad is more compact and lighter than most all terrain strollers, yet still provides an excellent ride! The compact and stylis...h Quad ushers in a new category in conventional prams and strollers. As a hybrid unit, the Quad incorporates the best features found in many three wheel all terrain strollers in a compact and dependable four wheel unit. Equally at home in both urban and rural settings, the dual swivel wheels and pneumatic rear tires provide effortless motion over most surfaces. And the virtually unlimited reclining seat system and additional accessories of the Quad, guarantee a blissful experience for your infant and their siblings too. The Quad Stroller is the newest concept from Valcobaby. Think...all that you love about an All Terrain Jogging Stroller; the smooth push, peaceful baby below, air tires, ultra sleek look... and combine it with the compact, lighter feel of a four wheel model. That's the newest hybrid from Valcobaby, the Quad Stroller! The Quad comes loaded with all the great features of the Tri Mode Stroller plus more! Most accessories for Tri Mode are fully compatible with the Quad. These include the Toddler Seat, Hussh Bassinet, most car seat adaptors as well as foot muff. The compact and stylish Quad ushers in a new category in conventional prams and strollers. As a hybrid unit, the Quad incorporates the best features found in many three wheel all terrain strollers in a compact and dependable four wheel unit. Equally at home in both urban and rural settings, the dual swivel wheels and pneumatic rear tires provide effortless motion over most surfaces. And the virtually unlimited reclining seat system and additional accessories of the Quad, guarantee a blissful experience for your infant and their siblings too. Features: The stroller includes a front bumper bar, seat pad, infant head hugger, rain cover, and adjustable handle. The adjustable handlebar fits from 62 to 52! The ergonomically adjustable handle allows you to push the stroller at the height that is comfortable for you. 10 inch air filled rear tires provide natural suspension making it a smooth ride. All wheels are quick release. Large basket, side storage compartments & handy mesh pocket behind the seat give you plenty of storage space. Tether Safety Strap prevents the stroller from rolling away. 2 Swivel front wheels have three wheel positions; fixed for light jogging, 45 degree angle for toddler seat, to full swivel mode for ultra mobility An easy any position one touch seat recline system that ranges from newborn to fully upright for toddlers. Extended canopy two position shade allows you to zip down the canopy when you need extra coverage and zip it back to let your child enjoy the view. The strong aluminum frame and link brake system provide many long and smooth years with your stroller. Reflective binding on harness and hood allows the stroller to be visible in the dark. Includes peek a boo window and infant head hugger. Dimensions: Weight: 23 lbs. Open Dimensions: 30.7L x 25.8W x 40.4H Folded Dimensions: 28.5L x 25.8W x 15H Folded Dimensions (w/o wheels): 27L x 16.5W x 12.6H Seat: 11.8L x 9W x 19.3H Read More

Jogging Strollers

Compared to standard strollers, jogging strollers offer larger wheels and more shock absorption; they also have fixed or lockable front wheels and, occasionally, hand brakes for easy stopping. Some jogging strollers are suitable for serious running, while others just look the part.
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BOBgear
$552.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The BOB REVOLUTION FLEX DUALLIE STROLLER with the latest innovative features, the Revolution FL...EX is perfect for any sport experience. Also available in a single one-seat model. . The REVOLUTION FLEX DUALLIE STROLLER has a height adjustable padded handlebar, with 9 positions, creates a perfect fit for any parent. A swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough. Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage. State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride. .... Gender: Unisex. Read More

BOB
$599.99 at Target

Sturdy dual construction and ultra-durable fabric define a smart, two-seat stroller with a front wheel that pivots for easy steeri...ng or can be locked forward for maximum stability while jogging. State-of-the-art suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride, and the padded seats recline for comfort. Color(s): black, new navy, orange. Brand: BOB. Style Name: BOB 'Revolution Duallie SE' Stroller. Style Number: 315014_1. Manufacturer part number ST1043 Maximum weight limit: 100 lbsTwo-step fold-and-go design Under-seat bag Seats recline up to 70 (from vertical) Approx Read More

BOB
BOB
$599.99 at Target

Sturdy dual construction and ultra-durable fabric define a smart, two-seat stroller with a front wheel that pivots for easy steeri...ng or can be locked forward for maximum stability while jogging. State-of-the-art suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride, and the padded seats recline for comfort. Color(s): black, new navy, orange. Brand: BOB. Style Name: BOB 'Revolution Duallie SE' Stroller. Style Number: 315014_1. Manufacturer part number ST1043 Maximum weight limit: 100 lbs58 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 44 1/2 Two-step fold-and-go design Under-seat bag Seats recline up to 70 (from vertical) Read More

BOB
BOB
$336.99 at Target

Whether you're a track trainer, regular jogger or somewhere in between, the Ironman is built to go as fast and far as your running... experience moves you. The fixed front wheel, 16 high pressure, low profile tires roll effortlessly on hard surfaces whether jogging leisurely or at training pace speeds. Read More

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Double Strollers

A double stroller allows you to get out and about with twins or a pair of young children. Double strollers come in two main designs: side-by-side double strollers, where the children sit next to each other, and inline double strollers, where they sit front-to-back. Double strollers come in nearly all the same styles as single 
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Schwinn
$279.99 at Target

Find Baby Strollers at Target.com! The Schwinn Turismo swivel-wheel double jogger is built on a durable and lightweight aluminum f...rame. It has a 2-seater design and comes with a spring suspension system for smooth rides. This baby jogger stroller has adjustable harnesses to secure your little ones. Its locking wheels allow easy mobility and effortless parking. The strollers slip-resistant handle is adjustable and rubberized, giving you a comfortable grip while you jog. A built-in MP3 player speaker keeps your children entertained. Its 4 built-in cup holders keep parents and babies' beverages handy. Gender: Unisex. Read More

Triple Strollers

Triple strollers have three seats and are ideal for triplets or three young children similar in age. Triple strollers come in both side-by-side and inline designs.
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Foundations
$369.99 at Target

Foundations Trio Triple Tandem Folding Stroller Seats Three, Stadium-StyleChild-care centers and parents of multiples agree, this ...Foundations Trio Triple Tandem folding stroller is the ideal option for traveling with three. The triple passenger design is packed with three times the features, including a front/rear seating configuration with in-line stadium seating. This stadium design helps ensure that each of your precious passengers can see out into the world, so they can better enjoy the ride and interact with their environment.Among the many safety features of this Trio Triple Tandem folding stroller are five-point harnesses on all seats and a SafeBrake system that protects against accidents. The multi-seat design also delivers when it comes to convenience, offering extra-large storage baskets, easy-to-clean fabric and a foot brake for easy parking. For comfort, check out the reclining seats, individual canopies and shock-absorbing wheels. Read More

Bebe Love
$399.99 at Groupon

Three-seat stroller makes it easy for parents to bring kids on jogs with a lightweight steel frame and fixed front wheels made for... jogging Read More

Foundations
$349.99 at School Outfitters

Tote your students in style with the Trio Sport Tandem Stroller from Foundations. Lightweight, yet sturdy, steel tube construction... makes maneuvering easy. Adjustable five-point harnesses feature three height positions, so kids of different sizes (up to 40 lbs.) can ride safely and comfortably. Heavy-duty rubberized wheels, retractable canopies, a foot-activated brake and ergonomic handle ensure a comfortable trek for you and your little ones. Tandem-style seats mean the stroller fits easily through standard doorways, and the whole unit folds for storage. Read More

Foundations
$349.99 at School Outfitters

Tote your students in style with the Trio Sport Tandem Stroller from Foundations. Lightweight, yet sturdy, steel tube construction... makes maneuvering easy. Adjustable five-point harnesses feature three height positions, so kids of different sizes (up to 40 lbs.) can ride safely and comfortably. Heavy-duty rubberized wheels, retractable canopies, a foot-activated brake and ergonomic handle ensure a comfortable trek for you and your little ones. Tandem-style seats mean the stroller fits easily through standard doorways, and the whole unit folds for storage. Read More

Stroller Accessories

From cup holders and foot muffs to rain shields and ride-on boards, stroller accessories help you customize your model, adding everything you need for a satisfied ride.
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Contours
$29.99 at Target

Contours Weather Shield Rain or shine, snow or sleet, never let the weather slow you and baby down with the Contours Weather Shiel...d. Complete coverage to protect baby from the elements. Quick and easy assembly to the Stroller seat. Fits both Contours single and double Stroller seats. Compatible with the following Contours Strollers: Bliss, Options LT, Options, Options Elite and OptimaFeatures: Complete coverage to protect baby from the elements Quick and easy assembly to the Stroller seat Fits both Contours single and double Stroller seats Compatible with the following Contours Strollers: Bliss, Options LT, Options, Options Elite and OptimaProduct Dimensions: 8 x 3.5 x 10.5 inches Product Weight: 14.4 ounces Read More

Peg Perego
$33.99 at Target

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3 Sprouts
$13.59 at Target

An appliqued animal watches over your odds and ends in a handy pouch that easily attaches to your stroller handle. A secret pocket... makes a great place to stash cash and other valuables. Color(s): pink, teal, yellow. Brand: 3 Sprouts. Style Name: 3 Sprouts Stroller Organization Pouch. Style Number: 371347. Manufacturer part number USOELP 100% polyesterSpot clean, lay flat to dry By 3 Sprouts; imported Kids' Wear Read More

Skip Hop
$22.99 at Target

A handy, easy-care caddy attaches to your stroller to keep baby's necessities at your fingertips. Insulated bottle compartments ho...ld drinks securely, while a detachable wristlet totes daily essentials for a day out on the town. Color(s): black, platinum. Brand: SKIP HOP. Style Name: Skip Hop Stroller Organizer. Style Number: 908556. Manufacturer part number 400304 Hook-and-loop straps adjust to fit most strollersBPA-free; phthalate-free Polyester; machine wash By Skip Hop; imported Kids' Wear Read More

Product Features

There are numerous considerations when buying a stroller. From wheel size and recline positions to canopy coverage and storage capabilities, some strollers excel in a particular area, while other offers a well-rounded package. Start by determining which features are most important to you, and then narrow the field from there.

Wheels

The size and material of a strollerís wheels will impact its performance on various terrains. Wheels can range from smooth, 4-inches-in-diameter models on lightweight strollers to heavily treaded, 16-inch options on jogging strollers. The wheels themselves can be made from molded plastic, foam-filled rubber, or air-filled rubber, with shock absorption minimal on the former and best on the latter. 

Recline

Being able to recline the seat allows your child to be more comfortable during strolls and naps. In some strollers, just the back of the seat reclines; on other models, the entire seat unit reclines. Some seats offer a full flat recline (making them suitable for infants), while others offer limited or no recline. Most strollers recline in one of three ways, via a toggle cord, a handle, or a bar. A few others have unique systems of straps, buckles, or zippers. 

Seat

Stroller seats vary in style and features. Some are barely lined, while others have luxurious padding. Some have a reversible seat that allows Baby to face her parent or the world. A few seats can transform into a bassinet, or be removed and replaced with a bassinet or car seat. Many strollers, especially those geared for infants, come with padded head and/or body supports.

Canopy

With the exception of infant car seat frames, nearly all strollers come standard with a canopy. Some canopies provide only overhead sun coverage, while others can rotate all the way forward to block out the sun at whichever angle it may be. Still others provide fuller coverage through zip- or fold-out extensions. Some canopies offer a viewing or peekaboo window that allows you to check on your child without pulling back the canopy. Additional canopy features include SPF-protected linings, toy hooks, and exterior storage pockets.

Storage

Most strollers offer some kind of storage basket underneath the seat. These catchalls can vary greatly in size and accessibility. Some strollers also come with additional storage options, such as pockets inside the seat or on the seat back or canopy; a bumper bar with built-in cup and snack holders; and/or a parent tray for keys and other small essentials. 

Folding Process and Compactness

Different strollers fold in different ways: from one-step, one-handed processes to those that require multiple steps and both hands. When folded, some models are narrow and long, while others are wide but compact. Still others are bulky even when folded.

Brake

While a few strollers have a hand brake, most strollers have a brake that you activate with your foot. These vary from a single brake pedal that quickly locks both back wheels to a brake for each wheel. Some brakes require that you flip up the pedal with your foot to release them, making them less than ideal for flip-flop and sandal wearers. Other brake styles include a push on/off button or a left/right flip.

Safety Harness

All strollers come with a 3-point or 5-point safety harness. Some strollers, especially those geared for infants, include padded harness covers. To prevent tiny escape artists from fleeing the stroller, some buckle systems require a two-step process that makes them more childproof. However, some parents can see this extra step as a nuisance.

Handlebar

Strollers have either two separate handles or one attached handlebar; the latter are easier to push while doing something with your other hand, such as holding a drink. Sometimes dual handles can extend to suit parents of various heights, while most one-piece handlebars can extend or adjust up and down. Occasionally handlebars can be flipped to face the other side of the stroller, allowing your child to face you as you push her.

Extras

Some strollers come with extras, such as cup holders, a rain shield, a bumper bar, or a car seat adaptor. These conveniences also can be purchased separately for nearly all stroller models. Other optional accessories including parent organizational trays, child trays, bassinets/carrycots, bug shields, travel bags, parasols, foot muffs, infant car seat adapters, seat liners, stroller blankets, ride-on boards, and add-on seats. 

Purchase Considerations

Since stroller options are vast and numerous, determine which features are the most valuable to you before purchasing a stroller. Consider both your location and your lifestyle. Do you live in a cramped apartment or expansive suburb? Does your climate have you sloshing through snow or sweating through sunny days? Are you planning on doing your weekly shopping with your stroller? Do you need your stroller to fold quickly and compactly to fit onto a bus or subway? Your perfect stroller should be able to handle your local terrain, weather, and favorite activities without giving you grief.

Terrain

Itís important to bear in mind the type of terrain on which youíll use the stroller. For example, if you live in a mild climate and utilizing the stroller in indoor spaces, a lightweight option might be your best fit. If you live in an urban area or expect to be going up and down bumpy sidewalks, a jogging stroller might be ideal for you.

Parent Height

Parents of different heights, as well as ones who are unusually tall or short, should ensure that the stroller adjusts to fit them. You should be able to push your model without hunching over or kicking the back wheels as you walk. 

Types of Activities

Itís vital that your stroller be able to handle the types of activities you do, from shopping at the local market to your daily 5-mile run. Consider the activities -- both the necessary (daycare drop-offs and errands) and enjoyable (hikes and all-day amusement park outings) Ė in which you like to partake and make sure you choose a stroller that can perform well in those situations.

Storage Needs

Choose a stroller that provides adequate storage options for your needs and uses, or at least one that offers optional storage accessories.

Fold

For some parents, the ease of folding the stroller, as well as its compactness once folded, are key. If your lifestyle or location frequently put you on subways, buses, trains, or planes, youíll want to make sure the stroller has a quick and easy fold for fast loading. Likewise, if youíll be storing your stroller in a small hallway closet or placing it in the trunk of a compact car, youíll need to make sure that the stroller folds down to an agreeable size. 
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