Advertisement

What should I consider when buying a stroller?

There are several things to consider when choosing a stroller:

  • If you live in the country or suburbs, get a newborn car seat with a stroller attachment. That way you’ll have fewer worries about waking him when you move from car to stroller. If you live in the city or do a lot of errands by foot, a carriage that can be positioned to lie flat with a large basket underneath might be your best bet.
  • Jogging strollers and umbrella strollers don’t offer back support and are not good for newborns.
  • When “test driving” a stroller in the store, consider how heavy it is, how the restraint straps fit, whether it has a removable seat that you can clean, the handle height (and whether it’s adjustable) and whether or not you’ll be having more than one child in a stroller at any given time.
  • There is some research to suggest that rear-facing strollers are better for a baby’s brain development than forward-facing ones. The rear-facing ones allow better interaction between caregiver and child, while forward-facing strollers expose kids to more white noise, like traffic and wind.
  • If you’re going to get around using an on-the-body carrier, the baby needs to be seven days and seven pounds before you use it.
YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade

More About this Book

YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade

There’s little doubt that parenting can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences you’ll ever have. But it can be plenty tough, too: Around the clock, you’re working to keep your...

Just as with a car seat, you will want to buy a safety-approved stroller for your newborn baby. Many options are available, including ones that allow you to attach the car seat to the stroller. Never leave your baby alone in the stroller.

Some features to look for in a stroller include the following:

  • five-point harness that is securely attached to the stroller
  • brakes that lock and work well
  • storage area located behind and low to the ground, so items will not fall onto your baby
  • reclining back
  • canopy to protect your baby from the elements

If the stroller has leg-hole openings, be sure that you can close them when your baby is reclined and resting.

Continue Learning about Healthy Baby

Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe While Sleeping
Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe While Sleeping
It’s a tradition in mystical Judaism (Kabbalah) for parents to tie a red ribbon around a leg of the crib to protect their sleeping infant from the Evi...
Read More
How can a pacifier be harmful for my baby?
Shelley Chermak - Elite Trainer, RNShelley Chermak - Elite Trainer, RN
Infants have an innate need to suck and that is why many babies will thumb-suck or use pacifiers.  T...
More Answers
10 Worst Things to Say to a New Parent
10 Worst Things to Say to a New Parent10 Worst Things to Say to a New Parent10 Worst Things to Say to a New Parent10 Worst Things to Say to a New Parent
We’re sure you mean well—but these gems are best left unsaid. As the mother of a baby, I’ve received lots of gifts, warm wishes (thank you!) … and adv...
Start Slideshow
How Should I Answer Criticism About the Choices I Make In Raising My Baby?
How Should I Answer Criticism About the Choices I Make In Raising My Baby?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.