Here are Betty's answers to the most popular questions about strollers.
Can newborns go in a stroller?
Yes, newborns can go in a stroller but it depends on the seat. If the stroller can attach an infant car seat or a bassinet, then it is appropriate for newborns, assuming the newborn meets the minimum size requirements for those seats. For toddler seats that come with the stroller, newborns can use this seat if it has a true flat recline. The manufacturer’s guide will note if the toddler seat can be reclined fully flat to allow for newborn use.
How much should I spend on a stroller?
There are a large selection of strollers on the market and you’ll be able to find one for your budget. While premium strollers are in the ~$1,000+ range, you can still find a quality stroller for $500 or less. It ultimately depends on the type of stroller and features you want.
Are expensive strollers worth it?
Expensive strollers are worth it if you plan to use it frequently or for multiple children. In addition to having the premium features that add extra convenience and comfort, expensive strollers are often made with higher quality materials that last longer and have fewer issues. An easy way of feeling the quality difference is testing out strollers in the store. You’ll be able to feel the difference when you push around different types of strollers and can decide for yourself if it’s worth it or not.
When should I buy a stroller?
Buying a baby stroller takes a lot of research and test drives. If you plan on using a stroller with your newborn, it’s best to buy your stroller before the baby is born. After your baby is born, you’ll likely be too busy (and extremely exhausted) to shop for and set up a new stroller.
How many strollers do I need for a baby?
Usually one stroller is enough. However, sometimes parents like to have a separate umbrella stroller for occasions when they don’t want to use their full-sized stroller. Other times, parents want an extra stroller for jogging and exercise. As mentioned in the how to choose a stroller section, it’s important to think about when and where you’ll be using a stroller.
Do you really need a bassinet for a stroller?
Stroller bassinets are nice to have but not a necessity. They’re great if you want to take a stroll with your newborn around the neighborhood but don’t want to buckle them into an infant car seat. You can transport bassinets and take walks elsewhere, but they are large and you may not be able to fit the bassinet and stroller frame into your trunk. Your little one will likely outgrow their bassinet seat anywhere from 3-9 months so it is a fairly large investment for a short period of time. To offset the costs, some parents use their stroller bassinet as their sleeping bassinet as well. If you do plan to use your bassinet for bedtime, confirm that the bassinet is approved for overnight sleeping.