When investigating strollers I was slightly overwhelmed – so many brands and features. Fortunately, I was able to try out a friend’s stroller which gave me ideas of what kind of stroller I wanted. If you can do the same, I recommend it.
My top features:
- Lightweight & easy to lift/maneuver
- Easy to fold up
- Sun protection
- Can your baby nap in it
Mamas & Papas makes some really cute, lightweight strollers. The Armadillo was the one we ended up going with and we love it. We bought it discounted from Babies “R” Us because they had recently stopped carrying the model and color. I got a universal drink holder that attaches and works great. I love how big the hood is with the window for me to look through to my daughter. I love that the foot rest folds up or down (up makes a great little table for snacks that don’t fall off). And I love that it lays down for naps on the go.
Planning to have more than one child?
If so, definitely go with a gender-neutral color.
You might also want to look into purchasing a double-stroller initially. They are more expensive but will save you money overall.
But what do you do with a double stroller and only one child?
Phil & Ted’s makes an excellent in-line stroller that transitions from single-child to two children. The combinations are numerous for how you can adapt this stroller to meet your needs. It is a little bit more expensive upfront but will save you money long-term. From my research, Phil & Ted’s is the perfect versatile stroller that will grow with your family.
Another stroller that I don’t have any personal experience with, but I know a lot of mom’s who love it, is the Chicco Bravo. The advantage to purchasing the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System version of this stroller is you get a car seat, base, and stroller that all work together easily. And they match! It’s simple, affordable, and versatile from infant to toddler.
Note: Both Mamas & Papas and Phil & Ted’s have optional car seat adapters you can buy separately. Which leads us to car seats…