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With the right stroller, you and your young one are ready for anything, from a quick trip to the stores to a week-long overseas vacation. The Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller is our top choice because of its versatile configuration, its ease of steering, and its many handy accessories and enhancements that let you customize it for your family.
My son recently turned four years old, and we're now on our family's third stroller. game resident evil 4
The first two now rest in the garage, relics of those bygone infant and toddler years. We didn't stop using them because we wanted some fancy new unit with a double cup holder or because they couldn't accommodate the weight of a growing child or anything like that, we stopped using each of the other strollers because they broke.
While expecting our first child, wife and I did exhaustive stroller research online, in catalogs, and by discussions with many parents of young kids. We also tested out multiple strollers before selecting one. Or, to be accurate, two: you will quickly find that having two strollers for one child is neither luxury nor necessity, but is certainly a convenience.
I recommend getting one larger, rugged stroller used for the daily walks or for larger excursions (say Disneyland, for example), and one smaller, compact stroller used when you need to travel light (flying to Europe or taking the train to New York City) or for use on quick shopping trips when you need the stroller to fit into the trunk beside the groceries.
But even with two strollers, and even if you use them strategically — we always used our larger, heavier-duty stroller for long walks and for travel when we could, using the smaller umbrella stroller only when logistics warranted it. You're going to be pretty lucky if even one is still in perfect operating condition after the half-decade or so in which a child will use it. And if you have two or more kids, forget about it: You're going through at least two strollers.How to choose the right stroller
As for choosing the right stroller(s), start with the basics. How large is your child? For how long will she need extra support and padding around her head and neck? Should be lying flat in a bassinet? Can she feed herself from a tray yet? And so forth. Start by thinking about your child's size, needs, and abilities, in other words.
Next, consider the types of activities you see yourself and your child sharing. If you're an avid runner, then a jogging stroller is a great idea. If you're always on and off trains or subways, then an extra lightweight and compact folding stroller is a necessity. If you plan to bring your child with you on all your errands, look for extra storage capacity beneath the stroller. And if you'll be in and out of your car all the time, make sure your stroller and car seats are compatible. (This last point is one I learned the hard way; we chose our first stroller and infant car seat separately, and I regretted it every time my infant son woke up as I unstrapped him from the seat to put him in the stroller instead of attaching the car seat to the stroller wholesale.)
Finally, try to see the fact that you probably need two strollers as an opportunity, not a burden — though it is an opportunity requiring more outlay of cash. While an umbrella stroller is great for afternoons in the city, it's useless for jogging on a path. Likewise, a jogging stroller is ideal for a morning trot through the suburbs, but a poor choice for navigating the narrow aisles of a store or for carrying onto the subway. If storage space or budget constrains you to one stroller, then just make sure you find one that's adaptable.
For the record, you're not going to see any tandem/double strollers listed here. That's not because I don't like double strollers or because lots of great ones exist, but is simply because many brands that make a fine single stroller also offer double/tandem units. If you're partial to a brand or sold by some of the points here, check out their multi-kid options.
Read on in the slides below to learn why the Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller is our top pick and why you should also consider the Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System Stroller, the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, the UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller, and the BOB Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller.
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