Strollers are a must-have baby product to have, and for many new parents, it is one of the first items you’d think of purchasing once you find out you’re expecting! If you’re new to shopping for baby essentials, you may be wondering where to start with buying a pram or stroller.
In this article, we’ll go over some key points of consideration that can help you choose the ideal stroller for you and your little one.
Determine the primary functions of your stroller
Will the stroller be used for you and your partner to take your baby on long walks or light jogs? Will you need it to be large and spacious so it can act as a carrier for when you go grocery shopping? Or would you prefer for it to be foldable and lightweight so you can easily transport it in a car or bus?
There’s never going to be ‘the perfect stroller’ that checks all your boxes. For example,you’ll never find a jogging stroller that is lightweight, nor will you find an ultra-compact cabin sized stroller that doesn’t hurt your wallet.
Your baby stroller is supposed to help you bring your baby around more easily and conveniently, so be sure to pick an option that is functional given your daily lifestyle and needs.
Estimate how long you’d like to use the stroller for
Not all strollers are compatible to be used from birth. Strollers that are suitable for newborns should be able to recline flat, or be compatible with a pram carry cot that allows the infant to lie flat.
Selecting a stroller that can be used from birth, and one that can also be used to accommodate a heavier weight limit (~22 to 25kg, i.e. 3-4+ years old) allows the stroller to be able to be used as your child grows.
Decide on your budget range for your purchase
Of course, it’s natural for all parents to want to give their children the best possible furniture or products. But depending on the model of the stroller you pick, this baby essential can turn out to be pricier than expected. So it’s important to at least have a ballpark figure in mind when shopping for your stroller.
Look for an option within your budget and consider the purchase an investment for yourself and your child.
Choose your preferred type of pram or stroller
There are different types for you to choose from! Here’s a list of our favourite strollers. Prices are accurate as of August 2022.
1. Best overall stroller: Hauck Eagle 4S Colibri Stroller, $589
Hauck is a well-known premium German brand. The Eagle 4S Colibri Stroller is one of the lightest travel-system reversible strollers at 6.9kg. Being able to be reclined fully, the stroller can be used from birth, and take a maximum weight of 25kg.
As the stroller seat can be detached from the frame, the seat can be positioned either forward, or backward to be parent facing. In addition, the stroller frame is compatible with an infant car seat, allowing the stroller to be used as a travel system unit.
The stroller frame is made with sturdy yet lightweight aluminum, with a canopy that has UPF 50+ and sun blend. For all its features and function, the Eagle 4S Colibri is very affordably priced at $589.
Shop the Hauck Eagle 4S Colibri Stroller here.
2. Best luxury stroller: Bugaboo Bee 6 Stroller, from $1269
The Bugaboo Bee 6’s iconic look with its yellow canopy is well loved all over the world. Besides being stylish, it also has almost all the features that you would expect - ergonomic seat, smooth suspension, easy folding. At 9.5kg, it is relatively heavy for a city stroller but is considerably lighter compared to other Bugaboo stroller models out there.