If a pram straight out of Mary Poppins isn't quite what you had in mind for your infant or toddler this spring, fear no more! From strollers designed for joggers to outdoor enthusiasts and casual walkers, you have an exorbitant number of options for finding a stroller that suits your lifestyle needs.
For the family on the go, the umbrella stroller provides much better portability than many other types of child carriers. The ease of sliding your toddler into the seat is unmatched by almost any other type of conveyance and allows your child to sit up and see what's going on around them.
These strollers are perfect for taking to events or locations where size really does matter. The more compact design is great for going upstairs at stadiums or maneuvering through throngs at your favorite summer festival.
But this is not your mother's umbrella stroller. While the design is still light-weight and highly portable, manufacturers have figured out that the one drawback to the umbrella stroller was that your baby was always exposed to the sun. Fear sunburn no more with the new hooded umbrella strollers designed to keep you child cooler and protected from the elements.
If you're headed to the beach or the mountains this spring or summer, it might be time to forgo the umbrella stroller and invest in something a bit more substantial. All-terrain strollers are designed like all-terrain vehicles, with a wider base and more wheel stability to help keep your baby comfy on the road or when the trail is bumpy or broken.
This stroller type features heavy all-terrain wheels and a separate front end suspension to help make the ride a little less bouncy. Many all-terrain strollers feature large carrying areas for a baby's necessities, and even drink holders for mom and dad, making this the perfect choice if you intend to spend time a little farther from civilization. Made of the same light-weight, high strength metals as an umbrella stroller, and with lots of heavy duty nylon, the all-terrain stroller is more substantial but not much heavier, making it easy on mom and dad.
If you really do love the pram-look, or want a stroller that can convert with the various stages of your child's life, consider a stroller that can convert to a bassinet, allowing your small infant to recline for the ride, and then can switch to an upright seat as your child grows. Many convertible strollers allow the bassinet to detach for a safe place to let the baby rest once you have reached your destination.
Many women are focused on getting back into shape as soon as possible after their baby is born, and a jogging stroller can help with that option. These highly maneuverable strollers are light-weight and designed to be pushed ahead of mom (or dad) while they get some outdoor exercise, instead of being cooped up inside.