10 Best Strollers | March 2017

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10 Best Strollers | March 2017


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The Joovy Caboose is great whether you have one child or two. It has a number of configurations, depending on your needs, and a stand-on rear platform for your older child. The tray table can make unloading baby difficult though.
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We like the Summer Infant 3D Lite as a budget-friendly travel option. Its 12 lb frame has a stylish look, and the open design allows you to easily reach into the storage basket. But some flimsy plastic components can break easily.
8
The Graco Fastaction is a very affordable complete travel system that comes with a stroller and click connect car seat. Its main drawback is the heavy weight of the car seat, which can be difficult for moms to move or carry.
7
Your baby will appreciate the extra thick padding on the seat and sides of the Peg Perego Book. It comes in 3 dark colors which do a good job of hiding stains, and smooth rolling ball bearings make it easier to push.
  • very luxurious look
  • closes inwards to keep seat protected
  • the basket can't hold anything heavy
Brand Peg Perego
Model IPBO28US62RO01DX34
Weight 26.5 pounds
6
If there is rugged terrain ahead, you want to be armed with the Kolcraft Adventure. The three 12 inch air filled tires cushion bumps while rolling over dips, rocks, and curbs with ease. It is a bit heavy at 35 lbs, though. A large lower basket holds all of baby's stuff.
  • 5 point safety harness
  • dual baby cup holders and snack tray
  • hood can block sun from any angle
Brand Kolcraft
Model KL026-MDW1
Weight 35.1 pounds
5
The Thule Urban Glide 1 has a sleek look and feel that is designed specifically for sporty parents who will be taking their child jogging, hiking, and more. It is extremely lightweight, at just 15 lbs, but doesn't skimp on features. A luxury choice at a reasonable price.
  • padded seat with vented top
  • reclines to a near flat position
  • water resistant storage compartment
Brand Thule
Model 10101902J0-Parent
Weight 15.9 pounds
4
The Chicco Bravo Ombra has a pretty nifty design that automatically folds itself when you lift one single handle. Then the wheels position themselves into a freestanding position, to make life easy when your other hand is occupied.
  • linked rear brakes
  • convenient parent tray with storage
  • seat removes to become a key fit carrier
Brand Chicco
Model 07079104500070
Weight 26.5 pounds
3
The BOB Revolution Flex is made for parents on the go. The three-wheel system can lock forward and has a strong suspension to keep the ride smooth and add stability while jogging, plus its adjustable handlebar has 9 height settings.
  • thick padding on the handlebar
  • travel system compatible
  • large hood protects babies from elements
Brand BOB
Model ST1403
Weight 30.9 pounds
2
The Graco Aire3 is just the right balance of budget and function. It has a number of useful features, like one-handed folding, multi-position reclining seat, zippered storage, cup holders, and more. All for under $150.
  • self-standing when folded
  • accepts all graco snugride car seats
  • 3 wheel design for added maneuverability
Brand Graco
Model 6BC00PCE
Weight 24 pounds
1
The Baby Jogger City Select has a unique design that allows it to grow with your family. It has a number of available accessories to create 16 unique combinations using second seats for when that extra baby comes along.
  • 45 lb weight capacity per seat
  • adjustable sun canopy with a 50+ uvpf
  • telescoping handlebar to suit mom or dad
Brand Baby Jogger
Model BJ20410
Weight 34.4 pounds

It's More Than Just A Baby Wheelbarrow

When I was a kid–probably just out of the stroller myself–I encountered my first wheelbarrow. I thought it was a big metal stroller. I don't have a clear memory of this, but if the family lore is to be believed, I climbed into the thing and waited to be pushed.

Of course, it was my big sister who found me there, and she was more than delighted to take me for a spin. I'm sure you can guess what happened next: the wheelbarrow tips and baby goes flying.

So, it turns out you can't just put a baby in a wheelbarrow and expect to cart him or her around safely. And that's where strollers come in.

They work largely on the same concept of the wheelbarrow. You attach a carrying basket to a wheeled base and you've got the basics.

If you don't want your tykes catapulting through the air like yours truly, you'd probably put some straps in there to hold the little one in place.

You don't want them crying incessantly about how uncomfortable the rusty metal is either, so you might throw some padding in there to keep them comfy and quiet, maybe throw a sunshade on top to save their skin.

Now we're closing in on the familiar design. Add some extra wheels and a locking brake to keep it from rolling away on you, maybe a more comfortable, adjustable handle for you to push it along.

The good news is you've just imagined yourself a stroller. The bad news is you've lost yourself a perfectly good wheelbarrow. No matter. When the kid grows out of the stroller, you can always use it for yard work.

Babies On The Run

Parenting has changed a lot since I was in diapers. I'm sure it will have changed even more by the time I'm back in them.

Parents today generally have more ways to be active than they did in the 80s, and the expectations that their activities have placed on stroller design have led to some very exciting developments.

A lot of strollers today, including three of the strollers in our top five, are built specifically to handle the demands of a jogging mother or father without disturbing the baby.

These strollers come with advanced shocks, more aerodynamic shapes, and thicker, more durable wheels.

Even the strollers that aren't necessarily meant to endure triathlons are being built lighter and more convertible than ever before. Customers want options, healthy or not, and some of these single strollers can be reconfigured to carry multiple kids, to lay your kids flat for the ultimate nap, or to serve as a gourmet dining station.

If you've already got the little one floating around, consider their height and weight so you can get a stroller that'll last you more than a year or two, and consider their temperament, as that will determine whether you even can take him or her out for a little run with you.

If he or she hasn't popped out yet, you really only have to consider your own activity level. Even if it's just that you like to take more walks in the park than the average parent, those bigger wheels might come in handy.

Pushing Kids Around For Nearly 400 Years

It was an esteemed English landscape artist and furniture designer who designed the first baby carriage in early 1730s.

He did so to fulfill the request of the Duke of Devonshire, and the early design was actually meant to be pulled along by a small pack animal like a goat or a donkey. Try getting away with that today!

These early strollers, which wouldn't be called strollers until the 1950s, were predominantly made of wood or wicker, with heavy, expensive brass fittings and joints.

Despite some more crude design elements, many baby carriages had features like brakes and umbrella holders as early as the 1830s.

They only began to get lighter and more modern in the late 19th century, when reversible baskets and hinged wheels were added.

The supremely inexpensive design of the so-called umbrella stroller came along in the 1960s, thanks to a clever aeronautical engineer and his travel-weary wife. It's a popular design despite its lack of safety features, and it's still sneered at by wealthier, more privileged parents today.



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