Stroller 101: How to Choose a Stroller

It's natural for new parents to have a wealth of choices and questions as they’re getting ready for the new arrival, and Pottery Barn Kids is here to support you every step of the way. When it comes to baby essentials, buying a stroller might be one of the first things you think about – and there are so many options! If you're wondering how to buy a stroller, these points will help you make the right decision.


Future Plans

There's so much to enjoy in the here and now when you're expecting a baby, but when it comes to choosing a stroller, it helps to have answers to general questions about the future. For example, if you plan to have another child within the next year or two, you may want to choose a stroller that has an option to convert from a single to a double seater. That way, you can stroll around with a both toddler and an infant secure in their seats with their favorite toys. Another factor to consider is future travel plans. If you plan to take cross-country trips with your baby in tow, you need a stroller that easily converts and folds for simple transport.

How You Get Around

Consider how you'll be using your stroller in the immediate future, too. Do you have a car that you use on a regular basis? If so, look for strollers with built-in carseats that clip in securely but have easy-release features so you can move your baby in and out of the car smoothly. If you're a city dweller and tend to use public transit or taxis, it's still a good idea to find a stroller that folds up easily and has a detachable seat for portability. That makes it easy to balance a stroller, diaper bag and purse when you need to.

What Your Day Looks Like

It's also helpful to envision yourself using the stroller and think about how to integrate it into the way you like to live your life. It's natural to look for bottles and snack containers for your baby, but what about you? Do you like having a cup of coffee or a bottle of water on hand throughout the day? You can narrow your focus to strollers that include built-in cupholders near the handles.

Also, consider where you'll be pushing your stroller and how fast you'll be moving. Do you have a favorite unpaved path in a park or section of your property where you like to go for walks? All-terrain strollers are available with wide, sturdy wheels that roll smoothly over rocks and uneven ground. If you plan to run with your stroller, you can look for a three-wheeled model. The single wheel in the front makes it easier to gain speed without requiring you to put as much force behind the stroller; it's easy to get a workout in while your baby sleeps under a cozy blanket in their seat.