How to choose a stroller: tips for young parents
Waiting for the replenishment of the family – time is very exciting, joyful and a little troublesome. But the trouble these bring a lot of fun, because at this time usually the whole family is busy preparing for the arrival of a new little family member. Bagauda next baby stores, selected cots, first clothes, rattles, bottles and nipples.
Day and night obzvanivaet friends and pererabatyvaya a lot of information on the Internet with a variety of recommendations and tips for choosing a child of “inventory”.
Today’s article is designed to ease the future parents find useful tips for choosing a stroller for your child. Because buggy is the first vehicle in Your toddler, from which it will be their first impression about the world.
- 1. The nuances of choice.
- 2. Classic stroller bassinet.
- 3. Stroller: with all the emphasis on sustainability.
- 4. Stroller modular: maximum practicality.
- 5. The carriage-transformer: road versatility.
- 6. Results.
The nuances of choice
On what type stroller You stop, it is very important to consider the following factors.
So, babies up to 6-8 months need a stroller bassinet, which for the most part they will sleep, and the older kiddies will need the full walking model with adjustable backrest, which is comfortable to sit and lie.
The size of the carriage. If you live in your home, the size of the carriage can be neglected. But in terms of apartment buildings width of doorways and the Elevator cabin has a strict size where there are just a few inches. Therefore, before choosing a stroller it is better to measure the width of the doorways and Elevator, if any.
Bassinet and the seat. For kids it is important that the frame of the stroller was hard, and the back – quite hard. For a growing organism with an emerging spine need reliable support.
Wheels. The size of the wheels will depend on the agility and maneuverability of the stroller. Pushchairs with small wheels are usually more lightweight, mobile and easily managed, but bad weather or broken roads they’re not meant. In terms of “off-road” it is better to give preference to large rubber wheels, which are not terrible neither snow, nor sand.
To improve the maneuverability of the stroller and ease of control for “the driver” is not superfluous will have a rotating wheel that can rotate at 180 or even 360 degrees. The main thing that was the function of fixing the wheel in a straight position when you are driving on a straight road.
Frame and chassis. This is the basis which connects the mobile and static parts of the wheelchair and is responsible for the reliability and stability of the entire structure. It is important that the material was durable and it does not weigh down the stroller, so for the frame often use high impact plastic or aluminum.
Depreciation. Shock absorbers affect the ride and comfort of the baby – they will “smooth out” fluctuations in the shaking, for example, if you are driving on the pavement or up the stroller with the baby up the stairs. Most commonly used springs or plastic hinges, and fitting the shock absorbers, because of their fast amortization, modern wheelchairs are not used.
But increasingly popular are models with a top hand brakes that allow you to instantly stop the stroller and keep the appearance of shoes is the mother, who may eventually break especially when lifting off the brake. Plus handbrake is good to combine walking with a toddler and an active lifestyle – riding on roller skates or while running.
Handle. Handles can be fixed or reversible, and the current day is more popular, because they allow to change direction of the stroller. Thus, the toddler in the stroller can be positioned to face the mother and back to her.
If the family among the spouses and relatives there is a big difference in growth, it will be convenient if the handle will adjust the height. Modern strollers are often equipped with ergonomic handles that reduce stress on hands.
Now consider each type of wheelchairs separately and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Pushchairs designed for the little ones and usually they are used from birth to 6-8 months, until the child learns to sit. It is essentially a “bed on wheels”, as the kids in it almost all the time walks sleeps.
This stroller should be comfortable for sleep and have a hard and smooth surface, which is necessary for the baby’s spine at such a tender age. Inner fabric should be natural and hypoallergenic, and is better if it is done in soothing and relaxing colors. The inner cover must be easily removed for washing. The main requirements of external materials is to protect it from rain and wind, and easy care.
Well, if the hood of the stroller has only two positions (open and closed), but the staging, so you can adjust its angle and height, for example, in bright sunlight or in windy weather.
Modern pushchairs are concerned not only about the comfort of the child but about the parents. Such strollers are often supplemented with useful accessories: roomy hinged bags for bottles, toys and Essentials, baskets for shopping or baby clothes, clutches for hands to use the stroller in the cold season and the like. Such seemingly little things are very comfortable for long walks in the fresh air.
- + maximum comfort and safety of the child;
- + especially good for use in winter and autumn, because the baby in her heat;
- + most often has massive wheels and a reliable system of shock absorbers.
- — rather large size – not all models can be folded compactly and do not all fit in the trunk of a car;
- — short service life – the child quickly grows out of it and the necessity arises to purchase a sit stroller.
Stroller: more on stability
Depending on the materials used strollers are distinguished by weight: very light (cane) – 3,5-6 kg light weight – 6-8 kg, and heavy – 8-12 kg.
In the selection of stroller has its own nuances. The seat back needs to have multiple positions (for sleeping, sitting and reclining) and also to be hard. The pedestal legs also have to be adjusted in height and should ideally be easy to clean from dirt.
For Hiking in cool weather must be cloak at the feet of the baby. To the hood the same requirements as in the classic prams, but for convenience it will be good if it has a transparent “window” through which the mother will be able to watch Chad not avoiding the stroller.
Now about the safety of the child. Almost all strollers are equipped with safety belts, retaining straps and grab handle. But there are models with bumper (guard rail in front of the child) without him.
From the point of view of safety it is better to choose the model with the bumper and splitter, as children, alas, do not always allow to attach himself to a wheelchair seat belts.
- + suitable for babies from 8 months.
- + use up to 3 years;
- + compact (most models can be folded);
- + ideal for Cycling in warm time of the year.
- — typically have small wheels, which affects performance on bumpy roads;
- — for use in winter will need extra covers and blankets;
- — difficult to find a universal size (up to 3 years the baby from the stroller to “grow”).
Stand the strollers as a more lightweight option of the stroller. They are more mobile, easy to fold, making them easy to walk, for example, to the shops or to the clinic, take a trip, but they have a number of shortcomings.
As “sticks” much easier walking patterns, most often they are not very stable, so the child unattended in it is better not to leave. In some budget models, the seat can be without a frame (similar to a hammock), and may not be regulated by that with constant use will not benefit the growing body.
In such folding models may not have a running Board or bumper, so when choosing the strollers, it is important to consider all the factors. But in contrast to the “heavy” of strollers, the cane will still be cheaper.
Stroller modular: maximum practicality
System “2 in 1” combines a stroller and a cradle, and the system “3 in 1” to this list adds and car seat. This is convenient because each version independently mounted on the frame and can be used in different situations.
Car seat used not only as an additional seat for the pram or for transportation in a car, but for manual migration. Plus no need to buy and store multiple strollers – they are all United in one.
To modular strollers put forward the same requirements as to a classic and individually: the most comfortable (spacious and hard bassinet and adjustable seat and footrest in the seat unit), security (secure locking with three – or five-point safety belts, presence of bumper), convenience for parents (the relative ease of construction, compact storage, optional accessories).
Pros modular strollers:
- + all of the carriers are combined into one and there is no need to buy extra;
- + compact storage;
- + one stroller which is ideal for every age of child.
- — high cost;
- — most versatile models have a lot of weight.
The carriage-transformer: road versatility
And Vice versa. The cradle is embedded in the motor block, and replace the entire module it is not needed.
Typically, they also, as in traditional strollers, adjustable backrest and footrest, an elaborate system of fixation of the baby and such carriages are usually more compact. But the cradle in such wheelchairs often do not have a flat rigid bottom and does not provide the correct anatomical shape, which is important for babies.
When selecting a transformer it is important to check the reliability of the mechanisms of attachment and ease of change of position of the stroller. Is it possible to do it with one hand?
- + combine the two main types of wheelchairs;
- + are used for different ages;
- + foldable design save space
- + affordable price
- — a lot of weight;
- — characteristics of the transformer does not completely replace two separate strollers.
As in their first years of life the child will need two types of wheelchairs, it is important to understand whether the actual to buy two strollers (bassinet and walking) alone or better both will be connected to the transformer or universal model.
In terms of weight it is better to choose the model of average weight – too light is not always reliable and steady and too heavy will give an extra burden for parents.
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