How to Pick a Stroller

You will be pushing your child in a stroller for at least a couple of years, so use these suggestions to help you decide on the best one for you.

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You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Restraint system
  • Canopy
  • Adjustable seat
  • Storage area
  • Collapsibility
  • Removable fabric
  • Five-point harness (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Check for recalls

    Check for stroller recalls at cpsc.gov. Safety is your top priority.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a restraint system

    Choose a stroller with a restraint system that easily latches and unlatches.

  3. A five-point harness is the safest restraint.

  4. Step 3

    Protect your child with a canopy

    Protect your child from the sun, rain, and wind with an adjustable canopy.

  5. Step 4

    Choose an adjustable seat

    Choose a seat that is adjustable. This is a must for infants that can't support their head.

  6. This feature is also great for nap time.

  7. Step 5

    Buy with storage

    Buy a stroller with a storage area so you can keep diapers, bottles, and toys readily available.

  8. Step 6

    Look for a stroller that folds easy

    Look for a stroller that folds with one hand or foot. This leaves one hand free for your baby.

  9. Step 7

    Buy a stroller with removable fabric

    Buy a stroller with removable fabric for easy cleaning.

  10. In 2007, there were more American babies born than any other year in U.S. history.

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