A stroller is an essential item to have when you’re out with your baby or toddler. Not only does it help you ferry them about easily, but it always prevents you from needing to carry them for the entire duration, thereby straining your back.
But the number of strollers you can find on the market can be…overwhelming to say the least, especially for first-time parents. And there’s actually a lot more to buying one than just saying “This one is good and light and I like the colour”. Elise Mawson of PramFox, a boutique baby gear store designed to make the buying process easier and curated to your lifestyle, has all the questions you need to ask yourself before making a purchase. She is also an Australian-certified Child Restraint Fitter and a US-certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor.
“You need to identify what your priorities are then find the stroller that plays to those strengths,” she explains. “You want to ask yourself questions like, “Do you do much outdoor walking?” “Is this at a brisk pace or leisurely stroll?” “Are you going to walk your dog at the same time, or maybe want to put him in the stroller basket?” “How important is accessing that basket versus its size?” “Are you or dad planning to run with the stroller?” “Do you think you’ll have more kids and do you want to futureproof your first stroller purchase?” “How many times are u going to catch a cab or take public transport?”
If these questions sound overwhelming, Mawson makes it much less daunting with a consultation at her store. This can be helpful when it comes to buying your baby gear, but to start you off, here are 5 questions to ask before putting down hard-earned cash.