The Test Drive
The first step to purchasing a stroller is doing an online search to check out the features, pricing, and reviews. The second step is the test drive. If you can, it’s highly recommended for you and your partner to go to the store and see how the stroller works for you.
You’ll want to test the stroller’s collapsing and opening mechanism to see how easy it is to handle and whether you can do it with one arm (this is really helpful when holding a toddler with the other).
Lift the stroller when it’s collapsed. Is it really heavy? Could you put it in the trunk by yourself with a child on your hip? How compact is it when it folds?
Walk around with the stroller and note the comfort. Is the handlebar high enough for both partners? Do your legs hit the back of the stroller when you walk? Imagine yourself navigating through a crowded street or through a doorway. Can you take corners easily?
Stuff a moderately sized bag (imagine diapers, wipes, snacks, a water bottle, a change of clothes) in the storage basket, and think about whether this would be easy and spacious enough with a child in the seat.
Just like purchasing a car, test-driving a stroller can be a game changer.