Babble Best Picks: Strollers
One of the biggest purchases for your baby is the stroller, riddled with safety, style, and status issues - as well as affordability, of course, considering some strollers climb above the $1,000 mark. The choices and questions are seemingly endless: How do you accommodate your newborn without wasting money on a short-lived purchase? What are the features you absolutely need? Are luxury strollers really worth it? Can you find a good stroller in the $100 range?
To make your search easier, Babble assembled and test-drove over 30 of the newest strollers - from lightweight umbrella strollers to all-terrain joggers - to find the best of the best for every budget, geographic location, and age group. Did we miss one? Nominate your favorite stroller here.
READERS’ CHOICE | Mountain Buggy Swift
At first look, we weren’t sure the smaller wheels could handle all-terrain turf as well as the BOB Revolution, but we were incredibly surprised at how well it went over gravel, hills, broken-up sidewalks, and even light snow. And because the wheels are smaller than other all-terrain strollers, it’s incredibly maneuverable when in swivel-wheel mode. You can also stabilize the front wheel for jogging. Although we found that the BOB Revolution felt slightly more stable, this was a very, very close second.
Some advantages to the Mountain Buggy: The frame is light and narrow, and there’s a water bottle holder for parents. We also like that the canopy has good coverage and the seat reclines all the way flat, although it was a little difficult to raise back up. However, we do wish the footrest adjusted (but it’s not a huge deal) and that the stroller came with an air pump for the air-filled tires.
We also tested the Swift Carrycot attachment for newborns and infants, which we found to be roomy, comfortable, and easy to attach.
Get it from Walmart, $449.99 for stroller; $149.99 for carrycot