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.
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT | Phil & Teds Smart
We are absolutely smitten with this new Phil & Teds Smart stroller – a lightweight stroller system that will last through every stage of your child’s stroller-using years. First of all, its lightweight aluminum frame isn’t much heavier than umbrella strollers, making it incredibly nimble and maneuverable (we’re talking luxury-stroller maneuverability). Unlike other strollers (like the Bugaboo Cameleon or Mamas and Papas Sola), you’ll have to buy more accessories for it to accommodate newborns, namely the peanut bassinet ($149.99), infant car seat adaptor ($34.99) and/or Verso attachment ($34.99) – which flips the seat from facing forward to backward. However, there are certain features that will make this the only stroller you’ll want to use.
One of the best is the molded seat, ergonomically designed for your baby’s comfort, more supportive than most lightweight strollers and completely washable. (Easily washable, we should add.) For parents who feel uneasy about a non-cushioned seat, Phil & Teds sells colorful plush inserts, which range from $19.99 to $74.99. We also really love the thin, sun-protecting canopy, generously covering your little one while blocking over 98.5% of UV rays. (It also looks way cooler than the typical canopies made from thick fabric.) Downsides: The seat is a bit narrow, so you might want to try it out first on larger kids. (It’s recommended for kids aged 3 months to 4 years.) Also, you’ll have to buy many of the accessories separately.
Get it from Phil & Teds, $249.99 for the smart stroller, $359.99 for the smart bundle (with peanut bassinet)