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Updated by John Togasaki on Aug 14, 2013
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Things to look for in a baby stroller

Here is a list of things that I found important to look for or do when shopping for a baby stroller.

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Adjustable handle that flips up and down

Adjustable handle that flips up and down

An adjustable handle not only makes the stroller more ergonomic, but if you can flip it down, that could be the difference between sliding the stroller right into the SUV and having to put it in sideways because the handles won't let you close the hatch.

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Easy to fold up and put into car

Easy to fold up and put into car

Several of the models we tried required you to slide a button while twisting a stiff handle in an unnatural motion. They seemed to require three hands to fold up. Others could easily be folded up with one hand.

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Easy to take out of car and set up

Easy to take out of car and set up

Some strollers were very difficult to figure out how to get them from a folded state back to the open state. Some snapped open very easily and intuitively.

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Lays back flat so that baby can take a nap

Lays back flat so that baby can take a nap

Many strollers don't lay back all the way. The ones that do make it easy for baby to take a nap right in the stroller like in a crib.

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Basket on the bottom to store stuff

Basket on the bottom to store stuff
12

Well balanced so that it doesn't tip over when hanging a diaper bag or a purse from the handle.

Well balanced so that it doesn't tip over when hanging a diaper bag or a purse from the handle.
11

Straps to hold baby in are easily adjustable and secure.

Straps to hold baby in are easily adjustable and secure.
10

Can be used with or without a car seat.

Can be used with or without a car seat.
9

Good ventilation

Good ventilation
8

Can hold babies across a wide weight range so that it has a longer useful life.

Can hold babies across a wide weight range so that it has a longer useful life.
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Read reviews online to hear pros/cons from others

Read reviews online to hear pros/cons from others
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Sturdy enough to absorb shock of bumps in pavement

Sturdy enough to absorb shock of bumps in pavement
5

Smooth wheels for a smooth ride and easier navigation

Smooth wheels for a smooth ride and easier navigation
4

Not too heavy so that you can lift it in and out of car easily.

Not too heavy so that you can lift it in and out of car easily.
3

Fabric can be detached easily so that you can wash it when it gets dirty.

Fabric can be detached easily so that you can wash it when it gets dirty.
2

Fairly easy to assemble.

Fairly easy to assemble.