Stroller Types: Which one is right for you?

 

When you need to take your little one with you, say for a little walk, shopping, or buying some groceries, you just got to have something to get you from A to B without having to carry him around. Fortunately, we can easily find dozens of strollers and stroller types that can do just that.

Most moms usually go for the standard, all-purpose stroller. But in case you didn’t know, there are actually stroller types made specifically for various functions. These strollers are optimized to help you in different situations and suit your everyday lifestyle. Let’s run through the list and see which stroller hits the sweet spot.

 

child in stroller

1. Standard stroller. Moms often choose the standard stroller by default. Typically, these strollers have padded seats, canopy, and storage area underneath. Some stroller seats are capable of being tilted at different angles and some are reversible which allow you to see your baby as you go. Others may also have an infant car seat option.

 

travel stroller

2. Travel stroller. This stroller system is designed to take your child from the car to the stroller seamlessly in a heartbeat. It comes with its own infant car seat and collapsible stroller frame for easy storage and quick setup. As your child gets older, he would need a bigger seat. Some travel systems offer an extra seat just for that.

 

car seat stroller

3. Stroller frame. Already have an infant car seat? If so, you just gonna have to find a stroller frame where you could fit your infant car seat nice and tight. It’s not a standalone stroller but you can have this as an option if you wish to save money for other things like baby toys or other useful stuff.

 

stroller umbrella

4. Umbrella stroller. These are light, compact, portable strollers if you’re on a budget, or if you need a backup stroller in case your main stroller malfunctions. They usually don’t have padding since they are quite cheaper than the standard stroller. Some has a limited reclining capability while others don’t recline at all. But they do have a canopy for protection as the name suggests.

 

jogging stroller

5. Jogging Stroller. Outdoor-moms got to have this stroller. They’re gonna love this. These strollers are the sturdiest (and the biggest) among the stroller types with the exception of double strollers which are nothing more than extended strollers. It’s a stroller on steroids with two big wheels at the back and one slightly smaller in the front. It even has a suspension system and emergency brake plus hand strap as a safety feature. How’s that for a stroller? Of course, it all has the standard features you would typically find in a stroller.

 

tandem stroller

6. Double Stroller. These strollers come in two variants. You can either have the tandem type, or side by side. Tandem types are quite long but slim enough to slip through narrow entrances or crowded places. It feels heavy, though, because of its longer body. Side by side are more maneuverable and feels lighter. It can fit through most doors especially in public places. Of course, you wanna measure your door first to see if it’s wide enough for this type.

 

 

When to Buy a Baby Swing

 

kids swing

 

There are times when your baby doesn’t seem like napping and gets really fussy for no apparent reason. Or something unexpected comes along and you need something to buy yourself some time. If so, you might get some help from an alternative solution – the baby swing.

 

Baby swings can be quite useful in certain situations. Some parents use them a lot while others don’t use them at all. Those who use baby swings would tell you that they can put their baby to sleep much faster, giving them enough time to move around and do whatever it is that needs to be done. On the other hand, some parents don’t use baby swings because it does the opposite to their babies (it makes them dizzy). If your baby is one of them, then baby swings could offer little or no help. Otherwise, it’s a great tool to have in a pinch.

 

baby swing cool designSo why do baby swings work? Baby swings have a calming effect in most babies. The rhythmic rocking sensation instantly relaxes and soothes them into napping. At times, it could also be an alternative to their playtime and turns it into a swing, which they enjoy doing. Some of the best baby swings on the market allows you to do just that. They usually come with built-in lullabies, danglers, variable switch, and timer to customize the way you want to use them.

 

Although not considered as a necessity, it could actually come in handy in some occasions. For instance, your baby can get a little bit fussy and find it difficult to get some sleep. Baby swings could spare you from hours of sleep deprivation and allow you to get some rest as well. Babies below four months old cannot be sleep trained yet in which case a baby swing can be used indispensably to put him back to sleep much quicker.

 

In some situations where you need to keep an eye on your little one while doing something else downstairs, baby swings are extremely valuable. Unlike baby cribs, baby swings are portable devices which you can easily transport or move around the house pretty quick. It can be used either as an alternative to the baby crib or as a swing for his enjoyment during playtime. Make sure, though, that his baby swing is sturdy enough to withstand such uses.

 

One last thing about baby swings. They are not designed to be used long term and should only be used with adult supervision. Overreliance on baby swings as a do-all baby device can backfire and your baby won’t get anything less than a baby swing to get to sleep. By the time he reaches four to six months, sleep training would be the most appropriate thing to do.

Some experts suggest putting the child to the swing no more than 30 minutes, after which he is moved to the crib for the rest of the night. You would definitely need a baby swing if you need an extra pair of hands to get things done around the house. But make sure your baby is always in your line of sight and never leave the baby in his baby swing unattended.