I know you have a lot on your plate, but I’m here to help! In this blog post, we’ll talk about how many strollers you need. I remember when my daughter was born and all the stuff that goes with it- like strollers. It’s so hard to decide which one is right for your family and what features are most important.
Let me break it down for you in terms of the number of kids, type of terrain/locations frequented, etc., so you can find the best option for your family!
I hope this helps!
How many strollers do you need?
It depends on how many kids you have and what your plans are. If you have one kid, a single stroller or tandem works fine. It’s nice to have spares for when the other is in the wash, but a lot of people find they only need 1 stroller because their baby isn’t too active. For two kids though, it depends on how active they are, because now you’ll have double the gear to haul around. Let’s look at some facts to consider when choosing a stroller:
Number of Babies:
If you’re looking to have more than 2 kids, you might want to consider a stroller that can be adapted for twins. The new trend in strollers is the tandem – quite popular with twins because they can sit side by side (or one in front of the other) but still look out over their own little space. Most double strollers are for children who can sit independently, so they tend to be bulky and heavy.
If you have a second child close in age, you might not need to purchase another stroller- you could just double up your current one. Or maybe the newest addition is a lot smaller than the older one- in which case, consider getting a lighter umbrella stroller so you’re not hauling around a baby AND a bunch of gear!
There are even double models which can be used with one or two children, so consider looking into one of those if budget is a concern. Of course, there are triple and even quadruple strollers too. But they get expensive fast! And I doubt you’d want to take four kids with you on a stroll.
There are also some great double options, like the Mountain Buggy Duet, which is lightweight and easy to maneuver. Or the UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller, which can be adapted for twins. Tandem strollers offer more space for two smaller babies or one larger one. When choosing a tandem stroller, make sure it’s easy to push and steer, so you don’t regret your purchase. Also, note that many have weight capacity restrictions.
If you’re going to use your stroller as a car seat, you have some considerations to make before choosing one. For example, will your baby face forward or backward? How many pounds can the stroller hold? Do you want an infant car seat adaptor? This is something that’s best determined when the baby is born because then you’ll know whether your baby will face forward or backward in the car. Also, if you have twins, you might want to consider a stroller that’s compatible with two infant car seats.
If you’re going to be getting up at the crack of dawn to go for a morning run, you might want a stroller that folds quickly. Of course, if your baby will only nap in the car, then you’ll need something with recline and under-seat storage.
Also, consider how much stuff you have! If you don’t normally walk around the city, you’ll need a bigger basket for storage. But if you’re constantly out with your baby (for errands or whatever), then size and maneuverability are important factors to consider.
Tandems are great for families with more than one small child. It’s nice to have a stroller that can accommodate 2 children at once, especially if they’re close in age and like to nap together.
Price can be a factor in choosing the perfect stroller. Unless you’re going to use it only for walks around your neighborhood, then you’ll want one that’s sturdy and can withstand wear and tear. Also, if you have more than one child (or future children) who will be using the stroller, think about how many years you’ll get out of it.
If you’re a runner or biker, and you’ll be taking your stroller on longer excursions, then you might want to consider one that reclines for naps and has storage. If you’re an urban dweller who will mostly use the stroller on sidewalks, perhaps look into umbrella models because they are more compact and easy to maneuver.
Tandem strollers tend to be more expensive than regular models, but if you have twins or two close-in-age babies, then it’s a good investment. They’re ideal for siblings because they allow them to interact with each other and look around together.
Also, consider that when your children get older (and heavier!) you will need a more sturdy stroller with a bigger weight capacity. If you have more than one child, then consider getting two different models that are easier to maneuver and store when not in use.
You may have heard that having more than one stroller is a good idea. But according to the experts, you only need one! A single stroller can comfortably handle all your needs and it won’t be as tiring for both you and baby during those long strolls. So what are you waiting for? Get out there with just a single stroller today!