A pushchair is considered to be one of the most expensive and essential item to be purchased for the baby. But it is best to buy this a couple of weeks in advance in order not to leave this purchase to the last minute. A careful consideration of your requirements will mean the difference between using it for a couple of months or using it for a couple of years. A pushchair is considered to be essential since you will be able to use it until the baby turns three or four years old. Purchasing a stroller is considered to be a long term investment since a good quality one can last for a couple of years.
This means that you will need to look for additional features that will be useful for you and the baby such as storage space. It will make it easier for you to have a place to store the diaper bag since you will not have to lug it around while pushing the baby in the stroller. The storage space will also make your hands free to do more important things like doing chores or playing with the baby.
Always check whether the brakes are working for all three/four wheels. Try moving the stroller when it is both in the locked and unlocked position.
Check whether the stroller wheels will move when it is in the locked position. This will give you additional comfort since you would not have to fear the stroller rolling down a hill or incline when the wheels are in the locked position. Practice whether the brake is easily locked on and off, since this can become a problem when the locking mechanism is hard to operate. Remember that you will have to be able to lock it on your own.
Consider the amount of space that you will need in order to store it in the boot of the car. This also includes the space needed in order to fold or unfold the stroller in a car park or when parking by the side of the road. The stroller will need to fit in a normal sized elevator or lift since you will not want to have to carry it up a few flights of stairs.
Look for a stroller that has a good suspension and large wheels since this will make the stroller more stable while making it more comfortable to the baby. This is considered important especially if you plan on taking a lot of walks in the park with your baby. Look for pushchairs that have front wheels that can swivel and lock in order to minimize frustration when manoeuvring the pushchair in difficult conditions or tight corners.
You can also consider whether you want your baby to face you or face forward. Some pushchairs are designed to face the parent so that the baby is assured that you are always there. This also enhances the comfort of the baby since you can keep him or her entertained by making funny faces. Forward facing pushchairs will only be more appropriate when the baby is already old enough to sit up in order to appreciate their surroundings.
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