How to Choose an Umbrella Stroller

Published: 20th February 2012
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An umbrella stroller is a compact lightweight stroller with j shaped handles that are similar to an umbrella. The first umbrella stroller was invented by an aeronautical engineer, Owen Maclaren, who was trying to simplify life with his baby daughter. Up until today, Maclaren continues to be the leading manufacturers of these convenient strollers, although other companies have also jumped on the bandwagon, and added this type of stroller to their repertoire.

Most families will own an umbrella as a “second stroller” to their full featured standard stroller. Parents purchase umbrella strollers for traveling or shopping in malls. Umbrella strollers are made with an immense number of features nowadays. If you do your research, you may find an umbrella stroller that meets all your needs, eliminating the need for a regular stroller. Here are some features you may want to consider when shopping for that perfect umbrella stroller.

Stroller Weight:
One of the main features of umbrella strollers is their portability and weight, with some weighing less than 13 lbs. Models with detachable visors or storage baskets may weight even less.

Compactness:
You should check out how compact and how easy it is to fold your stroller, especially if you are traveling with limited space. You can find models that sport a one-hand fold, for parents who have their hands full with other kids, or packages.

Weight Capacity and Age Suitability:
An umbrella/lightweight stroller should not be flimsy. The stroller should have the capacity to carry a toddler up to approximately 40 lbs. Not all umbrella strollers have the reclining and supportive ability for newborn babies. You may want to examine this before purchasing your umbrella stroller for your newest addition.

Storage:
If you are planning to do a lot of shopping with this umbrella stroller, or long day trips, you should make sure the stroller has ample storage space.

Comfort:
Many models do not offer the reclining seat feature. However, if you are using this stroller for a newborn, or a child who will fall asleep, you may want to make this feature a top priority. You should also look for comfortable padded seats, that are fashioned from breathable fabrics, for those long trips in the sun. A sun canopy or rain cover may be a feature that is important to you. Some higher end umbrella strollers even offer wheel suspension for a smoother stroll.

Maneuverability:
Front swivel wheels are a priority if you want to be able to really move with your stroller. Some strollers have ergonomic and height adjustable handles for the parents comfort.

Stroller Safety:
Test the parking brakes, make sure there is a five point safety harness, and feel for any exposed metal or plastic pieces which could scrape your child’s skin.

Your Budget:
If the stroller is for short term use, to be kept at Grandmas or in the trunk, you will not want to spend as much on it. If you are intending to use this baby gear as your main vehicle, it is worthwhile spending more to get the additional features, for convenience and comfort.

Way-to-go-Baby.com - A Mothers guide to baby strollers, which is one of those imperative baby gear products that are inevitable for every parent or caregiver. It is one of the many big decisions you will make as your child grows from infancy and on. We have Reviews of the Best Double, Triple, Sit and Stand, Umbrella and Jogger Strollers and Accessories.



Author: Kamran Minhas


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