Will your family be “plus one” in a couple of months? Are you gearing up for the big day by decorating the baby room? Is buying a stroller on your shopping list, but perhaps the one item you have not yet gotten around to? Wondering where to go to find top of the line strollers that will protect your precious cargo? Here are the best places to find a stroller for your new addition to your family.
- Browse online retailers.
Shopping online for a stroller is perfect for the busy and easily tired-out pregnant mother. Online retailers provide immediate access to countless famous stroller brands. The advantages to buying a stroller online are many. But one of the main reasons is the user reviews that are readily accessible when you browse online. At a quick glance, you will be able to look at average customer ratings. Plus look at points of concern that customers bring up that are not available to you when purchasing in store.
Lists of best-selling strollers can guide you to what others are purchasing, which can show you which strollers are trending right now. You can also do quick searches for the brand, make, or features that you are interested in checking out. From all-in-one travel system strollers to joggers to umbrella strollers and more. Looking for a specific brand, make, or model? 99 percent of the time you will find that stroller available for online purchase.
- Visit brick and mortar stores.
Are you a tactile person and need to get up close to an item before purchasing it? If so, then check out the baby aisle at Costco, Toys R Us, or other baby stores of your choice. You will be able to try out the push and feel of the stroller and check on its maneuverability. Physical stores, however, are often limited in stock, so keep that in mind as you browse. Just because a store does not have what you are looking for, that doesn’t mean it does not exist at all. You will be spending a lot of time with your baby in that stroller. Make sure you find a stroller that you are happy with.
- List the desired stroller on a baby shower registry.
Another common way soon-to-be parents get a stroller is through registering the desired stroller in a baby shower registry. Amazon and Target both have registry features. Or you can use a third-party site and list items from other sites. And then let your parents, or parents in law, or that sibling who owes you big time, know where your baby shower registry is at. Send the link to your family and close friends. Or if you are feeling particularly bold, share the list on your social media.
- If you’re short on cash, consider lightly used strollers.
On occasion, you can find strollers still in good condition on Craigslist or at second-hand stores. Expect some wear and tear on the stroller if you are buying the stroller second-hand. But if the aesthetics of the stroller are not important to you, and you are short on cash, this is a good option to consider. Other places to get a used stroller include eBay, newspapers, parenting groups, etc.
However, just because you are paying less does not mean that you can be lax in your research. Buying a used stroller should follow the same process as buying a stroller brand-new. Be sure to check the reviews of the stroller online. And make sure that the model of the stroller is not one that has been recalled.
Not yet ready to make your purchase? You are not alone with putting it off. Purchasing a stroller can cost up to $1,000. So it’s a decision that requires weighing up the pros and cons. Want some more information under your belt before you pull the trigger?
What do you need to keep in mind as you muse over brand, type, and features? Ponder the following questions:
- Do I need a lightweight stroller?
- Will I be on the go and need to fold it up a lot?
- Do I want the stroller to have a detachable infant car seat?
- Do I need the stroller to be heavy-weight so it can handle unpaved roads?
- Do I plan to jog for fitness reasons?
Once you have a better idea of where you stand with the above questions, check out the avenues we listed above to find a stroller that fits the bill.