Buying Guides: Strollers & Joggers

Author: Colleen Rodericks

Picking a stroller isn’t easy nor is it cheap. Just like a car, there are plenty of options. To figure out what makes sense for your family you will need to determine: your budget, features you want and how you will be using the stroller. Let’s take a dive into the differences between popular stroller styles.


Three Wheel Jogger

Buy Graco Trekko Stroller - Orbit
Graco Trekko – Orbit

A three wheel stroller provides a lot of advantages for those who plan on using it as their main source of transportation or if you are an active outdoors family. A three wheel jogger will have larger rubber wheels that navigate well in uneven terrain and snow. Whether you plan on using it for exercising or for running errands, the narrow profile makes it easy to get in and out of stores. However, there are some disadvantages with this sporty model. Just like a bike tire, it requires maintenance. As well, a narrower frame can be less sturdy. So if you make sudden lateral movement it can tip over on its side.



Four Wheel with Pram

Buy UPPAbaby Vista Taylor Stroller - Indigo
UPPAbaby Vista Taylor – Indigo

Four wheelers provide a stable base. The wider but shorter footprint makes it easy to manoeuvre around tight corners. It provides a comfortable ride for your baby if you are planning on walking a lot outside on the sidewalks. A four wheeler pram can grow with your baby. Once your baby gains neck control you can transition him/her into a seat which will last to preschool age. The disadvantage with the all-in-one stroller is that it takes up a lot of storage space and it is heavier in weight about 25 lbs. If you want a stroller that is light and easy to fold with one hand, this might not be the right option for you.



Umbrella Stroller

Buy Chicco Echo Stroller in Jade
Chicco Echo – Jade

Light-weight strollers can come in three or four wheels and they generally weigh less than 14 lbs. Most light weight strollers fall under the umbrella category. They take up very little storage space and they fold easily which makes it a breeze for travelling. The disadvantage with light weight strollers is that they are not meant for newborns or babies less than 3-6 months. As well, these strollers have a lower weight capacity which means your baby will grow out of it faster. Lastly, the small wheels don’t do well in snowy Canadian winters.




Popular stroller brands include Peg PeregoGracoBugaboo and Baby Jogger

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