A New Mom’s Guide to Strollers

As a first-time mom, the most important thing I wanted was my stroller. I can’t tell you how many hours I researched, selected a stroller, and then changed the item a few times on my registry.  I knew I didn’t want a super expensive stroller, but I wanted one that was good quality.

Some of the questions I struggled with were:  Do I go with a practical, inexpensive stroller, or do I splurge and get the top-of-the-line? Did I want a stroller that could grow with my family or to buy another one for baby number two?

I reached out to my mom-friends and asked them what they look for in a stroller.

Here are some features and questions to consider carefully when looking for the best stroller for your family.

  • Do you want a stroller that is compatible with your infant car seat?
  • Do you plan on having more kids and want to be able to turn your single into a double?
  • Do you live in the mountains, near trails, or the beach where you would need a heavy-duty set of stroller wheels?
  • Can your stroller fold up easily?
  • Is your stroller lightweight and easily compatible with your trunk?
  • Does your stroller have enough basket storage?

Our Top 9 Strollers

To help ease the stress of stroller hunting, I have included nine of the most recommended strollers on the market to find the best stroller fit for your family.

Stroller for the Growing family

Our Favorite Stroller for the Growing Family

Easily, the most popular stroller out there is the UPPAbaby Vista stroller. The Vista stroller can easily transform from a single to a double, and as an added bonus, you can add a piggyback board for your older toddler to ride along. Not only can this stroller be used with the UPPAbabyMesa infant car seat, but it can also be paired with the Maxi-Cosi and Nuna car seats. Another feature is the bassinet attachment that allows you to take your sweet newborn out on the town without using the car seat. This stroller has a smooth drive and can turn on a dime, even as a double. However… it costs way more than that dime.

Budget Stroller

Our Favorite Stroller for the Family On a Budget

The Mockingbird Stroller is one of the newer strollers on the block since coming out in 2019. It has the same single-to-double-to-triple feature as the UPPAbaby vista listed above but with a more appealing price tag. The Mockingbird has created an adapter that allows you to pair your stroller with any infant car seat. As an added bonus, the Mockingbird has a huge storage basket and a one-handed folding feature.

single seat stroller

Our Favorite Single Seat Stroller

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a personal favorite because of its easy one-handed fold into a compact size for storage. It has a reasonable price tag, considering it has all the high-quality features you look for in a stroller. Its all-terrain wheels navigate smoothly no matter where you are.  This stroller can also be an all-in-one travel system because it is compatible with a huge variety of infant car seats. And for the baby that loves to nap on the go, it can have an almost fully reclined seat.

hybrid stroller

Our Favorite Hybrid Stroller

The Doona stroller is fabulously convenient. You can transition your sweet baby in and out of the car by turning the infant car seat into a stroller with the click of a button. This car seat/stroller combo is excellent for everyday use for the busy family always on the go and also perfect for a family that loves to travel!

Our Favorite Lightweight Stroller

Weighing less than 20 pounds, the Ergo Metro+ Deluxe Compact Baby Stroller is the perfect everyday stroller. You can use the Ergo Metro+ stroller as early as newborn and beyond (up to 50 pounds!) It has a generous storage basket underneath to hold your purchases while out on a shopping day trip; and when you’re traveling, it folds up compact enough to fit in most airplane overhead bins.

jogger stroller

Our Favorite Jogger Stroller

For the snow, mountain, and rocky road families, the BOB Stroller is a MUST. This stroller is what every runner and hiker needs. It has great navigation with a built-in suspension system like a mountain bike. Its large, air-filled tires easily tackle any type of terrain. As an additional bonus, it is lightweight with an aluminum frame. This stroller is compatible with many infant car seats so it can be used as soon as your baby is born.

adventure stroller

Our Favorite Adventure Stroller

This stroller is a two-in-one! The Aosom Elite is great for the sporty family that loves to ride bikes together. Not only is this a great bike trailer, but it can turn into a stroller after your ride is finished. This stroller is very spacious, with plenty of legroom for two of your little ones, and has a weight capacity of 88 pounds. It also includes a large storage space behind the seats for all your diaper bag needs. 

wagon stroller

Our Favorite Wagon Stroller

Getting around with multiple children can be a daunting task, but the Wonderfold Wagon stroller makes it a breeze. It holds up to 4 children, with a weight capacity of 300 pounds, and even fully loaded, it is still easy to push. Wonderfold is top-of-the-line quality construction and is what your family needs if you have children of all ages. There is also a zippered door so that your kids can get in and out easily. My personal favorite thing about this stroller is that although it is a wagon, it still includes a huge storage basket. Another bonus is the magnetic buckles making it so easy to click all of your little ones in quickly and efficiently.

Find the Best Stroller for Your Family

If you are a first-time mom or a mom back in the market for a new stroller, I hope this helps narrow down the stroller that best suits your family. Don’t forget to add your favorite stroller to your baby registry and then to refer your friends and family to RegistryFinder.com, where they can find all your registries with just a few clicks!

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