Few pieces of equipment for your baby will be used as much as your stroller. Your choice of stroller will determine how you move your child around for the next several years, so it is important to spend some time researching and thinking about this purchase. This simple guide will help you select the right stroller for your needs.
The first thing to think about is what type of stroller you will need. Are you going to be transporting just one baby, a baby and an older child or two babies? Even if you have multiples, there are stroller options available that will allow you to move all of your children at once.
In addition to the ages of children that you have, you will also need to consider what you will be using the stroller for. Do you need an all-purpose stroller that will work in a variety of circumstances? Do you need one stroller that will serve a specific purpose? Here's a rundown of the most popular types of strollers:
1. Umbrella strollers. These strollers are very lightweight and come with very little storage. They can be used with children up to preschool age. Because they do not have a whole lot of storage, they are best for short trips, such as a walk around the block.
2. Lightweight Strollers. A lightweight stroller offers a few more features than an umbrella stroller, but it is still light enough to use in places such as stores or malls. Lightweight strollers are easy to fold up and take up less space than regular sized strollers (both when they are in use and when they are folded).
3. Regular-sized strollers. These come in a variety of styles. They normally include cup holders and may have extra features such as music players, toy bars and storage pockets. In some cases, they are designed to hold an infant carrier, so you can use them from birth until your child outgrows the stroller.
4. Jogging strollers. Joggers are designed to allow you to easily maneuver the stroller while running or walking fast. They have three wheels instead of four and generally offer very little storage (to keep them lightweight).
All of these types of strollers are available in double varieties. Double strollers come in either side-by-side varieties or tandem (one seat in front of another). Sometimes side-by-side strollers can be difficult to use on sidewalks, and they can make it a challenge to maneuver your stroller through a crowd. If you plan to do a lot of walking in the city, a tandem might be a better option.
Depending on the ages of your kids, you can also opt for a "sit and stand stroller," which is useful when you have a baby and an older child. The older child can stand on a platform while the baby is secured inside the stroller.
You also need to consider your budget when choosing a stroller. If you know that you will be using your stroller a lot, a regular sized stroller may be the best option for you. You can always purchase an umbrella stroller for those times that you need something lighter weight. Your individual circumstances will determine where you'll want to make the largest investment. For example, we went all out on the purchase of our double jogging stroller because we so enjoyed taking the stroller off pavement (on gravel roads and well-traveled hiking trails). And then we bought a very simple and inexpensive lightweight stroller, which we stored in the trunk of our car for those times when we were away from home and needed a more simple solution.
Write down your wants and needs and read the stroller safety reports online. Once you have decided on a brand and style, look for a coupon code or special offer before you buy. That way, you'll be able to find the perfect stroller for just the right price.
If you are only taking one small child to the Walt Disney World Resort, you only need a single stroller. But what if you have two children under the age of about five? You're going to need a double stroller for them.
You don't have to have twins to be on the lookout for Disney stroller rentals that include double strollers. As long as the children weigh less than 100 pounds combined, any two can travel safely in a double stroller. I'm sure that you can imagine the possibilities, ranging from genuine twins through what used to be rather rudely called "Irish twins" or "Catholic twins" (i.e. siblings born less than a year apart through not using family planning techniques - it's a pity there isn't a better term for this relationship, as siblings this close do have a special bond which is nearly as close as a true twin bond) to a baby plus a five-year-old. But not matter what your situation is, you have to look out for certain features when it comes to Disney stroller rentals.
First of all, you need (boom, boom) a stroller that is designed for two children. Putting two children into a stroller designed for one can be quite dangerous. No matter where you put the larger of the children, you will be upsetting the balance and changing the design centre of gravity of the single stroller. This has two effects. Firstly, it makes the stroller harder to push and manage, especially around steps and off kerbs. What's more, putting two children in a single stroller makes the stroller more liable to tip, which is really dangerous. And doing this has a whole lot of other hassles - what are you going to do with the back of the stroller seat if one child is asleep and needs to lie down while the other wants to sit up and look around all the sights that Disney World has to offer? And the stroller hood, no matter how big, won't offer any shade - or shower protection - to one of the children. So the first thing you need to make sure of when you choose your Disney stroller rentals is to get a proper double stroller.
Next, you need to make sure that your double stroller is safe. It's vital that the stroller has good brakes that the pushing parent can apply, and it's just as vital for the stroller to have a good harness system - which means two different harnesses, one for each child. These harnesses should be adjustable so they fit all children who are able to fit into the stroller snugly and securely. If the Disney stroller rentals you are considering don't have these safety features, forget them.
Next on the list of things to check for when choosing Disney stroller rentals is the hoods. It gets rather hot in this part of Florida, so it's vital that you provide this type of sun protection to your children. What's more, because Disney World is nearly in the tropics, rain showers can arrive quickly and heavily, and the hood helps to keep the rain off - if the double stroller of your choice also has a weather cover, all the better! As a hood that offers good sun and general weather protection is usually pretty big, having clear windows in the top that allows you to see the children in the stroller is a must - and they can see you.
And you need to consider yourself when choosing Disney stroller rentals. Is the double stroller you are interested in easy to manoeuvre? There's no denying that pushing two children in a stroller can be quite demanding at the best of times, so make it easy for yourself by choosing a rental stroller that has sturdy but lightweight construction and swivel wheels for getting around corners and for dodging hazards. One tip to make pushing a double stroller with children of different ages and weights easier is to have the children swap sides from time to time, especially if you are using the stroller for a long period, which you will be if you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. You will always have to push harder with the side of your body that the larger child is on, and swapping the sides will mean that the different sides of your body get worked evenly.
Another manoeuvrability factor to consider when selecting Disney stroller rentals is to think about the width of the double stroller. You're going to be kicking yourself if you choose a double stroller that fits your two kids beautifully but can't fit through the average door without a lot of jiggling and gymnastics. Ideally, a double stroller should be about 30 inches wide - which is ample for two small children - so it can fit through an average door without difficulty.
It's good that you don't always need twice as much storage capacity to cart about the things that two children need compared to what you would need if you were on the lookout for normal (i.e. single) Disney stroller rentals. However, you do need plenty of storage space, as you will need to carry drinks, snacks and spare clothing (etc!) for both children, as well as things that can be shared by both, such as wet wipes for grubby fingers and faces, or books for entertaining children waiting in the long queues typical of the Walt Disney World resort. You shouldn't have to lump all this stuff on your back - use the storage areas in the double stroller. If possible, keep an eye out for Disney stroller rentals that make a chiller pack accessory available - it can get very hot in the middle of the day, and a nice cold drink helps everyone (that's you and your children) keep your cool.
The Quattro Tour stroller is another great full-sized stroller from Graco. It's affordable, durable and it has lots of features. The first feature that you should be aware of is the aluminum frame which makes the Quattro Tour both lightweight and sturdy.
This stroller, like most of the strollers from Graco, easily folds into a compact form factor - this is a great benefit for parents on the go... you can quickly and easily fold the stroller and transport it, or store it, without any headaches. In addition to being lightweight and easy to store, the Quattro Tour is compatible with Graco's infant car seats - this is a great feature for parents you have a young infant and are looking for a stroller that they can use for years.
The Quattro Tour can be folded with one hand. This stroller can actually be folded in a few seconds. Parents simply flip two latches and the stroller folds into its compact, locked, position. When the Quattro Tour is folded up you can lift and carry the stroller with ease. Parents report that it's actually quite easy to move their Quattro Tour in and out of car trunks and minivans. Unfolding the stroller is equally easy, you simply unlock a latch and you lift up on the stroller.
The ability to safely carry a newborn child in an infant car seat is very important to new parents. The Quattro Tour stroller accommodates these new families by supporting Graco's Snugride 32 and Infant SafeSeat car seats. This system allows you to transfer your child, without disturbing him or her, from your car to your stroller. The SnugRide and the Infant SafeSeat car seats simply 'click' into position on the Quattro Tour stroller where your newborn safely rides. This system obviously works in reverse... moving the infant car seat from the stroller to the car is also a breeze.
The Quattro Tour has 4 rubber wheels that can be locked straight or they can be unlocked to swivel. When you combine these wheels and all-wheel suspension you get a comfortable ride for your child. The Quattro Tour stroller also has a padded reclining seat that can recline into a flat position which is, obviously, ideal for napping youngsters. The seat also includes a padded infant head rest for your little, little one.
No self respecting stroller should go out the door without a cup holder... I'm just kidding - but the Quattro Tour does indeed have a child snack tray and a cup holder for drinks, snacks and toys.
Quattro Tour has a great feature that makes a lot of parents' lives a lot better - a large under seat storage basket that's easy to use. A lot of parents have difficulties getting their diaper bag out from under the seat when the seat is fully reclined. Graco's drop-down storage basket makes it easy for parents to store and retrieve their baby goods. This is how it works - you lift a latch at the back of the storage basket and the back of the basket drops down giving you plenty of room for storage and retrieval. When you're finished you simply lift the back of the storage basket and reconnect the latch - This is indeed a great feature.
The Quattro Tour has top of the line safety features such as a height adjustable safety harness that can be converted from a 5-point harness, for younger children, to a 3-point harness for bigger kids. In addition to the safety harness, the Quattro Tour comes standard with a braking system that keeps your stroller securely in park when the stroller in not in use.
Graco's Quattro Tour stroller is a full-featured, affordable, stroller that is ideal for parents who need a stroller that can grow with their child - from infancy (infant car seat compatible) to young children who weigh as much as 55 pounds. And if you are parent who's looking for a good deal, The Quattro Tour stroller offers you great value.