Do you stroll with your baby along snow-packed streets, uneven sidewalks or grassy pathways in the local park? If so, an all-terrain stroller may be the best baby stroller for you and your family. All-terrain strollers have an outdoorsy, rugged appearance and over sized tires. These big wheels of the stroller world allow you to transport your child smoothly in varied conditions, including rough roads and the bumpy tile floors at the mall.
Many all-terrain strollers have three wheels. They are related to jogging strollers, which were designed specifically for running with your baby. The big difference is that the front wheel on an all-terrain stroller is designed to swivel for improved maneuverability under smooth conditions and to lock for rough terrain. Other all-terrain strollers are more conventional, with four wheels, although they also have large, air-filled tires. Because of their adaptability, all-terrain strollers work well for brisk fitness walks around most neighborhoods.
If you have twins or triplets, or several children close together in age, you will be able to find an all-terrain stroller for your family. A number of manufacturers make double and triple all-terrain strollers, with a total weight limit of up to 150 pounds. Think of all the calories you’ll burn on that brisk walk!
All-terrain strollers are generally equipped with features both you and your child, or children, will enjoy. For example, you can get a seat that is easy to adjust at full recline or at various angles. Another seating option is a dual-direction seat, so your little one can face either toward you or toward the front. Also important is a full-size hood, so your child will have plenty of room to grow before the stroller seems cramped. It’s helpful to have a peek-a-boo window that lets you keep an eye on your precious cargo. Check to see that the stroller has a good-sized storage basket, including space for your baby diaper bag as well as a package or two when you’re out doing errands. Another plus is adjustable handles, so everyone sharing stroller duty can push it comfortably.
When it comes to safety, of course you need a solid, easy-to-use braking system. Many all-terrain strollers feature handle brakes as well as backup foot brakes. Also check for a durable and adjustable restraint system. The best baby strollers have five-point harnesses that will keep children secure from infancy to post-preschool.
Don’t overlook the fact that flat tires can happen with those over sized pneumatic wheels. Almost all models include an air pump, which you should keep on board and learn how to use. Another important safety feature is a wrist strap, which will prevent the stroller from getting away from you.
Most all-terrain strollers also feature many comfort-related amenities, including baby and parent cup holders. Especially in colder climates, look for foot muffs and liners, which will keep your baby snug in nasty weather. And wherever you stroll, don’t forget add-on covers that will shield your baby from sun or rain.
Today, many all-terrain strollers are fairly lightweight, around 20 pounds. Highly-rated all-terrain strollers include models manufactured by Mountain Buggy and phil&teds, also known as Phil and Teds. For the ultimate in two-child adaptability, check out phil&teds inline buggies. For more information about specific models and strollers in general, see www.babypramsstrollers.net.
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