Baby Strollers for 2018

Baby Strollers for 2018

Welcome to A Kids Thing. We are here to offer online shopping tips for baby strollers, car seats, and other quality products for children of any age.

Baby Stroller Buying Guide 

BoB Revolution Flex
Inglesina Stroller
Booklet Stroller-Peg Perego

Other than the family car, the first vehicle that your child will spend any time in is his or her baby stroller. This makes your baby’s stroller a very important item and as time passes and your child grows, you may find that you need more than just one.

Safety and your baby’s comfort are the two most important things to consider when choosing a baby stroller. However, you need to keep yourself in mind also. After all, you are the one who will be lifting, carrying and pushing the stroller. So, look for the type of stroller that will make your life easier.

Many people, go for a travel system option, which is a stroller that is compatible with a car seat. This is often a good choice because it offers greater value and you can use the travel system from birth right through the toddler years. A good tip is to choose a travel system that has built-in adapters for the car seat, or if adapters are needed, they should be included in the price. You will also find that travel system strollers are usually available in the standard, umbrella, and combination categories.

Some parents feel that owning more than one stroller suits their needs best. These parents may choose a car seat carrier. They may also opt for a baby stroller that has the ability to convert to carriage mode and recline flat and/or to hold and carry a car seat. These are often lighter and compact and suitable for infants up to six months.

Below are listed the recommended strollers for each category. All recommended strollers are either excellent or very good. 

Standard Baby Strollers

Right now, the Peg Perego Booklet pictured here is the top rated standard stroller for 2018. The Peg Perego Booklet also offers a travel system option. Read our complete review of the Booklet to see why this stroller ranks so well.

This type of baby stroller is available in different styles, colors, and designs. They usually have padded seats for comfort that also recline. Most of these strollers come with under seat storage and many have a sun shade. Seating can vary from forward facing to rear facing, and some can have the option to do both.

Prices for standard strollers can range from a very affordable $50.00 all the way up to over $1000.00 for high-end models with plenty of features.

Car Seat Strollers

Somewhat similar to the Standard Strollers, these models consist of a lightweight “bare bones” frame that allows you to attach a car seat.

Pictured here is the highly recommended Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame which is compatible with the Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat.

Simply remove your car seat (with the baby in it) from the base inside your car and just snap it onto the stroller frame.

This is a good option for parents that know they will be taking their baby in or out the car often.

They fold up easily and need very little space. Although less costly than the average baby stroller, a car seat stroller is only practical for infants weighing up to 30 or 35 pounds, depending upon the weight limit of the compatible car seat.

Baby Stroller Combinations

Travel System Strollers

Combination Strollers

Travel systems are package deals that usually consist of a heavier and larger standard stroller and matching car seat and base.

Pictured above is a high-quality offering from Peg Perego called the Book Pop-Up.

They cost more than a car seat carrier, but the quality is better and they can be used for a longer time.

Travel systems are attractive to many new parents because purchasing one offers the option of getting two or three matching components (stroller, car seat with base, bassinet/carrycot) at a lower price than if purchased separately. 

Very similar to travel system strollers, these stroller packages resemble “bassinets with wheels”.

The model shown above is the Bugaboo Fox which is similar in style to the classic English pram, the bassinet feature allows you to have your baby lay flat.

There are many variations with combo strollers. Some come with removable seats to accommodate the bassinet feature and some can also accept a car seat.

Quite often though, you need to purchase the car seat, base and/or adapter separately.

Although more useful, a combination set up is also more costly.

The Classic Baby Stroller

The type of baby stroller pictured here is the “Inglesina Pram Baby Stroller”  and it is reminiscent of the traditional English pram. These strollers offer a flat and ample sleeping surface for your baby. The classic styled baby carriage or pram often have large spoke wheels with inflatable tires that can actually be removed for servicing, These carriages are well suited for all babies from birth to three years old.

Quite elegant, the English pram style baby stroller is usually very expensive with top quality features.

Although you can find some lower priced versions under $100.00, expect to pay between $300.00 up to $1800.00 for a high-end baby stroller. Read more in our Inglesina Classica review.

Lightweight Baby Strollers

More suited for older babies and toddlers because of the lack of head support and the inability to recline fully, the lightweight umbrella stroller is a no-frills simple stroller. They weigh between 10 and 12 lbs., fold easily and take up very little space folded.

They are less expensive than other models and often used as a backup baby stroller for traveling.

The model pictured here is called the 3D Lite and is highly Recommended on Amazon.

Jogging Strollers

Jogging strollers, which are sometimes confused with similar looking all-terrain strollers, are primarily designed with the more serious jogger in mind. Jogging strollers have three wheels, with a single wheel in front and two in the rear. They also come equipped with hand brakes and a foot pedal operated parking brake. Some like the BOB 2016 Ironman pictured here offer adjustable suspension and many other features

The front wheel is fixed and does not swivel. The wheels are also usually larger with air-filled rubber tires that are very similar to bicycle wheels. The larger wheels combined with a fixed front wheel for stability make it suitable for jogging and running.

All-Terrain Jogging Strollers

One major difference between a traditional jogging stroller and an all-terrain jogging stroller is the front wheel. The traditional jogger has a fixed front wheel, while an all-terrain jogger has a front wheel that swivels but can also be locked in a fixed position when necessary.

The swivel feature of the front wheel gives the stroller more ability to maneuver easily in everyday situations. The option to be able to lock the front wheel allows the all-terrain stroller to also be used for running. A well designed all-terrain jogger like the BOB 2016 Revolution Flex pictured here is a win-win situation for active parents and the serious jogger.