Strollers - Everything You Need to Know

strollers frequently asked questions and answers

Strollers come in all shapes and sizes, with varied car seat compatibility, folding size, travel suitability, child capacity (number, weight, height), suitability for jogging, price, comfort, and quality.

Because there are so many different strollers with different features and prices, you probably have tons of questions about how to pick the perfect stroller, how to use the stroller, where you can bring the stroller, and whether you can fit two or more kids in the stroller.

The good news is that we've been compiling answers to all your questions about strollers and listing them here, along with up-to-date answers that point you in the right direction. Once you've gotten your questions about strollers answered, be sure to check out our annual reviews of the best strollers, best lightweight strollers, best jogging strollers, best double strollers, best luxury strollers, and our full stroller buying guide!

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Traveling with a Stroller

How to travel with a stroller? Transportation means (train, plane, boat, car) will significantly impact stroller travel. For spatial limitations, consider fully-collapsible or umbrella stroller models. Always reach out to transportation providers for stroller policies that may impact your choices. Be sure to check out our annual reviews of the best portable and lightweight strollers.

Which stroller is good for travel? Narrow-folding umbrella strollers are long-standing champs for traveling light. Models such as the Summer Infant 3DLite Stroller tend to be more economical in both space and price. Alternatively, square-folding models such as the ZOE XLC Traveler Umbrella Stroller System can come with a heavier price tag, but include smoother navigation and other features while still offering a more compact fold than larger stroller models.

Which stroller is best for air travel? Officially the world's smallest folding stroller based on the 2014 Guinness World Records, the GP Pockit Lightweight Stroller is under ten pounds, yet can safely transport a child up to 55 lbs., with an additional 11 lbs. of storage space in the basket. This stroller is easily carried over the shoulder in its included sling bag or can be packed in a backpack or suitcase. It is even small enough to fit in the overhead bin!

Which strollers fit through doors? Standard exterior doors are 35" wide, so most single strollers (typically under 30" wide) will have little trouble passing through; however, double strollers can cause some doorway difficulty. In this case, tandem strollers such as the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller offer the double seating with a front-and-back layout, making doorways easier. If side-by-side is preferred, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Stroller glides through at just under 31" in width, including sleek jogging wheels. Be sure to check out our list of the best double strollers that considers maneuverability and width.

Which strollers fit in a Jeep? Depending on the model, Jeep cargo space can vary from 13 cubic feet to over 30 cubic feet behind rear seats (with space expanding when seats are folded down). For a snug fit, look for strollers that fold to lay within a 30" x 30" square (the same dimensions as the small Jeep Wrangler Cargo Liner). Even smaller single strollers such as the Evenflo Pivot and Safety 1st Riva have a wide fold dimension of 31.5", making them a tough fit in the Jeep. ZOE brand strollers such as the ZOE The Traveler XLC (26" x 20.5" x 6.5" folded dimensions) and the ZOE Tour+ XL1 (26" x 20.25" x 7.5" folded dimensions) are great options for this vehicle.

Which strollers fit in a small trunk? For vehicles with smaller cargo space, lightweight and umbrella strollers will have the most compatible folded footprint. The BIBA M Single Stroller is an excellent option with stylish and functional features and folded dimensions of 28" x 20" x 11". Some stroller models including the Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller offer travel system compatibility with a footprint (23.5" x 16.75" x 33.75) that can be made smaller by easily popping off the large rear tires.

Are strollers allowed at Disney (Disneyland, Disneyworld)? Strollers are allowed at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort parks. Strollers must be no larger than 31" (79 cm) in width and 52" (132 cm) in length. Stroller wagons are not permitted, and strollers may not be used on escalators (though there are elevators and ramps available in certain locations, and guest services can assist with stroller rentals).

Are strollers allowed at Busch Gardens? Busch Gardens guests are welcome to use their own strollers in the park. Alternatively, Busch Gardens offers *limited double-stroller rentals online and at the Stroller Rental location in the park; these are hard plastic strollers not meant for infants. *The park encourages families to reserve rental strollers online prior to visiting to ensure availability.

Are strollers allowed at Universal Studios? Universal Studios guest are welcome to bring their own strollers. Single and double strollers are available for rent at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Island Adventure parks. Rental strollers are not available at Universal Volcano Bay.

Are strollers allowed at the Biltmore? Strollers are allowed at the Biltmore estate. Lightweight travel strollers or child backpack carriers are recommended for navigation ease. The house includes four floors, and a 102-step stone, spiral staircase (among other stairs throughout the estate).

Are strollers allowed at Dollywood? Guests are welcome to bring their own strollers to Dollywood. The park also rents out single and double strollers on a first-come first-serve basis. Stroller parking areas are designated at specific rides and attractions throughout the park.

Are strollers allowed in Target? Target does not have a corporate policy on stroller use within its stores. Patrons should check with specific locations for questions or concerns. Many Target locations welcome strollers into stores and dressing rooms.

Are strollers allowed in WalMart? Walmart does not have a corporate policy on stroller use within its stores. Patrons should check with specific locations for questions or concerns. Many Walmart locations welcome strollers into stores and dressing rooms.

Are strollers allowed in Costco? Costco does not have a corporate policy on stroller use within its warehouses. Patrons should check with specific locations for questions or concerns. Many Costco locations welcome strollers into their warehouses.

Are strollers allowed on airplanes? Each airline has variations on stroller policies. Some airlines require strollers to be checked with baggage (this may or may not incur a fee depending on the airline), others specify limitations on folded stroller measurements for overhead bin allowance. It is best to check with specific airlines before the time of travel.

Are strollers free on American Airlines? Each American Airlines ticketed customer is allowed one stroller and one car seat to be checked free of charge. Strollers exceeding 20lbs must be checked at the ticket counter. All other strollers may be checked at the gate before boarding.

Are strollers free on United Airlines? United Airlines accepts one stroller and one car seat free of charge for each child including children under the age of two traveling on an adult's lap and infants traveling internationally. If requested, United will check small / collapsible strollers at the departure gate.

Are strollers free on Delta Airlines? Delta Airlines does not count strollers and child restraint seats as part of standard baggage; as such, they may be checked for free. Strollers may be checked at curbside, the ticket counter, or the gate.

Are strollers free on JetBlue? JetBlue does not count strollers and car seats against carry-on / checked bag allowance. These items may be checked upon arrival or at the jetbridge.

Are strollers allowed on NYC buses? Only folded strollers are allowed onto MTA buses in NYC. Strollers should be folded before entering the bus, and they should remain folded for the duration of the trip.

Should I use a stroller or baby carrier for travel? This is a complicated question that depends entirely on a number of variables including (but not limited to): travel duration, mode of transportation, destination, and child temperament. For lengthy trips, it may be nice to have options depending on each day's events, so both the carrier and stroller might be important to have on hand. Likewise, not all attractions are stroller friendly, and not all babies can nap in strollers, so factoring these is important. Be sure to check our our annual reviews of the best baby carriers and best strollers to make some good comparisons.

Stroller and Car Seat Compatibility

What strollers are compatible with Nuna Pipa? Nuna PIPA car seat adapters are compatible with Bugaboo Chameleon, UPPAbaby VISTA, and UPPAbaby CRUZ strollers. Nuna PIPA is not affiliated, licensed, authorized, or endorsed by these brands.

What strollers are compatible with Nuna Bugaboo Turtle? The Nuna Bugaboo Turtle car seat is designed for seamless integration with both Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo Lynx stroller frames. This car seat is not compatible with other strollers.

What strollers are compatible with UppaBaby Mesa? UPPAbaby Mesa Infant car seat attaches both forward- or parent-facing to VISTA and CRUZ strollers with no adapters needed. With an adapter, Mesa can attach either forward- or parent-facing to the MINU stroller. An adapter is needed to attach the Mesa to 2014-earlier VISTA models.

What strollers are compatible with Chicco KeyFit? The Chicco KeyFit car seats are one of the best-rated infant car seats on the market and are compatible with Chicco KeyFit Caddy, Bravo, Urban, Activ3, TRE, Neuvo, Viaro, Liteway Plus, Cortina (regular and Magic), and Cortina Together Strollers.

What strollers are compatible with Chicco Fit2? The Chicco Fit2 car seat is one of the best-rated infant car seats on the market and is compatible with most Chicco brand stroller frames including: Bravo, Urban, Activ3, TRE Shuttle Caddy, Viaro, Cortina CX, BravoFor2, and Cortina Together.

What strollers are compatible with Britax B-Safe? Britax B-SAFE car seat is one of the best-rated infant car seats on the market and includes the integrated CLICK & GO adapter system, making this seat compatible with all Britax B-Series strollers: B-Clever, B-Free, B-Mobile, B-Ready G3, B-Lively, and B-Lively Double.

What strollers are compatible with Britax Endeavors? Britax Endeavors car seat includes an adapter-free smart design allowing this seat to pair with any Britax stroller to create the perfect, custom travel system for every family.

What strollers are compatible with Peg Perego Primo Viaggio? The Primo Viaggio 4-35 Infant car seat can attach to all Peg Perego G-Matic System strollers without adapters. Compatible single strollers: Booklet 50, Booklet, Book Cross. Compatible double strollers and triplet strollers: Duette Piroet, Book for Two, Triplette Piroet, and Triplette.

What strollers are compatible with Safety 1st Onboard Air? Using QuickClick technology, the Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Infant car seat is compatible with the following Safety 1st strollers: Step and Go, Smooth Ride, and Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller.

What strollers are compatible with Graco SnugRide? Graco offers many variations on the SnugRide Infant car seat, including Click Connect, SnugLock, 35/ 35LX/ 35DLX/ 35 Lite LX, 35 Platinum, and Extend2Fit 35. The Click Connect models are compatible with the widest variety of Graco strollers--including all Click Connect full size, joggers, and double strollers. Be sure to check out our full Graco SnugRide model comparison table.

What strollers are compatible with Evenflo LiteMax 35? Evenflo LiteMax 35 Infant car seat is compatible with Sibby - sibling ride-along travel system, INVIGOR8 - jogging system, and Pivot Travel System.

Stroller Developmental Transitions

When do you use a newborn stroller? Infant strollers are typically used from birth to about 35 lbs. Each manufacturer will include safety guidelines and specifications. Newborn strollers will include an angle to support an infant's underdeveloped neck muscles. Newborn stroller types may include prams, buggies, and travel systems compatible with car seats.

When do you use a stroller with a car seat? Many manufacturers offer compatibility systems or adaptors to align infant car seats with stroller frames for seamless travel. Universal car seat adaptors are available; however, it should be noted that these are rarely (if ever) tested with many brands.

When can a toddler face forward in a stroller? Neck muscles strengthen significantly between 6 and 9 months. At this time, babies become curious, and forward facing may be exciting and engaging. Younger supported sitters may still need to recline, older babies will be able to sit up and look around.

Why use a stroller for toddlers? Young children may grow tired during walks, errands, or travel. Strollers offer comfort and maneuverability for parents and toddlers, and many models include storage space for baby essentials.

When can a baby sit in a stroller? Babies are old enough for non-reclining strollers when their neck muscles are strong enough to support their heads for extended periods of time--usually between 6 and 9 months old.

When is a kid too big for a stroller? Children should cease using strollers when they meet the height or weight safety guidelines established by the manufacturer.

A stroller can be used from what age? Stroller safety guidelines vary between makes and models. Infant strollers are typically indicated for use from birth.

A stroller can be used until what age? While there are no formal guidelines on the subject, the AAP has casually observed that children should transition out of the stroller at around three years old to encourage additional strength and conditioning.

Which stroller can hold up to 100 pounds? Some stroller manufacturers are expanding weight limits and seat lengths to accommodate bigger and taller kids. However, these models, including the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 limit capacity to 75 lbs. Stroller wagons, such as the Veer Cruiser Hybrid and the Keenz 7S can accommodate up to 110 lbs.

Types of Strollers and Features

Why use an umbrella stroller? Umbrella strollers are compact, light weight options best for quick, urban outings. Check out our annual round-ups of the best lightweight umbrella strollers.

Why use a jogging stroller? Jogging strollers are excellent for travel on varied terrain. Joggers can incorporate a number of special features including three, large wheels; swiveling front wheel; ergonomic handle bars; hand brakes; and shock absorption, making these strollers perfect for jogging and / or running. Check out our annual round-ups of the best jogging strollers.

Why use a double stroller? Strollers built specifically for multiples can be invaluable to parents with more than one child. Some double strollers are even compatible with infant car seats, accommodating a wider age difference between children. Check out our annual round-ups of the best double strollers.

Why use an UppaBaby stroller? Luxury baby strollers including high-quality materials like shock-absorbing, puncture-proof wheels and aluminum and magnesium frames for optimal lightweight durability. UPPAbaby strollers have mix and match compatible pieces including bassinets and rumble seats to grow with children. Be sure to check out our annual round-ups of the best luxury strollers.

Why use a BOB stroller? BOB Strollers were designed with joggers in mind with their large tires and swiveling front wheel. BOB strollers include advanced suspension systems for rugged terrain and plenty of storage space for gear--or even groceries!

Why use a Chicco stroller? Chicco strollers are affordably priced and include a wide variety of models including lightweight, standard, jogging, and double strollers. Chicco also has an assortment of travel systems, and their KeyFit system allows infant car seats to seamlessly affix to stroller frames. Chicco strollers have sleek designs and include variable features including a one-hand fold system. Be sure to check out our list of the best travel systems!

Why use a luxury stroller? In addition to stylishness, luxury strollers often use a variety of high-end materials including: framing, fabric, and even wheel rubber, which can extend the stroller's durability and longevity. Be sure to check out our annual reviews of the best luxury strollers.

Why use a bassinet in a stroller? Bassinet strollers offer a safe, comfortable place for infants and small babies to rest while on a walk or running about the town. Many stroller bassinets are sold with convertible travel systems, meaning the stroller will grow with the child. Additionally, some manufacturers sleep test their bassinets ensuring parents can detach the bassinet and can safely carry their sleeping infant anywhere.

Which stroller reclines completely flat? Summer Infant brand Convenience stroller models include a nearly flat recline. Alternative brand/models include: Jovial JPC20BK, EVEZO 2141A, and the Graco DuoGlide Click Connect Double Stroller (the rear seat fully reclines).

Which stroller folds up the smallest? Winner of the 2014 Guinness World Records for most compact stroller, the Pockit Lightweight Stroller folds down to 11.8” x 7” x 13.8” and a weight of 9.5 pounds.

Which stroller is the lightest weight? Most umbrella strollers will weigh under 20 lbs, many under 15 lbs. The Pockit Lightweight Stroller comes in at 9.5 lbs. Jeep North Star Stroller follows closely at just 10 lbs. Be sure to check out our annual reviews of the best lightweight strollers.

Which stroller has the best suspension? The best-rated jogging strollers will tend to have the best suspension over other stroller types. Additionally, these strollers are likely to include larger wheels and other shock absorbing materials. BOB Jogging Strollers are well known for high quality suspension, additionally, the Joovy Zoom360 and the Chicco Activ3 Air offer competitive suspension systems at lower prices.

Which strollers can stand on their own when folded? Evenflo Aero Ultra-Lightweight Stroller is self-standing and compact, as is Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight (which also folds one-handed). The UPPAbaby Vista and the Joolz Hub are both self-standing luxury strollers.

Which stroller has the biggest storage basket? Baby Jogger City Select LUX Stroller has an extra large storage basket plus two integrated seatback pockets to provide additional cargo space. The UPPAbaby Vista stroller also includes an extra large storage basket, which is easy-access and holds up to 50 lbs.

Should I use a stroller or wagon? Strollers and wagons each have their own strengths and weaknesses: For varied terrain, long distances, and babies or toddlers who may not sit still, strollers are the best option. For flat terrain, durability, and carrying more cargo, wagons take the lead.

Should I use a stroller or baby carrier? Strollers are great for leisurely walks, while baby carriers are most helpful when navigating busy shopping centers. For typical daily activities, the best selection may simply be which ever method is most comfortable for both parent and child.

Should I use a stroller or pram? The main difference between a pram and most strollers is that prams are flat-bed models, used only for young babies who are not yet able to sit up. Unlike strollers, it is OK to allow your baby to sleep in a pram bassinet. Because prams are only suitable for newborns and infants, pram usage has an end-date, whereas many strollers can be used from birth through toddler and big-kid stages. Some strollers even recline completely, allowing these models to offer the best of both a pram and a stroller.

Buying a Stroller

Which stroller to buy? Stroller selection will be driven by needs and budget. Additional considerations for safety are important, including: harness (five-points are safest and nearly standard), wide base for stability, brake security, and federal certification. Be sure to check our our annual list of the best strollers for some awesome ideas.

Which stroller is right for me? When selecting a stroller, consider your baby's current age, height, and weight compared to the stroller's safety limitations. If the child is already close to the height or weight limits, the stroller may not get much use, and it may be worth the expense to find a different model.

Where to buy a baby stroller? Baby strollers are available at specialty baby stores, big box stores, and even online. When selecting a stroller, consider test driving in stores, even if you plan on buying online.

What is the cheapest stroller? Stroller costs can range from $20 to over $1,000. Umbrella strollers like the Costco Umbrella Stroller tend to be the lowest-cost models. However, lower cost models often include lower-quality materials and may need replacement sooner than a higher cost model, so longevity consideration is important when making a selection.

When do strollers go on sale? According to Consumer Reports, November is the month for baby product sales. Opting in for email alerts from your local retailers or favorite online stores may also help in finding discounts and coupons.

Why are strollers so expensive? Materials including plastics and fabrics, as well as structure and safety features play into stroller cost. Higher cost strollers may have luxury level comfort, sturdier frames, and more development and testing in their designs. While higher prices may cause some concern, the value may come from reliability and longevity.

How much should I spend on a stroller? Like anything else, budgeting for a stroller that fits your family's needs is important. The wide range of stroller prices offers many tiers to consider safety and function. Standard, all-terrain strollers average between $130 and $300.

How much is a baby stroller? Strollers range dramatically between the $20 Costco Umbrella Strollers to the $1,500 Mima Xari Stroller,to the $4,000 Silver Cross Balmoral Pram. In our experience, you can find a high quality stroller with great features, comfort, and compatibility for about $200-300.

How much is a double stroller? Double stroller costs can range from $85 for the Jeep Scout Double Stroller (umbrella style) to $170 for the Graco Ready2Grow LX Double Stroller (car seat compatible travel system), to $1,400 and above for luxury doubles like the Bugaboo Donkey 2. Check out our list of the best double strollers for some ideas.

How much is a Bugaboo stroller? Bugaboo strollers range from $500 for the Ant models to over $2,000 for Twin Seat and Bassinet strollers.

How much is a Nuna stroller? Nuna strollers range between $300 for the pepp next model to $800 for the demi grow and IVVI totl models.

How much is a Doona stroller? The Doona is an awesome infant car seat with extendable wheels that turn it into a stroller - literally an all-in-one system. Doona styles ("collections") cost between $500 and $600.

How much is a Cybex stroller? Cybex strollers can range between $250 and $1,250 depending on the frame and seat material selections.

How much is an UppaBaby stroller? UPPAbaby strollers range from $180 for the lightweight G-Lite models to $768 – $980 for the versatile Vista travel system.

Are there other strollers like Pockit? The GB Pockit is a 9.5 lb stroller that folds up small enough to fit in a backpack; it is really one of a kind. However, there is another Pockit model--the GB Pockit+ All City is 12.3 lbs, travel system compatible, and self standing when folded. Other brands with compact umbrella strollers include Babyzen with the YOYO and Summer with its 3Dlite Convenience model.

Are there other strollers like UppaBaby Vista? UPPAbaby Vista is a luxury convertible stroller with lots of storage space among other special features. Similar strollers include Nuna Demi Grow Stroller, Silver Cross Wave Stroller, and Bugaboo Donkey 2 stroller.

Are there other strollers like Doona? There are currently no other strollers quite like the 16.5 lb Doona. However, there are many lightweight travel systems--which may offer longer use, since these strollers can be used beyond infancy. Consider these models: Babyzen YOYO (13.6 lbs), UPPAbaby MINU (14.5 lbs), Bugaboo ANT (15.8 lbs), and Baby Jogger City Mini (16.8 lbs).

Are there other strollers like Nuna? If Nuna strollers are your style, you may also like form and function from brands including Joolz, Cybex, and UPPAbaby, all of which include travel system options and sleek, lightweight design.

Are there other strollers like Bugaboo? When looking for quality, versatile strollers that include car seat and carry cot/ bassinet compatibility, Bugaboo is a luxury stroller with options galore! Other strollers with similar features include: UPPAbaby, iCandy, Maxi-Cosi, and Hauck.

Are there other strollers like the City Mini? The Baby Jogger City Mini is a lightweight, nimble stroller, offering all terrain wheels in the GT model. Agio Z3 is a close comparison with some additional premium features at about $100 more than the City Mini. Thule Urban Glide and Jeep Classic also offer the three-wheel structure with strong frames and suspension for smooth riding.

Using a Stroller and Stroller Safety

How to fold a stroller? All strollers will have specific guidelines for collapsing. However, general instructions will include: locking the wheels, pushing or pulling a release lever/ button(s), and pushing or puling to fold down. Some strollers will include safety locks to secure the folded unit.

How to unfold a stroller? Review your stroller's specific guidelines. General technique includes releasing any folding locks, lifting the stroller until it opens up, and checking that the hinge has "clicked" into place.

Why will baby only sleep in a stroller? The snugness and movement of a stroller mimic the womb or rocking arms feeling, which is soothing for many babies. Always check safety guidelines on strollers to ensure proper use.

How to block rain with a stroller cover? Universal weather covers are available to protect babies from cold, wind, rain, and snow. These clear plastic covers include side vents for proper air flow, and some even include extra storage pockets--SCORE! Simply unfold and cover stroller, typically tying or snapping the cover around stroller handles.

Is a stroller canopy waterproof? Not all canopies are created equal. Most stroller canopies are water resistant/ repellant--which is not the same as waterproof. However, there are options for rain covers and rain canopy extenders.

Can a baby get sunburn through a stroller canopy? Yes; shade only provides partial protection against harmful UV rays, and not all stroller canopies are reinforced with UV protection. Babies (especially those under six months old) have extremely sensitive skin, and can even burn on cloudy days. Always take extra precautions (including shade, sunscreen, and clothing) for skin protection.

Is it safe for baby to sleep in a stroller? Not all strollers are marked as "safe sleep environments," in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions against the practice of letting your baby sleep in the stroller because it puts babies at risk for SIDS. "If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, or sling, you should move him or her to a firm sleep surface on his or her back as soon as possible." UPPAbaby has done some work on this subject: “The VISTA bassinet has been tested and approved for overnight sleeping... You can detach the bassinet [from the stroller] and carry your sleeping infant anywhere.”

Can strollers pinch fingers? Collapsible strollers have moving hinges, which means they are opportunities for little finger hazards. Stroller manufacturers are always working to reduce such dangers while strollers are in use, but babies may also access strollers from the outside, so vigilance remains key. Follow the AAP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission for announcements and recalls.

Can strollers tip over? Yes. Strollers are designed with safety in mind, but there are still opportunities for tipping dangers. To reduce tipping hazard, look for strollers with wide bases, be mindful of storage limitations, and never hang anything on the stroller or its handles.

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