Your stroller guide! What you need to know when buying a stroller…

There is SO much choice out there, where do you even start? It can be overwhelming, deciding on a stroller for your family. Take the stress out of the decision making with our simple guide. We have been in the bizo for a long time, we listen to our amazing phil&teds friends and have picked up some valuable insights along the way! Here is what you need to know…

Cost…let’s just put it out there and get over it. Cost plays a significant part in your purchasing decision. From experience we can tell you cheap & cheerful may get the job done, but the amount of frustration it will cause is just not worth all the money in the world! It will result in much cursing and yelling at the most inappropriate times (usually in shopping complex car parks with curious onlookers) as you try to fold, unfold, clip, probably break and shove your stroller into the car boot/trunk. While initially you thought you were smart saving a pretty penny or two, you will grow to loathe your purchase, eventually pushing you to invest more money as you look to upgrade. Which ends up being more costly in the long run. Trust us, pay the money upfront for an excellent quality product and you will be a happy stroller owner for years to come (the planet will thank you too!).

Buy a stroller that suits your lifestyle… Why change what you love to do just because you will be/are a parent? Share your passions with your children and maintain your lifestyle with kids in tow. So many people I know have given up what they love because they feel they have to fit into the “parent” role. If you enjoy getting outdoors, guess what? You still can! Enjoy shopping at your local outdoor farmers market? You can! All phil&teds strollers are designed to help you escape the nursery life, no matter what stage you’re at. Like to run? Check out the Sub 4. Think you’ll need a stroller for more than one child? Research our inline buggies, which adapt so easily to take two passengers at a time. Have an older child and need a stroller? Take a look at the smart or even the new smart lux. Make it easy on yourself, narrow down your choice, go for a stroller that adapts to suit your lifestyle.

Size matters… Always make sure the stroller you choose can fit in the trunk/boot of your car. Give your stroller the boot test. Take the time to test how easy it is to fold down and pack into your vehicle. Is the fold controlled, safe and user friendly? Can you pack it down fast and conveniently if you’re caught out in a sudden downpour? These things may never cross your mind at the time, but when you’re standing there drenched in the pouring rain and can’t figure out how the damn thing folds or if you can even lift it into your boot, you will wish you took our advice and tested it first!  If you want an easy fold, have a look at the fast fold on the navigator, or see the DOT the world’s smallest inline if space will be an issue. Need help finding your nearest store so you can get hands on? Click here to search for your closest phil&teds stockists.

 

 

It’s all about the little things… Pay close attention to the small details and ask the hard questions. How does the fabric feel, is it easy to clean? Is the lining padded for extra comfort? Is the harness easy to adjust? Does the sunhood offer adequate shade? Can you purchase separate sun and storm covers? What accessories are compatible? What does the appropriate wheel care involve? Can the handle bar height be adjusted? Once you add all of these features up, you can start to build an idea of what you will need and use on a daily basis. It’s all about personal preference and choosing a stroller that meets your needs while providing a comfy, smooth ride for your precious cargo. phil&teds strollers are packed with personality and we believe in maintaining a strong sense of self and identity. You can customize, accessorize and adapt to your heart’s content. Let’s face it, sometimes we just want to be the envy of our friends and look like we have this parenting game figured out, be ahead of the rest and choose a stroller that let’s you, be you. It ain’t about the baby, baby!

About the author:

Casey is a mother of a highly opinionated 8 year old daughter and a gorgeous but clingy 10 month old boy. I have enough buggy pushing, nappy changing, tantrum throwing, parent wins (and some fails) experience behind me to write a book and make a movie! I am all about the blogging life and sharing the parental journey from the mad world of phil&teds. Let's navigate this journey together! I would love to hear your thoughts and tips so feel free to leave a comment or flick through an email to social@philandteds.com.

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