It appears there is a verifiable baby boom going on around me. I have no fewer than ten friends who are expecting in the next six months and know an awful lot of newborns too. The number one debate I hear amongst my expectant friends is not whether or not they should find out the baby's sex or whether one of the parents will become a stay-at-home parent, but rather it is what stroller should they get. In fact, just this weekend I heard there was something new called a "stroller fitting" in which parents make an appointment to meet with a stroller specialist (a.k.a. sales person) to determine what stroller is right for them.
The truth is that strollers are expensive and it makes sense that you take them for a test drive before deciding which one to get because you'll be really annoyed if you end up not liking your big investment, especially if you're using it every day. The height and stride of the people who will be pushing it are important elements to consider as are how it will be used, where you live, and what kind of car you drive (because that stroller needs to fold small enough to fit in your trunk). There are hundreds of strollers on the market, and it's hard to narrow down which ones are worth considering so we've done it for you. Here are ten strollers that have excellent features and get rave reviews, but we still recommend you take them for a test drive before buying.
Phil & Ted's Navigator
The Navigator by Phil & Ted is great for the parents who want a stroller that's going to be flexible for them. This single stroller with adjustable handle bar offers both front facing and rear facing seats and has an available adapter for multiple major brand car seats. It can accommodate a child up to 44 pounds and has the added feature of being able to convert from a single stroller to a double stroller with the purchase of a simple conversion kit which holds an additional child up to 33 pounds. The second seat rests behind the primary seat for stacked seating that remains in line with the width of the single stroller frame making it easy to maneuver through crowded city streets. (Phil & Ted's Navigator, $500)