From urban gals on-the-run and off-roading dames to boutique shopping lovers, there's a baby stroller that fits your lifestyle. We’ve researched and tested out a mountain of them to find some of the very best picks for 2012 (not an easy feat, indeed!)
Whether the word ‘lightweight’ is magic to your ears, you're seeking extra storage or are on the hunt for a hip new colour, we’ve got you covered.
Here are our top five stroller picks suitable for families with very different needs:
Suggested price, $759.99 at Dear-Born Baby (dearbornbaby.com)
Style and substance meld together with the UPPAbaby Vista, featuring a burst of colours from sunshiny orange, vibrant pink and crisp red to earthier selections such as green, beige and grey.
When your hands are full, you’ll appreciate both the simple single-step folding system that works whether the seat is in or out (woo-hoo!) and the roomy storage basket underneath.
Another super handy bonus: The stroller stands when folded.
This cheery stroller works great for urban wandering and exploring country trails. It features a reversible front and back facing seat and is car seat compatible with the purchase of an adapter (recommended car-seat picks include Graco; Chicco; Peg Perego and Maxi-Cosi).
The company busted out some smart improvements for the model for 2012, among them placing the seating position so it’s 1.5 inches higher (which means more head room for growing toddlers) and adding a one-button handle adjustment, certain to make stroller pushing a whole lot more comfortable for folks of different heights.
The Vista includes a flat-lying bassinet and is suitable from birth to 50 lbs.
“We chose the UPPAbaby Vista because my husband is six-foot-five. It's great for his height, and there's no rear axle for him to kick. I especially like the huge basket. We waited for the 2012 models to come out because the black-coloured stroller looks sleek with its dark frame.” —Janette L., Toronto
Suggested price, about $499.99 at Babies “R” Us (babiesrus.com)
Get buzzing through your must-do list, meet up with friends, and get caught up on your shopping with the zippy Quinny Buzz stroller, made with busy urbanites in mind.
With seven-inch front swivel wheels and 12-inch back wheels with suspension, your baby will be seated comfortably — and stylishly — while navigating busy metropolis living.
With a Quinny Dreami or Maxi-Cosi Mico infant car seat (the adapter is included for these) or, alternatively the Maxi-Cosi Prezi infant car seat as well as the Safety 1st OnBoard Air infant car seat (adapters sold separately), the buzz can be used from birth. Otherwise, it’s made for babies six months up to 50 lbs.
The Buzz has forward and backward seating, three comfy reclining positions and an adjustable handle. And if you’re looking for some extra help, this goodie automatically unfolds to help make life just a little bit easier!
“The mid-range Quinny line is really good. They are nice basic strollers — good quality and durable. I recommend the Buzz as it’s great for urban terrain. The height adjustable and can switch seat direction to front or rear facing.” —Mariana C., Peterborough, ON.
Suggested price about $539 at Macklems (macklems.com). To turn it into a double stroller, expect to pay about $179 for the second seat.
The option to double up if you’re planning a second child has made the Baby Jogger City Select a top pick for growing families. Whether you need the extra chair space now or down the road, it facilitates a variety of seating options — 16 in total— and most of them accommodate two seats. Each seat supports 45 lbs (translation: You likely won’t need to buy another stroller down the road!)
Parents will love the breezy, one-step folding system and convenient hand-operated parking brake.
For outdoorsy types, the sturdy eight-inch, lightweight swivel wheels in the front lock allowing for fuss-free long-distance meandering.
Also, there’s plenty of storage, with a basket beneath the seat and storage on the back to stock all of baby’s must-have, day-tripping goodies.
While the Jogger is made for children six months to five years old, you can make it newborn-friendly by purchasing a car seat adapter from the company, available for both single and double strollers. The adapter works with an impressive number of infant car seats.
“I felt the tires were the best I'd seen for winter and it still fits on public transit. It has good storage, folds and adjusts very easily and, if you're planning on having two kiddies, it has loads of configurations for that which don't entail being one of those double wide ones you see hogging entire sidewalks.” —Geneva H. Toronto
Suggested price, about $579.99 at Moms to be and More (momstobeandmore.com)
Compact, super light and boasting exceptional city-slicker style, the Mamas and Papas Urbo is where sweet meets cool in the stroller scene.
Weighing less than 20 lbs., this find is fab for tight spaces (yes, even those narrow shopping aisles!)
It comes with a large, full-size sun canopy, has a reversible front and back facing seat, lockable front swivel wheels, and an adjustable handle, making life so much easier for caretakers of different heights. Another part of the big Urbo appeal is that lies flat for newborns and then transforms into a solid stroller holding up to 50 lbs. For pram-style lovers, you can buy a separate bassinet by the brand and voila, you’re good to go!
The Urbo is compatible with Graco Infant Car Seats and the adapter is sold separately.
“We chose it because it’s light, it’s really sturdy, folds easily with the seat still in, and the seat can lie down completely, which is a big advantage.” —Tayla Z., Toronto
Suggested price, about $449.99 at Snuggle Bugz (snugglebugz.ca)
Tackle tough terrain and snow-covered sidewalks with the Uno stroller from Peg Perego. It can handle Mother Nature’s seasonal challenges and navigate city streets while looking sharp doing it!
One standout feature is the adjustable and reversible handle that transforms the Uno from carriage to full-fledged stroller. The flat-lying pram position for newborns adds great appeal, and as baby develops, the stroller can accommodate up to 45 lbs.
Swivel front wheels and larger ones on the back helps make the Uno one smooth operator!
It comes with what the company calls the G-Matic system that attaches to the Primo Viaggio SIP car seat (seat is sold separately).
And for those who’d like to be able to turn on a dime, no problem! The Zero Radius Turning (a design feature unique to Peg Perego) means you can switch gears — or rather directions — quickly in even the small spaces.
“Our big stroller is the Uno from Peg Perego. It folds up really easily, is very comfortable ... and the best part is the adjustable push bar. It can really handle snow and slush as well, which is important to us.” —Steve S., Edmonton
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