A stroller (also known as a pram, buggy or pushchair) makes getting around much easier for parents and caregivers. With so many options available it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This guide has been created to explain the different stroller options and the features you may need.
All strollers available at Farmers are certified for use in New Zealand and comply with the Australia/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 2088.
Safety is the most important factor when choosing a stroller, before purchasing ensure you have checked the following:
A stroller should be very easy to fold and move into a car or your house. Once folded it should have a lock to ensure it doesn't spring back open without warning.
The lighter the stroller the easier it is to push, put in a car, carry upstairs or into a house. The stroller needs to be light enough for you to do all this without straining.
Travel systems are very popular as they can accommodate capsules. Ideal for when out and about in the car, as you can transfer the baby straight into the stroller without removing them from the capsule.
It is mandatory for all strollers in New Zealand to have a safety harness. To keep your little one safe, they should wear the harness at all times when in the stroller.
An extendable hood provides shade and shelter. A viewing window in the hood lets you keep an eye on your child. A boot cover protects the child's legs and feet; it’s worth considering if you go for long walks in cold weather. If the stroller you want doesn’t have a rain cover, you can buy a generic one.
A parcel tray under the stroller is essential. Never balance bags on the handle of the stroller - they could make it tip over.
Stroller for a Newborn
When buying for a newborn, ensure that the stroller seat can recline to near flat. Alternatively a travel system can be used where the stroller is used in conjunction with an infant capsule car restraint attachment.
Think about what you'll be using the stroller for. If you're an active person who plans on running or walking with your baby, then look for a stroller that is suitable for all terrains, has a solid build and the option of a wheel lock. If you're looking for something to keep in the back of the car just for shopping trips, then a smaller, lightweight or umbrella stroller would be a good option.
The height of the handles are always worth considering but especially if you are particularly short or tall. If you are sharing the stroller with a partner who is of a different height to you, it is worth investing in a stroller that has adjustable handles for maximum comfort.
You may wish to consider a stroller with a reversible seat or reversible handle. This enables you and your baby to face each other in the earlier months but can then be turned around to share the same view as you once they are a bit older.
At some point your stroller is probably going to see the wrong end of an ice cream cone or juice bottle - look for a stroller with easy-wipe surfaces or, better still, removable machine-washable seat pads.
This reduces the likelihood of injury by the child's feet getting caught on the ground or in the front wheel.
Your child will get a smoother ride with larger and/or pressurised-air wheels especially on rougher terrain. You will find that smaller swivelling wheels are easier to manoeuvre through shops and restricted spaces.