Stroller Buying Guide

    Stroller Buying Guide

    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.

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    Strollers Types

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    • Light (less than 5.5kgs), easy to manoeuvre and compact, a lightweight stroller is a good option for those who frequently load their stroller in and out of the car.
    • Padded seats with an adjustable recline enables your child to sit forward when they want to watch the world go by or to lie back when taking a nap.
    • Some lightweight strollers have a fully reclining seat and so are suitable from birth, others are suitable from six months.

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    • Parents with an outdoor, active lifestyle may want to consider a three-wheel stroller, which tend to come with larger and/or pressurised wheels, making them ideal for almost any surface
    • If you intend to take the stroller with you when jogging, look for a three-wheel stroller with a lockable front wheel.
    • Most three-wheel strollers have a seat that fully reclines and so are suitable from birth.

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    • Great for parents who live a more urban lifestyle, four-wheeled strollers are good for city streets, shopping malls and parks.
    • These strollers are very stable and are less likely to tip.
    • Easy to manoeuvre in small spaces like cafes and shops.
    • Some offer reversible seats, so you have the option of your child facing you.

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    • A good option if you're having twins or will have a baby and a young child.
    • Consider how it will be used, the size may not make it practical for shopping trips, however ideal for walking and outings to the park or playground.
    • Another option to consider, particularly if using with a young child, is a Toddler Board attachment, this connects to the back of a stroller for the child to stand on.

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    Travel System

    • Travel systems comprise of a stroller and a safety rated infant capsule that snaps onto the stroller.
    • The primary advantage of using a travel system is that you can easily move a child from car to stroller without disturbing them.
    • In addition to this on-the-go convenience, a travel system gives extended use and flexibility as your child grows.
    • Any travel system stroller is suitable from birth when used in conjunction with an infant capsule.

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    • The advantage of a stroller with either a reversible seat or reversible handle is that you and your baby can face each other, a comforting feature for many parents, especially in those first months.
    • Once your child is a little older and would prefer to be able to enjoy the same view as you, a reversible stroller can easily be repositioned so that they can watch the world go by.
    • Most reversible strollers have a fully reclining seat making them suitable from birth.

    What you Should Consider when Purchasing a Stroller

    Stroller Safety


    Safety is the most important factor when choosing a stroller, before purchasing ensure you have checked the following:

    • Complies with the Australia/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 2088.
    • There is a five-point harness consisting of two shoulder straps attached to the backrest, two waist straps attached to the stroller frame, and a crotch strap. The straps should be adjustable.
    • The brakes work properly and are easy to use.
    • There is a two-stage lock to stop the stroller collapsing.
    • There is a child-restraint mechanism for locks.
    • There is a leach on the handle bar that straps to your wrist in case you lose your grip.
    • The stroller is strong and stable and will not tip easily.
    • There are no gaps that could trap fingers - yours or your child's.
    • There are no sharp edges or points.
    Stroller Features


    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.

    Capsule Option

    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.

    Stroller Features


    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.

    Seat Pads

    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.