It’s been months since baby was born and now you’re ready to get active again. The easiest way to do so is to get outside with baby in a jogging stroller. But with so many brands and models out there, how do you know which one is the right jogging stroller for you? We’re here to help you make an informed buying decision.

Types of Baby Strollers

The options can be perplexing. Our handy overview will help you figure out what’s out there and what would work best for you.

UMBRELLA STROLLERS

Umbrella strollers are extremely popular with on-the-go parents because they fold easily and fit into tight storage spaces like car trunks and overhead compartments. Featuring curved handles (hence the name), umbrella strollers offer less comfort and features than larger strollers but are ideal for caregivers who travel often by bus, train or car since they occupy less space and can be easily folded and tucked away.

LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLERS

While there is something to be said for a sturdy, heavy stroller that will last for the duration of a child’s need, the practicality of a lightweight stroller cannot be undermined. And lightweight strollers no longer describe the basic umbrella stroller either. Indeed, today there are many lightweight strollers that offer some of the same features as larger strollers, including storage space, multiple reclining positions, adjustable handlebars and stylish accessories.

PRAM

If you’ve seen a period movie set in England and that involved babies, chances are you’ve seen what a pram looks like. Traditionally, these old-fashioned baby carriages feature large spoked wheels and a bassinet-style sleeping space. Prams are ideal for newborns, since they need to lie down when they ride around. Beautiful and offering a certain classic vintage image, prams are safe for babies up to three months old.

Today, many modern strollers offer a bassinet attachment that provides your baby with a similar pram experience.

TRAVEL SYSTEM

Popular with new parents, these traditional strollers include a detachable color-coordinating infant car seat carrier. Instead of waking baby to take him out of a car seat and put him in the stroller when you leave the car to run a quick errand, the travel system lets you easily pick up the carrier and attach it directly onto the stroller. While practical in the first few months, many parents complain that travel systems are heavy and impractical for folding and storing in the trunk of a car.

CONVERTIBLE STROLLER

Similar to a travel system, a convertible stroller grows with your child from the newborn to toddler stage. Convertible strollers feature a seat that folds back so the newborn can ride flat. The seat back can be folded up at around six months when the baby can sit upright. Though these strollers can be on the pricier side, keep in mind that you will be able to use it well into the toddler years.

THE WHEELS

Stroller wheels come in three sizes: 12 inch, 16 inch and 20 inch. If a fast paced walk or light jog is all you’ll do, then 16 inch air-filled tires with aluminum rims will probably suffice. Keep in mind that while larger wheels will give you a smoother ride, they also mean a bulky stroller that isn’t always easy to maneuver or store in the trunk of a car. On the other hand, smaller wheels are bumpier but more maneuverable.

Read on to figure out what you need.

12” Wheels
Good For: walking, strolling on pavement and sidewalks.
Ideal For: urban parents who stick to smooth surfaces.

16” Wheels
Good For: frequent fast walking or jogging occasionally off road.
Ideal For: parents who mix it up between the mall and uneven walking trails.

20” Wheels

Good For: bumpy rides over cracks, potholes, bumps and rough roads.

Ideal For: serious runners and those who like to take their exercise off the beaten path.

Fixed vs. Swivel Wheel

Strollers with a front wheel that swings freely are great for improving maneuverability, especially around tight corners. This type of stroller is good for light joggers who also like to hit the mall and walk in crowded city streets. A front wheel that does not swivel is better suited to fast runners who want to hold a steady line.