You can’t carry your kid everywhere. And Lord, why would you want to? You can wear a baby, sure. And your baby would probably like that best, anyways. But you didn’t cut that umbilical cord to never put that baby down. You need some separation where you can get it and the stroller is the way to do that for most people. After all, you can go on walks that will tire baby out or push them around a fair, you can even take the kid running and get back to pre-baby weight. (Ya know… if you want to make the rest of us look bad.)
We have the best strollers for all your basic needs: Running, Travel System, Umbrella Stroller, Posh Prams and Doubles. We even included a runner-up, in case you didn’t like our first choice.
Best Running Stroller
Our Pick: BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller
Every mom knows about the BOB. Its giant-ass wheels and some springy shit make the ride (and push) easy and smooth. That means even when your whole body is jostling and jiggling about as you try to get back into shape, your kid isn’t getting shaken baby syndrome from your terrible, wheezing, miserable run. Good job, mama.
Rating: 4.6 (On Amazon)
Runner-Up: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller
This is lightweight, which is a huge plus. Combined with more big-ass wheels you’re going to have less work to pushing your little guy. And it comes with an organizer on the handles. Which means you can bring your phone and play “The Wheels on the Bus” so your kid doesn’t scream nonstop. (Just kidding, he still will.)
Rating: 4.3 (On Amazon)
Best Travel System
This one is touchy because it involves car seats and those involve safety. You have to balance what is the safest with what you can afford. Because even if a Tesla is the safest car, that doesn’t mean you can afford it. It’s a shit decision to make, but it’s one of billions of shit decisions parents have to make when their kids are on the line so … get used to it early.
Our Pick: Chicco Viaro Stroller Travel System
This is probably the safest (mainstream) travel system you can buy, if we’re being honest. The stroller is smooth, the car seat has all kinds of safety features and either and both are excellent choices to push your kid around with. But it’s $350. So if this isn’t in your budget … maybe just register for it and hope for the best…?
Rating: 4.6 (On Amazon)
This is a totally solid choice. It’s safe and reasonably priced. It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the Chicco (even as many safety “bells and whistles”) but it’s not like you’re risking your kids life by using this. Quite the opposite; this is a sturdy and reliable travel system that you can count on.
Rating: 4.4 (On Amazon)New Mom? Find the perfect stroller for your lifestyle and budget! Click To Tweet
Best Umbrella Stroller
These are pretty notorious for being shitty strollers, let’s just be honest. They turn like shit, there’s no cup holder, they fall over and the wheels get stuck on everything. You don’t want an umbrella for a long walk. Or for any place you’re going to be pushing and maneuvering often. OK, look, you probably don’t want an umbrella stroller for any reason than one: It folds up super easy and it’s small. It’s uber portable and if you’re just doing an hour at the mall or going to a crowded music fest (hahaha, Why would you do that with kids? Do you hate yourself?!) this is good to keep in the backseat for just-in-cases.
This stroller fold up small and you can even take off the wheels to make it even smaller. You will love that you have ample space in the under carriage and that there is a cover that will protect your little one from sun and rain. (While you just stand in it like a martyr. Because you’re a mom. That’s what you do.) The seat is a little cushioned and a bit more heavy duty than those you pick up at Walmart, and the wheels aren’t complete rubbish for turns.
Rating: 4.3 (On Amazon)
Runner-Up: Disney Umbrella Stroller
You will never be so annoyed as you are when you try to turn this stroller from side to side. You’ll learn the trick of reclining on the back wheels to re-align the front wheels so you can go straight again. These are absolute crap for maneuverability. And they only have a 3 point harness so a toddler can get out of them pretty easily, to be honest. BUT! They fold up so small and easy you can keep it in the car and never be unprepared. They serve their purpose quite well. Besides, it’s less than $20. It’s a solid get.
Rating: 3.8 (On Amazon)
Best Posh Pram
This is for when you have a visual of what walking a sweet baby should be like. And in this visual, the baby does nothing but coo at you and sleep. “Visual” is a key word here because these suckers are gorgeous. Impractical as hell. But gorgeous. You will need more than just this as your stroller if you plan to get some real use out of it. This stroller is dubbed pram, by the way; not stroller. Because it’s for people so rich they don’t use the same words as us peasants. This is the section you can probably tune out but just look at those pretty pictures. (And then check out the price tag, please.)
Our Pick: Silver Cross Kensington Navy Carriage
You’re not going to get this. No one gets these. It’s a flagrantly 1%-er thing to do. It costs the same as my first four cars combined. But it doesn’t even matter because look at how pretty and shiny it is. *swoon* This is what Wendy Darling’s mother pushed her in when she was a baby. This is the very picture of the 1800’s and of classical whimsy and a much more romantic era. You know… when the infant death rate was 25%. Betcha they didn’t cost $2400 back then.
Cost: $2400 (and all your common sense)
Rating: 4.5 (on eBay. Yeah. That’s the cost of a used one of these f@ckers. Wrap your head around that.)
Runner-Up: Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System
This is a realistic alternative to the seriously gorgeous pram above. Because it only costs you the same as your gas bill. Seriously. Prams are a luxury, people. They’re so cute and make your ovaries glow. But even the “reasonable” one is still $300. And it converts to age (some) with your kid. But not that much. If you really want the picturesque walking your baby down the street life, though, this is an alternative.
Rating: 4.4 (On Amazon)
Best Double Stroller
If you have 2 (or more) stroller sized kids, we feel you. You definitely can’t hold one’s hand while pushing the other in a stroller. So you’re going to want a double stroller. There are 2 types, side by side and front to back. The perk of the side by side it that it maneuvers so much easier. You can push more smoothly and you don’t have to worry about the heaviest being in the back, even if she really doesn’t want to be. Unfortunately the width means it’s kind of a bitch to get through tight spaces. It’s a curse to operate in crowds. But on the plus side… It forces a bit of your own bubble space. If you walk to longer distances and periods of time, the side-by-side is the easier.
A front to back is easier to get into tight fits and to push through doors and in between racks at a mall. But they’re also typically harder to make tight turns, and the weight distribution is tricky. Plus, in crowds you’re more likely to run into people’s ankles. (And even in Disney, people will fight you if you do that too much. Trust us, we know.)
Our Pick: City Mini Double Stroller
This stroller lets your little ones recline or sit upright and the cover is so deep, they can crawl up and be protected from a full blown rain storm. (Done that.) There’s a pretty substantial bin underneath and it folds and sets up super easy considering how big this thing is. You can purchase a glider to go on the back for a third kid to sit or stand on and while that’s super convenient, keep in mind there’s a 100% chance that you’re going to kick that kid. (So always make the kid who’s being a shit ride back there.)
Rating: 4.5 (On Amazon)
Runner-Up: City Select Double Stroller with 2nd Seat
We picked and circled and drew arrows around the configuration you’re likely to use the most. Because keeping those fighting kids separate is the best way to have a peaceful walk. (hahahahaha, “peaceful”) Sometimes they just want to look at each other, though, so give it a go, if you want; bottom left is the best way to do that. If you want them both facing the same way, there’s a really good chance that’s going to devolve into a seat-kicking hair-pulling thing. Choose your configuration wisely.
Rating: 4.5 (On Amazon)
What’s your stroller of choice, mamas?