Picking a Stroller

image0008My mom’s stroller, circa 1971, weighed a ton. By baby number three, the canopy was gone. It was all metal and collapsible; the seat reclined for napping. The rack underneath was handy for packages.

You’ll want a stroller for your baby. The ones that hold the infant car seat are convenient, especially if they convert for the older child.

Babies can go outside as soon as the family wants to take them out. Keep baby shaded and dressed for the weather. It’s enclosed spaces and close contact with lots of (potentially sick) children and adults that newborns should avoid.

The stroller should be affordable, light, and easy to clean. It should fold up and fit in your car without much fuss. By the time your child is a toddler, you may want a very minimal stroller. For the zoo and amusement park, you will be leaving your stroller unattended—something to consider when pricing them.

Most children outgrow all but the most industrial strength strollers around four years of age, and by that time, they prefer to walk, especially if the activity is one they enjoy.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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