American Baby Senior Lifestyle Editor Jessica Hartshorn shows Parents TV the best strollers on the market.
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Hi, I'm Jessica Hartshorne. I'm a senior lifestyle editor at American Baby Magazine here today to talk about strollers. So very year we do a stroller story and we review something like you know 20 strollers, 25 strollers trying to find the best new ones usually to show our readers. We showed 18 this year in our article that comes out in our June issue. So what we’re looking for in a stroller, you want to make sure that it comes out of the box easily. We've eliminated strollers in the past when we couldn’t even Billy Bob it. If we can't pull the stroller, then it can't be in the story. Easy to push obviously but also sturdy and you know it needs to have a decent size basket to carry stuff and a canopy that protect from the sun. So usually we tell people with a newborn to start off with like a travel system or it's got a car seat tat snaps into the stroller. They’re usually pretty well priced and then you get your car seat in your stroller sort of for the price of one. As your child gets bigger, however, you might want something a little bit more substantial. Then people often may want to something like the look when you zap which is really kind of futuristic looking stroller. It pushes really easily. It turns really easily but it can hold a bigger child. I also really like—a zippy stroller which has a snack tray you know bar that I find useful and again a really big canopy. And it folds really easily. And then when they’re still bigger when they’re like three years old, then you want a really lightweight stroller like Graeco has stroller where the stroller itself is only like 10 pounds. So, when you add your 30-pound child, it's not too much to manage. We do also pay attention to fashion. This year, we showed just for fun McLaren has this Lacoste you know alligator stroller which they charge like about $400.00 for but it comes with a bunch of fun extras like a little sunhat. It's preppy and it's more of a style statement like some parents definitely want to push like the coolest stroller on the block versus just the most utilitarian. Fitness oriented parents and apparently especially dads are interested in a jogging stroller because there is a lot of appeal to be able to exercise with your baby. So we should Bob’s revolution, it's a really easy to turn stroller that can—it's not just for jogging like it's really good for just walking and running errands as well. The research we did showed a lot of parents are in the market for a double stroller. I really like Jubee because it's a type close to the other double stroller. More expensive is the Feel & Test but we’re seeing the stroller around a lot, someone to show it where the one can ride sort of under the other. It's a cool stroller. My very favorite new double stroller is Baby Jaggers Sitti Mini which is really maneuverable. It's again pretty big but it folds really easily. And it's worth spending money on one that’s really good and one that you're going to like and one that folds easily for you and fits in your car, sort of fits your lifestyle. I tell parents to talk to other people in their neighborhood who live a similar to them, see what works for them. And our buying guide, you can find where to buy these strollers but you can find a lot of them at Babies R Us and babiesrus.com and also Amazon.com sells a lot, on LB Baby and lbbaby.com, also theirbabies.com, strollers.com, Burlington Baby Depot and then the—like Target and Wallmart sell a lot of these strollers as well. So if you want to see more details on all 18 strollers including their price and some of their components, it is in the June issue of American Baby.