A Guide to the Best Strollers for Newborns
One of the more common questions I get from parents is “Why are some strollers suitable for newborns while others aren’t?” This can definitely be a confusing topic for parents who are shopping for strollers for newborn babies. Below is a table of the best strollers I’ve found for newborn use.
|Name||Image||Weight (lbs)||Weight Capacity (lbs)||My Rating|
|BOB Revolution Flex stroller||28.5||75||5|
|Baby Jogger Vue Lite stroller||14.5||55||4.5|
|Baby Jogger City Select Stroller||28||45+45||5|
|BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller||33.1||50+50||5|
|Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller||27||50||4.6|
|Maclaren Quest stroller||12.3||55||4.4|
|Graco LiteRider Click Connect stroller||16.85||40||4|
The main reason why some strollers are suitable for newborn babies while some aren’t comes down to the fact that newborns do not have the neck strength to support their head. As a result of this, newborns are not able to sit in an upright position and are required to lie down, ideally in a flat position. This poses a challenge for many newborn parents because finding a stroller for a newborn baby can be limited in terms of options. That’s why we are here to show you some of the top rated strollers that will work well with an infant.
How Do You Pick Out Strollers for a Newborn?
- 1 How Do You Pick Out Strollers for a Newborn?
- 2 What are the Different Types of Newborn Strollers?
- 3 Jogging Strollers for Newborns
- 4 Lightweight Strollers for Newborns
- 5 Cheap Strollers for Newborns
- 6 Highly Rated Infant Stroller Reviews
In picking out strollers for newborns, it is first important to consider a few factors. Asking yourself these few questions can help guide you towards picking out a suitable newborn stroller.
How many newborns do I need to accommodate with this stroller?
Like any other stroller, knowing how many infants you need to accommodate is important. For example, if you have twins and are shopping for strollers that can accommodate two newborns, you’ll need to make sure that the double stroller is suitable for newborns – fully reclining seat and/or car seat compatible. An example of such a stroller would be the UPPAbaby Vista. On the other hand, if you’re shopping for a double stroller that can accommodate an infant and a toddler, you could go for something like the UPPAbaby Cruz.
The options in picking out a stroller for a newborn baby is less overwhelming when there’s just one newborn.
What are some of the different types of newborn strollers that I prefer?
Knowing and understanding the different types of strollers that are suitable for newborns and infants can help you narrow down your options. For example, from my experience, I prefer using a car seat and stroller combination for my newborns as it makes it easier to transition between the stroller and the car. I also find this combination to be more versatile and lasts longer. The different types of newborn strollers are explored in greater detail in the next section.
What are the Different Types of Newborn Strollers?
In general, there are 3 different types of strollers for newborns and infants. As mentioned, all newborn strollers are characterized by their ability fully recline and/or the ability to be car seat/bassinet compatible. The section below discusses these three different types of infant strollers as well as their pros and cons.
Fully Reclining Stroller
Strollers that have seats that can be fully reclined are suitable for newborn use. This type of stroller is suitable for parents who plan to only use the stroller for nearby walks and do not need the stroller to be car seat compatible. Depending on the weight capacity of the stroller, some fully reclining strollers can last you a long time.
One of the things that I like about this stroller type is that it is usually readily set up for infant use. In other words, in most cases the stroller is all you need to accommodate your newborn. Another key benefit of fully reclining strollers is that they can also be used by older children – as such, they can be used for a longer period of time.
Some reclining strollers have “hard” seats by newborn standards and as such, these will not be the most comfortable type of strollers for newborns, especially if you’re planning to use the stroller for long periods of time. Some strollers like the UPPAbaby Vista and Cruz do however come with accessories which you can attach to the stroller’s seat to make it more padded and comfy.
Examples of fully reclining strollers that are newborn-ready include the: UPPAbaby Vista, Maclaren Quest, Baby Jogger Vue Lite and the Mountain Buggy Terrain.
Car Seat Compatible Stroller
The second type of strollers for infants are those that are car seat compatible. These strollers are suitable for parents who see themselves needing to run errands regularly with a car. Like fully reclining strollers, strollers which are car seat compatible can also last you a fairly long time.
The pro for this type of stroller include the convenience of transitioning your newborn from your car to the stroller. Using a car seat both for your car and attaching it to your stroller is beneficial as it allows your newborn to continue sleeping when you make the transition. Having a car seat also makes this transition safer and more comfortable for your newborn.
It is important to note that car seats are often sold separately from the stroller.
Examples of strollers that are car seat compatible include the: Graco LiteRider Click Connect Stroller, Graco Breaze Click Connect stroller, Chicco Activ3 jogging stroller, Baby Jogger City Select stroller, Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie stroller (double stroller).
Stroller and Bassinet
The last of the three stroller types that are suitable for newborns are compatible for use with a bassinet. For most strollers, this means that you can attach the bassinet to the stroller and once your newborn outgrows the bassinet, you can switch back to the stroller seat.
Many parents (myself included) would agree that having a bassinet is one of the most comfortable options for newborns. Like car seats, having a bassinet allows you to easily transfer the newborn from the stroller without disrupting your newborn’s sleep.
Despite bassinets being the most comfortable option for newborns, they are often pricey. Aside from that, bassinets are something that can only be used for a brief period of time, typically up to 3 months. After the 3 month mark, most newborns start to move around more, making a bassinet not as safe given that they are shallow and do not have a safety harness.
Examples of strollers which are bassinet compatible are the: UPPAbaby Cruz, UPPAbaby Vista, Britax B-Ready stroller, Bugaboo Cameleon stroller and the Mountain Buggy Terrain.
Jogging Strollers for Newborns
Lightweight Strollers for Newborns
Finding a lightweight stroller for a newborn is something fairly common for people who are frequent travelers. As I described in my guide here, I define lightweight strollers as those that weigh 15 pounds or less. They are not only lightweight but also easy to fold, which is convenient when you’re out and about.
The Maclaren Quest stroller is an excellent lightweight stroller that weighs just 12.3 pounds and has a seat that can be fully reclined. Another great lightweight stroller for newborns is the Baby Jogger Vue Lite stroller which weighs in at 14.5 pounds, has a reversible seat and a full recline.
Note that the Baby Jogger Vue Lite stroller is not suitable for jogging.
Cheap Strollers for Newborns
If you’re a parent to a newborn baby and are looking for a cheap and affordable stroller, you have some good options. Going back to the three different types of strollers for newborns, fully reclining strollers and car seat compatible strollers are typically cheaper when compared to a bassinet type stroller. Keep in mind that for a car seat compatible stroller, you’ll also need to purchase a compatible car seat to make it suitable for a newborn. Aside from that, also note that in general, the more expensive a stroller is, the more features it will typically have. Because of this, if you’re planning to use the stroller for at least a few years (during the newborn years and toddlerhood years), I recommend spending a little extra to get a stroller that has more features.
Nevertheless, an example of a cheap stroller for newborns include the Graco LiteRider Click Connect stroller. My personal favorite for a relatively cheap newborn stroller is the Baby Jogger Vue Lite stroller.
Highly Rated Infant Stroller Reviews
UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller
Like the UPPAbaby Vista, the Cruz is a great stroller for newborns. The stroller weighs just 21.5 lbs and offers a reclining seat that fully reclines. Not only that, the UPPAbaby Cruz stroller is a neat travel system – it is both car seat and bassinet compatible. What’s really nice about the design of the stroller is that it is both compact and slim, making it a great choice for city use. Some of the features for the UPPAbaby Cruz stroller include a reversible seat, a canopy with SPF50+ sun visors, AirGo wheels (pneumatic), easy folding mechanism, an adjustable handle bar, and an extremely large storage basket. For me, the UPPAbaby Cruz truly shines in the areas of comfort, compactness, functionality and portability.
Maclaren Quest Stroller
The Maclaren Quest stroller is one of the best newborn strollers around. What makes it suitable for newborns is that its seat fully reclines. Its one-hand recline seat mechanism makes it really easy to adjust the different seat positions when your child enters toddlerhood. The seat is also ultra-padded, which makes this stroller extremely comfortable. Maclaren even included a “newborn safety system,” which is a protective head and foot barrier that safely cocoons newborn babies. Other features include a decently sized canopy with an included rain cover, a lightweight aluminum frame, and a rear wheel suspension system. This stroller is suitable from birth to 55 pounds.
Baby Jogger Vue Lite Stroller
Like the Maclaren Quest, the Baby Jogger Vue Lite stroller is suitable for newborns because its seat fully reclines. Besides that, it can also be used with the City Go infant car seat. Its standout feature is the fact that its seat is reversible – this means your newborn can either face you or face forward. What I also like about this stroller is that it is lightweight, has tall handle bars, and is affordable. This Baby Jogger stroller is also super easy to assemble and maneuver and it folds easily. This is the first newborn stroller I purchased and my 2 year old is still using it whenever we go out as it supports weights of up to 55 pounds.
The features of the UPPAbaby Vista stroller no doubt makes it one of the top infant strollers out there today. What’s really nice about this stroller is that it is really versatile especially if you have 2 or 3 kids (supports up to 2 newborns). It has multiple configurations and is able to support up to two car seats, or two basinets for your newborns. The included bassinet perfect for your newborns to sleep on the go and it is even approved for overnight sleeping. The toddler seat can be forward facing and backward facing and can be fully reclined. It is also car seat compatible, making it super easy to transition between the car and the stroller. One really nice feature of this stroller is that it has a large, easy to access storage basket which carries up to 30 pounds of essential items.
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller is quite an investment, but one that is totally worth it if you’re growing your family as it can accommodate up to 3 children.
Baby Jogger City Select Stroller
The Baby Jogger City Select stroller, like the UPPAbaby Vista, is a super versatile stroller that can accommodate up to 3 children (2 newborns). Its features are similar to the UPPAbaby Vista whereby it is compatible with car seats and bassinets. With the City Select, you can configure this stroller in 16 different ways. Some other key features of this stroller include its adjustable handlebar, a hand operated parking brake, a large storage space as well as great maneuverability. The City Select is definitely a worth the price especially if you plan to use it for more than one child.
Note that you’ll need to purchase a bassinet and/or a car seat to make it newborn friendly.
BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller
If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller that is newborn friendly for everyday use, the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie stroller will most likely be your best choice. Based on BOB’s website, this double jogging stroller is designed to support 8 week newborns to a total maximum weight of 100 pounds (50 pounds per seat). The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie stroller is also suitable to be used from birth with a compatible Infant Car Seat. Other features for this stroller include highly padded seats, an easy two step folding mechanism, an adjustable suspension system and an adjustable handle bar. This BOB stroller is highly recommended for parents who want to jog with their toddlers and want to use this as their everyday use stroller.
This stroller also has a single seated version here.
Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller
The Chicco Activ3 jogging stroller can be used for jogging activities as well as everyday use activities. What makes this stroller newborn friendly is the fact that it accepts all Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 infant car seats. This Chicco stroller is unique and affordable for the myriad features that it comes with. One of its key features is its hand activated controls for locking the front swivel wheel and parking brake. Besides that, it has an adjustable handle bar, a super large canopy, and has flat-free rubber wheels.
Another great single jogging stroller option that can be used with a newborn is the Mountain Buggy Terrain.
These are some of the newborn strollers that I highly recommend. Depending on your preference and how many kids you have/plan to have, either one of these six stroller options would work for your family.
For example, the UPPAbaby Vista and Baby Jogger City Select strollers are both super versatile strollers that can be used to accommodate up to two newborns and a child. These are strollers that will last your family a long time (through toddlerhood).
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