With my youngest almost too big for her stroller, my love for looking at strollers hasn’t faded. I’m still excited to walk into a baby store, or browse online stroller categories for the newest, coolest strollers available. What I’m happy to report, is that there seems to be a growing amount of strollers to choose from each time I check. From the more expensive to affordable and cute, there are plenty of strollers to choose from whether you have a newborn or 4 year old.

one. Phil & Teds Smart Stroller (Black) – $299 at Baby Bunting

two. Combi Urban Walker Groove Pram (Aqua) – $399 at Baby Bunting

three. Mamas & Papas Sola Fern – $569 at Babies R Us

four. Mamas & Papas Trekbuggy – $169 at Babies R Us – AMAZING VALUE!

five. Quicksmart Easy Fold Stroller – $199 at Baby Bunting

As you can see, you can get a really cool stroller for under $200 easily which is a great option for alot of families.

Buying a quality stroller doesn’t mean buying too expensively, or buying an inferior product. All feature a 5 point safety harness and can be used for kids up to 15kgs (around 4 years old). The Combi Urban Walker Groove Pram and Mamas & Papas Sola Fern is also perfect for newborn babies, so you’ll get the maximum out of your stroller from Day 1.

Why buy a stroller? What about a pram? I think that’s a personal choice – it depends on your where you’re going, how long you’ll be out, what kind of car you have (therefore what boot space you have), whether you want to have a bassinet attachment while they’re young, whether you want one for grandma’s or for the carboot. There are so many questions to ask – so my best advice is to go with what you can afford and what you love at first – and then see whether you think a stroller (especially an umbrella fold stroller like the Mamas & Papas Trekbuggy) would be a convenient second addition to your family.

My stroller checklist would include the 5 point harness, easily foldable so it will fit in my boot with room to spare, a decent sized basket underneath, the ability to fully recline and a good sized hood to shield from the sun/wind/rain.

There are so many colourful and fun strollers out there that I think you’ll have alot of fun choosing from stores offline and online :) Make sure your stroller comes with warranty and a customer support phone number just in case of any issues (I’ve never had any though). And have fun strolling along!