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Primary Strollers

Given the array of options and uses, not to mention the price tags, selecting a stroller is not unlike buying a car. Check out Strollers 101: The Nestingmode.com Stroller Buying Guide for First-Time Parents before you make your selection. Generally, the decision is between three types: (1) an umbrella stroller (lightweight, easy-folding, highly portable), (2) a convertible stroller (frame supports several "seats" -- bassinet, car seat, toddler seat -- to carry your child from birth through the toddler years), and (3) a jogging-type stroller (smooth ride, though often not particularly well-suited for jogging). To save a few dollars, look for "last year's" colors and free shipping.

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Maclaren Techno XLR (umbrella stroller) Maclaren Techno XLR (umbrella stroller)
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Lightweight Stroller

For travel and quick errands, a lightweight stroller is great to have on hand. Your lightweight, or 'second' stroller, should be in the 10-pound range as opposed to your primary stroller, which may weigh closer to 14-18 pounds (umbrella) or even 20 or 25 pounds (convertible). It should fold easily and have minimal bells and whistles that add to the weight and can be damaged in travel (think airline baggage handling). To save a few dollars, look for 'last year's' colors and free shipping.

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Maclaren Triumph Maclaren Triumph
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Car Seat Stroller Base

The car seat/stroller base combination is the perfect set of wheels for the early months. A stroller base is a lightweight frame with wheels that holds your car seat. It's also easy to fold and stash in a car or restaurant and comes equipped with a roomy storage basket -- perfect for the new parent who wants to take everything along for the ride, just in case.

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Graco SnugRider Stroller Frame Graco SnugRider Stroller Frame
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