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  • Best Strollers for 2019

    September 02, 2019
    22 min read

    Whenever you head out with your baby — whether to run errands or take a trip to the park — having a baby stroller that you can rely on and has all the features you need can make life much easier. To help you choose a stroller that best suits you and your baby, over 15,000 Pampers Parents voted for their favorites.

    Based upon Pampers Parents votes, we’ve created a list of the best travel system strollers, jogging strollers, and lightweight umbrella strollers.

    We've also included what Pampers Parents say are some pros and cons of each stroller.

    Along with our list of top strollers, read on to learn more about the different types of strollers, what to consider when buying a stroller, and tips for safely using your baby’s new stroller.

    What's in this article:

    What Types of Strollers Are There? What to Consider When Buying a Stroller Best Travel System Strollers Best Jogging Strollers Best Lightweight Umbrella Strollers Safety Tips When Using Your Baby’s New Stroller

    What Types of Strollers Are There?

    There are six common types of strollers:

    • Travel system strollers. These include an infant car seat, a car seat base, and a stroller. The car seat portion can be moved from the car seat base to the stroller. A travel system stroller usually costs more than other types of strollers, but this style offers good value because once your baby outgrows the infant car seat, the stroller part of the system can still be used for years to come.
    • Jogging strollers. These strollers are generally three-wheeled with a single front wheel and two in the back. They have a hand brake as well as a foot-operated brake for easy speed control, which comes in especially handy when you’re out jogging.
    • Lightweight umbrella strollers. These are good for babies older than 6 months who can sit up on their own. They’re ideal for traveling because they fold easily and, just as the name indicates, are lightweight.
    • Full-sized strollers. These strollers can go from the newborn stage up until your little one no longer needs a stroller. They’re heavy, so if you have to manage public transportation or if you need easy portability, these aren’t the best option. These strollers tend to be durable and can be a good long-term investment.
    • Car seat carrier strollers. These are simply frames that carry your baby’s car seat. Stroller frames are usually lightweight and inexpensive, but you need to make sure they’re compatible with your preferred baby car seats.
    • Double strollers. There are tandem models in which one of your little ones sits behind the other. There are also side-by-side models where your two little ones sit side by side. This option can be good if you have twins, or if you have two young children. There are also triple strollers on the market.

    Among these different types of strollers on the market, only travel system strollers, jogging strollers, and lightweight umbrella strollers made it onto the Pampers Parents top-voted lists.

    What to Consider When Buying a Stroller

    Here are some things to consider when choosing the best stroller for you and your baby:

    • Does the stroller meet federal safety standards? Strollers sold in the U.S. must meet specific safety standards. Look for a sticker on the stroller or the packaging of the stroller that shows that the manufacturer participates in the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association’s (JPMA) certification program.
    • Is the stroller right for your baby’s age? Until your baby is around 6 months old and can control his neck and head, make sure your stroller can fully recline to give your baby the head and neck support he needs.
    • Will the stroller fit in your car? If you have a car, make sure your stroller will fold compactly enough to fit in your car.
    • Will you use the stroller more often on smooth or rough terrain? Some strollers are built for “all-terrain” usage, like grassy trails or gravel pathways, while other strollers are more suited for use on smoother surfaces like sidewalks.
    • Does the stroller have the storage space you need? You might like to pack a lot of gear in your stroller such as a diaper bag along with your handbag. Also, consider how easy it is to access that storage space.
    • Does it have the added features you want? We’re talking things like cup holders, built-in speakers that connect to an MP3 player, or special clips for your cell phone. Check out what features are on offer and see what’s important for you.
    • Is it easy to clean? Many strollers require only a wipe down with warm, soapy water, but some have removable padding that is machine washable. Look at whether the stroller has lots of little nooks and crannies that might be hard to clean.
    • Is the handle height right for you? The handlebars should be at your waist level or a bit lower. Make sure the height is right for you and your partner, or that the height is adjustable. You might like to take a stroller you’re considering buying out for a test run; if you’re buying online, see if you can check out a floor model in a local retailer before you purchase.
    • Is it easy to maneuver? When your stroller is weighted down by your baby and heavy things like a diaper bag or purse, make sure it’s still easy to push and maneuver. You should also be able to push the stroller in a straight line with only a single hand.
    • Are the brakes easy to control? Ideally, the brakes won’t work merely by putting pressure on the tires, but will also have some kind of mechanism integrated into the wheel itself that stops the wheel from rolling. Either way, make sure the brakes are easy to engage.
    • How easy is it to adjust the seat? Find out if adjusting the backrest or fastening and unfastening the harness is reasonably simple.
    • How easy is it to fold and unfold the stroller? Some strollers require one hand and others require two to open and close. Both methods can be simple, but make sure the stroller you buy is easy for you to manage.
    • Is the price right? Strollers can be quite expensive, but a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean a better stroller or a stroller that will meet all of your needs.
    • Does your baby have special needs? If your baby has special needs or health concerns, you might need a stroller that can carry equipment like an oxygen tank or cardiac monitor. Ask your baby’s healthcare provider for suggestions. You might also get suggestions from other parents who have babies with similar health concerns as yours.
    • Double stroller safety. If you purchase a side-by-side model double stroller, make sure there’s only one footrest that goes across the entire front of the stroller. If the footrests are separated, your little one’s foot could get stuck in between.

    Best Travel System Strollers

    Travel system strollers can be great value because they can be converted to suit your growing baby. They come with an infant car seat carrier, a car seat base, and a stroller that holds the infant car seat before it turns into a toddler stroller.

    1. Graco Modes Travel System

    Graco Modes Travel System

    Why pick this one? This stroller is three-in-one. It can be an infant car seat carrier; a reclining baby stroller, which can be either back- or forward-facing; and a toddler stroller that can hold your child until he reaches 50 pounds.

    This stroller has options for both a three- and five-point harness to suit your growing baby. It has a tray for you and two deep cup holders. It also has tray for your little one and armrests that are removable to make it easier to get your baby in and out.

    Be aware that a few Pampers Parents mentioned that this stroller isn’t great for bumpy terrain and works better on smooth surfaces like a sidewalk.

    Highlights: With multiple recline positions and leg rest adjustments, this Graco stroller can be adjusted to create 10 unique configurations.

    Details:

    Graco Modes Travel System
    Item size27.5 x 27.5 x 41 inches
    Item weight21 pounds
    Baby weight4 to 35 pounds [infant car seat], Up to 50 pounds [stroller]
    Baby heightUp to 32 inches [infant car seat]

    Price*: about $500.00 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: This stroller is very easy to set up and fold down.
    • Cons: The seat padding isn’t machine washable.

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    2. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

    Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

    Why pick this one? This travel system stroller can be used as an infant car seat carrier and as an adjustable stroller for your baby as he grows into toddlerhood. The backrest reclines into multiple positions.

    This stroller comes with a large, adjustable canopy for shade. Its full-suspension wheels and front swivel help give a smooth ride. Be aware that some Pampers Parents noted that they had trouble with the wheels getting stuck from time to time.

    It has a linked brake system for the back wheels that can be engaged with a tap of your foot.

    The handle is padded and can be adjusted to one of three heights for your comfort. The handle also doubles as a carry handle for when you fold the stroller down for storage or transportation.

    Highlights: This stroller is easy to fold down with one hand. As you're folding it down, the front wheels simultaneously rotate inward for easier handling.

    Details:

    Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
    Item size35.5 x 43 x 21.75 inches
    Item weight47.3 pounds
    Baby weight4 to 30 pounds [infant car seat], Up to 50 pounds [stroller]
    Baby heightUp to 30 inches [infant car seat]

    Price*: about $379.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The actual seat is so easy to install both in the car seat base and the stroller, too.
    • Cons: It’s bulky and not easy to place into tight spaces.

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    “I love this Trio Travel System. The storage compartment is perfectly sized and allows for easy access when strolling. It's the best!”

    Pampers Parent
    Britax B-Free & Endeavours Travel System

    Why pick this one? This stroller travel system includes an infant car seat, a car seat base, the stroller, and car seat adapters that attach to the stroller so you can securely lock the car seat into place when you transfer it to the stroller. The stroller's car seat can be used in the rear-facing position. It can be used as a forward-facing stroller after your baby outgrows the infant car seat.

    It has three wheels made of solid rubber, so you don’t have to worry about them going flat. The back wheels as well as the front wheel are lockable. The handlebar adjusts to suit your height. Plus, there’s a large, expandable canopy to keep your baby shaded.

    A few Pampers Parents noted that they had some troubles with the front wheel becoming wobbly after a few months of normal usage.

    Highlights: This stroller has many zippered and open storage options for tucking away essentials.

    Details:

    Britax B-Free & Endeavours Travel System
    Item size44 x 24 x 42 inches
    Item weight22 pounds
    Baby weight4 to 35 pounds [infant car seat], Up to 65 pounds [stroller]
    Baby heightUp to 32 inches [infant car seat]

    Price*: about $599.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: This stroller is amazingly easy to steer and maneuver.
    • Cons: The stroller is heavy and the seat is relatively shallow.

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    4. Doona Infant Car Seat & LATCH Base

    Doona Infant Car Seat & LATCH Base

    Why pick this one? This stroller is really a car seat with integrated wheels. It comes with a LATCH base that remains in your vehicle, so you can easily move the seat from the car and, with the click of a button, unfold the wheels so that it becomes a stroller. If needed, it can be installed in your vehicle without using the LATCH base.

    This stroller has a one-touch brake that you can engage with the tap of your foot, and it has a five-point harness. The handlebar height is adjustable. This stroller is also certified for air travel.

    Keep in mind that because it’s an infant seat stroller, you’ll have to purchase another as your baby reaches the maximum size limit of this product.

    Highlights: The seat has removable and washable fabric.

    Details:

    Doona Infant Car Seat & LATCH Base
    Item size28.5 x 18.3 x 16 inches
    Item weight 16.5 pounds
    Baby weight 4 to 35 pounds [infant car seat]
    Baby height Up to 32 inches [infant car seat]

    Price*: about $679.00 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s very light considering it’s a car seat and stroller in one.
    • Cons: It doesn’t have any built-in storage space.

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    “It saves cargo space in my trunk since the stroller is already a part of the car seat.”

    Pampers Parent
    UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

    Why pick this one? This stroller comes with a compatible infant bassinet. It can be used as a bassinet carrier stroller to start with; then, as your baby grows bigger, it can be used as a back- or front-facing stroller. It’s compatible with UPPAbaby MESA infant car seats (not included).

    The mattress pad in the bassinet is ventilated for better breathability. The stroller folds in one step. The UPPAbaby Vista also comes with both a rain shield and a bug shield. It’s got a large basket for storage. You might like that it has full-grain leather details for a luxury look.

    Highlights: With compatible components and adapters, this stroller can be configured to hold up to three children.

    Details:

    UPPAbaby Vista
    Item size24 x 17 x 34 inches
    Item weight 14.7 pounds
    Baby weight 4 to 30 pounds [infant bassinet], Up to 50 pounds [stroller]

    Price*: about $929.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: Even if you don’t have an UPPAbaby car seat, they sell adapters so this stroller works with many other brands of car seats.
    • Cons: This stroller is expensive. It can be handy if you’ve got a growing family, but there’s an upcharge for every component you want to add.

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    Best Jogging Strollers

    If you’re a runner, you can stick with your fitness routine and take your little one with you when you have a good jogging stroller. Read on to find out which ones Pampers Parents voted as the best jogging strollers.

    1. Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller

    Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller

    Why pick this one? This jogger stroller has a multi-position reclining seat. It’s compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seats, which you can purchase separately. For your little one, it has a tray with cup holders that pivots and is removable.

    This stroller comes with a large, expandable shade canopy that has a peek-a-boo window so you can see your little one when you’re out on your stroll together. The harness can convert from a five-point to a three-point system.

    There is a large parent’s tray with a smartphone cradle and two cup holders. The stroller has a covered storage compartment as well as an extra-large open storage basket. It has a one-hand folding mechanism and is self-standing when folded.

    Be aware that several Pampers Parents mentioned that this stroller is quite bulky and doesn’t stay folded well.

    Highlights: The front wheel on this stroller can be locked into a fixed position for jogging mode and unlocked for a swiveling strolling mode.

    Details:

    Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller
    Item size 40 x 24 x 42 inches
    Item weight 35 pounds
    Baby weight 5 to 50 pounds

    Price*: about $189.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s a very smooth ride and easy to guide.
    • Cons: The tires have to be pumped every so often.

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    “The big wheels make getting up and down sidewalks easy and make it ride smoothly over cracks and bumps.”

    Pampers Parent
    Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

    Why pick this one? This stroller has large, bicycle-style tires for smoother rolling on most surfaces. The front wheel swivels for easier maneuvering on slower strolls and it locks into place for jogging. The reclining seat is padded and has a five-point harness. There’s a large shade canopy and a storage basket.

    This stroller has both parent and child trays with cup holders. This stroller is compatible with Baby Trend infant car seats if you’d like to use it as part of a complete travel system.

    Bear in mind that some Pampers Parents said the front wheel has to be adjusted from time to time or it becomes quite wobbly, making for a bumpier ride for your little one.

    Highlights: The adjustable handle is extra wide and ergonomically shaped for your comfort and for easier maneuverability.

    Details:

    Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller
    Item size 47 x 21 x 41 inches
    Item weight 25.5 pounds
    Baby weight 5 to 50 pounds

    Price*: about $77.70 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It maneuvers well on rougher terrains.
    • Cons: It’s not too easy to fold compared to other strollers.

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    3. Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller

    Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller

    Why pick this one? This lightweight jogger stroller has a very simple, one-hand folding mechanism. The large UVA protection canopy has a built-in peek-a-boo window so you can see your little one. The adjustable seat back has a near flat recline. The front wheel can lock into a fixed position for jogging, or you can leave it unlocked when you’re just strolling with your little one.

    City GO infant car seat adapters are included (the infant car seat is not included), so you can make this jogger stroller a complete travel system stroller. If you’d like, you can buy separate components to add on to this stroller to customize it such as a tray for your little one or console tray for you.

    Be aware that the handlebars on the City Mini 2 are not adjustable, so make sure the height works for you.

    Highlights:

    Details:

    Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller
    Item size 43.7 x 24.2 x 41.5 inches
    Item weight 17.6 pounds
    Baby weight 5 to 50 pounds

    Price*: about $279.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s very easy to fold and it folds compactly.
    • Cons: The storage basket is small.

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    “It’s easy to fold and clean. It’s held up well for 2.5 years of use and still looks new.”

    Pampers Parent
    Thule Glide 2.0 Performance Jogging Stroller

    Why pick this one? This jogger stroller has a fixed, 16-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheels for great jogging performance. The handlebar is ergonomic and adjustable to suit your height. The multi-position canopy has a magnetic peek-a-boo flap. Also, there are zippable side ventilation windows to help keep your little one comfortable.

    The twist hand brake integrated into the handlebar gives you easy speed control. There’s also a foot pedal brake. The suspension system in the wheels can give you and your baby a smoother ride. The seat reclines and there’s a large storage basket. If you’d like, you can buy additional accessories to add on and customize this stroller such as a bottle holder or a footmuff to keep your little one warm in colder weather.

    Several Pampers Parents noted that because this stroller has bigger wheels to make it an effective jogger stroller, it’s bulky and takes up a lot of storage space.

    Highlights: This jogger stroller has a higher child weight limit than the other strollers that made it onto the Pampers Parents list, so you can use it longer.

    Details:

    Thule Glide 2.0 Performance Jogging Stroller
    Item size40.6 x 27 x 40.9 inches
    Item weight 23.8 pounds
    Baby weight 75 pounds

    Price*: about $479.95 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s quick and easy to adjust the handlebars.
    • Cons: It’s easy enough to fold, but it takes both hands to do it.

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    Best Lightweight Umbrella Strollers

    Lightweight umbrella strollers are great if you’re often on the go or if you need a stroller that’s easy to manage when you’re traveling with your little one. Here are the Pampers Parents’ top-voted strollers in this category:

    1. 2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller

    2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller

    Why pick this one? Uppababy says this stroller is great for urban parents. This lightweight stroller has a one-handed folding mechanism, a roomy storage basket, and a smaller storage pocket that’s perfect for items like your keys and phone.

    You can purchase optional car seat adapter accessories or a “From Birth Kit” to make this usable from birth until your little one doesn’t need her stroller anymore. The extendable sunshade canopy has a vented window. The multi-position reclining seat is equipped with a five-point harness. This stroller has all-wheel suspension for a smooth ride.

    Be aware that a few Pampers Parents didn’t like that the peek-a-boo window flap on the canopy is fastened with Velcro. They noted that it’s a bit loud when opening it.

    Highlights: This lightweight stroller has a one-hand folding mechanism as well as a carry strap for easy toting.

    Details:

    2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller
    Item size12.5 x 18.25 x 23.5 inches
    Item weight 15.2 pounds
    Baby weight 3 months old to 50 pounds

    Price*: about $399.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The leather handlebar is a great touch.
    • Cons:The seat recline mechanism could be better — it’s not easy to use.

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    2. Kolcraft Cloud Lightweight Umbrella Stroller

    Kolcraft Cloud Lightweight Umbrella Stroller

    Why pick this one? This stroller folds in one step and is made for travel. It’s easy to carry along when you’re not using it. There’s a large sun canopy as well as a rear hood for extra sun protection.

    This stroller has a three-point harness and shock-absorbing front swivel wheels. There is a lower storage basket and a cup holder for you. The umbrella-style handles are padded for comfort and a better grip.

    Keep in mind that some Pampers Parents said that although this stroller is great for smooth surfaces like sidewalks, it’s not great if you’re on dirt or grass.

    Highlights: Built into the backrest is a roll-up panel that exposes mesh for better ventilation on hot days.

    Details:

    Kolcraft Cloud Lightweight Umbrella Stroller
    Item size41.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches
    Item weight 9.5 pounds
    Baby weight 3 months old to 40 pounds

    Price*: about $39.64 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s so lightweight that it’s not only easy to push, it’s easy to carry.
    • Cons: The wheel base in the back is narrow, so you might occasionally kick the back wheels as you walk.

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    “It has all the features you need in a super easy to fold and carry stroller.”

    Pampers Parent
    Summer Infant 3Dflip Convenience Stroller

    Why pick this one? The seat on this light umbrella stroller is reversible, so your little one can face you, or face forward. The lightweight aluminum frame has a large seat with a six-position recline. The seat also has an infant head support and a five-point safety harness.

    The large shade canopy has a peek-a-boo window so you can more easily see your little one when you’re going for a walk. This stroller includes a cup holder for you and a side storage pocket. The rear wheels quickly lock with the tap of a foot pedal.

    Keep in mind that a few Pampers Parents said that when the seat is in the back-facing position (facing you), the small storage basket isn’t easy to access.

    Highlights: The front swivel wheels can lock forward into a fixed position for easier strolling on different terrains such as cobblestone sidewalks or on grass.

    Details:

    Summer Infant 3Dflip Convenience Stroller
    Item size31 x 25.5 x 39.5 inches
    Item weight 17 pounds
    Baby weight5 to 50 pounds

    Price*: about $103.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It fits easily into a small car.
    • Cons: The aluminum frame is light, but easily damaged.

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    4. Pockit Lightweight Stroller

    Pockit Lightweight Stroller

    Why pick this one? This umbrella stroller folds down in two steps. The back of the seat panel is adjustable to suit your baby as she grows, and it has a padded safety harness that’s adjustable to fit your little one’s height. The seat has a recline system to help keep your baby comfortable.

    The front swivel wheels are lockable in a forward position for smoother strolling over various urban terrains. It has a rear-wheel parking brake.

    This stroller comes with an overhead shade canopy. It has a bottom storage basket and the handlebars are padded for grip and comfort.

    A few Pampers Parents said that the shade canopy is on the small side.

    Highlights: The makers of this stroller claim it’s the world’s smallest folding stroller.

    Details:

    Pockit Lightweight Stroller
    Item size22.75 x 16.5 x 39.8 inches
    Item weight9.5 pounds
    Baby weight 6 months to 55 pounds

    Price*: about $149.95 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: Because it folds so small, it’s very travel friendly.
    • Cons: The wheel lock isn’t as secure as with other similar strollers.

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    Safety Tips When Using Your Baby’s New Stroller

    Keeping your baby safe is of utmost importance, so once you find the stroller that’s right for your needs, consider these stroller safety tips:

    • Never leave your baby alone or unattended in her stroller.
    • Make sure the stroller is securely locked in the open position before you put your baby in.
    • Place heavier items only in the lower storage areas of the stroller. Never hang anything heavy (like a heavy handbag or diaper bag) from stroller handles as this can cause the stroller to tip over.
    • Each time you stop the stroller, engage the brakes. Plus, make sure your little one can’t reach the brakes release lever.
    • When you’re folding and unfolding the stroller, make sure your little one isn’t close enough to get her fingers caught in any hinges.
    • Make sure your baby can’t get her fingers caught in the stroller wheels.
    • A five-point harness is the safest type of harness. A five-point harness is one that connects to the stroller in five places: over both shoulders, at each side of the hips, and between the legs. Secure your little one properly with the harness whenever she’s riding in the stroller.
    • If you attach toys to the stroller, make sure they’re securely fastened so your baby can’t pull them off.
    • If the stroller has been in a hot car or out in the sun, check any plastic or metal parts to make sure they’re not too hot before placing your baby in.
    • Don’t use a pillow or thick blanket as a pad in the stroller. If there’s too much room around your baby, tuck tightly rolled small blankets around her to help keep her snug and secure.

    With all the strollers on the market and what seems like millions of features to consider, we hope this list, based on the votes of Pampers Parents, helps you choose a stroller that’s great for you and your baby. Knowing that you’ve got a safe stroller that functions the way you need it to will give you peace of mind so you and your little one can go out and enjoy your day together!

    If you’re here doing some research and getting prepared nice and early ahead of your baby’s arrival, you might like to add one of these strollers to your baby shower registry. This way, one of your baby shower guests might surprise you with the baby stroller you have your eye on.

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    Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    *Prices are correct at the time of writing.

    How We Got These Results

    We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories. Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.

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    Kids Health: Strollers

    Consumer Reports: Jogging Strollers

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