6 Must-Have Stroller Features That Make Outings a Breeze

6 Must-Have Stroller Features That Make Outings a Breeze

Originally posted on The Bump by Cassie Kreitner, sponsored by Maxi-Cosi.

These details make all the difference when on the go.

Baby needs plenty of gear, but there are few things that will get used as often (or as long) as a stroller. And as one of the bigger-ticket items you’ll register for, it’s an important decision to make before baby arrives, especially if you go with a travel system—which includes a car seat and makes it infinitely easier to get a newborn from point A to point B. Not sure which features will matter most to your family, let alone how to prioritize them? Whether you’re just starting your research or you’ve already road-tested a few, we’ve narrowed down what to look for in your first stroller to help make outings with baby a walk in the park.

A Travel System With a Click-In Car Seat

This versatile combo makes car-to-stroller transfers easier and can help baby stay snoozing -- major wins. But the Maxi-Cosi Tayla XP Travel System doesn't come with any ordinary infant car seat: The Coral XP has a removable 5 lb. inner carrier that easily detaches from the car seat's outer shell. This means you can conveniently carry baby using the ergonomic handles, or go hands-free with the cross-body strap.

An Adjustable Stroller Seat That Adapts to Any Age

Once baby's old enough to sit up on their own (around 5 to 7 months), it's time to make the move from using a car seat to a more upright stroller seat. Look for one with multiple recline and leg rest positions, like the Tayla, which fits kids up to 50 lbs. Bonus points if the seat can be flipped to face forward or backward.

A One-Handed Fold for Easy Transport

Outings with baby are akin to juggling - you've got a diaper bag, plus your latest grocery store or errand haul, not to mention a little one you can't put down. Getting everything inside - in the fewest amount of trips - is no easy feat. The Tayla has a simple one-handed fold and saves storage space by standing upright. 

All-Weather Comfort So Baby Is Made in the Shade

Blocking the sun (or strangers' germs) is important when you're out and about. No need to worry about a blanket siding or blocking airflow with the Tayla's mesh 360 MaxShade. It even has a zip-open ventilation window so you can peek in. Plus, the stroller seat cushion is two-sided (and machine-washable!) with breathable mesh for warm weather and a cozy knit for cooler temps.

Significant Storage to Haul the Essentials (and More)

A stroller = your nursery on wheels. Look for an easy-to-access, extra-large basket that has plenty of room for stashing your diaper bag, toys, snacks and other items you pick up along the way.

A Smooth Ride for All the Bumps in the Road

All-wheel suspension and the Tayla's SmoothRide innovative tire technology will help make sure baby's naps go uninterrupted, even if you hit a few bumps on the sidewalk. The stroller also has an adjustable handle with four height positions and lockable swivel wheels that steady the course when switching to a new terrain. 

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