It doesn’t matter whether your umbrella stroller is for a simple walk into town or whether you have a double jogging stroller that you use for your morning run, the suspension matters. Have you ever sat in a low car while going over a speed bump? Can you remember the way the force slams in to you as you hit the ground on the other side? Well that’s exactly what you baby will feel should you choose your umbrella stroller without putting any thought into the suspension.
You live in an urban area
So you think because you live in an urban area that all the terrain you will be crossing will be smooth and flat? Have you thought about all the curbs you will be going over? Have you thought about all the cracked paving stones, steps and hills you will have to navigate, if you haven’t then really should think about the situation again. The fact is that even in urban areas there are lumps and bumps all over the place that will rattle your baby around unless you have adequate suspension.
You live in a rural area
So you live in a rural area and there aren’t many curbs around, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need suspension on your umbrella stroller, in fact it increases your need. Any stone or ditch in the path you take will affect your baby unless the suspension is holding it away. So again you need to make sure that your stroller has the right protection for your little one.
If you don’t have the right suspension on your umbrella stroller then your baby could get seriously hurt. There are such disorders as shaken baby syndrome that can actually be caused by being shaken and that’s exactly what will happen if the suspension isn’t enough in your pram. Now in most cases the shaking in the pram will only be mild and will cause no harm, even if it does cause some discomfort but in some cases the effects could be a lot worse.
Another problem with poor suspension that is much milder than shaken baby syndrome is that your child will simply not be able to get to sleep. They will feel every lump and bump in the road as if it is right next to them and it will make an impossible situation when it comes to settling them down. So if your baby likes being walked to sleep then this will be a disaster.
An umbrella stroller’s suspension is one of the most important features to consider when choosing which stroller to buy. If it isn’t suitable for the terrain that it will be used on then it could cause your baby a great deal of discomfort. This discomfort can cause a whole array of problems from sleep deprivation to syndromes that could affect your baby for life, so while you might have thought that umbrella stroller suspension was just another selling gimmick you couldn’t actually be more wrong.
Having a stroller is only half the battler when it comes to being a parent. It’s all very well and good having what you consider to be the best umbrella stroller on the market, with its ample bottom basket storage but when it comes to finding your keys in a hurry or trying to find your phone before the ringing stops you might start to wonder how on earth some parents manage. Well, if you really want to know their secret here it is, they all have umbrella stroller organizers and consoles. Not only do they make it a doddle to find your keys but they can also help you keep things like breast pumps discreet!
Carry-all from J.L. Childress
When it comes to an organizer that can do it all, then you don’t have to look any further than the Carry-all by J.L. Childrens. Not only does it have a see through mesh pouch that makes finding things a doddle but it also comes with two drink or bottle holders and a front compartment for all your little knick knacks.
This brilliant little console features ample space for your keys and cell phone but its little secret is the cooler pouch on the front. The cooler pouch is large enough to fit a drink or bottle into and makes hot days a breeze by reducing the worry of your babies milk keeping.
This nifty little console is designed with jogging in mind and will fit any umbrella stroller. It has a handy Velcro fastening system which makes it easy to transfer from stroller to stroller and has two bottle or drink holding spaces. It also features a small zip-able pouch that can help to keep your keys and cell phones safe.
This compact console is like a Tardis on the inside. Not only does it have three fastening pockets that will fit all your bits and pieces into them but it also has two insulated bottle holders which will help to keep your bottles hot or cold depending on how you put them in.
Maclaren offer their take on the umbrella stroller console by offering an impressive amount of storage that doesn’t get in the way of the functions of your stroller. It has a large mesh pouch that can fit towels, toys and much more and two bottle holders at the top to keep them handy in a thirst emergency.
If you’re not looking for a fancy pants console then Sunshine Kids might have the solution for you. Featuring two bottle holders and a storage compartment this console might seem stripped of some of the other’s cool features but in some cases and this being one of them, less is more.
Another simple umbrella stroller console that impresses is the Bugaboo, this handy console can attach to your stroller in a number of different places and features a flip lid that can conceal any valuables you might be carrying from sight.
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