If you think picking the perfect name for your baby is hard, try picking the right stroller. Lightweight or cushy? Easy to fold or dentproof? "When first-time parents come in they're like wow," says Anthony Green, a stroller salesman at Buy Buy Baby in Manhattan, which offers more than 50 different models, some with shock absorbers and built-in CD players. "I tell them to come in once, be overwhelmed, and then come back." TIP SHEET's Julie Scelfo sorted through the hype:
This cushy Australian import provides a range of baby comforts like a built-in headrest and soft, padded seat. Mom and dad like the peekaboo windows and the option of an add-on toddler seat ($374.99; valcobaby.com).
MOUNTAIN BUGGY 'URBAN'
Three wheels and air-filled tires give this model a sporty feel that's ideal for off-road conditions or busy city streets. Super easy to collapse in a single motion ($409; mountainbuggy.com).
Stylish, lightweight stroller is durable and easily maneuverable. It has a fully reclining backrest, making it ideal for babies of all sizes, from newborns to toddlers. An unbeatable price ($169; zooper.com).
MACLAREN TECHNO XT
Urban parents love this one for its durability and compactness. (At 17 pounds, it's easy to cart around.) It's best for children who can already sit up ($299.99; maclarenbaby.com).
The sleek design and superior engineering made this Dutch invention hot, hot, hot--even before it appeared on 'Sex and the City' as a fashion accessory. Eat your heart out, Manolo ($729; bugaboo.com).