What makes a good stroller walk?

When venturing out with a baby and stroller, there are a few things to consider before settling on a route:

Terrain is always an important factor, but even more so when travelling with a stroller. Can you safely and easily negotiate a stroller along the path or is it too bumpy? What type of stroller will work best? Will you need an all-terrain stroller or will a small-wheel umbrella stroller do the trick? Routes that are too narrow or steep or have too many obstacles are probably best avoided.

Heading out on a long outing may do great things for your post-pregnancy body, but not all babies are up for the challenge. The trick is to select a route that has multiple looping options so you can keep going around and around as long as baby is happy (or sleeping), yet still motor back quickly if need be.

No one wants to change their baby on the floor of an outhouse, so features such as stroller-accessible washrooms are important – even better if they have change tables. Picnic tables and benches are helpful when you need to stop and tend to your baby or just take a break. Open areas and playground equipment are also good for toddlers who aren’t content to spend the whole time in the stroller.

Not only is it important for your baby to have something interesting to look at while on the trail, but it can really help keep moms motivated. Wouldn’t you rather stare at a beautiful forest or out at the ocean than watch traffic going by?

Now that you know what to look for in a great stroller walk, get out there and hit the trails!