Are you ready to get your precious baby to sit in a stroller, but want to make sure she is prepared and strong enough to do so? You’re probably strolling your baby right now and know the whole drill – first, you strap your infant into the car seat, then attach it to your stroller, and off you go with your little one. But you’re hoping to get her transitioned from the car seat to the stroller very soon so she can enjoy the beautiful view with you.
When can baby sit in stroller? Babies can start sitting in a stroller when they are able to hold themselves up and support their own heads. Every child is different so the right age for one baby to sit in a stroller may be different from another baby. It depends on the size of your baby and her developmental stage.
In this article, we’ll discuss when parents can start using strollers for their little ones and how to determine when their babies are ready to sit in a stroller. Let’s get started!
When can baby go in stroller without car seat?
Babies can sit in a stroller without a car seat when they are around 3 to 6 months old. At around this time, the babies’ neck muscles are strong enough to support their own heads and are able to hold themselves up without support.
However, just because your baby is able to hold herself up and support her own head doesn’t mean that she is prepared to sit in a stroller. Below, we’ll help you figure out when your baby is ready and prepared to sit in a stroller without a car seat and the best type of stroller during this transition.
When Can Baby Sit In Stroller: Here’s how you know
A baby can sit in a stroller when she is able to support her neck and head on her own.
At around 3 to 4 months old, you can hold your baby in an upright position on your arm with her head on your shoulder. If you tilt your shoulder back just a little bit, you can see if your baby is able to hold her head up without any support from you.
If she is able to hold her head up without your shoulder’s support, then the good news is that her neck muscle is strong.
At around 6 months old, your baby should have developed strong enough neck muscles so that she is able to support her own head in an upright position at all times – not just when she is sitting. So by 6 months, your baby can start sitting in the stroller without using the car seat as she should be able to hold up her own head and neck.
When can baby sit up in stroller?
When it comes to when can a baby sit up in a stroller, it really depends on your baby’s size and developmental stage.
For the first few months, your little one’s neck muscles are still developing so it’s best to have her ride fully reclined or in a lie-flat position. Lying flat allows the baby to breathe properly and encourage proper development of the spine and hips. At around 3 months old, the baby’s neck muscle starts to grow stronger and is able to support the weight of the head. At this point, parents can start to switch to the stroller seat in a reclined position.
3 to 6 months
Between 3 months and 6 months, parents are encouraged to help their babies improve and further develop their gross motor skills. Here’s how:
- Lay your baby on her stomach.
- Using a toy to coax them, encourage your baby to lift up her head.
What this exercise does is help your baby use their neck, stomach, and back muscles. The more your baby uses these muscles, the stronger the muscles become.
If you want your baby to sit up on their own, having them hold their head up is the first step. Try to keep this exercise fun by investing in developmental toys to continue this exercise and extend the exercise longer.
At around 6 months old or between 5 and 7 months, the baby’s neck muscle is a lot stronger and she is able to sit up on her own. During this time, babies can transition to the fully upright stroller seat.
At around 7 months old, your baby will have the strength to sit up by herself. During this time, your little one can start to sit completely upright in the stroller.
We highly recommend that parents get a stroller with several recline positions for their babies. This way, the stroller can accommodate your babies’ growth and development and you can use it throughout their developmental stages without having to spend time and money on a new stroller every few months.
If you want to switch between world-facing and parent-facing, you’ll want to get a modular stroller so your baby can explore the world around them as well as bond with you.
When can baby sit forward in stroller?
Babies can sit facing forward in a stroller when they are able to support their heads and necks. This usually occurs when the baby is around 3 to 5 months old. That is when their neck muscles start to develop and support their neck and head.
You’ll know when your baby is ready to sit facing forward in an upright position in the stroller when she is able to sit up and hold her neck and head up without little or no support.
When can baby sit in regular stroller?
We highly recommend that babies sit in a regular stroller when they are about 5 to 7 months old. When your little ones reach 5 to 7 months old, their neck muscles will be strong enough to support their head and neck. This is when your baby is able to hold her head up and can also sit up on her own.
Usually, this is when you can switch to fully upright stroller seats.
When can baby sit in UPPAbaby stroller?
A baby can sit in an UPPAbaby stroller when she reaches 5 to 7 months old. At around 5 to 7 months old, your baby will be able to sit up on her own and support her own neck and head.
Luckily, all of the UPPAbaby strollers are pretty flexible and are designed with your baby in mind. They can be used from when your baby is a newborn to when she is a toddler and no longer wants to sit in a stroller.
Most of the UPPAbaby stroller seats on the market can be used from when your baby is about 6 months old to when she reaches 50 pounds.
When can baby sit in baby jogger stroller?
A baby can sit in a baby jogger stroller at around 6 to 8 months old. Please avoid running with your baby in a jogger stroller until she reaches at least 6 to 8 months old. That’s because most jogging strollers don’t offer a fully reclining seat and the constant rocking and shaking from the parent’s jogging can put pressure on your baby’s neck and head.
Until your babies reach 6 months old, their neck muscles are pretty weak so the muscles aren’t strong enough to support their neck and head and the speed of running or jogging can put your baby’s neck and head at risk of injury from being shaken or jerked really hard.
When can baby sit in Britax stroller without car seat?
A baby can sit in a BOB stroller, a Britax stroller, or a Chicco Bravo Stroller without a car seat when she is at least 6 months old or older. When the baby is between 5 to 7 months old, their neck muscle will have developed and become stronger to support the neck and hold the head up.
When can baby sit in umbrella stroller?
A baby can sit in an umbrella stroller when she is at least 6 months old or older. That’s because most of the umbrella strollers on the market are designed for children that are able to sit up on their own and this usually occurs when your little one is at least 6 months old.
If you have a newborn baby, it’s best to consider other stroller options on the market instead of the umbrella stroller.
So, when can baby sit in stroller?
Before you let your baby sit in a stroller, find out if she can support her own head and neck. If your little one doesn’t have strong enough neck muscles to support their head and neck or to sit upright, then it’s best to avoid letting her sit in a stroller.
Before 6 months of age, it’s best to have your baby lie down in a lie-flat position to ensure proper breathing and proper development of the spine and hip. If your baby is not ready to sit in a stroller yet, they may be hunched over and this can affect their breathing, posture, and overall health.
We highly recommend that parents avoid using any jogging strollers until their babies reach 6 months old or older to avoid any sudden jerky movements to the babies’ heads and necks while the parents are running or jogging.