The Low Down on a Special Needs Stroller

Special Needs pic 1Why do you need a special needs stroller, you ask? For one very good, but not the only reason - Flexibility.

While all children are special we realize there are specific special requirements that a special needs child brings. While there are wheelchairs for special-needs children, when they are still so small, a wheelchair seems like an oversized jumper, too big and too cumbersome.

There are a few manufacturers who specialize in Special Needs Strollers, however, some everyday brands can do the job as well. We will focus on the specific brands that cater for special needs adaptability.

Special StrollerCompetencyPrice  Our Ratings
Special Tomato EIO Push ChairB+$$$
Convaid Cruiser Cordura Adaptive StrollerA+$$$$$
Maclaren Major Elite StrollerA$$$

Benefits of a Special Needs Stroller

Special Needs pic 2Lightweight and Compact

Most wheelchairs are heavy and large, making your daily traveling a pain. Modified strollers generally have the same features of a standard stroller. They are easy to fold away and light to lift.

Transport and Storing are Easy

For the same reasons, a special needs stroller is easy to transport. You simply fold them up, normally with one hand, and store them in the trunk of your vehicle. While a wheelchair will take up quite a bit of space even when folded up, a stroller is generally designed to store away in a compact manner.

Adjustable

While wheelchairs do allow for some adjustment, for a little baby of a few months old, you will find that it just isn’t accommodating. Special Needs Strollers will allow you to adjust the seat position into at least 3 to 4 different reclines and the safety straps can be slid higher or lower as the child grows.

Maneuverability

Ever pushed a wheelchair through a mall or even through a standard sized doorway. It requires some F1 skills sometimes and the last thing you need is to battle when out with your special needs child. A stroller is built to work well in most situations and areas.

Special StrollerCompetencyPrice  Our Ratings
Special Tomato EIO Push ChairB+$$$
Convaid Cruiser Cordura Adaptive StrollerA+$$$$$
Maclaren Major Elite StrollerA$$$

What are brands available in the Special Needs Stroller Category?

There are a few main brands that stand out under the special needs category and we have chose a few that had the best reviews and ratings. Let us explore your options.

Special Tomato EIO Push Chair

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COMFORT

The seat is padded from head to toe, with back laterals including a padded head pillow and a sun canopy. Soft-touch accessories can also be added for children with additional positioning needs.

The seat reclines from fully upright to almost flat, dependent on your child’s needs. The foot well adjusts for easy in and out movement.

SAFETY

With a 5-point harness and one-touch rear brakes with spring suspension, your little guy is sitting securely.

EASE

This stroller easy-push, airless, large wheels assure you of easy navigation over any terrain. The front-swivel wheels add to this as well. Lightweight and easily folded, this nifty stroller packs away in most standard sized vehicle trunks.

PRICED RIGHT

With a price of $579, we feel this special needs stroller is worth the spend. The Special Tomato eio Push Chair is the closest to a standard lightweight stroller that we could find.

Convaid Cruiser Cordura Adaptive Stroller

31ojHIgZePLConvaid has many models of strollers and wheelchairs. We have found that the Cruiser model covers all of the needs of a special needs child.

COMFORT

This stroller has full padding with cordura material. The adjustable, swing away footplates make for easy entrance and exit. This stroller, too, has additional accessories that can be purchased to add further support. The adjustable seat-to-back angle allows for those children who struggle to bend at the waist. This is quite a unique functionality.

SAFETY

With an adjustable harness and solid, sturdy but light frame, you can feel secure in the knowledge that your child is sitting in a very stable stroller.

EASE

This adjustable stroller has a weight of 28 lbs. and is easily folded and stored.

PRICE

With all these features one can look past the price of $1688.

Maclaren Major Elite Stroller

41H2oj9nqLMaclaren brings us this unique special needs stroller that is not only cost effective but has good benefits.

COMFORT

With a padded seat and a simple design, this stroller covers the basics. The footrest is detachable for easy in and out accessibility.

From a baby to a small adult of 50 lbs., the Maclaren gives practical comfort and you can add additional accessories for further support.

SAFETY

The 5-point safety harness ensures your child stays put especially if they have a habit of moving around inadvertently.

EASE

Lightweight at 16 lbs. and easy to steer, fold and carry, the Maclaren makes up for its simple design. Double swivel wheels allow for easy pushing, although there are rumors they squeak a lot.

PRICE

We find the $425 price decent given it’s a good brand and a solid , sturdy product.

Special Needs pic 3In conclusion, while there are many makes and models of special needs strollers out there, we hope that our offerings help you decide and get a better idea of what will suit your individual special child.

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