As a new parent (or even a second-time parent) choosing the best stroller for your baby and family can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider, many of them unknown until you realize that you are using an item that isn’t meeting your needs.
Let’s face it; a stroller is basically a baby’s first car. And I feel like there are just as many strollers to choose from as there are cars to test drive. It’s overwhelming!
This is the reason we are only one child in, and on our third stroller.
I remember walking into Babies R Us before Ava was born, and thinking “how the hell do we pick one”? Well, let me tell you. I am not sure where my mind was. I must have had pregnancy brain, which is how we ended up taking home a jogging system stroller, a
system to be exact.
Usually, I like to be more positive and outline the pros first, but in this case, I’ll tell you why this was a mistake for me.
For some reason, I thought I would be a postpartum, elite, running phenomenon, sprinting through the river valley with my newborn soundly sleeping in her carrier, which would be attached to her fancy jogging stroller. This literally never happened, not once.
The stroller was way too heavy for me to lift into my car, especially after pushing out a baby. My husband could lift it without difficulty, but that was useless seeing as I would be out and about with baby girl by myself 98% of the time.
Because it was a jogging stroller, the wheels were quite big, which in turn made it quite awkward for me to fold.
I bumped into pretty much everything at the mall, taking down displays as we went. Thank goodness Ava was too little to remember, or else her embarrassment of me would have begun about 13 years too early.
Now, this is not to say that it is not the right choice for YOU. The positive aspects of this travel system are:
You might actually be an elite runner, in which case the big rubber wheels allowing for a smooth ride would greatly benefit your needs. These wheels are also great for all types of terrain (ie. snow, gravel, etc.).
It came with a nice and comfortable infant carrier.
It came with a console/cupholder attachment for me, as well as a child tray attachment (both included in the cost). Many systems do not have either of these and need to be purchased separately.
It was not an overly expensive travel system (I believe around $600.00 CAD, which is awesome for an infant carrier/base AND stroller AND child tray).
It was good quality.
Alas, it did not suffice for mama, and back to the store it went.
Then we purchased our second stroller.
It was a
, and it was beautiful.
The features I love most are:
It is lightweight! Halleluja. I can lift it by myself. In fact, it is so easy to fold (one button) and so light that I can put it in my trunk with one hand. This is really nice, being that I am pregnant again.
The infant carrier is not as wide as the Graco, but Baby was still comfortable in it. With it being a bit more narrow, it fits nicely into my backseat, and it is also easier to carry. Carriers can become very heavy and awkward as your baby grows.
It looks modern and sleek.
It is well made and very maneuverable (ie. I no longer take down displays at the mall).
In truth, the only thing that I don’t like about this stroller is that it didn’t come with a tray for my kid or a cup holder for me. However, these can be purchased separately. The lower basket is also not huge, but that just means I buy less when shopping. Another con for some people is that the wheels are not as high quality as the Graco, but for day-to-day use, this did not affect me at all. I do not typically trek through the snow. Snow days are mall days.
So, you may be wondering why this is not our last stroller purchase.
I have a super simple answer: one stroller seat will not accommodate a toddler and an infant. Unless you stack the babies on top of each other, which I think is frowned upon.
When we made our first stroller purchase, we were so focused and enthralled in having one baby that we did not think ahead to the possibility of a second.
When I realized I was pregnant again I slightly panicked, but not because I was going to be a mom again. If you already have a child, then you know how cumbersome it can be to leave the house with one baby, let alone with two. I’m not a huge fan of over the shoulder baby carriers. They look confusing to me. Because of this, my only option was to purchase ANOTHER stroller that will accommodate my toddler and my infant in the new year.
In the above photo, only one seat is shown. However, once you purchase the other pieces, it is adaptable in many different ways (see below).
I think for this stroller I will begin with positives.
It is VERY high quality. This is apparent as soon as you start to push it.
The wheels are high-quality rubber. This allows for a smooth ride.
The lower basket is really big!
There are several configuration options.
There is a cup holder for me and a tray for my toddler (available for purchase separately if you are buying brand new)
But then there are cons:
It is heavy. Like really heavy, especially because I am pregnant (more on my second pregnancy here ). I can barely lift it into the car without pulling my tummy. Because of this, I am currently using the Britax until I am able to lift safely.
It is expensive. I managed to purchase one secondhand that already had all the attachments I needed, but if you purchase everything brand new and separately, it will cost you a pretty penny.
It does not come with an infant carrier. We kept the Britax and its infant carrier. The couple who we purchased this stroller from also used a Britax carrier so they had the special adapter we needed.
Overall, I do like this stroller. However, I much prefer my
had we decided to stop at one baby. I do know that once my second little one arrives, I will see the true value of my
The bottom line is to do your research. Strollers are not one size fits all. They need to fit your lifestyle, and at different stages. When purchasing, I find it helpful to keep in mind:
Number of anticipated children
Anything that will make your life easier is worth the cost. Please trust me on this! And do not get caught up on keeping up with all the other parents. I mean it when I say that strollers become like cars; you start comparing your model with all the others. Sometimes as humans we are so ridiculous!
Happy shopping 🙂