Strollers are making my head spin

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got the Britax B-ready when Amazon had their buy a stroller get a free car seat event. Of course we havent used it yet but  know many people who love it. I like that when we have number 2 we can get an add on and use the stroller for both kids.

Also – read the post about strollers on

Post # 4
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a stroller and car seat obsession.  Ridiculous.  I like different strollers for specific reasons and car seats because they have to do with safety.  Luckily, I got them as gifts otherwise I would have had to choose one. I have 4 strollers – a pram (peg perego UNO) because its totally plush and I like an infant to be able to lay flat and when the boot and canopy are up, strangers cannot reach in and touch my newborn. But the drawback is it is very bulky and heavy. A bugaboo chameleon because DH liked how easy it is to turn and maneuver and I plan to use it during the toddler phase, a decked out umbrella stroller (maclaren Techno XT) for airline travel, we travel a lot and needed something compact and portable and a BOB jogger because I am a runner and wanted a dedicated running stroller with shock absorbers. 

My best advice is when your baby is using an infant car seat it is really great to have a stroller that is compatible with it so you don’t have to wake up the baby to transfer but then once they are out of the infant carseat you may want lighter weight, compact folding and maneuverability.  I hope that helps you!

Post # 5
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do you have a travel system? or did you purchase your stroller and carseat separately?

Seperately. We have a convertible car seat, so it wouldn’t work in a travel system. I hate infant seats!

What brand(s) do you have?

We have two strollers and a carrier. We have the Infantino MaiTai wrap (which was less than $20, so we figured we’d see if she likes being carried before buying a more expensive one), the First Years Ignite stroller, which is a lightweight stroller for short trips/travel, and my darling, the Ironman BOB jogger, for my running (I run half marathons and would like to run a full one this year or next) and walks

How much did it cost?

The carrier was $20, the leightweight stroller was $55, and the jogger was $410

What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

The carrier is a little difficult to use, the lightweight stroller feels a little flimsy, but the jogger is great! So we’ll see if I cange opinions once she’s here!

Post # 6
1395 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I love my Bugaboo Donkey, which is a travel system. It’s a double that can be collapsed down to a single, which is dead handy if you’ve got one kid now but are expecting to have more in the future. It’s also fab for twins as it can accommodate two car seats, two bassinets, etc. My MIL bought us the stroller lightly used for £700 (as opposed to the £1400 new price) without the car seats. Friends then gave us car seats, and we have the option to buy the inexpensive adaptors separately if we ever get a car (don’t need them now as we only use carseats on rare occasions).

What I like:

  • Can be used for a single child, two children of different ages, or twins. Also accommodates a buggy board on the back for an older child to ride on 
  • Super easy to push–I can push and steer with one finger!
  • Zippy and extremely maneuverable, especially considering how big it is–you can do a 360 without moving the pram from it’s spot. 
  • Awesome bassinet for infants–mine preferred their pram beds to their actual bed! They pop off easily for portability.
  • The designers have thought of everything–best designed pram I’ve ever seen
  • Seats can be front or parent facing and fully/easily recline. Great for twins as they can face each other.
  • telescoping handle. Sounds like a ‘duh!’ moment, but not every pram has this feature. Dads (not moms, dads!) stop me in the street/on the train/on the bus to tell me what a great and handy feature it is and how they wish their pram had it. 
  • ‘bones’ made out of airplane material to make it very light but also very durable
  • All-terrain–can go in sand, snow, on a hiking trail, etc
  • Great suspension makes for a smooth ride without jarring bumps that wake up baby
  • suitable from birth to toddlerhood and grows with your family 
  • looks wider than it is thanks to clever design–footprint of a wheelchair in ‘double’ mode so that it can fit through doorways, footprint of a normal pram in single mode, even though it’s got an extra shopping basket attached to the side
  • loads of parent-friendly accessories available like snack trays, buggy boards, and cup holders
  • Looks sexy 🙂 
  • Loads of storage for shopping
  • Holds its value really well so that you can sell it on and make back a good chunk of your money back when you’re done, especially if you bought used to begin with.

What I don’t like:

  • Double buggies can get cumbersome, so it would be wasted unless you were genuinely planning on having another kid or if, like me, you had twins. 
  • folding down is a hassle. I keep it up in the girls’ nursery, where it has a designated ‘parking spot’, and we use a Maclaren umbrella double (also good) if we’re traveling and need to fit it in the trunk or on a plane. The donkey works for me because I don’t have a car and take buses/trains/trams everywhere and can easily hop on and off without a fuss. If you just do the travel system, though, the fold-down will be a lot quicker as you would just have the frame and carseat, which are easy.
  • the basket is hard to access if you’ve got it in twin mode with two bassinets
  • Two car seats in twin mode make it too wide to fit through standard doorways, which is a pain
  • Too nice to take on holiday…

Post # 7
1395 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sorry, just thought of something else I meant to say. 

While travel systems are great and I would definitely not want to give up my Bugaboo, we are on holiday in Bali at the moment with our girls and honestly, the umbrella maclaren (a twin techno) is working just fine. There are things I don’t love about it (no parent-facing option, no car seat attachment option, harder to push and maneuver, no bassinets, etc), but if you’re looking for something that ‘just works’, folds down in a jiffy, and is really inexpensive, I’d highly recommend getting a good umbrella stroller. All the bells and whistles are nice on travel systems, but there’s also something to be said for simplicity if you want to save some cash and have a no-hassle stroller that you can really wear into the ground. 

Post # 9
2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I haven’t had my baby yet but here’s what I have.  We bought an infant car seat (Graco Snugride 30) and a Snap N Go instead of a travel system.  The snap n go is really light, easy to fold, and has a huge basket on the bottom to hold junk.  For when she outgrows the infant seat and snap n go we bought a Baby Jogger City Micro.  It is really lightweight, folds with one hand easily, easy to maneuver, and is compact.  Lightweight was important to me because some of those travel system strollers weigh a ton and are difficult to fold down.  I also didn’t care about a second seat option because if I have a second kid they’re not going to be close enough together to need a double stroller.  And then price was an important factor for me.  We drive almost everywhere so I didn’t need a stroller that I will use everyday for extensive walking but rather something I can use when we go shopping, or to amusement parks, or for walks but on paved sidewalk.  The snap n go was under $100.  The Baby Jogger we ended up scoring for $50 at Target on a super clearance deal but regularly its $199 which was still a good price.

Post # 10
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

We haven’t actually been able to use our stroller as DD is still cooking (soon! we’re a week and change away from our due date!) BUT in theory I LOVE our uppababy cruz. We got it along with the matching car seat that just clicks in and I cannot wait to use it 🙂 The stroller retails for $459 but often has discount codes of 20% that can be used for it. We didn’t go with the vista because we didn’t feel it was worth the additional price just for the bassinet so the cruz was just right

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