Post # 1
Does anyone have some good advice on strollers? This is our first baby, but we’d like to buy 1-2 strollers that meet our needs:
* I will be driving the baby to daycare, leaving the stroller, and my husband will be walking the baby home in downtown Boston (roughly 15 min) –> We need something with good wheels / suspension for city walking
* I love the idea of travel systems, so that if the baby falls asleep we can pop it out and put in on the car seat base, or take the carrier portion right upstairs to our condo –> multiple options are key
* We like ones where the baby can either face us or face out, and that have a basinet option
We looked a little this weekend and fell in love with the Uppababy Vista, but it’s $700 (ouch) and it only has a car seat attachment, so we’d still need to buy a car seat and just put that on the Vista frame. In my mind, that defeats spending the $700 (again, ouch) if we’re just going to put a car seat on the frame. If anyone has this stroller, would you please let us know your thoughts?
Another option we’re considering is buying two strollers: One travel system (like a Gracco or similar), and then buying a city stroller like a Bob for the daycare walks and weekend walks. I want to spend less than $1000 to get a stroller or strollers to meet all of our needs. Please help!
Post # 3
I have had a Gracco stroller system since my oldest was a baby, she is now 10. Obviously we switched out the car seat for our 2nd, but the stroller we still use all the time. It was definately worth the investment.
Post # 4
The Graco travel system works like a charm. Your get the car seat/stroller. The stroller can go over rough surface fairly easy. The car seat pops in and out of the stroller very easy. My son is 7 months and we rarely use the car seat on the stroller anymore. He sits in the stroller like a “big boy” and loves it.
Post # 5
Thanks for your responses! So do both of you only have one stroller? I keep feeling that we need to have 3 probably – the travel system, the city mover and a lightweight one for travel / shopping. So overwhelming!
Post # 6
I have a frame that I fit the carrier to right now for shopping trips, short walks, etc. Then we have a jogger stroller with a fixable front wheel. That is our only stroller for walks, runs, shopping etc. The carrier also can be put on the jogging stroller. I have no need for 3 different strollers.
Post # 7
I highly recommend the Inglesina Zippy. I seriously LOVED my stroller and was so sad when DS wouldn’t sit still to ride in it any more. It’s got shocks on the wheels for great shock-absorption in the city, is a travel system with the Compass (?) carseats, and you can purchase a bassinet attachment, if you like. Plus, it’s got one-hand opening/closing mechanism so you can easily handle the stroller by yourself while carrying the baby. A lifesaver!
Post # 8
We have two strollers. as mentioned above the Graco travel system and then I purchased an umbrella stroller with sun shade. Haven’t used the umbrella one yet, that one is going to be mainly used when we go camping in the next few summers or when need a stroller but have way to much stuff in the trunk of the car to fit the Graco stroller.
Post # 9
@shanbrice: I’m with you in that I think I want to have 2 strollers. We’re both runners, so we’re dying to get a BOB, but that’s not really all that practical to use as an every day stroller either.
Post # 10
Everyone’s needs are different so I won’t recommend my strollers to you, but I do have some overall advice I WISH I knew before buying!
- Make sure you see the stroller in person before buying. Don’t buy online without trying it out first. Strollers can be much heavier and bigger than you’d expect!
- Make sure it can fit in your trunk.
- If you fly – even occassionally – make sure it is light enough to fit under the weight limit for strollers. Most airlines have a new (as of last year) limit of 20 pounds.
- Make sure the handle can be adjusted to fit both you and your partner. If you are very different heights or one of you is over 5′-7″ this could be an issue.
- I cannot overstate the importance of a large cargo area underneath the seat.
- It’s best if the stroller can be assembled/disassembled with one hand, as it is difficult when you are holding the baby and you’re alone.
- Make sure the stroller can stand on its own when folded. If you have to travel with a baby in an airport you won’t have an extra hand to keep holding up the stroller at security.
Post # 11
@Vegas Pug – Which jogging stroller do you have?
@inspiredcreationsbyhaley – I will definitely look into the Zippy. It sounds like it could meet a lot of our requirements!
@snmcdowell – Thanks for all your tips!!! We’re due in October so we have time. TG, it sounds like we have a lot of research and test driving to do!
Post # 12
@shanbrice: Have you looked at the new Uppababy Cruz? It’s a little smaller than the vista but less expensive. It has the reversible option but you would still have to buy the car seat adapter.
Post # 13
@shanbrice: We have the stroller system that we use 90% of the time. Then we also have a nicer umbrella stroller that we take when traveling. It folds up and has a sling to carry it with so it is much easier to take on vacations.
Post # 14
I second the Uppababy and have a Quinny Zapp myself. (I live in Boston, too!) Great strollers for the city, both have a bassinet option and you can use that when the baby is small for carrying up into the condo if they are sleeping. Great quality, lightweight, fold easily. We live in a townhouse with little storage and both drive smaller city vehicles and it fits perfectly.
(We also have a frame stroller for the carseat for when we use that – the Quinny is perfect for when we move to a bigger convertible carseat that no longer leaves the car.
Post # 15
also – stores like Magic Beans have most of these strollers out so you can take them for a ‘test drive’
Post # 16
We have the Graco Alano Flip travel system. It allows you to have the child facing you even once they outgrow the carseat. We’re pretty happy with it. We also have a Graco Mosaic stroller because we wanted something a little smaller to travel with.