Post # 1
My DH and I are expecting this November. We are hoping to purchase our stoller in the next couple weeks.
We have been looking at the BOB stroller and have a couple friends who have it and love it. We would have to buy the car seat adapter and car seat seperately, so I’m thinking it’s going to run us about $1000 in total. Yikes. Again, if it’s amazing we totally don’t mind spending the money. We hope to have at least one more little one after this so it would get used well.
We have heard good things about the Uppa baby and Peg Perego strollers as well. I have looked at the Eddie Bauer Trail hiker at Target, and it seems nice (and a whole lot cheaper).
I am SO overwhelmed by choices. We live in a neighbourhood with good sidewalks and do have some trails, but they aren’t too “rough and tumble”.. I think they’d be fine getting most strollers through without an issue. I do have horses and baby would be attending a few horse shows in which the terrain is not always as fantastic.
I am about 105lbs and will be using it mostly for dog walks, shopping, fairs, barn visits etc and the usual day to day stuff. I would prefer something that is easy for me to fold up/down and maneuver, and light enough for me to be comfortable taking it and baby alone places.
So bee’s, can you tell me:
What stroller do you have?
What do you like about it?
What don’t you like about it?
How much did it cost?
Recommendations, extra info?
Post # 3
@StaceyA: Check out craigslist in your area before you buy new!
I was into the BOB revolution at first, since a friend of mine was going to give us hers for free now that her 4 yr old has grown out of it, but then when I saw it in real life I realized the lower basket is SO SMALL. and I’ll be using this for grocery shopping, so now I’m looking at other options. It’s a great trail and jogger stroller though.
Post # 4
You should check out the Baby Jogger City Mini GT! You can find lots of good info and recommendations in the Baby Bargains book. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It gives safety and performance stats plus additional info on all things baby. I’ve found it very useful for planning for our next LO!
Post # 5
We got the BOB Motion. It is a new 4-wheel model (not for jogging). It is $350. We chose this one because it is really easy to fold and unfold, steers super easy, has lots of leg room for long stride, an adjustable handle (good for mom or dad), has a really smooth ride (air filled tires and shocks), and will last us a long time. We got the Britax Chaperone carseat (runs about $175), which clicks right in to the stroller (you don’t need to buy any additional adapters). Birtax owns BOB, so they are compatible.
We haven’t used it with the baby yet (due next month) but we have taken it around outside, and love it so far. The only negative I would say is that it is a bit less chic than I would have liked, and a bit bigger.
Post # 6
We have two travel systems.
One is the Graco Alano Classic Connect that has a stroller, carseat, and carseat base. It’s from Target and was just under $200. I like that the carseat can snap into the base, but can also still be buckled in with just a seat belt. The stroller can be used long after the baby grows out of the actual carrier/carseat. The stroller has a basket for storage and also collapses down fairly easily. It didn’t require much assembly, and I was able to do it without much trouble at 36ish weeks pregnant. http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=1793999#sthash.XWe1dvRg.dpbs
The other one is Baby Trend Expedition travel system. This one is a jog stroller, and also has the base and carseat. This stroller is a bit heavier than the Graco, so I don’t use it as much for every day use. It also collapses easily. I love to jog with this one though, since it’s a bit sturdier, the front wheel locks, and the handle is adjustable. I wanted to get a BOB jog stroller since they had great reviews, but my dad & step-mom got this one for me as a gift. I’m not sure how much it was, but Babies R Us has it listed for around $240. http://www.babytrend.com/travel_systems_jogger/TJ93412.html
I like both of these, but honestly when I’m out at the grocery store or Target or wherever, I don’t use the stroller anyway- I use a sling or a wrap and wear the baby around since she’s only 9 weeks old. It’s easier not to carry any of these behemoth travel systems around a store. When we go out someplace that will involve a lot of walking, we use the Graco for day-to-day type activities and the Baby Trend for jogging or anything with trails or uneven ground.
Post # 7
Commenting to bump and follow!
Post # 8
We’re looking for a jogging stroller system too with the carseat. I think the one we want to order from amazon is the baby trend. They had mixed reviews tho. We live in a area with rough terrain and sometimes no sidewalk and we love to run. We love the 3 wheel jogging strollers (I had a double one with my two youngest). And te fact that this comes with a carseat will save us money. Not sure yet tho. I’m due in August so we want to order it in the next few weeks.
Post # 9
Has anyone used a Phil and Ted stroller? Reviews?
Post # 10
Just replying back to say we ended up going with the Britax B-Agile stroller and Britax B-Safe carseat… very reasonably priced, the stroller was light, maneuverable and folded down easily with one hand. We may still consider the BOB next spring but for now the Britax was the right choice for us!
Also, bumping for @MrsPuddingface: !
Post # 12
We went with the Chicco Keyfit Carseat and Caddy. We LOVE IT.
basically we couldn’t decide on a stroller because we didn’t really know if we would ultimately want a jogger, a travel system, etc. So we punted. The Chicco Keyfit Caddy will work until our daughter grows out of her infant car seat. that way we will have been parents toting around a baby for six months or so before we figure out what we really need in a stroller.
The bonus is that the Keyfit system has a really nice base for the car and is RIDICULOUSLY easy to transfer from car to stroller and back again. It is very small and easy to drive in comparison to the travel systems and for us that is great because it is easy to go in and out of shops, and to hop on the el or even the bus. Plus it has a big basket on the bottom and is super easy to fold up (and it is compact enough when folded that it can go into a restaurant).
the negative obviously is that there is no bucket seat underneath so it will be useless once she is out of the infant carseat. But as I said, we take this as a positive, since we now know much mire about how we will use a stroller than we did before baby. We plan to have another kid so it will also do double duty.
Post # 13
We’re having twins, so our choices are limited to double options, but I still love ours and think it’s great even for families with one (especially if you’re hoping to have another kid in the next 4 years). We just bought a Bugaboo Donkey from a nice family in our area who were selling it on (barely used) for a fantastic price–£700 instead of the full £1400. I like it because of the versatility (converts from a duo to a mono, and the girls can either face forwards, towards me, or even face each other), the storage space, the amazing ease of pushing, the fact that it’s a travel system (can do bassinets or seats, and carseats snap right on to the frame), and the fact that it is rough enough for all kinds of terrain (even has a two-wheel feature for sand and snow). It also fits through standard doorways in double and, in mono, it has the same footprint as a regular single even though it has a carry basket for shopping on the side.
I don’t like that it’s a bit of a pain to fold down to a compact size (though the easy single-fold does make it small enough to fit in a closet or big car boot) and the fact that, in twin/double mode, it’s quite wide (though still one of the thinnest doubles on the market).
Here’s a promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3xOrYi_HAU
… and here’s a good website where you can read reviews and pros/cons of pretty much every stroller/buggy/pram available: http://www.bestbuggy.co.uk/
Post # 14
We were originally going to go with the BOB Revolution SE, but after doing some extensive reading on it and testing it out, we realized it just wasn’t the right stroller for us. I would only suggest the BOB if you’re going to be using is for exercising/walking outdoors. It just seemed far too large to use in a store or in the mall if you’re going shopping. When I tried it out in Buy Buy Baby, I was overwhelmed with how big the wheels were.
We decided on the Baby Jogger City Mini which has the BOB look, recieved GREAT reviews for tall people like my husband and I, and will work better for shopping trips/walking. I am a fan of jogging, but not enough to have a specialized jogging stroller. If I decide after the baby comes that we need a different stroller just for jogging, we’ll address that then, but even then, you aren’t supposed to jog with a little one until they’re quite a bit older.
Good luck with your stroller search!