Post # 1
So, I’ve been reading wedding bee for awhile now and have been reading the baby boards since we found out we were expecting (which was before Memorial Day). Our due date was just changed to January 18th.
I was so shocked and surprised at first, but now we are both so excited and I’ve been looking into some registry stuff. I have about a million questions being as this is my first and the first in my family really, but I’ll start with just one.
What are the best strollers out there in your experience? I’m not a big runner but I’m active so I might like something that I can run with but otherwise I just want something that is functional and durable (because I’m hoping to use it for more than one kid! 🙂 Any suggestions on favorite strollers or really favorite newborn products in general would be SO appreciated!
Also, where did you are and your SI choose to register for baby stuff? Thanks hive!
Post # 3
I recommend setting a budget for yourself on strollers, or it can get out of hand fast whlie you are looking and upgrading!
We got the BOB, since we live off a large hike/bike trail. We opened it yesterday, and it is pretty huge, though, so we might get a snap N go frame to use for travel. My husband was pretty in love w/ the BOB, though. Even though it was more than I’d like to spend, we got it on sale, and it is one of the few baby purchases that really excited him. Plus, I’m hoping it will motivate me to do lots of hiking w/ baby and get back in shape!
We registered at babyearth.com & walmart, but I think BRU & Target are the “standard”, depending on where you live.
Post # 4
I’m not a mom, but I’m a nanny and I know how annoying it can be to use a bad stroller. Cannotwait suggests setting a budget, but personally, when it comes time to buying a stroller, I really would like to invest in a good one because a bad stroller can just ruin your day, especially since I live in NYC so I would be using the stroller A LOT since we walk everywhere. Plus, as you said, it’s supposed to last you through more than one child!
I would stay away from the Maclarens, though they aren’t a newborn stroller. I hate them. They do NOT go over bumps very well and sometimes can catapault the kids out of the stroller if they aren’t buckled in. They tip super easy, and the storage basket is not so easy to access, especially if the stroller is in recline. They wheels also start to wear down unevenly.I also don’t find the breaks that easy to use. It might be a good travel stroller since it folds fairly easily and compactly, but not an everyday stroller.
I’ve used the high-end Bugaboo Bee and it was very very nice. The storage wasn’t too shabby and stearing was a dream. You could easily stear with one hand (which is sometimes necessary when holding an umbrella or talking on a cell phone). It’s very very difficult to stear the Maclarens with one hand, but that is probably true of any stroller that has the two separate handles as opposed to one bar to push. One thing I didn’t like was how you can’t see through the top shade or how low it sits to the ground. It’s easy to manoeuver in stores though. I don’t know how small or easy it is to fold up though because I never had to do that. They had some break issues that they may have fixed in their designs by now (you kind of had to kick the wheel sometimes), but when the parents I worked for called to complain, the customer service was very good about it and sent them an entirely new bottom half of the stroller (not the seat, but the rest of it).
My DREAM stroller is the Uppababy Vista, but I don’t have experience using it. I like how it can be converted to a double stroller if you buy an attachment, and you can also buy a “boogie board” so that a toddler or older child (up to 4 or 5 I’d say) can stand up and ride the stroller. So, technically, you can have 3 kids on that stroller! If you don’t plan on having kids close in age that may not be a big deal though. It also has a ton of storage and a removable bassinet.
Good luck! There are a ton of options out there! You’ll have to go for a “test drive” because what one person wants in a stroller may not be the same as what you are looking for.
Post # 5
We just bought the Quinny Buzz 4. It is a combination jogger/regular stroller (it has 4 wheels, but the front two are positioned like a jogger and can be locked for jogging, or released for normal use). It comes with two sizes of seats, one very padded one for young children and a larger non-padded seat for older kids. It can also be used with the Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seat, which is very highly rated. I chose the Buzz 4 because it is the only stroller needed for any age baby/toddler, and it is supposed to be the most comfortable stroller around which allows baby to sleep better. It is also height-adjustable in case one/both parents are tall. It is almost identical to the Buggaboo but is cheaper and doesn’t have all the same problems.
The Buzz 4 is expensive but Amazon has the best price usually, and I got mine for 50% off during a flash sale.
Post # 6
We went BOB, but like Cannotwait, we’re moving to a house that backs up to great trails. Make sure if you get a jogging stroller that you get one that’s compatable with your carseat.