Stoller question for BTDT moms

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Stoller question for BTDT moms
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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 11:37am

We just started looking for strollers yesterday and are trying to decide how important one possible feature is...

What do you think of the option of having the baby face you (instead of the outside world) after the 6ish-month point when they are no longer in their car seat? Did your stroller have this option...or would you have liked to have a stroller that had this option? Or, after 6 months, do you think that your LO was most interested in looking out, anyways?

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 11:50am

I didn't really use a stroller with Desmond till he was over 1, and I have used a stroller with Eloise maybe 3 times in the past 10 1/2 months. That being said, I am really disappointed there wasn't a stroller that I could have face me at a reasonable price point when I was looking for a stroller for Desmond. I really prefer them looking at me since then we can interact and I can point out the neat things to see, which is probably why I like them in carriers more anyways. Having them in a front only stroller just makes them feel so far apart and distant from me, it is a lot harder to interact with them while they are facing away from me with a stroller in between us.

So if I could get a stroller, not buying a new one at this point considering how rarely ours are used anyways, I would totally get one where the baby could face me and interact with me, even post 6 months.




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Registered: 12-05-2006
Sun, 01-24-2010 - 3:59pm
I've had many strollers over the years, and still have quite a few.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 10:06pm

I found that once baby is big enough to sit in the regular forward-facing stroller seat, they LOVE it.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 10:51pm

I think it really has a lot to do with baby's personality.

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 1:45pm
We have the graco stroller frame that the snugride carseat can snap into. So James is facing me. James is 8 months old, and he still seems fine with this option. We still use the infant seat, and James still fits in it fine. I guess some babies at this age are too big, but I think most are fine. When James grows out of the carseat I plan to use a forward facing umbrella type stroller or something. I'm not big on spending a lot of money on strollers, and we have a small trunk in our car... FWIW, babies can still see the world when they're facing you, it's just from a different angle. Also, I really like being able to see and interact with James while he's in the stroller. Anyway, I guess maybe some babies wouldn't like it, but James is pretty active guy, and seems pretty happy being in there. Actually I go mall walking with a bunch of mom's and they all use this kind of stroller, and all the babies seem fine. It probably also makes a difference how much you'll use the stroller. I use it about once a week when I go walking at the mall...
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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 2:53pm
I'm a lurker... used to belong to the Waiting to try board LONG TIME ago... when it was the older version... Speaking of a been-there-done-that, my LO is 9 months but she is very clingy and much happier when facing me. She gets overhelmed easily when facing out in a crowded place, eg a store. I sold a bunch of her outgrown stuff - took a while but was so worth it - and got a good quality reversible stroller. Looking back, I'd have saved from beginning and didn't get the bunch of useless stuff (easy to say from perspective) and got the reversible stroller from the start. there was a study that showed how babies get more stressed facing out. It did bug me when she was facing out on walks and her hat went over her eyes and I didn't notice for a while etc... LOL. It's also a mommy preference..
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