Strollers

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Strollers
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Fri, 01-15-2010 - 12:52pm

So DH got me thinking about Strollers and travel systems and I was wondering what type everyone was getting/has gotten.

I was looking at the Chicco brand, but know nothing about them.
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3156651

thoughts?


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Registered: 09-29-2006
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Fri, 01-15-2010 - 5:55pm

I'm glad you posted this, Jessica, because I was just about to post something similar:). I'll be really intersted to hear what people have purchased, and why they made their choice.


Right now, DH and I are checking out the strollers that our friends with babies/small children are using, as well as making a list of features that we think will be important to us. A big thing for me is really good wheels, as we obviously get a lot of snow up here, and I want to be sure I can get out for long walks on winter days (as long as it's not too cold, of course!)


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Registered: 08-04-2003
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Fri, 01-15-2010 - 8:58pm

The first stroller I had for DS was a Graco travel system. It was TERRIBLE!!! And when the wheels broke (after like 4 months of use) the customer service to get them replaced was TERRIBLE.

I don't recall who made the nextr stroller we got, but I was happy with it.

I got DS a jogging stroller around 8 months (3rd stroller) and I was so (OK, I still have it) with it. It was an InStep (I think). Jogging strollers are a must have if you are going to be doing anything outside. They handle parks, campsites, fairs, snow and ice (even the mall) way better than your typical stroller (with the 4 small hard wheels). I highly recomend getting one of these once baby is a little older.

If you decide to get an umbrella stroller (we got one while vacationing, stroller #4) make sure you test it before you buy it. Actually that goes for most strollers, make sure you can stand upright and push it comfortably. Adjustable handles are nice as well.

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Registered: 05-24-2007
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Fri, 01-15-2010 - 10:11pm
We got the Graco travel system. I loved it, didn't have trouble with the wheels as a PP said. My favorite part was the one-handed release to make it fold up. I don't have the stroller anymore because we traded it in for a double (Kolcraft Contours) which is way bulkier and not as easy to handle, but that's the price you pay for having a double stroller.

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In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sat, 01-16-2010 - 1:39pm

we did a lot of research before settling on the quinny buzz. (it was actually heatherD who is due a day before me that clued me in to it in the first place, lol...i think we might have the same exact stroller she does, color and everything, except that i think she got the 3 and we got the 4.) it seemed like a nice happy medium between a classic easy-release stroller and the go-anywhere capability of a jogger. (larger hard wheels in the front, bit pneumatic wheels in the back.) plus the seat has a rear-facing option, which is a BIG plus for me.

it was much pricier that your typical graco system, but the stroller is one place where i was ok with spending a lot to make sure we got something good that would last us. it was easy to assemble, came with lots of extras that i didn't realize it would (like a rain shield and bug net), and has a telescoping handle, which is nice since DH and i have a 6-7 inch height difference. (and i'm tall! he's just very tall, lol.) it collapses easily, opens easily (one-hand release and pneumatic opening system), turns on a dime...i'm happy with it.

it's not for everyone, but check it out! we spent $350 on it at albeebaby.com (i think it was natalie that pointed that out...that's the cheapest i've seen it anywhere, most places it's $420+, and suggested retail is actually $630), and actually almost went with the peg perego skate, which is very similar, but settled on the quinny after all. we'll have to get the infant seat separately (maxi-cosi, since quinny doesn't actually make car seats), but we found it for about $160 on amazon.com.








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Registered: 10-09-2006
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sat, 01-16-2010 - 8:37pm
We got the Baby Jogger City Elite.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sat, 01-16-2010 - 10:08pm

Strollers have been the one baby gear that has threatened to give me ulcers, lol! I absolutely can not stand huge, obnoxious strollers that make it feel like I need a driver license to push. I have spent hours trying to find a stroller I can live with and the one I`ve picked is still bigger than I would like but its also very nice, easy to use and push and has many features I like. So I sucked it up and made a decision, haha. It bothers me a great deal that it is a $500 stroller but I`m hoping to be able to use it for all of our children and hope I`ll get money towards it at the shower as DH`s family is VERY generous.

http://www.pegperego.com/page.php?sid=b94497e76ae94f694da4c43ec96fa90f&pageid=CJVNL001&idf=04&idp=0000000275&cl=N

Oh yeah...bouncers, exercsaucers and swings are also giving me fits! I dont want a bunch of baby gear that either does basically the same thing, takes up space or that we wont use anyway.

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Registered: 04-03-2008
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 4:41am

I think a lot depends on how you will be using the stroller. Here in Germany all of our public transportation has spots for baby carriages (without folding them or something like that) so it was really important that the stroller which we purchased had a bassinet feature since the baby should be laying on its back for the first months. Plus since we tend to walk most places here since we live in the city we needed a really good quality, sturdy, and easy to push stroller so that we could really use it daily.


If however we would have been doing the whole American/Canadian load up the stroller into the car every time we need to go somewhere we would have had a whole different criteria.


We went for an emmaljunga but if we were in the States we would have purchased a bugaboo cameleon since they are so compact while still offering


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Registered: 03-29-2008
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 12:21pm

Ruby-


I just bought this same stroller.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Registered: 10-11-2005
In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 1:04pm

Honestly we didn't use the stroller more then a dozen times for Desmond in his first year, and half of those times were the week we were at Disney World. For Eloise we've used a stroller even less, maybe 4 times in 10 months and that was mainly because it was there.

We did use it some after Desmond turned 1 and have used it maybe a dozen times since he turned 2.

That being said, we have gone through 3 different strollers, we hated the Graco Stroller that came with the travel system, it was just too big and bulky. I ended up taking it down to Georgia with me and giving it to my Mom so she could have a stroller at both the lake house and her house. We bought an UPPA Baby G-Lite, which I love, it is an umbrella stroller though and doesn't go flat, so it can't really be used before 3 or 4 months at the earliest, but since we don't use stroller that often and never with newborns that isn't an issue for us. We also have a Baby Planet Solo Stroller, which is very nice too, it does go flat, the basket area is a bit cramped though and it pushes fairly heavy. That being said it has been nice to have when Desmond was napping. We would have been fine with the G-Lite if we had bought it first though.

Figuring out what you need the stroller for helps a lot in making a decision. We got the UPPA Light for Disney because we didn't want to bring the expensive Baby Planet stroller to Disney. We got the Baby Planet because we felt we should have a stroller, it was kind of a waste though because we just didn't use it much at all till after Desmond was one. We found it so much easier to go places with him in a carrier the in the stroller.

Make sure to assess your needs before buying a stroller, and it doesn't hurt to check Craig's List if you aren't sure how much you will use one since they often have nice strollers up for fairly inexpensively. We decided to wait before buying a double stroller with Eloise and I am really glad we did, because we have yet to need a double stroller after 10 months and I can't see us needing one anytime soon either.




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In reply to: lady_bug_0600
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 1:29pm

We bought a Graco travel system.

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