Originally Posted by L.A.Mamma
Help!!! I'm so tired of researching strollers.
This is what I want: one stroller that I can use from infant to toddler for my twin girls. I can use this stroller when shopping or hiking (obviously I can't hike with infants). The stroller can be easily carried and put away in the car or wheeled into the subway.
I understand your list of wants perfectly, but I don't think you are going to find all of them in one stroller.
Originally Posted by Gena 22
So, sadly, I think it may be hard for you to have one stroller you like for jogging type uses and can still put in and out of the car. It'd be hard on the stroller and on you.
I have a Teutonia Team Alu 4 (similar to MBUD) for most of my use, and a second-hand Maclaren Twin Traveller for shopping. The Maclaren is much smaller, and it's still too big if you try to get into any store that isn't a mammoth-aisled Walmart/Target/Home Depot, etc. When we go to the mall, I hate going alone with the twins. It works much better when my husband accompanies and can park outside the store entrance with the babies. This, obviously, makes the shopping less enjoyable and more complicated if I want his opinion. Something else to remember is that in addition to the bulk of the stroller, you will soon have little hands reaching beyond that perimeter and swiping at merchandise. I think you are going to find the MBUD or the Bob very unwieldy for shopping.
Do you really need a smaller in/out of car shopping stroller that much? We have not used our Maclaren as much as I thought we might, because for shopping errands we usually use carts. Even when babes were little, it was often carts b/c I could wear one and put one infant seat on the cart, or lay babe inside on a blanket and put shopping around him or pull along a second cart.
I vote against the Snap-n-Go simply because we really tried hard to not have the boys in car seats more than necessary for driving. Not sure about USA publicity, but there is much more awareness and government recommendations about this in the last year or two. The position of an infant carseat is optimal for crash protection - not for airways for regular breathing. It's long been recommended that infants under 3 months should be in strollers that have a full recline.
Just to add more agony to the mix, have you considered a Chariot trailer system?
- If folds up very easily and the rear wheels clip off instantly, so it would be easy in/out of car for shopping. Not tiny, but not really bigger than the two strollers you are leaning toward.
- You could get the stroller wheel kit for shopping and the jogging wheel kit for rough terrain.
- For infants, they sell an infant sling that goes over top of the permanent seats. There is room to install two slings side-by-side (we did).
- Since it's designed for sporty use, the trailer is well-enclosed. This is great for weather. It would also prevent grabby hands from swiping at merchandise when you are shopping.
The build quality of Chariots