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post #21 of 40
I have a Quinny Zapp that we got for DS. My biggest issue was space, and it folds up really small. I had never had a kid before, so I never thought about reclining seats or anything like that. So while it was ok, it wasn't perfect. We didn't use it much at all, but it was to take along if we went out for a day trip. While he was tiny, though, the only way to use it was to put him in the carseat, which I didn't like. When he got bigger and could sit up we put him in the seat, but he didn't seem very comfortable. It's better for a toddler, I think. When I got pg I got a Phil and Ted's Sport with the doubles kit. DS loves it. The seat is more comfortable for him and it drives like a dream. I thought the Zapp drove pretty well, but it doesn't compare. You can recline the seat all the way to flat for an infant, and the second seat can either go on the back for two toddlers or on the front for a toddler and a baby. It looks like a jogger, I guess, but it's not really made for jogging.
post #22 of 40
put the shopping/diaper bag/groceries in the stroller and baby in the sling.
post #23 of 40

Is buying only one stroller likely?

After stroller online researching and then shopping this weekend I think I am leaning towards the City Mini. So many options out there! I like this one because it is lightweight, folds down easily, can recline to flat for an infant and has a nice large canopy. It is also midpriced. My parents have asked to buy the stroller, but I just can't seem to bring myself to ask for a more expensive stroller. I'm also hoping that it will be compatible with our infant carseat (Chaperone). I need to email the company. This will be our first baby and it's my plan to only have one stroller. Do you think I can do it?!

I'm planning on baby wearing and have already bought the Moby and a hot sling. I have an Ergo on my registry. The City Mini can also have a glider board attachment when our second baby gets a bit too heavy to carry and our first can walk by himself. Does this sound likely is our children are about 2 years apart?
post #24 of 40
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After stroller online researching and then shopping this weekend I think I am leaning towards the City Mini. So many options out there! I like this one because it is lightweight, folds down easily, can recline to flat for an infant and has a nice large canopy. It is also midpriced. My parents have asked to buy the stroller, but I just can't seem to bring myself to ask for a more expensive stroller. I'm also hoping that it will be compatible with our infant carseat (Chaperone). I need to email the company. This will be our first baby and it's my plan to only have one stroller. Do you think I can do it?!

I'm planning on baby wearing and have already bought the Moby and a hot sling. I have an Ergo on my registry. The City Mini can also have a glider board attachment when our second baby gets a bit too heavy to carry and our first can walk by himself. Does this sound likely is our children are about 2 years apart?
I orginally loved the City Mini but my husband thought it was uncomfortable to push at the height it was at and there was no adjustable handlebar. That said, its a great stroller! I LOVED the fold and how easy it was to both fold it and lift it into the car with one hand. It's also quite inexpensive as strollers go, so if you DO end up needing another one, its not a big deal.

The downsides to the City Mini are that its really only good on flat surfaces and pavement because of the smaller wheels. Also, it definitely won't work with the Chaperone. It only works with Graco, Peg Perego and Chicco (starting in April). What's drawing you to the Chaperone over the other seats?

AFM, we decided on the UppaBaby. We saw it last week and really liked the bassinet, especially for baby during the summer. I liked the possibility that I could roll it out onto the deck, pull down the SPF 50 sunshade and baby could sleep in the fresh air while we grill. With the Jewish holidays coming up in September, it would also be nice to have a place for the baby to comfortably sleep while we're eating at other people's houses since we dont' really like the idea of the baby spending too much time in the carseat.
post #25 of 40
A friend of mine is convinced I need the Chicco Cortina stroller and matching infant carseat. Looking at it online, it seems to have a lot of great features for the price, but the wheels are small, and I wonder if it will be hard to push and maneuver because of that. Has anyone owned or test-driven one?
post #26 of 40
We really like our Bob. I live in the surburbs, so I'm not off-roading frequently, but sometimes (maybe once a month or so). I love that it handles heavy kids well.

My first was/is pretty heavy for his age, and the BOB single, then double, haven't shown any intense wear because of it. I've had friends with heavy kids whose strollers wear out quicker because of the weight.
post #27 of 40
I was planning on buying the Chicco Keyfit with my 20% off coupon at Babies R Us, however once I got there and realized they didn't have the color I wanted I looked at other carseats. I had looked at the Britax convertable carseats and liked the safety ratings on them and then looked more at the infant carseat. I had overlooked it because of price, but then found that they had a floor model on clearance and with my coupon it was $120.

After looking at the Britax webiste, it looked like the Baby Jogger City Mini is compatible with the Chaperone. The Britax website says: "The Chaperone infant carrier is compatible with the Britax Chaperone stroller. When used with the Britax adapter strap, the Chaperone is also compatible with most major brand strollers, including the Chicco Cortina, Peg Perego Pliko 3, Baby Trend Snap N’ Go, Maclaren Techno XLR, and Baby Jogger City Mini."

I will have to have my husband try the stroller again before we settle on the Baby Jogger city Mini. Thanks!
post #28 of 40
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I was planning on buying the Chicco Keyfit with my 20% off coupon at Babies R Us, however once I got there and realized they didn't have the color I wanted I looked at other carseats. I had looked at the Britax convertable carseats and liked the safety ratings on them and then looked more at the infant carseat. I had overlooked it because of price, but then found that they had a floor model on clearance and with my coupon it was $120.

After looking at the Britax webiste, it looked like the Baby Jogger City Mini is compatible with the Chaperone. The Britax website says: "The Chaperone infant carrier is compatible with the Britax Chaperone stroller. When used with the Britax adapter strap, the Chaperone is also compatible with most major brand strollers, including the Chicco Cortina, Peg Perego Pliko 3, Baby Trend Snap N’ Go, Maclaren Techno XLR, and Baby Jogger City Mini."

I will have to have my husband try the stroller again before we settle on the Baby Jogger city Mini. Thanks!
That's a GREAT deal! Good for you, thrifty shopper! I guess I'm wrong, that was what I was told when I went to a baby store out in Bellevue. They obviously didn't know the real facts.
post #29 of 40
SeattleRain, I went to the store in Bellevue too and the man I talked to said that he wan't sure if it was compatible, as the carseat was new just last summer. He told me to look online, so I did. I may just bring my carseat and test it out just to see how it fits and decide if I like the fit.
post #30 of 40
I used a Baby Jogger City Mini double at Disney World a week ago and LOVED IT! I have a 4yo, 2yo and due in June, so I am actually looking for a Double. It was SO easy to handle! For a single stroller I own a Greco, adn I love it as well.
post #31 of 40
We've tried just about every type of stroller out there and the winner, hands-down is a simple & small umbrella stroller. It's compact, light, travels well, inexpensive, & easy to use. Other strollers or stroller systems were too large for our compact cars or were difficult to handle and use.

But honestly, I found my investment in baby carriers far, FAR better and useful. You just cannot beat the ease of wearing a baby/toddler with you. I do tons of walking in my area, but almost never use a stroller. The only time we really got out the stroller is when we traveled - which is why the umbrella stroller worked best for us.
post #32 of 40
I have a Phil and Ted e3 with the second seat and I LOVE it! My DH loves it as well. Steers great folds nicely and you have the option on the second seat. This will be baby # 5 for me and my youngest is 18 months so that second is perfect for us. I have had the stroller since my second child was born and the customer service is great I had a small tear called them and they send me an entire new set of fabric for the whole stroller! Good luck on your search for the perfect stroller
post #33 of 40
I know this is an older thread, but I'm just catching up this weekend, lol.

My vote is the Peg Perego umbrella-type stroller. Mine is a Pliko P3 (which I think they've replaced some newer version). It is bigger than those little cheapo umbrellas, but it folds down very nicely and fits easily into the trunk of a smallish car, but it is very sturdy. It has a wonderful cup-and-snack-holder tray or you can switch it to a bar to put the car seat in. It's stylish and it steers so nicely. It has a nice-size basket underneath, and you can add one of those after-market mommy-drink-holders to the handles. It's also light-weight, which would be good for going up-hill. My beef with other strollers I tried was that the big ones were too bulky and didn't always steer well, but the little cheapo umbrellas didn't steer well and I felt like my DS was all exposed without any cover or protection. This stroller has the really nice hood which goes all the way down to the tray, and the seat has multiple up/back positions. It has arm rests, an adjustable foot rest, and I've never been embarrassed pushing it in the mall.

It is more expensive than some others, but I thought it was worth it after I did all the research. I will say, though, that I bought mine 3 years ago or so, so there may be newer, better strollers on the market now that I haven't considered. But I won't be buying another, since mine is still in top shape (or will be once I wash the seat cover). Oh, and it has a stand-on platform near the handles for older DS (he's 4, so I think it'll be perfect for when this one is born). We used it a little when he was younger and would want out of the stroller but I didn't want him running around. I'd let him stand on the back & I'd just put the bags in the seat to keep it from tipping.

Just my 2 cents.
post #34 of 40
Just got my Phil and Teds last week and LOVING it. DS loves it too...Pish Posh baby had a deal where you could get the second seat for free...
post #35 of 40
I recently bought a Mountain Buggy Urban Double. Steers itself!! Its quite pricey, but it fits through narrow doorways everywhere. I bring it to the park because the parks I go to have rough terrain. Its effortless to push.
post #36 of 40
Well, I bought a Mia Moda atmosferra

http://www.miamodainc.com/strollers/atmosferra.asp

I liked it because it was forward facing and rear facing.. and looked sturdier than the Graco flip it. Other reversible strollers were a LOT more money.

I ended up paying about $50 in shipping, but all the "free shipping" deals are a lie.
post #37 of 40
totally DDC from july....my dh and i decided on the uppababy as well :-) one of my SILs had the bugaboo, ended up selling it when baby #2 came along, got the BOB, it was too big for her very small trunk, and she now has a bumbleride double. i was hoping to avoid 3 strollers, so really did a ton of research. my other SIL has the uppababy vista and after testing tons of strollers one saturday, we agreed with her! the one thing i think is rather clumsy about it is the folding mechanism. i am in LOVE with how the orbit folds. so nice and easy.

however, the uppa has so many great options for baby #2, and they are a great, small, family owned company which i like supporting.
post #38 of 40
I am really jealous of those of you that can go and "test drive" strollers.. I tried, and there were only a couple of stores where this was possible (ie had strollers in stock) and of those only 1 had the features I was looking for as a minimum.. I ended up having to order my stroller based solely on the list of features and price, without getting to "try it out".. ah well, I love where I live- I am willing to put up with this stuff, I guess
post #39 of 40
Whoo hooo! My Mia Moda arrived today! It is pretty nifty! I love that baby can face me, but it has stuff I didn't think it had! like lots of little pockets (plus the cargo space below), adjustable height handle, 5 pt harness.. I love it! I am so glad I didn't buy the graco flip it.. I was going to buy that one because at least I could get it locally without spending $700 on one of the higher end ones that I could order from a local boutique.. and it did take some research to find someone that would ship the mia moda to me, but I LOVE it! I wish it was pink, but oh well.. I can deal with red.

it was a snap to put together too.. extend the handle, snap the wheels and splash guard on.. lower the seat into place, and snap the canopy and snack tray on. I didn't even need tools.
post #40 of 40
Whichever stroller you choose, make sure the sunshade comes down far enough to actually shield the baby from sun! I have a Quinny and the sunshade only blocks the sun if the sun is behind you - this has caused me to take many a temper-tantrum on the stroller!!! I'm pretty sure they had the technology to make the shade more moveable when I was a kid....
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