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What type of stroller is everyone going with???

post #1 of 55
Thread Starter 

I'm a first time mom so, the advice I'm getting from mothers is don't go out and buy a crazy full featured stroller until you know what you will be using it for.  Everyone has recommended the car seat and snap on frame first.  I guess it makes sense.  My ultimate goal is to have a light weight easy to maneuver stroller that can get around the streets of NYC and some NJ suburbs and most importantly not take up a lot of space in my Prius.  Any recos??  Thanks in advance and hope everyone is feeling well.  I'm 23 weeks and feeling pretty good except for a darn cold!

post #2 of 55

that's exactly what we got, the kind that the car seat snaps into (like this).  didn't really want something with a bunch of bells and whistles and knew we probably wouldn't use it that much.  it was super convenient and light.  so easy to open and close and get the car seat in and out of.  great when i had a lot of errands to run and dd would fall asleep in the car.  didn't have to take her out of the car seat, just take the car seat out of the car and put it into the frame.

 

we also got a bob ironman so we could run with her and this so we could snap her car seat into that as well.

 

we don't plan on doing anything differently with this baby.

post #3 of 55

I think it depends on where you will use the stroller.  I have the BabyTrend(???) stroller that you snap the infant car seat into and love that for the early months.  I also have a Bob stroller and that is a huge fave for outdoor walks/jobs/ trail hikes, etc.  The Bob is also great at the beach or on any uneven surfaces.  I also have a double Graco stroller (back-to-back).  It's just okay but we use it only on a rare occasion when we go to a big park or zoo and need something like that.  There are some really cool strollers out there now and a lot depends on your budget.  Personally, I'm more of a sling person so if I can put baby in a sling, I will.  I usually end up using a stroller at some point though as I am very small and my two DDs were super chubby by 6 mths so I could only do the slings for short times. 

post #4 of 55

I have a Graco one that fully reclines and has a foot rest that lifts up and snaps into place so when using with a smaller infant, they won't slide out. It's one of those big ones with a tray and basket in the bottom, but we do a lot of family outings and I'll be walking 16 blocks a day to get DS to/from school. The basket IMO is a must have for bottles, diaper bags and whatnot for longer outings, which are typically the type we tend to take.

post #5 of 55
Thread Starter 

Thanks ladies....its so hard making these decisions.  I hear so many people go thru multiple strollers because they buy ones that are trendy, with too many bells and whistles, etc. and they end up being too heavy or not what they needed and end up just buying something simple like a Maclaren. Hmmm...thanks again for your advice..Much appreciated.

post #6 of 55

i'm not planning on buying a stroller. maybe an umbrella stroller at some point in the future for malls or something but i just plan on babywearing exclusively. we spent a lot of money on a quinny when haye was young and it was good for us as we didn't have a car and lived in edmonton, alberta during the winter and it was friggin cold...it was great for groceries on the bus. we don't really have the need for one here though i don't think.

post #7 of 55

I had a graco travel system with car seat that snaps in with my first. It was nice. If you are 5'6" or shorter - you could get by with one of those cheap $20 strollers but the car seat doesn't snap in with those and you have to wait til baby is like 3 and a half to 4 months old with those. 

 

I have a sit and stand now. Since I got lots of kiddos. :)

post #8 of 55

I'll be continuing to use my loyal BRIO 4WD.  Ok it's not really a 4WD but when I see pictures of those American strollers it really seems like a truck in comparison.

 

It looks like this: http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k295/crazy_birdlady/barnadot2008009.jpg  The picture is missing the canopy and I usually turn it so that the baby is facing me.  I'll probably just stick with having it like that since it can lay back completely. It also comes with a more of a basket thing but I figure that I can switch between having DD and the baby in there as I need. I'll also have a mei tai and a stand so I can wear the baby and let DD stand when she doesnt want to walk.

post #9 of 55
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Originally Posted by ryleeee View Post

i'm not planning on buying a stroller. maybe an umbrella stroller at some point in the future for malls or something but i just plan on babywearing exclusively. we spent a lot of money on a quinny when haye was young and it was good for us as we didn't have a car and lived in edmonton, alberta during the winter and it was friggin cold...it was great for groceries on the bus. we don't really have the need for one here though i don't think.

as smilies aren't working with my Safari browser these days...pretend that I just inserted the "exactly what she said" smiley:)

We still have our Quinny from 7 (eek!) years ago and I'm sure we'll use it on occasion once baby nears 1, but we'll be babywearing almost exclusively. 

 

ps- Ryleeee- are you on TBW?
 

post #10 of 55

I think those snap and go things are so great.  You can't go wrong with them, I think, because they are super handy and portable, and they're easy to sell when you're done with them.  I see ads all the time from people looking to purchase one second hand.

 

We got a Quinny travel system as a gift from my inlaws with DS1 and we used the stroller alot (and the car seat, obviously) with him, but DS2 HATED the car seat and the stroller, so although the car seat was used out of necessity, the stroller has sat pretty much unused for 3+ years now.  It takes up space and it sucks to think we could have bought an infant bucket for a reasonable price and gotten one of those snap and gos second hand for a low price...BIG difference from what got spent on the Quinny system (the car seat part of which is now partially recalled AND expired)! 

post #11 of 55

We did babywearing exclusively with the girls, but are thinking of a bob this time around - dp is a runner and the primary caregiver, and is already worried about keeping up his training, so I'm thinking a jogging stroller would be a good "keep your sanity" expenditure.

 

Samstress - how do you like the ironman? I'm trying to decide which version might suit us...

post #12 of 55
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Originally Posted by Almamiel View Post
Samstress - how do you like the ironman? I'm trying to decide which version might suit us...


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  it's a bit pricey, but we definitely got our money's worth.  still in great condition (bought it in june 2007 when dd was just two months old) and plan on using it with this baby as well.  dh is a x-country coach and was able to do practice runs with his team (keeping up with his fastest kids, may i add) while pushing our daughter in the bob (with the infant car seat adapter).  very maneuverable and great on dirt or pavement.  can't recommend it enough.

post #13 of 55

I definitely second the recommendation for the frame that you can use with your infant carrier at first. Then you can take some time to evaluate what you really need. We ended up with a baby jogger city mini, which is ok for our purposes. It's a lot cheaper than the bob, and is pretty good on hiking trails. I sometimes wish we had a cheap umbrella stroller though.

 

I was pretty much an exclusive babywearer, though, and didn't end up using our stroller until very recently when my belly started growing, so take my recs with a grain of salt.

 

You should also keep in mind that your LO may have a very different idea about whether he/she would prefer to be strolled or worn.. it can definitely go both ways. In our case, our DD took a while to warm up to both, but I was more persistent with the babywearing because I wanted to be able to talk to her while we were out and about. Recently she's been able to tolerate short stroller rides when there's stuff to look at, but this is somewhat of a new development (at 24 months).

post #14 of 55

DDC crashing..... :)

 

We have a Prius, too. We have a Joovy Kooper (in "lemon tree" yelloe...love the color!) and a BOB Revolution. We love both, and both fit (folded) in the back of the Prius, although the BOB does take up quite a bit of room. The Joovy is a great stroller, has nice padding, full recline, huge sunshade, nice colors. My only two gripes are that it doesn't stand on its own when folded and the lock mechanism is kind of a pain. I often just lift it without locking it to put it in the Prius. 

 

post #15 of 55

the snap frame is a great idea to start. 

 

we have a phil and teds which i got because i wanted a jogger and i liked the capability to turn into a double...but it is heavy and bulkier.

my nyc pals who want something lighter and more convenient than the bugaboo things and more hearty than a maclaren get the city mini. i gotta admit that if it weren't for the fact that i use mine alot off road (at dog parks etc...) and want the big jogger wheels, i'd totally go for the city mini. it also has the capability of adapting to carseats.

post #16 of 55
I am really glad we didn't spend any money on a stroller with DS, since we *never* (and I mean, absolutely never!) used it! I got it from a coworker, cheap, and I was mostly just buying the car seat, it just 'came' with the stroller, so I figured, whatever, if we need it we'll have it.

but Z still (at 18mos) has never been in a stroller. He outgrew the car seat one a while ago. We just babywear exclusively. Both my DH and I wear him, and even my MIL smile.gif

with two, we might look into getting one, not sure. But we'll wait on that. I now just got a larger hand-me-down stroller that we can use in a pinch if need be. But I am not buying one until its clear we'll use one!
post #17 of 55

We plan on getting the Chicco Cortina travel system. DH is very tall, so we don't have many options, and this is one we both liked. 

post #18 of 55
Thread Starter 

Wow guys..thanks for the advice..looks like City Mini, Bobs and snap n go are the preference here.  Its so good to hear from mom's who have experience!!!  Thanks again!  Good luck to all!

post #19 of 55

Thank you for this thread!  As a first-time mom, I've also been wondering what in the world is actually essential, and what we really need for the baby. Good stuff!  

 

Now, my next question is: if we don't own a car, and we rarely drive anywhere (and you can hire car services w/ car seats to get to airports, and rent cars w/ car seats), and we're planning a homebirth so hopefully we won't even need a carseat to take the baby home from the hospital in, do you really think we need one?  Essential or not?

 

post #20 of 55

I'm a first time Mom, but I've done a pile of research for my particular needs and I'm going with a 'bells and whistles' stroller called 'Stokke'.

 

http://www.stokke.com/en-us/stroller/xplory-features/facing-you.aspx

 

I live in San Francisco, do not own a car and walk everywhere. I take the trains for transit and like to eat at restaurants that do not necessarily have baby seats. So the features of being able to raise the seat up to my level (I'm tall - so this should be a back saver) and use it as a baby seat when eating out would be great. I also like that you can use it from newborn (even though I'm not getting the bassinet) to about 3-4 years old. The up and down stair feature is also pretty handy and I think I'll use it a lot.

 

I've heard it's fairly large for car trunks, but that's not a concern I have.

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