Okay, so it's very early in my pregnancy with my first, but my BFF just helpfully sent me a list of her personal "must haves" for baby and it got me thinking about strollers again.
DH and I plan to babywear with one or more wraps/carriers, but I can see where a stroller would come in handy here and there. OTOH, I have had more than one parent (not all of whom really baby-wore) say they hardly ever used their fancy $$$ strollers and only ended up using one when their child could use the (more compact and convenient) umbrella style.
Here's our situation...
We are urban types who lived smack downtown in the middle of a large city for many years-- and loved it-- but recently moved to the suburbs because we got an AMAZING, COULD NOT PASS UP 2-year deal on a place. That means we will be here until baby is about 13 months old, though we plan to move back to the city then. Our current neighborhood is semi-walkable (moreso on a great paved trail than to and from errands), and only 5 minutes' drive from the very "urban" part of our suburb, which actually borders the Big City.
I had always figured I'd still be downtown when I had an infant, walking to most of my errands, etc., but walking everywhere is no longer a real option. At least not walking TO the main destination... maybe walking AROUND while doing errands in the urban part of our suburb. That means... car and carseat, at least part of the time.
My BFF loved her Peg Perego Snap & Go system, and it did seem pretty cool, although I should note that she drives an SUV and we have a compact sedan, so I'm pretty sure it'd take up all or most of our trunk space.
Maybe I'm just not able to picture the "procedure" for taking a baby out of a carseat and putting him/her into a wrap/carrier, but in some ways, it seems more convenient to pop a baby (particularly a sleeping one) out of a car-- without having to take him/her out of the carseat-- and pop baby directly into a stroller, as with those combo systems.
OTOH... I want to babywear, regardless, and pushing a humongo stroller around REALLY REALLY does not appeal to me.
On the OTHER hand, I can see where it would be convenient-- like to use it as a cart (though we have a cart) and when clothes-shopping, etc... although-- this is another important part of the puzzle-- I work from home and the current plan is that DH will be quitting his job to work with my business when the baby comes... Thus, I'm guessing if I really needed to go clothes-shopping (etc.) during the day, DH could be home with and/or wearing the baby.
So... what say you? Interestingly enough, the person who REALLY seemed to think infant (pre-umbrella) strollers were a waste was a friend who lived in some way-far (not walkable) suburbs, and who owned an SUV...
So... I don't know what to think! We don't have tons of space around here and though money isn't SUPER-tight, it's not free-flowing either, and I can't stand to waste it.