We just bought a mid-size stroller that I really like, but it is forward facing and not convertible. When I read about infants and strollers, it seems like the attachment parenting answer to strollers would be to have infants up to almost 12 months facing parents. Now I am feeling quite guilty about my forward-facing stroller (even though I would like to carry as much as possible). I am thinking that there are a lot of other ways to become attuned to my babe and that I hopefully do not need to worry about buying a stroller that is three times as much money as the one we bought just so babe can face me for the times it is in the stroller, but I would love to hear your opinions about this topic. Thanks!
Forward or Parent-Facing Stroller
We (well, my parents) got one because it was important to us for her to face us--my mom read it helps w/language development, in addition to the social benefits. We got a Bumbleride Flyer for $300 on eBay--it was one of the cheapest reversible strollers I came across in my search.
It got good reviews, but in retrospect I'm not totally sure it was worth the money. It is really, really nice to be able to face her on walks, especially now that she's big enough (14 months) that having her in a front carry in my Babyhawk is not as comfortable for longer periods. However, the stroller itself is kind of a PIA. It's nice--it's comfortable for her--but it's not very maneuverable. At all. It catches on every bump and takes up a lot of space. I feel guilty because it was a gift from my parents, but I think if I were to do it over, I would have gotten something that was easier to handle, like a Baby Jogger City Mini or something else smaller and lighter weight.
Maybe there are other models out there that are better? It is frustrating how few options there are for rear-facing strollers!
I have the ... (I'm running to the garage to look now.) BabyTrend Expedition ELX. (Good grief. What a name.)
It converts - their is a seat portion that detaches and can either sit in the stroller facing me or sit in the car as a rear-facing car seat. Until recently she rode in that seat, facing me (She rides almost every morning, wearing her for our walks was not safe, I felt, due to how hot it is here, and how warm she gets on my skin.) however, recently she started really complaining, so I tried putting her in the forward facing portion of the stroller - and she loves it. She's 9 1/2 months now, so she seems really far too small for the stroller, but I have the straps tight, and she looks about herself and chatters the whole 2 1/2 mile route we like to take. The convertible style was a good idea for us.
That said, for our next child I don't think I'll worry about it. There were big downsides to that stroller (bulky, hubby couldn't figure it out and almost broke it, etc) and I found a stroller I like better overall that only faces forward and lays back. So for the next kiddo I will use that stroller.
If I were in your shoes I'd just stick with the stroller I had already.
I have the Baby Jogger City Mini GT with the compact pram that clips into the seat - when she's in the pram she faces us, but usually promptly falls asleep so we don't get much face time, lol. I adore my stroller and the pram! The pram has carrying handles and we take it over to friends house or parties, like for a baby shower and 4th of July party, she falls asleep in it really well and I can put it in a corner and she'll nap for hours during a noisey party! The stroller is awesome too, but that pram is worth its weight in gold.