I'm pregnant with #2 (older one is 7) and had been thinking "oh I'll just babywear all the time" and then I remembered how that totally DIDN'T work with #1 and a stroller was a really good idea, especially for grocery shopping and dog walking on days when I was just barely able to function.
Then I went through a whole bunch of strollers trying to find a good one. This time, I know what I need and I just want to buy ONE stroller that will get me from newborn to toddler. My mind is boggling at all the choices.
I still have 2 months to go so my plan is to stalk the UsedEverywhere and craigslist for my city once I've identified the kind of stroller I want. I am NOT buying new.
So - what brand/model should I be looking for? Here's what I need:
- large-capacity basket underneath (grocery shopping being the primary application for this)
- forward/rear facing ability
- cup holder
- snack tray
- ability to fold up small, easily (we live in a small townhouse with pretty much zero storage space for a stroller, god knows where it's going to live). I expect I will get DH to mount some kind of hook/rack thing on the wall next to the front door - so it would need to fold up fairly flat, IYKWIM.
I do NOT need something that will take a car seat, since we're not using a bucket - we have a perfectly good Britax Marathon and we'll just use that from birth on (and obviously it's not going in a stroller, lol).
The not buying new is more for ethical/environmental reasons than financial. I saw an UppaBaby stroller advertised that *looks* good - but I have no idea what they're like IRL. (I'm a postpartum doula - I get a lot of experience with babywearing devices but not so much with strollers!)