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#1 of 37 Old 05-21-2007, 03:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey all

i got a large Graco stroller as a gift when I had my son...its still in its plastic cover and is folded up in the corner...ds is almost 5 months. I or my husband wear him everywhere...I am trying to think of a reason why I shouldnt sell the stroller. I honestly dont see how or when it'll ever really be used and we live in a tiny urban apt and money is tight right now...so im wondering if we should sell it. We walk everywhere and anywhere we go we carry him...so I just dont know *scratches head*. I realise some mamas use them to put purchases in...but again, we dont take it anywhere so if i go shopping I just bring my bookbag or saddlebag and put stuff in it.U

I know that maybe...someday in the future something *might* come up where I *might* need one...but couldnt I just buy a cheap umbrella stroller? We havent used it yet and I donno...im wondering if its just taking up valuable space.

Hmmm....? Pls any advice is highly suggested

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I think that you could sell the Graco, as they are very large and take up quite a lot of space. They're good strollers for younger babies as they can lie completely flat, or sit completely straight up...but after about 6-8 months you can just use an umbrella stroller.
I would sell it as you're not using it at all now and it's in "new" condition, you'll get a better price for it.
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If it were me, I would sell it.
I have 2 strollers, one from 7 years ago, and a double from last year. Each was a gift, each has been used approximately three times each, and each is collecting dust until our next garage sale.

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You will probably need a stroller at some point in the future. If only because dc goes through a too wiggly/I'm too independent to be carried phase. Whether you need to have a huge bulky stroller in sellable condition? Probably not.

My youngest finally got a day in the McLaren I bought just before she was born. Why? Because dh and I were working all weekend long and we had to get a babysitter who doesn't bw.

Sell it and downsize for a smaller one for one of those just in case situations.
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we used ours 3 times to try it out, then it sat in my house for 3 months at which point i sold it for almost what we paid for it. dd is almost 2 and i have never needed it.
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I would sell it too. If you need a stroller for a day, get a cheapo umbrella stroller.

But, I do use my stroller for my exercise walks with DS, who is 2 - mostly because I'm 40 weeks pregnant and babywearing is too much weight right now. But I still wouldn't want a huge stroller even for that.

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Hey

Thats what I figured...its just going to waste and taking up oodles of room. N yeah I figured if we ever truely need one, we can get a cheap-o Umbrella stroller n i figured those would be better for an urban environment anyway. I def dont need a tank,

NE way, im going to pass it by the hubbster...i doubt he'll care...oh maybe it'll even fund a new carrier

I dont have the original box anymore (since in the bnox its double the size) but it still has its plastic and manuals and everything...I dont know what kind it is though...just that its a BIG stroller. LOL....Hopefully I can figure out its "proper name" and sell it.

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Sell it. DS is 5 months old as well and I'm selling mine.

I used my Graco travel system when he was a newborn for strolls in the park (he loved to nap in it fully reclined), but I find now that I'm using it less and less. I use my Babyhawk Mei Tai for almost everything and will soon be getting a jogging stoller for power walks and an umbrella for the few times I might need it.
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I wore DS all the time when he was that little, but as he got older/heavier, a stroller came in really handy sometimes (and still does!).

That said, if you live in an urban environment a huge stroller will probably be more of a burden than a help -- it seems like an umbrella stroller would be able to meet your occassional-use needs without taking up tons of room while not in use.

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sell it,get the umbrella one if u ever need it.
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My mil tried to push dd in the stroller a few times. Never really worked cause dd was a hold me baby. I will say I did use the stroller once when dd was less than a year old and I needed to try on things at the mall.

I'm trying to convince dh that we should sell ours, too. We never used it much and it takes up the whole trunk. Sil insists, though, that dd would ride in a stroller if I let her. Maybe so, but I'd rather have a compact stroller.
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a $7 umbrella stroller would totally meet any future need you might have for a stroller, IMO. and they fold up to nothing, you could buy one and stick it in your closet and pull it out if you ever needed one.

the only time we used ours was when we lived in the middle of the city and i was taking DD to the park daily. i'd wear her, and put our toys and snacks and diapering stuff in the stroller. i think an umbrella stroller would be totally adequate for that kind of use as well.
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In your case a lightweight stroller would probably be enough (though I'd avoid the super-cheap ones, they can be pretty flimsy). Wait a month though as babies need to be 6 months to use the umbrella strollers.

I used my buggy a lot at first because I started with a Maya Wrap and it just wasn't comfortable for longer periods. Now that I've moved on to a Kozy I'm hoping to use it less, although it is very convenient to have (at the very least it makes a fantastic shopping cart ) I've had to take the buggy on the Tube and dang that is a PITA.

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My giant stroller is in the same place my vibrating baby chair thingy is, in the storage room in the box.
We're going to keep these things for 6 ish months just to make sure we don't need them. Both were gifts.
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I got a upgraded umbrella stroller with bigger wheels, sun shade and storage bag for $12 (used) very handy! Even if I just use it to carry my stuff!
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we had an opportunity to get a zooper at a great price when we first returned to the States. we barely ever use it, but have found it convenient when it's just oo hot and dd doesn't want to be worn. it was also handy in miami to shield her from the sun and the rain showers. there will be times you'll need a stroller but definately you don't need a huge one especially is space is an issue.

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We used our big Evenflo stroller about a million times, especially when the children were 2, 3, 4 and we'd go on field trips and outings such as to amusement parks or to art & wine festivals or music festivals or food festivals or zoos or flea markets. Once your child is older and heavier, it becomes much harder to carry them AND all your gear for the day, which might include diapering items, a cooler with drinks and snacks, extra clothing, rain gear, etc. The large strollers have MUCH bigger storage baskets and cup holders and such.

Personally, I would keep the stroller, even if you don't use it much for the next six months, it is handy to have when you go to the mall, for instance, and you sling your child but can put all your shopping bags, diaper bag, blankies, toys, etc., in the stroller!!
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Sell it! I didn't sell the one I was gifted, and never used it-- my son's dad ended up taking it after we broke up (I kept the slings) and ruined it by spilling coffee on it and leaving it outside in the rain. So then I couldn't even sell it. It only got used a few times before its death. I did end up buying a cheap umbrella stroller for a trip we took when my oldest was 14 mos., and that broke almost immediately so I bought a better quality, lightweight stroller for $40 that has been used every once in a while for 2 years now. Sometimes when it's really hot and humid out I just can't bear to tie a sweaty baby onto my body-- especially the summer I was pregnant with my second.
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You've gotten tons of great advice! Me, I'm in the definately sell that Graco contraption , and purchase a stroller you will use. For my family, it's been a super nice jogger that I use more and more now on exercise walks. I live in a rural area, and go walking upwards of 5 miles at a stretch, so the stroller is perfect for me. We also have an umbrella that we've used once, convenient, but... I don't know, it felt off somehow. DD was waay too low to the ground and far way from me. I couldn't see her face, or figure out if she was content. I didn't like that feeling! At least with the jogger, she can look back and grin and I can easily see if she's pointing or whatnot.

I've never used the stroller in a mall yet, and only once on a non-walk outing.

Anyway, we did exclusively baby wear from prolly the first 9 months. Now, we do both!

ETA: Gosh, it sounds like I'm bragging... I don't intend to be, honest.

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My baby refused a stroller until around 15 months old or so. I had to wear her. She is now 19 months old, and I push her in an umbrella stroller when we go shopping. I am pregnant, and its too much for me to wear her now. DH will wear her if we go out together, though. I really don't think a big fancy stroller is necessary if you live in the city. I feel a $20 umbrella stroller is good enough for shopping and stuff like that if you plan to wear the baby a lot/most of the time. I have a jeep liberty stroller now for walking around town. Its a rural area with poor/no sidewalks so an umbrella stroller just won't cut it around here. I love it for walking around town, but would NOT want to put that thing in my trunk. It would fill up the entire trunk!
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I would sell it and buy a cheap umbrella stroller to have on hand just in case. Strollers take up a huge amount of space.
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another vote to sell it. i wouldn't get a cheap umbrella stroller, though. perhaps you can sell it on craigslist and then find a higher quality umbrella stroller on there to buy, too.

we don't use our regular stroller very often (dd hates it), but it's been handy when she falls asleep when we're out and about. she does, however, truly enjoy the jogging stroller, dh takes her out on a run most afternoons and we also go hiking on the weekends. on our hikes and long walks, we do a combination of stroller and babywearing and also letting her walk on her own a bit, and that works really well for us.
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i just realized i use my jogging stroller as a holder for allmy carriers
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We did not start really using ours until DD was about 10 months old. I've discovered that on vacations the "tank" is a lifesaver as it can Haul crap. If we did not use ours regularly for that purpose, I'd sell it. It is getting hot here and neither DD nor I are thrilled about babywearing in the heat.

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I never used one, that is until DD asked for one. Right around her 2nd birthday, she decided she wanted to ride in those fun things that other kids get to ride in.

But I can't manage her very well without being in a carrier--she gets all overstimulated in a stroller, and I always bring a carrier for when I need to calm her down. I spend a lot of time with her in a carrier, pushing the stroller. Pretty silly.

It's definitely possible to be without a stroller, and maybe even preferable depending on your kiddo's personality. We don't have a car and we walk everywhere, and I never felt a need for one.
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I didn't use a stroller at all until Sprogly reached walking age, and at that point, it became indispensable. He simultaneously became to heavy for me to carry, and completely intolerant of being worn. I lived in a big city, though, and used mass transit and walked everywhere. I bought an expensive umbrella stroller (a Maclaren), which we still have and use. The inexpensive umbrella strollers are really only suitable for occasional use.

I was gifted with one of those massive Graco stollers when Sprogly was an infant, and I returned it. That was before Toys'R'Us required gift receipts. I couldn't even imagine trying to get that up and down the subway stairs! I used to see couples with small babies, pushing a stroller the size of a small car. It took two people to haul it slowly up the stairs. As a single person, well, that wouldn't have worked for me.
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we babywore our dd the first year (and still do now), but now dd is 22 months, and she LOVES going for rides in the stroller! She asks for it everytime we ask her if she wants to go outside... she'll immediately perk up and say "troller? troller?"

You may not need it for the next year or so, but there may come a day when your dc loves to go for stroller rides!

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It depends on your lifestyle. I got a lot of use out of my stroller, especially when I had two babies at once. Mostly I used it for hauling stuff while wearing the baby, but sometimes the child(ren) really did want to ride, or I'd want a place to put a sleeping baby down while I was having lunch at a friend's house that we'd walked to, or my back would give out, or I simply wanted to NOT have the baby on my lap for 20 minutes while I ate at a restaurant! I always kept the sling in the diaper bag though.

Since you live in a tiny urban apt, you'll have less need for a stroller, esp a bulky one. If you take public transportation frequently, then you'll want an umbrella stroller if you ever use one at all. If you lived in the suburbs and drove a lot of places and/or went for very long walks with stuff to haul (with no option of a bus or a train part of the way) then a big stroller would make a lot more sense.

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Hi!!

Wow...awesome advice

So I spoke to DH and he agreed...im going to be selling it and then come early fall/late summer i'm going to buy a very small, basic umbrella stroller...something I can store in my closet along with our real umbrellas.

I really sat down and tried to think about what situation i might possibly be in this summer where we might really truely need this thing and *nothing* popped up...dh is busy in class all summer and we live in a urban area and I can either walk everywhere or do a short bus ride. I just cant think up a reason why i'd use this huge stroller this summer. I will get a small, decent Umbrella though...becos yes...as he gets older and is starting to walk he might wanna walk sometimes and be carried and sometimes i might just wanna be able to ride him around. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

NE way...oh also...I forgot to mention...we live on the top floor of a 3 story building and walk up 6 flights...no elevator...so like...could you imagine lugging a stroller up 6 flights of stairs and the fact that Im everywhere...alla the time..id hafta lug baby and stroller by myself...n im not trying to deal with that mess. N forget leaving stroller at bottom of the stairs...people will steal stuff.

So yeah...its going to be sold. Thanks for all the great suggestions and advice!!! It really really helped...becos I was thinkin...how crazy am I, if i sell this thing?

but..my mom will FLIP if she finds out...LOL.

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If you lived in the suburbs and drove a lot of places and/or went for very long walks with stuff to haul (with no option of a bus or a train part of the way) then a big stroller would make a lot more sense.
hehehe, funny you should mention that...one of my friends has a daughter a half ur older than my son n they live in the burbs...n they use their huge stroller for everything...but its soo funny becos when she comes into the city and we go for walks or something she finds it mucho frutsrating for city use becos its sooo big and unweldy and unsuitable for urban navigation.

NE way...Umbrella we shall go...n the graco...to Craigslist shall goo.... :-)

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