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What is your stroller personality?

  • never had one, never want one.

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • never wanted one, have one & use it sparingly

    Votes: 12 14.3%
  • never wanted one, have one & use it a lot

    Votes: 4 4.8%
  • always wanted it for occasional use and that's how I use it.

    Votes: 41 48.8%
  • always wanted it & use it a lot

    Votes: 21 25.0%
  • other (please explain)

    Votes: 4 4.8%
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My galfriend who has a 4 year old little girl took me to register today. It was great having someone along who knew what was useful for her and why - I get really overwhelmed by all the "stuff" available for babes. Though, she's absolutely more mainstream than I am in some ways, in the way she talks to/works with her little girl she is fabulously gentle discipline and really wonderful. I have a lot of respect for her parenting in general.<br><br>
Anyway, we got to the stroller section and she practically insisted that I needed a stroller and that I needed one that could also hold my gear (which kind of makes sense -- I mean, why have the stroller hold your child and then you still have to lug all the "stuff".) Which means a pretty big stroller.<br><br>
I was kind of resistant (though I did eventually register for one figuring I could delete it later if I wanted to,) because I am planning to sling and don't like big strollers crowding sidewalks/parks, etc. (Honestly, when we went to Disneyland you couldn't see the parade or street theatre not because of all the people but because of all the strollers.) I see a lot of kids who could be walking but don't because they have a stroller, and I think exercise and walking are important skills for a youngster. However, I know there are lots of perfectly good, legitimate reasons for using a stroller and one doesn't HAVE to overuse them.<br><br>
So, I truly can see both the pro's and con's of the whole thing, but space is limited in our lives and I end up just confused and not sure what to do.<br><br>
Should I register for one? Should I not? What have your experiences been, especially if you didn't "intend" to have a stroller and ended up using one or if you intended not to and never did or if you got one right away but just never used it.<br><br>
Advice, opinions, appreciated!<br><br>
Margo<br><br>
P.S. - the "use it a lot" designation in the poll does NOT imply excessive use. I'm not out to pigeonhole any answer as "bad" or "wrong" because I'm just trying to figure out if stroller life will work for me and I honestly don't know!
 

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i did not want one and refused to register for one because i didn't think i'd use it.<br>
i carried her in the sling, the bjorn, the hip carrier and the trekker.<br>
then we got to our second summer in the deep south and i wanted to get exercise and frankly, it is too f-ing hot and humid to strap a child onto your body and then walk at a good pace.<br>
so we got a joggin stroller. and that's what i use it for: exercise. and the occasional trip to a zoo or theme park where it's nice to give her the option to ride and get some shade.<br>
i would never use it for just regular errands. it's too much of a PITA to load and unload a stroller just for short jaunts.
 

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We have a very large evenflo travel system that I hardly ever used for the first 9 months of dd's life. Now I use it daily, because it is the only place she will nap. When she was smaller she napped in my lap or if I needed to do things in the swing, but starting around 9 months she wouldn't nap more than 15 minutes in my lap and she was too big for the swing. In the stroller she will nap two hours - I don't know what I would do without it.<br>
We now also have an umbrella stroller. We used it a lot this summer at fairs, the boardwalk, etc. She walks a lot and gets carried (sling and arms) a lot but it is nice to have the stroller as well, especially when she is eating - if not in the stroller she tends to put her food on a variety of unsavory services.<br>
So I recommend getting one. I have 4 slings as well, and they definitly get more use than the strollers, but the strollers are also great to have.
 

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I use ours more now, because my dd is heavier and I am 7 months pregnant. My slinging days have been limited lately.<br><br>
For the first year, I used the stroller <i>mostly</i> for carrying my packages or my diaper bag. If you are with the baby by yourself most of the time, I think that such is a really nice thing to have. However, if you are with dh mostly, and he can help, then you probably don't need.<br><br>
If space is limited, why not just get a nice umbrella stroller (from the $20 Kolcraft to a $150 Maclaren, there are some wonderful choices out there.
 

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I would definately recomend getting a stroller. I definately use the sling more, but the stroller is great for when its really hot or if the sling is making your back soar. I also do most of my grocery shopping with it, mine holds about 4 bags of groceries in it, so I dont really ever have to drive to the store which is nice. If you get one and then decide its not worth the space, you could always sell it on ebay or something.
 

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With ds#1 we bought the travel system. Sold it off before ds#2 came. Was way to big and I decided that carrying around the car seat was insane. It is so heavy!<br><br>
We did buy a jogging stroller for dh to use on morning runs and to walk around our bumpy streets. It also find ds very well, it was hung material vs the firm seat and back.<br><br>
Before ds#2 was born we traded our single jogger for a double. And also got an umbrella stroller.<br><br>
I would recommend a good umbrella stroller over the travel system. Make sure it's a good one or check the different ones for handle length. Some of them come with pretty short handles and if you are over 5'4'' you'll end up hunched over to push it. Also, if you plan to take your child shopping and want to hang your bags over the handles get stroller weights. Keeps the stroller from tipping. Also an umbrella with a pouch is helpful and a head cover.<br><br>
We now have two umbrella strollers: one with a head cover and the other has a pouch. Would be nice if we could combine the two. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We also have many slings. Make sure to keep on in the car for those times when you 'just forgot'. Sucks to be out without one.
 

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That's probably me you see pushing my ds around when he could be walking. Frankly it is because ds is so danged fast and the park we go to (where the stroller gets the most use) has water all around it. If ds took off, it would probably be for the ducks that are in the water. When we get in the park, which is fenced, I take him out and let him run to his heart's content.<br><br>
If you feel that you will be able to afford one if and when you need it then don't register for it. If you decide you need it sometime after you have your baby then go buy one.
 

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I loved my slings - the new native and an OTSBH (both hand-me-downs) but I needed the stroller too - especially for when the grandparents babysat and wanted to be out in the fresh air -- where I wanted them to be too.<br><br>
We got a collapsable jogger-stroller (not that we jog) that had an infant carseat attcahment -- it is most useful because it's all terrain and can go on the beach and on canyon trails.<br><br>
We also have a baby backpack because we go camping and hiking a lot - but because I had a c-section this wasn't for me for a few months (think of the waist strap issue).<br><br>
We also have a (hand-me-down) umbrella stroller we keep in the car.<br><br>
As of last spring when the little guy turned one and neared thirty pounds, well, it was time to retire the slings for lots of reasons. I miss them but, hey, he's not the little baby he once was.<br><br>
Yes, he walks, but he can't walk everywhere we do and the stroller is for those times.<br><br>
I was glad I registered for it and I am glad that folks purchased it for me.<br><br>
It's worth it to think ahead. I had no idea just how quickly the baby would get big.<br><br>
But it's also worth it to consider the shape of your life and whether or not you'd stroll.<br><br>
Good luck.<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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I have an umbrella stroller ($15) that I use sparingly. Before I had a car, I would use it to bring my food home from the grocery store (with ds in sling). When he hit about 2 yrs, I used it for times that we were going somewhere and I didn't want to have to chase him.
 

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I voted "other" because it depends on what age you are talking about. We didn't get a stroller until DD was almost eight months old. Before that I never wanted one. I slinged her everywhere. But when she hit around 20 lbs it was nice to have the stroller. Now we use it alot (though I still sling her occaisonally, but she's 25 lbs!).<br><br>
If someone is going to buy you one, you may as well go for it, but make sure it is one that can carry you to when they are older. Chances are you won't use it much when your baby is little (if you're like me, that is. I couldn't stand to NOT be holding my little one close!) but when they get heavier and you want to run errands getting groceries and such, it is nice to have it then.
 

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Seeing you're in Alameda? Is that citified?<br><br>
We're citified (NYNY<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) and a stroller is an eventual must. Baby may be slung exclusively for months & months, but they do eventually hit 20-some-odd pounds, and your back <i>will</i> protest. Just one of those facts of life.<br><br>
It's a nice option to have. As long as it is an option, and not the baby/child's second home ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hope I don't get <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil"> for this, but...<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">NO, you don't need a stroller, and NO, you don't need to carry around a lot of gear.</span><br><br>
With all due respect to your doubtlessly well-meaning friend, most of that baby registery stuff is an excuse for shameless and obscene materialism gone amok -- materialism that preys on and profits from maternal fears.<br><br>
*Whew,* I'll wipe the foam off my rabid lips and explain why I said that.<br><br>
If you really look around, you'll see that the biggest-ticket items are the ones whose job it is to separate you from your baby. Cribs, walkers, jumpers, play pens, monitors -- all those require a degree of separation from Mom.<br><br>
So does the stroller.<br><br>
Believe me, I was sold (literally and otherwise) a bill of goods by Babies R Us and my own well-meaning friends on how much stuff I would need.<br><br>
It was a big fat load of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/inthet.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="inthet">. <span style="color:#0000FF;"><br><br>
Here's what you really need with you wherever you go:</span><br><br>
Two arms<br>
A working boob<br>
A sling<br>
Two diapers<br>
Wipes<br><br>
That's it. In the car trunk it's helpful to have another change of clothing just in case.<br><br>
BUT THAT IS IT. You don't need as much as they're trying to sell you.<br><br>
Honestly, I really hate strollers.<br><br>
1. They take up space in the car<br>
2.They separate the mom from the baby<br>
3. The baby is at cigarette level all the time<br>
4. The baby is at knee level all the time and sees nothing interesting<br>
5. It's too easy to forget them (IT HAPPENS!!!)<br>
6. It's hard if you're breastfeeding -- you have to take them out, put them back, yada yada.<br><br>
I far preferred the sling.<br><br>
1. NO space in the car (barely)<br>
2. Constant hugs.<br>
3. Above cig level<br>
4. Better view<br>
5. Just try to forget your baby if it's in a sling. Good luck.<br>
6. Breastfeeding is easy -- you don't even have to stop. You can look at all the rats in the Magic Kingdom and not even break your stride and still breastfeed your baby.<br><br>
Well, that's my rabid soapboxing. Hope this helps, and CONGRATULATIONS on your baby!
 

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I LOVE my big huge monster stroller.<br><br>
But then I often WALK to do my grocery shopping, or to the post office, library etc. and it's nice to have somewhere to put the groceries and books etc.<br><br>
I have a huge wagon too. My ds likes to sit in that while we grocery shop too, although I do get a lot of funny looks from the staff and other shoppers.
 

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I voted occasional use.<br><br>
In a perfect world I wouldn't need to carry around anything except my baby and in that case I wouldn't need a stroller, ever. But in any instance that I have other things to carry besides my diaper bag I like having a stroller, not really for my child but for everything else.<br><br>
But unless you do walk everywhere - you might be able to go until your baby is at least 6 mo to ever use it. My DS never liked the stroller until he was over a year old and already a good walker so if we take the stroller anywhere now it's either to 1. contain him so he doesn't get hurt, 2. give him a break if he gets tired. Now carrying him would work for either situation as well but he thinks it's fun being in the stroller now and squirms to get down a lot when I carry him.<br><br>
But unless you want to jog or something, you could easily get by with slinging until the baby gets too heavy, then using a backpack after that. Also, the stroller you might choose at birth is not the same stroller you would choose when your baby is a year old and the older the baby is, the more compact/lightweight stroller you can get.
 

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I haven't read the other responses, but my idea is that you might just hold off on the stroller for now, and then get it later, when your baby is out of the sling stage and you've had a better chance to see strollers out there and decide what (or if) you'd like. Plus by then you can "test drive" them in the store with an actual baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have three strollers (single that was part of a travel system, single umbrella, and double), and the first two were picked out by others and given to me as gifts. I appreciate them, but I think neither of them would have been my first choice. So that's one benefit of registering - you can be very specific about what you want.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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my vote is yes, go ahead and register for one, but think about what your lifestyle is as far as walking. do you go shopping a lot or walk outside a lot?<br><br>
after dd got to heavy for the bjorn and sling, and before she learned to walk i used our jogging stroller daily for walks around the block. now it's hit or miss whether she'll walk or not. (you can't make 'em walk and the dogs and i need the exercise). we do have a foldable stroller (not the "travel system", but bigger than an umbrella stroller), but i reserved it for occasional trips to the mall. jogging strollers are pretty big inside and ours is sort of a pain to collapse. i really don't like the way the other kind of foldable stroller steers with the plastic wheels. the jogging stroller with the bicycle type tires is soooooooooo much easier to push.<br><br>
slinging or the baby bjorn is great, but after dd reached about 6 months it really began to bother my back if i had her in one or the other for more than about 20 minutes. some women have no problem slinging a 20 or 30 pounder around, but even if you don't have back problems you may find it really uncomfortable. i ended up finding that it was much more comfortable to just hold dd on my hip and put more of her weight on my arms. which is where she still is many many many many many many many many times a day today at 2.5 with me 7mo pregnant. i cannot emphasize enough how much in arms this kid is -- more than any other child i know, so i really don't think the stroller hurt that at all.<br><br>
for several months dd wanted to walk around the block, but now she's back to wanting to be in the stroller, although i do encourage the walking. i really don't think it's a bad investment, but i'd much much much rather have a jogging stroller instead of the other kinds. if i had to pick only one kind to register for i'd definitely register for a jogging type stroller, but i am not a mall type person (although dd loves them) so i don't spend a lot of times strolling indoors. a lot of malls have strollers you can rent, too, if you're doing a lot of holiday shopping once a year or something. both of our strollers were gifts. the jogging stroller was a hand-me-down from my sister so it's seen its days of wear and my sister also gave me the other one, a graco. it's been nice at times at the mall when so i had a place to put stuff, but if i was registering i'd definitely register for an easily collapsible jogging stroller. i'm pretty sure they do make such things.<br><br>
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I fel exactly the same when I registered with my SIL and now I say THANK GOD I got a stroller. We choose to not participate in the 'car culture' so we walk or publuc transit everywhere. I do sling dd alot but she is very heavy 22 pounds at 8 months and the sidewalks here are very bad in the winter and I wouldn't even consider walking with her attached me if I felt I might slip.<br><br>
We got a very lightweight stroller from ZOOPER. It fit the infant seat when she was in that and will last until she no longer needs a stroller. We also have a jogger but dhuses that for running.<br><br>
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<b>Charles Baudelaire</b> - rabid soapboxing, LOL.<br><br>
Seriously, though... when your child got heavier, how in the world did you manage? I packed light when dd was a newborn, but not anymore. I mean, by now, dd is close to 25 pounds, I'm pregnant with another and I'm beat just walking to the car with them. Plus, dd has food allergies, so I need to bring some snacks... when it's cold, we need a blanket... she's an active toddler and I like to have a book or a toy with me... my wallet, etc. Really, how do you manage with such a short list? (not flaming, BTW)
 

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I personally LOVE strollers. I have a small collection of them, and think they're marvels of beauty and design. I always wanted a stroller (or two or three) and use mine a LOT, but don't overuse them by any means.<br><br>
I have a super-light-weight Maclaren umbrella stroller that I bring with me for indoor-type walking (mall, library, etc.) When my DD was little enough, we didn't use this, we just used the Baby Bjorn. But once she got to heavy for that (or rather, for Mama's back!) the stroller became a God-send. She's certainly not chained to the thing. When we're out and about, she has the choice to walk if she wants unless we're someplace it would be dangerous for her to be walking (ie. china shop? Not that we frequent those... ) But it's nice to have a place to let her sit and ride when she gets tired of walking and I get tired of carrying her. (I should also perhaps mention that I have a lung problem and my ability to lug a toddler around for hours is not what some other mama's abilities might be.)<br><br>
Anyway, in addition to the lightweight stroller, we have a heavy-duty, all-terrain stroller. It has a nice-sized basket for holding our bag of goodies, and is the stroller of choice for places like the zoo or a long day at the park. It has shocks and is a very manly-looking stroller, so DH doesn't mind being seen with it. And it's very plush, so it can double as a soft place for a nap if needed.<br><br>
Finally, we have a humongous jogging stroller, which is used exclusively by DH for jogging. He and DD take a jog together every night. It's a favorite activity for both of them.<br><br>
I can't imagine what we'd do without ANY of our strollers - let alone with no stroller at all.
 

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Anyone who tells you that you don't need a stroller either has babies that weigh two ounces or they have never walked more than two blocks in their lives. When my baby hit 4 mo. she was twenty pounds. But I keep carrying her in the sling because I loved it and it was so easy. But once my entire arm started going numb I gave in and used the stroller or had dh sling her if he was available. At this point (5.5 mo.) even dh's shoulder starts hurting after carrying her more than an hour. My main advice is when you get a stroller, get one that is compact and light.
 
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