Growing a baby can be stressful enough (I mean, what the heck is this body doing?) but tackle on having to make some buying decisions when there are a million versions of a million items with a million more opinions about each of them and your head begins to spin. I’ve been trying not to get totally sucked into the hype of buying all things cute and follow the advice of many mommies when they say you really don’t use a lot of the things you think you will and to just buy the ‘essentials’ but even figuring out what the essentials are seems to be a challenge for a new mommy like myself.
Luckily, I had a head start to filtering my research (during my pregnancy with Liam) and a lot of my close friends are mommies, so I finally feel confident enough in what I believe are the essentials… for now. What I am not confident about and simply cannot even imagine ever making a darn decision about is the stroller. Yes, I understand some mommies don’t use theirs right away but I do know many mommies who did/do and considering this is the main mode of getting baby around (without breaking your back) I’ve put it on the essentials list. The problem is, I just don’t even know where to start. Who would have thought there could be so many different versions of the darn thing with so many different features! Not only do you have to think about the obvious, like safety, comfort and ease of use, but a list a mile long exists of other features you never knew you should think about but once you hear of them, they all seem to ‘make sense.’ For example:
- The weight: It has to be light enough to lift in and out of the car but strong enough to hold your baby and all things mommy.
- Durability: Does it work in all four seasons? Can it withstand the hottest of summers but also the iciest of winters.
- Adjustability: It has to adjust to a growing child. And what about baby two? You have to think about them also and they don’t even exist!
- Storage: Having enough storage to pack all things baby but also have a spot for your keys, coffee and whatever other mommy things you remember to take when running out the door with your pyjamas still on.
- Size: Not too big to be mistaken for car #3 but not too small to frustrate the crap out of you and then force you to have to go through the tedious process of buying another stroller.
- Wheels: There are strollers with 3, 4 and even 8 wheels! Some turn and some don’t. Some come with a pump… what!?
- Foldability: I’m sure there’s a stroller out there that comes with a remote control but if it doesn’t, this has got to be easy.
- Compatibility with a Carseat: Don’t even get me started on a car seat… I haven’t even gotten there yet.
I have tested a handful of strollers and noticed I don’t want something super large or heavy but want something that would be pleasant to use when going on walks (both in the city and in the country) and doing errands as well as something that grows with baby. Having an adjustable handle would be nice for the drastic height difference of Beau and I. I am not opposed to buying a car seat adapter, so a travel system is not necessary. The only one I seemed to really like thus far and actually got excited for was the Baby Jogger City Mini. It was so light and easy to push (sans baby) but it specifically states that it’s not intended for jogging. Although, I do not jog, I do have a boxer puppy and parents who live in the country, so I would require some sort of sporty-ness to my stroller. The Britax B-Agile was also liked due to weight and size.
I would absolutely LOVE to hear your personal experience about the stroller you have/had. Why did you love it or why did you wish you bought a different one? You can either comment below or email me at email@example.com I would really appreciate it. Oh and if you feel like giving me some car seat recommendations, I’m all ears!
Photographs: L.B Photography