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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 camillakocwin@gmail.com I would really appreciate it. Oh and if you feel like giving me some car seat recommendations, I’m all ears!

xo Camilla

Recommended strollers for new baby

Recommended strollers for new baby

Recommended strollers for new baby

Recommended strollers for new baby
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11 Comments

  • Reply Lisa Edwards

    Well, I am very pleased to see your post. And also appreciate you to sharing some useful features of strollers. Britax B-Agile strollers are really to good and more comfortable to use. Thanks for sharing a wonderful article…

    January 28, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Michael V. Baker

    It’s an outstanding stroller reviews and so informational. Really I love the stroller. Modern baby strollers come in almost all shapes, designs and sizes and fit almost any class of people with a wide range of costs that can fit almost everyone budget. personally, I like Kolcraft All terrain adventure stroller and also to Graco LiteRider Classic Connect Stroller. It’s so lightweight and unique style. Your all image is very excellent. I have a Graco LiteRider umbrella stroller for my baby. I think, the best baby stroller is ideal for shopping, jogging, traveling etc. Thanks for sharing this post.
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    December 10, 2016 at 5:38 am
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  • Reply Lilla Farley-Szekely

    First off I really enjoy following your blog!! I found it on instagram through a friend a while back 🙂 (I’m fairly certain we went to highschool together as well)
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!
    As for the stroller, I have the Babytrend Tango Travel system. It is pretty compact and opens/folds very easily. I always liked the three wheel feature which this one has. I know it sounds silly but I was never crazy on the colour scheme but I guess its semi gender neutral. (Red Silver and Black) We got it with our first, and we tried getting a lot of the big things in gender neutral for future planning (Just recently had our second!)
    Some other negatives, I find you have to keep readjusting the back of the stroller from recline EVERY time before I put the carseat on otherwise, the carseat sits too high and the baby lays too far forward especially when they have no control over their neck yet (Which is my 6 week old) It has just gotten worse over time I guess seeing as this is our 3rd year having it.
    I felt like you, very overwhelmed with stroller choices when we were choosing ours 3 years ago, and this one was a good price for a travel system which was what we were going for at the time. Even though I dont overly love it, its usable and fine. Plus once the baby outgrows the carseat and we just use it for zoo, mall trips etc. Overall I give it a 6.5 out of 10. But this is our last baby so it seems silly to go out and buy a whole new stroller.

    July 31, 2015 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Camilla

      Hi Lilla! Thanks so much for following along! Also, I really appreciate your stroller advice/input. The comments have been so helpful! I did test out a couple BabyTrend strollers and do like the convenience of a travel system (takes the guess work out the car seat part) but wasn’t sure about it and kept being pulled toward the Baby Jogger sets. I never thought about the ease of use with the car seat so I’ll definitely be paying attention to that! I think three wheels is a must for me. Congrats on your littles! I’ve heard the first 6 weeks are the hardest so you’ve just got past that 😉

      August 4, 2015 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Kate

    Hi Camilla,
    I like your two top choices! As you know I have 3 kiddies, I started stroller life with a travel system by Eddie Bauer .. I hated the way it pushed, turned and sounded… I like a quiet smooth ride. I bought a 2nd hand Peg and was also not impressed. When we had our 2nd I bit the bullet and bought our Bob jogger! It’s amazing in snow and summer! I could get through un plowed side walks to walk my oldest to school! Now that we have our 3rd babe, our middle child hops on the front of it when she’s tired of walking!!
    If you’re planning on 2 babes, there are the ones you can add on to.. City and Phil and Ted are prob the best I know of.. Expensive but well worth it in quality and resale later:)
    Hope this helps!!
    You’re looking fantastic by the way;)

    Kate x

    July 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Camilla

      Hi Kate!
      Thanks so much for your input! I am toying with the idea of a BOB but think it’s just so darn big! I snuck to the store today to give a few pushes and did find the BOB extremely easy to fold down but the size throws me off. The Baby Jogger City is the one I LOVE for weight and size (as well as the features) but am unsure if it would be convenient when going to the beach, hikes in the woods etc.
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      August 4, 2015 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Shradha

    I have the britax b-safe travel system. I didn’t plan on jogging/running. We have only used it for walks and not off paved roads. I like the stroller… But with the 3 wheel the stroller never goes in a straight line with having both my hands pushing the stroller.. So im holding something or taking a call.. I’m pushing it like I’m drunk. The 3 wheels do allow great turning but rest of the time you can’t walk straight. With the car seat… We did a road trip and I found that although my daughter was comfortable … Her back would just get very sweaty… I dont know if there are any car seats which allow for proper air flow so that the baby doesn’t get hot… Maybe this is normal but I had never thought of it before.

    July 31, 2015 at 10:16 am
    • Reply Camilla

      Thank you so much for your feedback on the stroller system. I’ve never thought about some of your points ! The Britax System (B-Agile in my case) ) was of interest for me as I really like the weight of it and the fact the car seat comes with it. But I just find the wheels to seem a little too plastic-y for my needs (wanting to walk briskly and use in country type settings). Very good to know about the multi-tasking difficulty of the wheels and the air flow issue. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on that. Thank you!

      August 4, 2015 at 12:24 am
  • Reply Samantha

    Well I am probably not much help. I bought an Eddie Bauer travel system, which I like, don’t get me wrong. But we plan on having another baby quite soon, so I wish I would have thought more about that before we decided on a stroller. I have heard great things about both of the strollers that you have above! If you plan on going down bumpy roads or rough-ish terrain, I would make sure that your stroller has good wheels. Mine just has those basic plastic ones and they are already wearing down. And I live on a paved, slightly bumpy, city road. I am definitely going to be doing a lot more research with our next stroller!

    July 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Camilla

      That’s where I am stuck. I am trying to live in the now, but also be conscious to the fact that we do want two littles. Not sure when number two will come but it’s nice to be able to tackle that need right from the get go. I never thought of the wheels! I mean we aren’t a crazy rugged family but we do need to have a stroller that can bear harsh winters, hot summers and nature walks/light jogs as well as be country side friendly. Thanks for commenting!
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      July 31, 2015 at 9:58 am

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