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My stroller (re)search:

Posted by Alina on Thursday Jul 17, 2008 Under Baby Products

At first the search for the perfect stroller seemed overwhelming. I was about 30 weeks pregnant when I began going to baby stores and playing with all the different types. To make my search easier, I narrowed down my list of wanted features. I live in New York City, don’t own a car, and tend to walk a LOT. Stroller features I focused on were:
1. Large wheels – for a smooth ride and easy maneuvering of curbs and uneven sidewalks, as well as easier navigation through grass in the park and snow/ice in the winter.
2. Bassinet – for baby’s comfortable sleeping in the fist few months.
3. Reclining seat – for comfortable napping once my son gets a little older
4. Easy collapsibility – for easily folding the stroller when taking a bus, subway stairs, or getting it in and out of a rental car.
5. Something that would last a few years.

I found it very helpful going to the stores and actually trying to take strollers apart and put them back together. I narrowed my selection to the Baby Jogger City Series Elite, Bugaboo, and Stokke. All of the above come with a bassinet, have large wheels, and have very sturdy construction and are can support 40 lbs (Bugaboo), 45 lbs (Stokke) and 75 lbs (Baby Jogger).

I ended up purchasing the Baby Jogger because it was the easiest to collapse – one hand operation – while holding baby in the other arm. Both, the Bugaboo and the Stokke require use of both hands and multiple steps, and I thought the Bugaboo was a bit difficult to reassemble. All three make adapters to attach a car seat to the stroller frame. My son hated being in the car seat, so I didn’t use this feature. If you purchase the bassinet for the Baby Jogger ($199.99), it comes with the multiple car seat adapters for the Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Maxi Cosi and other car seats, which otherwise retail for about $60. The Stokke car seat adapter is $79.99, and the Bugaboo adapter is $44.95 (for one type of car seat of your choice).

I’m very happy with the stroller we got. However, in hind site, I realize it is missing one feature that I would have liked to have, the ability to have the baby facing me once we’re on the go. Once my son turned 2 months, he was no longer happy to be in the bassinet, and when I put him in the regular seat (reclined), I found out that he likes looking around, but after a little while, he get upset, because he cannot see me (and probably thinks I’m not there). Thus, every block or so, I have to go around the stroller and talk to him for a few seconds, so he knows I’m near. I’m sure he will soon outgrow this stage, but now looking back, I see that being in Manhattan, I hardly ever need to collapse the stroller when I am by myself. And if my husband is with me, I can hold the baby and he can collapse the stroller, so it doesn’t have to be a one hand operation. Although I am pleased with the many features of the Baby Jogger, I probably would have chosen otherwise knowing what I now know.

Baby Jogger Pram/ Basinette

Baby Jogger Pram/ Bassinet

Baby Jogger City Series Elite

Baby Jogger City Series Elite

Bugaboo

Bugaboo

Stokke Xplory

Stokke Xplory

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