I was recently asked by friend who just gave birth to her first baby, what is the best stroller? Well, I figured I would blog about it and get opinions because honestly I now own 9 beautiful strollers and it might help other moms from making the same mistake as me.
My quest for stollers began when I was pregnant with my first child. I was one of the first in my group of friends who had children, so I couldn’t rely on help in that department. My next idea was to go to my local Babies R’ Us to research strollers. While this was helpful, I really needed to narrow down what the gentleman told me at the store, so I took some of his suggestions and started searching for reviews.
Off I went to Babies R’ Us the next day, and I bought my first travel system for my soon to be born daughter. Once she came into this world, I took it out of the box and started using it. While I liked it, I soon began to go to mommy groups and started to learn all about these other strollers that I saw my new friends were using.
And so began my excessive, unnecessary spending on strollers. I was like an addict and when I saw a new one, I just needed to have it! Yes, I know, it was insane but at the time, I kept thinking that the next stroller purchase will be better than the first. I look at that time and laugh because even with the best of strollers, but daughter hated sitting in one. I ended up wearing her in the ergo and the strollers collected dust in my garage till a few years later.
When my son was born, I knew I needed a double stroller because ironically, at age 2, my daughter took a liking to being in a stroller and she still does to this day. I definately learned from my mistake and went with only one double stroller purchase from doing indefinite research on this topic. I ended up getting a great deal at a local consigment shop and I couldn’t be happier. For all moms out there, check out your local consignment shops. You can score some great deals on strollers!
Here are my favorite strollers thus far:
The Snap and Go: I take this everywhere with me. My son at 5 months, weighs almost 20 pounds, so there is no way I am carrying the infant seat without this. The infant seat just snaps in and you are ready to go. The name says it all! It is so portable and folds very nicely in the car. I highly recommend this product.
The Maclaren Quest Stroller: This is a higher end umbrella stroller that is extremely light and compact. It has a great peek-a boo canopy that you can see your children and has extended leg room which makes naptime in this stroller a dream. My daughter loves this stroller and will sit for hours in it.
The City Mini Double Stroller: My personal favorite in double strollers. It is an all-terrain stroller with two swiveling front wheels. It is extremely lightweight compared to other strollers I tested. It is a smooth ride when both of my children are sitting in it. I have been known to do 3 mile walks with them buckled in and have no complaints from the peanut gallory. It is also extremely durable,easy to set up, and can easily be stowed away in the car. Because I bought this stroller at a consignment shop, I ended up paying $180 compared to the sticker price of $400. I give this stroller an A+.
So now please tell me, what are your favorite strollers?