long time listener, first time poster here.
So me and the missus are expecting our first! At first we figured that names and the choose of a daycare center would be the hardest thing to agree on. Now we've found that this was actually the easy part (at least for us). The hardest thing is finding a stroller that is useful, practical, safe and good-looking.
We're living in Belgium, so if you want to advice a brand/type, it'd be cool if it was available here.
- 1 kid on the way
- living in a penthouse apartment of +/- 100 sq meters with an elevator, so nothing to gargantuan
- I drive a regular 3 series and she drives a Suzuki grand Vitara 3d, so boot space is not abundant.
- We would like to use it for city dwelling as well as when we go on holidays
- It's important that it's not only a baby or toddler stroller, but both
- Stocking space is available, but less space needed is better.
So if any of you guys have tips/brands/experience (this one I value the most) I would LOVE to hear it!
First Don't by a normal stroller
Buy a frame stroller to go for walks or walking the mall. It is about $50 and it is designed to hold the baby seat. Get the baby seat that clips in to a base. That way the little one can stay asleep in his/her carrier. You will just pull the car seat out and put in in the frame or the shopping cart. After the first 6 months you can re-evaluate what you need.
DON"T buy a huge system. You will not really use it until they are bigger. You will have 6 months to a year before you really start pulling them out of the seat at stops.
Make yourself a "jump bag". I got a basic messenger bag. Rather then having the mommy' bag. Use your car as your "base camp". We had a box of diapers, munchies etc in the car. We had enough supplies in the jump bag to deal with a few changes, one change of clothing and a few snacks etc. You can always get back to your base camp to resupply fresh clothing and diapers. Knowing this you don't have to carry the world. I don't know if you are as car bound as we are as you live in the city. If you are not you will need the mommy bag.
The kind that holds a baby carrier/car seat sure is convenient! You can take it out and carry him around without disturbing his sleep. But they're not small. Our took up the whole boot.
An umbrella stroller folds up and can be very small. I am not sure you can get one that would work for an infant. It would need to be secure, let the kid lie flat, and if he starts rolling to a side, no possibility of hitting anything but cushion. That may not be possible with an umbrella stroller -- not sure. We have a double stroller that let's em lie down and looks secure, but we preferred being to take baby out with the detachable car seat.
As a city dweller that has thrown is back out twice trying to help maneuver these things for others. Smaller + lighter=better.
I've taken your advise into account, and found a frame stroller that folds nicely and has detachable wheels (the easy kind, with push to unlock action). I also made sure that even with the bigger child seat it will still fit my current boot (next one later this year will be bigger) and that it will fit a couple of duffle bags/little bug bag (no not bug out bag, but my little bug's bag :-) )
I've also taken into account the weight issue, and we've found a nice aluminum one, strong but light!
Thanks for the replies, they really helped!
Ifyou are tall, watch out for the inexpensive folding stroller. Those things are not designed to be pushed by anyone much over 1.5 metres tall. Although they are a Godsend on public transit.
Similarly, avoid what's been dubbed (in the US) the "SUV Stroller", those are the ones that are so huge they inconvenience everyone else.
I'm 5'5" lol, she's taller.. we ended up wanting to go for the pericles evolution, don't know if that's a SUV stroller though... :-)
We use a Graco stroller. It is basically a carrier, carseat and stroller system. The carrier snaps into a carseat base that is already strapped into the car. Also snaps into a collapsable stroller. The carrier can be can be easily removed from the car or the stroller with the kid still strapped in. Simple and convenient.
They're pretty big, though. The stroller part takes up a solid amount of the trunk space in my Suburban.
There are plenty of smaller strollers that are fine for when the kid gets older. We have a couple of $10 canvas strollers for them -- but babies can't sit in that without slumping over (which is funny, but not ideal ... heh).
My only advice is this: whatever you do, do not buy one with two umbrella handles for pushing.
Make sure the handle is long enough for either one of you to walk behind without stooping or kicking the tray underneath the bassinet. You'd think you wouldn't have to worry about a thing like that. I can attest otherwise.
Going to try that out with the missus, thanks for the advice Morgan!