We’ve had a lot of down time this week which means I’ve had some time to brainstorm new posts. Yay! I have several friends who are pregnant right now and they all want to know what they really need. And what they don’t. I have a HUGE post coming soon about mommy must-haves (and the must-nots) but for now let’s start with one pretty expensive piece of hardware: the stroller.
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When I was a first time mom I thought all strollers were the same. Jogger, umbrella, click fit, convertible, what’s the difference? I found out real quick that not all strollers are created equal.
Then I became the Goldilocks of strollers: I went through three, yes three, before I finally landed on my fourth stroller- which is my favorite stroller ever! Whenever I wheel that bad boy around other moms get serious stroller envy (really, they’ve told me!)
I thought maybe I could save you the trouble of going through three strollers before you find the right one (aren’t I so nice?!). So here are my 3 top tips for choosing the right stroller for your family:
What will you use it for most of the time?
I know what you’re thinking: I’m using my stroller to wheel the baby around! Duh!! But really think how you see yourself using the stroller. Our first stroller had plastic wheels and I hated it because when I took baby for a walk outside the stroller shook and rattled with every small little bump. Plastic wheels don’t absorb any shock; then I had a jogger stroller with better tires but you had to remember to fill the tires with air.
Now I have the City Select from Baby Jogger and it has forever-air tires. I don’t even know what that means but I know I love it! Basically the tires ride like air tires (soft and absorb a lot of shock) but you never have to fill them up with air. I don’t know how they did it. But it’s amazing!
If you’re looking to invest in ONE amazing stroller do your research and consider your lifestyle. If you want to do a lot of outside wheeling then a stroller with tires that absorb the shock would be best. But if you plan to do a lot of inside walking then a lighter stroller that’s easy to get in and out of the car might be better. And if you want to do both then consider a more versatile stroller.
How many kids do you want to have?
It might seem weird to think about ALL of your future children when you’re (probably) just starting on your first and even that seems overwhelming. I get it. But here’s the deal, strollers can get pricey, and you have to look at it as an investment. We bought a stroller that we can use as a single or easily convert to a double so the investment made sense.
I truly cannot say enough good things about our City Select, I have used it as a single with just Bubbaloo; I have an adapter so I can click Nugget’s carseat right into it AND click a seat on the front for Bubbaloo. Now that Nugget is a littler older he can sit in the regular stroller seat. And one day when we have more babies we can easily convert it to use however we need!
If you’re only planning to have one kiddo, or you’re pregnant with your last one, you might be looking to spend a little less. But if you know you’re going to use this thing for years, I highly recommend investing in a quality stroller that will meet the needs of your growing and changing family.
Give me all the features!
Just like when you buy a new car, you want ALL the bells and whistles. Consider things like: are the seat covers washable? What kind of seat belt does it offer (pro tip: kids can climb out of lap belts)? How does it fold? How does it brake? Does it have cupholders for you? How much storage does it offer? Does the stroller have a handlebar that can extend?
All of these features boil down to personal preference. Maybe you don’t care how large the storage basket is (just kidding, you care, because when you leave the house with kids you need everything AND the kitchen sink). Perhaps you don’t like to drink coffee as you push the stroller and peruse the library (hahaha I’m on a roll, you definitely need cupholders!). Seriously though, all of these features are vastly different on each stroller and will depend on what you prefer. But they are features you will want to pay attention to.
My stroller didn’t come with cup holders (the only drawback) but I bought a handlebar accessory that has plenty of storage for cups of coffee, my keys and phone, and any random rocks Bubbaloo collects! It also has the best storage basket I’ve ever seen on a stroller! It’s HUGE and it has soft sides that stretch so you can squeeze in even more stuff. It’s easy to fold, push, adjust, store, and lift in and out of the car. All of this matters- trust me.
Now Get Shopping!
Don’t be afraid to head to the store and try out some strollers. Push them around, get your hands on it and check them out! Don’t be shy about asking questions, and remember to keep in mind your future goals. A great stroller is going to be an investment, but it will be sooooo worth it. Trust me!
If I’ve convinced you that my stroller is the absolute best (because it is) check it out below! I also linked some other models by Baby Jogger and some of the accessories that you might want with the stroller, because that’s just the kind of lady I am! Happy shopping!
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