Baby strollers: When, What, and Why
Life is stressful enough with a new baby, so your stroller shouldn’t be another cause of aggravation for a mom. What woman doesn’t like to go to a store and register for any and all products you think your baby will need (or not need, but who could pass up the cute designs that cover cloth diapers, even if you’re not even planning on using them.. What? Don’t judge!). So the moment I stepped into the baby store, all flushed with excitement to pick out the stroller my baby will ride in for the next couple of years, I realize I have no clue what I’m doing. There are rows and rows of strollers, with descriptions of size and weight, but not showing an arrow pointing down to the right stroller that fits my lifestyle.
The travel system:
Travel systems consist of a medium to large size stroller, which a baby’s car seat locks into for easy carting of your newborn, without disturbing them from sleep or them just being comfortable and not screaming for once. They’re great in that sense, but not practical at all. I wish someone had told me when I registered for my $300 travel system that it would take up the whole trunk of my jeep, be extremely heavy, and honestly, wasn’t practical to go out to a store with. Instead of a big, expensive travel system, if I could do it again, I’d go with a separate car seat and a small stroller (ie. the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Frame). This allows the new mother maneuverability on her first trips out on the town with her new one (you have to show off your precious little angel, after all!), but it won’t break your back, especially as your little one is growing in leaps in bounds. These also offer larger baskets underneath, for all your bags full of new clothes that fit your thinner body.
The lightweight stroller:
These strollers are a must for a mom, and can fit babies 3 months until they don’t need a stroller anymore. My favorite lightweight stroller is the Maclaren Quest Sport, which has many handy features for the new, stylish mom. This stroller folds up to take up hardly any space in the trunk of your car, as well as having a handle on the side to carry it and even a strap to put it over your shoulder. At 11 lbs, this stroller can be lifted by even the weakest of mothers who didn’t work out a day during their pregnancy. The Quest Sport has 4 different recline features, a 5-point harness, as well as a removable seat cover (for all those babies that love to spit up all over or just babies who try to see how much of their snack can end up on the seat). For those moms who love to take walks everyday, don’t let the winter wind stop you, because this stroller also comes with a wind shield that takes mere seconds to hook onto the stroller, keeping baby warm and dry (for when it rains, too!).
Lets be honest folks, do you really need one? Unless you will be using this for jogging/running, there is no need to get such a stroller for walks around the neighborhood (like I wanted, because lets face it, if I see another mom with one and it’s cute, I want one! I want one!). But for those moms and dads who actually do use it to work out, I’d recommend getting a BOB. BOB strollers are a sturdy, bump-free stroller, something that can be enjoyed by both toddler and newborn. BOB has a separate attachment for car seats to be attached to for babies under 3 months old (just check to make sure your car seat will work before buying). As great as a BOB is for the active mom, this is not a stroller you’d want go to the store with. Besides taking up lots of room in the trunk, you probably will have a hard time maneuvering the stroller in between the sale racks (lets be honest, once you’re out of maternity clothes, shopping is a lot of fun again!).
Best strollers for the buck:
Travel System: Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Frame and Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat – Approximately $179, but also an item that can be found on your areas Craigslist.