August 24, 2012

can we talk about strollers?

Obviously this time around with baby number two, I've got most of the crap if you will.  We went gender neutral on all of the big stuff, so all we will need if we have a boy is bedding and clothes, and towels.  Things of that nature.  But I also want a new stroller.

I was completely overwhelmed with all of the gear (and how much everything cost!), so I took the easy way out the first time.  We just purchased the Chicco Cortina Travel System.  And while the stroller has served its purpose, and still functions just fine, it is definitely getting older and I just don't love it.  Plus now I would like the ability to accommodate two children.  Ryann might be in that awkward age where she doesn't always want to walk, or rather we want to contain her, so although we don't need a straight up double stroller, I will want the option for her to 'ride'.  I'm sure many baby wear and then use the stroller for the toddler, but I didn't wear Ryann very much so I'm not sure I want to rely on that.

A sit 'n stand is obviously an option, but I'm not sure that is quite what I want.  I'm thinking a single that can convert to a double, has the option of a wheelie board, and can accommodate a car seat is the best choice.  At first the only strollers I really knew about were the Bugaboo Donkey (hello way expensive stroller) and the UppaBaby Vista.  The Vista seemed like a decent choice.  Looks much fancier than my current stroller, comes with a bassinet, can convert for two kiddos, optional car seat adapter... basically does everything I need it to.  So I went to Buy Buy Baby to check it out.  Oh man, it pushes so much smoother than our Chicco.  And just seems so much nicer.  It was a little daunting and I still don't really know how to use it, but that is ok.  Of course I asked the closet sales rep a few questions.  And then she threw out another option.

UppaBaby Vista Stroller

The Baby Jogger City Select.  The nice thing about it, is that I wouldn't necessarily have to buy an entire second seat.  Just some second seat adapter things for $20, and a car seat adapter.  There is still the option to purchase a second seat, but it is possible that by the time we stop using the car seat adapter Ry would be at a better age to just walk or stand on a wheelie board.  The City Select is cheaper than the Vista, but doesn't come with a bassinet (there is an option to purchase one).  But I'd be curious to know how many people actually use the bassinet on a regular basis...  Also I think I like the way you can configure the doubles set up on the City Select better.

Baby Jogger City Select
 
 Beyond those two strollers I have found two more online (but not seen in person) that might fit the bill.  The Britax B-Ready and Phil & Ted's Dot (or Navigator, but the Dot is smaller, which might be nice).  So what say ye mamas of a baby and an older toddler?  Do you have any experience with these strollers?  Anything I should be thinking about?  Want to throw me for another loop and suggest a stroller you absolutely love?  I'd love any and all opinions.  I simply can't make decisions on my own.

I know that these are some of the pricier double options, but seeing as it is one of the only 'big purchases' we will make with baby number two, I'm willing to go a little bit nicer.  The real kicker though, is that I might also want a double jogging stroller... But that is a topic for another day :o).

35 comments:

Kristal said...

Can you buy a jogging stroller and just use it for everything? That's what I do and it works really well. Also, our stroller is three wheeled and it's converted me for life. SO much easier to navigate than a 4 wheel stroller - I'd never even consider anything but the 3 wheel.

Mrs. Beach Bride said...

I only got a single bob with my first baby and it worked like a charm so as soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I needed a double bob. I have a feeling it will save my sanity down the road with long walks and jogs. And its hard to put a price on sanity right? :)

lindsay @ fifth house on the left | family blog said...

i currently have a single BOB for everyday use along with walks and running. love it. so now i am currently looking at the double BOB and the baby jogger double citi mini. i might hold off on the double stroller until a little bit later since i'm planning on wearing the new baby for a while, but these little dudes are 18 months apart so i know i will need a double soon. i just don't want to buy the adapter for a double when i already have one for my single BOB. we will see, but those are our options at the moment :)

Lindy said...

I have the Britax B- ready but have only used it with an infant. It is a lot like the uppa baby but suppously the 2 kid configurations are better. It pushes awesome, is good on bumpy surfaces and the basket is large. They also do a free ride event a lot where you can get the 2nd seat free.

Sarah and Derek said...

Don't you love the stroller section at Buy Buy Baby? Me and my sister had a blast pushing around strollers. I obviously don't have much input but I don't think you would get much use out of the bassinet. They outgrown them fast and if their sleeping, it's probably easier just to leave them in their car seat. I went with a Britax but LOVED Ian and Gage's City Mini Double.

Anonymous said...

I have the uppa baby vista and the bassinet option sold me on the stroller. In reality I never used it! (used a moby/ergo) The stroller pushes really nice but it is really bulky to collapse and kind of hard to wrangle when I'm out by myself. If I could do it over again I would look at bobs. Congrats on your pregnancy!

Erin said...

My friend w/ twins has the City Select and that thing is PIMP. Seriously amazing. No need for a bassinet, the seats recline fully and her boys were able to be in the normal seats from birth. They didn't have the carseat adapter either. I REALLY wanted that one, but we don't use a stroller enough to warrant that price tag. The sit-n-stand we have (and got for free) is FINE but it's not like I love pushing it or anything. It also has lots of things that are annoying about it, like the crappy wheels, the toddler seat doesn't stay in place, the sun shade is tiny, storage is tiny, etc. But, it was free, and is fine for our 2 block walks to the park.

christa said...

Skinnyrunner just had a post on strollers, shopping with her SIL.
Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

I have the Britax B Ready and LOVE IT! Would highly recommend and as another commenter mentioned, if you can purchase at a time when they're doing the free ride event, you have the choice of a 2nd seat for free.

Babygizmo.com offers great reviews/comparisons between some of the strollers you're considering, so I'd definitely check that out as a resource as well. :)

Megan said...

I have had the vista and the britax.

I have to say I liked the Vista better only because it was not as wide as the britax. The britax is as wide as a target cart. But the Vista has less options when it comes to two babies. I also thought the vista was harder to close than the b ready. I have also seen a lot of people love the phil and teds one where you can fit two babies just like the vista and b ready, but it looks like a jogger. I have even seen women running with it!!

mandie lane said...

I'd just get the double jogger and have a full seat always available for Ryann. Anderson is almost 4 and we still use ours, even if he chooses to get out and walk it's nice to have the extra space to set bags or whatever. I LOVE our Bumbleride Indie Twin (double jogger). LOVE IT. Steers like a dream, huge basket underneath, takes quite a few car seats if you want to use that function, folds easily, and isn't fugly. Call me a stroller snob, but I don't do fugly strollers.

Plus, any chance you'll have a third someday? I'm especially glad I sprung for a great double now that I'm realizing I'll get another 2 years or so out of it pushing #2 and #3 together.

Rebecca said...

I went through all the same thought processes when I had my second, my girls are two years apart. I decided on going with the double jogging stroller for my only double stroller. I have the Baby jogger city double, it was perfect. The seat reclines enough for an infant, plus they do have an attachment for a car seat. I highly recommend it. Also, someone gave me a sit and stand stroller, and I really hated it and found it really hard to maneuver, we never used it.

Nikki @ from MRS to MOMMA said...

I have the City Select and LOOOOOVE it! I seriously cannot say enough good things about it. My girls are 16 months apart, so I'm just now getting around to using the second seat in place of the carseat attachment, but it really is a great stroller.

A few things to consider with the other strollers you mentioned:

The Donkey is an AWESOME stroller! Super pricey, but awesome nonetheless. My only qualm with this stroller is that it is a bit wider than the others you mentioned which can make it tough to go through aisles in a store, etc.

The Britax B-Ready is another great stroller, but I have some MAJOR safety concerns with this one....especially as the babies get older. A good friend of mine had it and loved it for the infant stage. But the minute her son got into that curious stage, he reached over and got his fingers stuck in the spoke! :( She noticed right away, so he didn't get hurt, but it could have been BAD! She called Britax and they only offered to have her return it for a full refund. Ideally, they'll come out with some sort of full guard that goes around and over the wheel base, but that hasn't happened yet.

Oh, and to answer your ? about the bassinet feature with the BJCS, you won't need it. The seats recline all the way back!

Good luck with your decision!

Jenny said...

I only have one baby, BUT I have a stroller obsession and we want more kids, so I've already thought about doubles.
I have a City Mini for my daughter and I LOVE it. I'd buy the double in a heartbeat. After I read that you don't want a traditional double, I immediately thought of the City Select.
The second seat on the Britax seems so low and cramped. I can't imagine Ryann (or any toddler) tolerating it for long. I think the Vista is similar, and honestly, if you're going to spend that much on a stroller, you should just get a double jogger.
I'd love to also have a Bob (I told you, I have a stroller obsession!), but they are BIG. In the end I think I'd recommend you get two strollers: a double Bob so you can jog with both kids once #2 is big enough, and a City Mini for quick trips into places where it's not a big deal if Ryann walks. Oh, and you can use the CM from birth because it reclines all the way.

Melissa said...

We recently got a Phil and Teds sport with the doubles kit, in fantastic condition for $180. It's awesome! The only stroller we use now.

It's great because it can easily go from a single to a double, and back, with ease. Alice LOVES sitting "in the back" when we have a baby riding in the front. I've used every configuration now and have been happy with all of them. The carseat also easily fits in the front, if I don't want to take the baby out.

So there's my .02! :)

Rachel said...

I have a single Baby Jogger City Mini--I could NOT be happier! It's easy to fold, doesn't take up to much room, and it's great for errand running, walks, and runs. My good friend got the double and also really loves it. It's about $399 for the double, which is MUCH cheaper than the double BOB. Another friend got the double BOB and it's HUGE. She doesn't really tae it anywhere except for around the neighborhood because of it's size :) Also, if you want an easy errand runner, the Snap N Go by Baby Trend is the BEST and only $60!

Crazycurls said...

My advise is to really think about how much you will be using it and for what. My daughter was 2.5 when my son was born and after a couple of months I realized there's no way I would be taking them to the mall by myself and when we go to Target i just use their carts with the extra attachment for older kids. So when it came down to it I looked more for a jogging stroller than a front and back everyday stroller.
We went with the Shwinn side by side jogging stroller. It's a really good mid-range so we weren't breaking the bank and I'm using 3-4 times a week to take the kids on a walk or to the park.

Mallory Crain said...

I'm glad you posted about this because I'm obsessing over what to do now that we have #2 on the way! We have the Baby Jogger City Mini and only had two real complaint (it doesn't go completely upright so that drove Eden nuts and the adaptor for the Chicco carseat isn't great) but it was small and easy and we love it. A friend has the Britax B-Ready and loves it, but I noticed it was much too huge for my 5'0 self. We tested out the Bob double jogger which would be my ideal, but oh my goodness it is GIGANTIC! I prefer just having one stroller...so I think we will end up going with something that doubles as a jogger. Can't wait to see what you choose!

Bri {collected} said...

City Select all the way. I debated forever and then 2 of my friends finally pushed me to get the Select. I LOOOOVE that thing. We configure it in a million different ways every time we use it, depending on what we're doing and the moods they are in. I like that they can both see, and one isn't stuck in the bottom. And I love that it easily goes from 1 to 2. Also, there is a little standing board you can buy for when Ryann wants to walk more often.

I never used the bassinet or the carseat adapter...It reclines so much that I just stuck him in it.

Cubbies and Nooks said...

Hey lady! We have the Britax B-Ready so if you want to the next time we're together, we could put it together with Effy & Ryann in it and you could push it around. We also LOVED the bassinet attachment for it. We actually ended up using it for naps around the house, sleeping at my parents house, and of course, walks. :)

Nancy E. J. said...

I owned the Uppababy; currently have the City Select, the single City Mini, and the BOB Ironman Duallie strollers. So, I have them all covered! Ha!

I did not really love the Uppababy and we ended up selling it after our daughter turned 4 months. It was just too bulky for one baby. We didn't end uP using the bassinet for very long. It was just way more convenient to have her In the carseat with the adapter. After that I bought the City Mini and have always loved it. It maneuvers sooo well!

I recently had out second and didn't want a "double-wide" since it's difficult to get through a lot of doorways and other spaces. If that wasn't an issue for me I totally would have gotten the double City Mini.

I really love the City Select! The different configurations are awesome and since our toddler may not want to ride In the seat for much longer; I went with the carseat adapter option. If she still wants to be in a seat when our son is ready for the toddler seat, then we'll buy another one. If not, we'll get a board. I did a search online for the stroller and got an amazing deal through a random website. Cheaper than buying it used on Craigslist!

As a runner, the BOB is a necessity! It's wonderful and after having a single version, there was no doubt I would be getting a double.

Baby From Scratch said...

I have the uppa and I love it! I use it with the rumble seat almost daily as I look after other kids. It works well with a baby and toddler as well as with two toddlers.

positives: it is very functional works with two or one great. The basket is huge and I love that. To me the feature that the baby can face you in hugely important. I like the bassinet but you would need a wheel-board to be able to have Ryan ride on. Infant insert is also supper great to have the babe ride in the regular seat then you could use the rumble seat too. Customer service is outstanding!

Negatives: turing can be tricky with a heavy load.

If you are considering running I would think a bob or urban mountain buggy (Nannie I have met said this is by far the best stroller they have ever worked with - I take their word for it!).

I guess it all depends on what you need the stroller for mostly - urban outings uppa is great, functional and easy. If you would use a stroller that can go off road and run with it's not the stroller for sure.

GL!

Alisha Jo said...

I LOVE buy buy baby and like you did a ton of research before buying a stroller because I knew through experience with my SIL that double strollers are a pain! But with having twins we skipped right to a double :)

We have the BJCS and we LOVE it. Seriously, love it. My husband even said to me the other day that it was worth the money and I never thought I'd hear that...

We never got the bassinet and I honestly don't think I would've used it. We have the car seat attachments and still primarily use those because our girls are just at 12/12.5 lbs now. I have put them in the actual seat but I got the JJ Cole insert to make them more snug and it's been amazing. I love the different configurations and how easy it is to collapse the stroller. I had a c-section and my husband works out of town so it's just me and twin infants during the week. I've had NO problem getting the stroller in and out or maneuvering with the girls. This stroller is awesome. My husband's only complaint was a lack of drink holder- easy fix at buy buy baby, there's an attachment basket with 2 cupholders and a place for your phone/bottles/keys/etc that velcros on.

We haven't bought a side by side stroller yet but I can't imagine being able to maneuver a store with one. When I'm shopping there's times in stores where it is tight with the BJCS and it's no wider than a single! So just getting a jogging stroller doesn't seem like it would make much sense unless you only plan on using the stroller outside in open areas.

This was really long but I really feel strongly about this. I think a good stroller is an investment and can make life a lot easier especially when dealing with 2 lil ones!

Tara said...

You've had a lot of great comments on here already. My two cents would only be regarding you having a third child (I know, only pregnant with your second!) I have kids 4, 2.5, and 4 months and if there is a chance that you will have number 3 soon, I would strongly consider the Baby Jogger City Mini double. I know you are hesitant to have it side by side, but, I haven't had an issue getting through any regular door ever, and shopping with it is not much different with it than something that is a double front to back because you still have a problem with the length and turning it in tight spaces. The reason I love my BJCM is that I use it as a triple. My older two sit in the regular seats and the car seat adapter gets moved into the middle position and I clip my baby in there. It is heavenly. I could wear him, and I sometimes do, but a lot of the time it is helpful having all three have a place to sit. My oldest went through a period about 2.5 where she didn't want to sit in the stroller anymore but after 6 months or so she wanted back in. It was an independence thing. My 2.5 year old is going through the same thing. And now, if I have a 4th, I can get the skateboard on the back for my oldest and have it carry all 4 kids. It pushes like a dream and I've even done a short run with all 3 in it. It's manageable, and quite the calorie burn I bet. :). Good luck deciding, these are important things!

Heidi said...

I am having the same debate as you. My son will be 3 when baby 2 is born and like you we went with a standard travel system with him. I was thinking that we were going to go with a sit and stand, but after looking at many, I think I just find them too big. I also was thinking what If I just have the baby, then it will just look silly. My son is also at the stage where I don’t think he will want to sit in a stroller much longer. So after looking at other options, be decided to go with the city select, that way if we find we need the extra seat we can always add it and I love the idea of the glider board (and I think he will to). I was also thinking if we deiced to have another baby I want it soon after number 2, so It will be perfect as the second might not be a the point to walk . I love the way the city select pushes so nicely and all the accessories you can get and the seat positions. Thanks what sold me. It is a little pricey but I thought the same as you, there isn’t much we have to buy this time.

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I have had a travel system and an umbrella stroller, and I went from one set of problems to another. The Kolcraft is the perfect in-between stroller with the benefits of a big stroller and an umbrella stroller, making the ideal balance between both. I will compare it to my Graco travel system (the one where the handle flips) and my BRU umbrella.

baby care said...

I have had a travel system and an umbrella stroller, and I went from one set of problems to another. The Kolcraft is the perfect in-between stroller with the benefits of a big stroller and an umbrella stroller, making the ideal balance between both. I will compare it to my Graco travel system (the one where the handle flips) and my BRU umbrella.

Ava Avery said...

My best friends baby is due in a month's time so I'd give it to her! My work gave me a baby Personalised baby gifts when I had my little one and I was over the moon with it.

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