I’ve been talking with a lot of people about strollers lately. It seems like we’re always trying to figure out what the best stroller is. And really, I think it depends a lot on what your needs are. Do you wear your baby most of the time and you just need a small stroller for rare occasions? Do you go on long walks every day with a stroller? Do you run with a stroller? Do you have more than one child?
Allow me to walk you through a decision making process. Learn from me!
I want to share with you my experiences in the stroller department. So, first in the baby registry; the car seat. After car seat comes stroller. Do I want a travel system, which comes with a stroller? Or a convertible car seat and then a separate stroller? Decisions, decisions, decisions. How I ever decided what to major in I have no idea.
This picture was taken approximately 5 days after giving birth so please don’t mention my triple chin thanksverymuch.
There are pro’s and con’s to both as you know. A travel system is handy because you can carry your sleeping baby in it. You can carry your baby into a store quickly while leaving him/her in the car seat. It’s handy to be able to snap the car seat into the stroller. On the flip side, the car seat only last until the baby is 20-25 pounds (ish.) As soon as the baby gets bigger, you have to fork down another couple hundred dollars for the next car seat. The car seat is heavy when you’ve got a babe in it. The stroller is bulky.
A convertible seat is nice because it last most of the child’s car seat days. You only have to buy a car seat once. This also means it doesn’t come with a stroller, so you’ll have to buy a different stroller. If your baby is sleeping you can’t leave him in the seat and bring him in the house. You also have to always unbuckle him even if you’re only stepping out of the car for a few minutes.
What did I do? I’ll tell you.
We ended up getting a Chicco Cortina Travel System. I read and heard great reviews about the safety of it and I really do like the car seat. It was nice when Lucas was sleeping and I could just carry him inside the house. ( You know, like during the newborn stage where he would actually sleep.) BUT he is only 3 months old, and I no longer do that. In fact, I almost always just leave the seat in the car and take him in and out of it. It’s just easier that way for me. If we’re going into a store I will either just hold him or put him in a carrier. If I have to make a super quick trip into the post office or something, I will take the car seat out with him in it because maybe it’s 10 seconds faster, but I don’t do that often. Plus, he doesn’t really enjoy being strapped in the thing, so I try not to leave him in their for long periods unless we’re driving.
The stroller was also nice for the first couple months because we could just leave him in the seat and put him into the stroller for walks and what not. It’s a nice stroller- it folds very easily and has an adjustable handle bar which I love.
But then I decided I wanted to go on longer walks and start running. Let me introduce you to my friend- the BOB revolution. It is so nice to walk with! It is very smooth, has nice large wheels, and is just great. ( And it’s orange. I love orange.) It has a big canopy which is nice too. But I know, these strollers are expensive. Like, ridiculous. Really. Who are they kidding? Don’t worry, it’s only $400! But you want a place to put your water bottle?! Hm. That’s weird, we didn’t include that! But for only $19.99 more you can purchase it!
A pro to this stroller is that Lucas can see the world, but he can’t see me which I don’t like too much. He seems to be much more comfortable in this stroller though. I bought this insert for him to help support him until he gets a little bigger. See how happy he is?
Both of these strollers were a gift to us. If we were the ones purchasing, and if I did everything all over again, I probably would have got a convertible car seat and a BOB. That way, the car seat last much longer and the stroller will also last forever. The BOB comes with a car seat adapter (for an extra $763 bucks or something) but only a few car seats are compatible with it.
The BOB takes up less room in the trunk of my car and it’s lighter than my Chicco stroller. The front wheel also comes off if needed. It is a little awkward to pick up though. The Chicco stroller folds really easily and it’s pretty easy to lift in and out of the car.
If you want a BOB for running- get it. You won’t regret it. Yes, it’s worth the money and in the unlikely event that you want to get rid of it, there are always lots of people looking to buy used BOB’s. The front wheel swivel is a very nice feature.
I’m pretty sure I’m done talking about strollers for the rest of my life, but I have one last question for you. I need your input. Tell me mother to mother.
Do you think it’s safe to run with my 3 month old baby?
I think technically they say you’re suppose to wait until babies are 6 months old to go running and/or have head control. BUT BUT BUT doesn’t it matter that I’m using a good stroller with huge wheels, great suspension, running on a very smooth path, and not even running that fast? What’s the difference between walking fast and running slow? He has full head control. With the insert he doesn’t jiggle at all. Can it really hurt him?
What do you think? By the pictures does it look like it’s supporting his head enough? I will ask my doctor at our next visit, but I’m just curious as to what you all have to say.
Oh, and if you’re not sick of strollers yet, let us know what stroller/car seat you got and if it was a good decision for you!