Strollers How Do You Choose

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tara - May 5

I've been out looking for strollers for the past few days and I'm just confused about all the different stuff that are out there! How do you come to choose one between all the brands and out there? Anyone heard of/seen/or bought the Buaboo Frog stroller? If you have one I would love to know what you say about it. Also interested in the travel systems if anyone has expeiences they'd like to share. Thanks so much.

 

Misty - May 5

I have one by Graco. I don't remember what it was called but I really like it. It came with the car seat and so you could snap the car seat into the stroller. It has a removable snack tray w/a cup holder in front for the child (which I love) and two cup holders as well as a little closing lid thing in back on the handle for me to use. I think a cup holder for the parents to use is an important feature for the parents. Think botttles when the baby is still little and sodas and things like that for you when you go for a walk in the park or to the zoo or whatever. Also it has a bag type compartment underneath for storing diapers or toys or whatever. I think all of those things are pretty important. I would never get a stroller without a cup holder (can you imagine trying to push and holding a drink aand fries at the same time) Many strollers feature all the things I just said though. I think a lot of decision comes into what they look like cosmetically.

 

tara - May 5

Hi Misty. I've looked at the Quattro (sp) by Graco which sounds pretty much like the one you have here. But I have heard that the wheels need to be changed quiet often - have you had that problem at all? How long have you had yours? It's one the first ones that I looked at and really liked plus it's a pretty good price range.

 

PP - May 5

I looked at several different strollers and I kept kicking the back of the stroller while I was walking. I also did not want a travel system becuase they are so big and bulky. I went with a Zooper Waltz. It is light very compact has a full recline and I can walk without kicking it. Also it accomadates most infant car seats and has a big basket, rain cover, boot and bug and sun glare sheild included. Ilooked at the bugaboo frog and I was not all that impressed. I certainly did not think it was worth 750 dollars.

 

Heidi - May 5

$750 for a STROLLER? Are you serious?

 

Misty - May 5

That probably is the one I have if it was a decent price because ours was pretty much the cheapest Graco they had. I have never had to change the wheels on mine and I have had it for just over 2 years now. So I don't know. Perhaps I should be changing the wheels? I don't know why though, they work just fine and they aren't worn down or anythign so they seem good to me.

 

Misty - May 5

That is one thing with mine also. I don't kick the back of it. I can't afford to buy a stroller made for running (or jogging, whatever :-)) so I took this one with me and would push it with one hand to allow the other hand to be able to swing as I was jogging. I have never had a problem with kicking it.

 

Misty - May 5

Oh yes, and it also fully reclines, I think it also only cost like $150 down here in Florida and it came with the car seat. So I don't know but I think it is pretty good for the money. I could never afford $750 dollars. Money is pretty tight for me.

 

tara - May 5

Bugaboo Frog is $1050 where I live!!! But i really liked the fast that you can use it as a high chair/booseter seat in a restaurant/ or coffee shop and not worry about a big stroller in the way. But you are right - certainly not worth that price! My husband liked the zooper but the ones we saw were pretty bulky when clappsed down - I'll have to ask around for the waltz. Thanks misty - I'm going to have another look at the Quattro by Graco although this one is close to $400 with the car seat! If you have gone jogging with it and the wheels aren't worn down then no need to change it. I had heard form a few people in the store that theirs was worn down in 6 months and had to have the wheels replaced. I'm having this baby in August and I'll be doing a lot of walking/jogging around and I wanted to be sure of the purchase we are making.

 

BBK - May 5

Tara, I have done lots of research on this. I have a neighbor who has the bugaboo and have taken a close looks. So, if you are planning to "stroll" a lot in an urban area, the bugaboo is worth it. It has nice smooth suspension, air-filled wheels, ba__sinet for the newborn, looks good and can be pushed with very little effort. I also like the fact that the baby is not so close to the ground. The parking break is also controlled by hand. I think it's super easy to fold, but some people find it tricky. As a daddy, I like the fact that it comes with a maintenance kit(!) On the downside, it does not fold small enough for the overhead compartment on a plane, so you'll need another stroller in addition to the frog. Also the price is insane and keep in mind, that the Frog being replaced by two products, the Gecko and the Cameleon. Final word on it is that it's great for urban babies, but not really needed for suburban ones. If you plan to do minimum strolling, and be and out of the car, you can get one that is like a travel system/conventional stroller. They have small wheels, and the baby will feel every bump on the pavement; also the baby is too close to the ground which I don't like much..... but if all your strolling is in indoor shopping malls and clean areas, who cares? No reason to spend $729. Also another tip: If you do live in a city and take cabs, opt for a Graco snugride instead of a Peg Perego car seat. The Peg Peregos (besides being double the $) require the base to be functional, and you don't want to tow that around.

 

tara - May 5

maybe they were telling me about the wheels being worn down to sell me a more expensive stroller! I hate that urrrrggg! that's why I prefer to have more knowledge about this stuff from people with experience before I go shopping. I would hate to find out i was ripped off a month later.

 

PP - May 5

Tara- My Zooper Waltz will fit in the trunk of my 2 door Chevy Cavalier with no problem and leaves room for other stuff. I Love it it is way smaller than the Gracos and lighter too.

 

~S~ - May 5

When I was shopping for a stroller I would first look at the price and figure out how much I can afford and how much I was willing to pay for one. Then I would look at it's durability. Some strollers look weak or hollow. I would also look at how roomy it was and if the seat reclined back all the way to a lay down position (some strollers only recline so far) Then I would look for storage space, like the basket on the bottom of the stroller, if it was big or small, bottle holders on the top of the stroller and if it had a little tray for baby to put it's toys or food on. And lastly, I'd look for style, pattern and colors. I eventually found something I was 100% happy with and that's the Evenflo Discovery Travel system. I paid $200 cdn for it and of course, it cames with a carseat. I love it.

 

Heidi - May 5

Not to be rude but if I ever was in a store that sold strollers for $750 I'd laugh right at the clerk and head out the door for Walmart. Ha ha! What a joke!!!!

 

tara - May 5

Thanks everyone - all your thoughts and advice has helped a lot. BBK I do live in an urban city and most of my walking will be outside but for $1050 it better come with a Chauffer! lol... ~S~, are you Canadian too?

 

Mary - May 5

I go to Consumer Reports and choose based on their ratings. The one you mentioned is not in their list - The best travel system is Evenflo Journey Premier for about 180 bucks, The best stroller is Peg Perego Aria for $170. Again, I got this for the consumer reports.

 

Jaimee - May 5

I hate prams/strollers, they are an awesome invention, but they are nearly impossible to nagvigate, so big and bulky and so bloody hard to get down. I was so gald when my daughter finally was able to sit in a trolly or could walk......

 

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