Strollin'

I wrote that Father’s Day post Friday night while waiting for Joe to get home from work so that we could take off for the weekend.  We had a great trip, but I am exhausted after traveling 12 hours in two days.  I’ll have to write a post later this week to show y’all what we did for Joe for Father’s Day – it was the perfect gift.

While out of town this weekend, we stopped by Babies R Us to check out strollers.  Right now we have the Graco stroller that comes in a travel system with the SnugRide carseat.  It worked great with the infant carseat, but long ago we moved on from that…now I want something different!  Something light, with smooth rolling so that I can push it with one hand, easy to fold and store, and something with REAL tires.  I fear this does not exist.

For real tires, it seems that we are locked into a jogging stroller.  That is fine, except that they tend to be bulky, heavy, and not the easiest to fold.  Not only that, but to make it easier to turn, I’d like one with a swiveling front wheel, which is not on all jogging strollers.  Needless to say, I didn’t find anything that was exactly what I want.

If I am willing to forgo the nice tires, it seems that my best option is an umbrella stroller – at least it would be super compact, super light, and cheap enough to make up for the fact that it’s not perfect.

Did I mention that I don’t want to spend a fortune?  Any input?

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Comments

  1. What about looking for a gently used jogging stroller? You might be able to find what you want for less than you had thought.

    The umbrella strollers are pretty handy, and I think you’d get a fair amount of use out of one. My only issue with them is that they tend to be a bit short for me, giving me a back ache if I have to use one for a long time. But I can definitely see the appeal of something so small and compact!

  2. What do you consider “a fortune”? I think that’s an important question. 🙂

    You mentioned looking while you are up here. Maybe they’d have something good at Fred Meyer… or there’s this weird place called A Children’s Warehouse near our house. They sell used stuff. It’s hidden under a bar near the airport but who am I to judge? 😉

  3. Let me know what you find. We have a Britax Preview and I am not crazy about it.

  4. Kait – I’ve been keeping my eyes open to look for one, but all the used baby stores here have are variations on the Graco stroller.

    Beth – I don’t think I want to pay more than $175.

    I will let you know, Annika!

  5. I’m just looking at Costco but is this one good? I know Rob and Cyndie love their jogging stroller and I’ve found it pretty easy to fold. They have a Phil & Ted though and they spent $$$ on it.

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  8. The only problem with that Costco one is that it’s pretty heavy. It has everything else, though…so it would be better than what we have and maybe we could just get a cheapy umbrella stroller to keep in the car.

  9. The only problem with that Costco one is that it’s pretty heavy. It has everything else, though…so it would be better than what we have and maybe we could just get a cheapy umbrella stroller to keep in the car.

  10. Ooh, this one might be just what I’m looking for.

  11. Ooh, this one might be just what I’m looking for.

  12. we have the Jeep Liberty urban-terrain. It’s not a jogging stroller, but it is a 3-wheel stroller with an optional swivel. It has a one-hand fold feature, a HUGE basket for when you’re out & about, & a steering wheel for the kiddo to play with.

  13. Jen, one of the biggest requirements for this stroller (although I didn’t highlight it in the post) is that it be lightweight. Our current stroller is about 21 lbs. so I’d like something in that weight range. It’s so hard to find the perfect thing without spending a billion dollars.

  14. The “shipping weight” is 35 lbs, but it comes packed in pieces and each piece has a box around it & stuff. I’d say it’s about 25 pounds. Super-maneuverable, though, not like a lot of heavier strollers that are a PITA to push & whatnot. The only downside is, it doesn’t fold very small; we can’t fit it in the trunk of our Neon. of course, ours is a few years old now (got it when I was still pregnant), so they might have improved upon that in the meantime.

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