The Stroller Saga

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting to hear about our stroller choice.  While I am waiting to get a second hard drive so that I can download pictures from this weekend in Washington, we will all have to make do with a story about stroller shopping.

My friend Beth was kind enough to drive me around the Seattle suburbs in search of the perfect stroller.  Jack behaved well even through all of the test runs (and we tested them ALL).  In the end, I settled.

Let me back up a bit.  We went to Sports Authority and made the workers there get out their fancy electric ladder thingy to bring down the Safari TT for me to try.  After strapping Jack in to the less-than-stellar harness system (which would not tighten down to his size), I pushed it about a bit, made some adjustments, and then tried to fold it up without Jack in it (although it would have been fun to try it with him still sitting in it).  In the end, it was too difficult to fold up, too big, and too heavy.  This proved to be a theme for the day.

Off to BRU we went whereupon I tested every stroller in the place, save for the Maclarens because I just didn’t want to get too attached.  The jogging strollers were all too heavy or bulky, so I ruled them out fairly quickly.  Onto the umbrella strollers I went.  The problems were many – annoying harnessing system, wheels that did not turn well, too small for Jack, a tray that didn’t remove making it difficult to get the kid in and out, etc.  The list does go on…

So we ended up buying a Chicco Capri umbrella stroller.  It is lightweight, smooth, compact, and cheap.  It has it’s downsides (a useless basket, handles that are less than ergonomic, and I have to be careful not to hit the wheels with my feet) but did I mention it was cheap?  And compact?  And lightweight?  Yeah.  Oh, and Jack loves it!

Now, if I only had the money for this…the stroller saga might have had a truly happy ending.  Instead, I compromised and that’s okay, too.

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Comments

  1. Strollers are tough, I’m glad you found one you liked! (It looks really nice.) I laughed reading how you tried everything out in the store, I bet you drove the employees crazy, but seriously that was important!

  2. Strollers are tough, I’m glad you found one you liked! (It looks really nice.) I laughed reading how you tried everything out in the store, I bet you drove the employees crazy, but seriously that was important!

  3. being currently paralyzed by the way too many choices in strollers, this is very interesting. I see a lot of people with Chiccos around here. glad you could find one to match yr priorities 🙂

  4. being currently paralyzed by the way too many choices in strollers, this is very interesting. I see a lot of people with Chiccos around here. glad you could find one to match yr priorities 🙂

  5. yeah, j and i saw the valco stroller at the EB Baby fair. it’s sweeeeet… pricey, but sweet….

  6. yeah, j and i saw the valco stroller at the EB Baby fair. it’s sweeeeet… pricey, but sweet….

  7. Wow, that run-about or whatever is a beautiful stroller, and I have a bit of stroller lust right now.

    Presently, we have a travel system that we’ll be using. I’m not sure how much I love it at this point, although I have to say that it’s not too heavy to lift, which is good.

  8. Wow, that run-about or whatever is a beautiful stroller, and I have a bit of stroller lust right now.

    Presently, we have a travel system that we’ll be using. I’m not sure how much I love it at this point, although I have to say that it’s not too heavy to lift, which is good.

  9. ZM – luckily we weren’t the only ones trying out strollers. I think the Sports Authority guys might have been a little annoyed with me, but oh well! They should have had a floor model out.

    Liz – I can honestly say that I have found the stroller choice the most difficult!

    Kait – we have a travel system currently and while I agree that it is light, it’s not easy to maneuver with one hand (which is what I often have to do) and it does not fold up very compactly. Also, the harness is pretty flimsy. So, it was good for the newborn days when we were strapping the infant carseat into it, but has not aged well with Jack.

  10. ZM – luckily we weren’t the only ones trying out strollers. I think the Sports Authority guys might have been a little annoyed with me, but oh well! They should have had a floor model out.

    Liz – I can honestly say that I have found the stroller choice the most difficult!

    Kait – we have a travel system currently and while I agree that it is light, it’s not easy to maneuver with one hand (which is what I often have to do) and it does not fold up very compactly. Also, the harness is pretty flimsy. So, it was good for the newborn days when we were strapping the infant carseat into it, but has not aged well with Jack.

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