Ok I am loosing my mind.

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MJDttc's picture
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Ok I am loosing my mind.

I am already thinking strollers, and not just for this child. DH wants to have another child as soon as possible after this one (I told y'all he was crazy, right?). So I am thinking, what is the point of buying a single stroller if I will need a double stroller in less than a year. I was thinking I like the Phil and Teds stacked type seats. Or the Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride.

I really like the stacked ones, as the look like they take up less space, but I am having trouble justifying spending that much on a stroller, especially if it doesn't get used often. If I can find it on craigslist I will totally buy it there when the time comes. On most of them the second seat can come out and just use it as a single, and the Graco on can be a sit and stand for DS for a while too.

I know I will buy one of these when the time comes at some point, just feel like why waste money getting to what I want/need.

What do you guys think am I crazy? Should I just get a single stroller until we actually need the double?

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Well that is a hard one. It does seem a bit ridiculous to get a single one of you wil need a double one later. But it may look ridiculous to have one kid in a double stroller for a couple of years. Maybe you can find a cheap single stroller online or at a yard sale or something. Double strollers are wonderful! I think the stacked and side by side have their own pros and cons. We had a side by side and the ony negative I found was sometimes it was hard to fit in places. My BIL and SIL had a stacked and it was hard to steer and turn.

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I loathe the side by side, and the long ones. I think I may just wind up wearing them both, and skipping the stroller all together. Though DH hated when I wore DS, but if he wants two more kids he will have to get used to it.

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Phil and Teds are awesome. Several of my friends have them...and they are great as a single (the extra seat is removable) and they work as a double.

We have a single BOB stroller. I'm considering not even getting a double. DD will be almost 3.5 when baby is born so she won't use a stroller much anymore. A sit and stand might be worth considering for us but I just can't go back to the 'mall stroller' wheels after having my awesome BOB. My current plan is to wear the baby if/when DD needs/wants to be in the stroller. We have several carriers. That, or get an attachment for the BOB that makes it a sit n' stand. Like this:

Lascal Ltd | BuggyBoard Fitting Guide | BuggyBoard Maxi

The other issue we currently have is our stroller is pink and brown...if we have a boy.... LOL. We'll cross that bridge when/if we get there.

As you can tell I'm a bit of a planner too, so I don't think it's THAT crazy to be thinking about this right now. Smile

I am also a HUGE proponent of used sites. I buy SO much of my kids stuff used. Why buy new? Anyways, you have LOTS of time to watch the sites...perhaps you can find a good one used?

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Just to give you another perspective as I happen to have lots of kiddos close together! Wink

I almost never use a stroller. They are bulky, sometimes hard to navigate, and usually end up with a small baby crying in it (unless they are peacefully asleep).

So... my personal preference is to invest in a good baby carrier. Notice I said "good" carrier. There are plenty of "cheap" ones on the market that just are not comfortable, so those will not do! I personally prefer the Ergo carrier, but there are other nice ones as well. So, I put the baby in the carrier, and then I put the toddler in the shopping cart, or I have a little umbrella stroller if need be.

Another option - we also have a wagon. So much easier to use than a bulky stroller. Plenty of space for a bag and 2-3 kids to squish in. We love our wagon for things like trips to the zoo!

Just something else to consider!

ETA: In my siggy pic you can see my then, 21 month old toddler, on my back in an Ergo. Smile We were climbing a mountain in snow and ice... no way to use a stroller!! Smile

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I'll tell you that I have a double that we bought after DS was born. We hardly used it! But, if you really are going to try and conceive right away, then sure. I think we just didn't need ours since DD was already 2-1/2 and walked most of the time. It came in handy at the zoo and stuff like that, but the rest of the time, short trips, she just walked!

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Thanks! I don't know why the stroller is seeming so important right now. I think I just want to get the big boring stuff out of the way so I don't have to worry about it when I am ready to buy the fun things later.

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After going through a handful of different strollers, the only one I ever use (other than my double jogger which I run with a lot) is my single umbrella stroller. I've had both a side by side and front to back double and hated both and resold them. I wore DS when he was tiny and pushed DD and now DS rides and DD walks. I haven't tried out a sit n stand but would consider that option if I feel like I need a bigger stroller when this one is born

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Phil and Teds are awesome. Several of my friends have them...and they are great as a single (the extra seat is removable) and they work as a double.

We have a single BOB stroller. I'm considering not even getting a double. DD will be almost 3.5 when baby is born so she won't use a stroller much anymore. A sit and stand might be worth considering for us but I just can't go back to the 'mall stroller' wheels after having my awesome BOB. My current plan is to wear the baby if/when DD needs/wants to be in the stroller. We have several carriers. That, or get an attachment for the BOB that makes it a sit n' stand. Like this:

Lascal Ltd | BuggyBoard Fitting Guide | BuggyBoard Maxi

The other issue we currently have is our stroller is pink and brown...if we have a boy.... LOL. We'll cross that bridge when/if we get there.

As you can tell I'm a bit of a planner too, so I don't think it's THAT crazy to be thinking about this right now. Smile

I am also a HUGE proponent of used sites. I buy SO much of my kids stuff used. Why buy new? Anyways, you have LOTS of time to watch the sites...perhaps you can find a good one used?

Heather the single BOB is great for an older child hitching a ride on the footrest. We did that a lot -- and when #3 came along, we did but a BOB double but used it like a triple sometimes, with the third kid on the footrest. I

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"MJDttc" wrote:

Though DH hated when I wore DS, but if he wants two more kids he will have to get used to it.

Ok, I have to ask...WHY did it matter to DH when you wore DS? If it's a problem, maybe HE should wear the baby. Blum 3

"pollo_la" wrote:

I personally prefer the Ergo carrier, but there are other nice ones as well.

We just bought an Ergo a couple months ago! We got it to use with our DD who is 2.5 on hikes. She likes to walk but gets tired, so it's nice to have the option of going on hubby's back. We knew we'd be TTC #2 so it was a good investment in the long run. I wish I'd bought it when DD was younger.

"MJDttc" wrote:

I don't know why the stroller is seeming so important right now.

I SO got like that when I was pg with DD. I would find an item that we NEEDED and be all OCD about it. Research it and HAVE to buy it. Then I'd move on to something else. LOL. I HAD to have an exersaucer like 4 months before K was born. They don't even use those for MONTHS! I ended up selling it for what I paid so I'll need a new one...but I'll wait till this baby is older before I buy one.

"CamelNoodle" wrote:

Heather the single BOB is great for an older child hitching a ride on the footrest. We did that a lot -- and when #3 came along, we did but a BOB double but used it like a triple sometimes, with the third kid on the footrest. I

Good call. I knew that about the footrest but totally forgot! Yes, DD likes to ride there once in a while now and we don't even have a second. They can totally share! We will need to get the car seat bar though, we got our BOB when DD was 6 months so we didn't bother. Another parenting faux pas. I should have bought an Ergo and a BOB from the start. WHY did I mess around with cheaper stuff? Oh hind-sight!

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I made myself a Mobi type wrap, because he wouldn't let me buy the real one, he said it looked unsafe and would not spend the money on it. So I bought a decent fabric and made it. Mostly used it when DH wasn't around (and not even until DS was like 1.5.) I told him people had been babywearing since the beginning of time. He was ok with the uncomfortable one we bought from target.

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Ahhh, ok. Makes more sense!

Have you seen this post? I love all the different baby wearing styles:

Hybrid Rasta Mama: Babywearing Around The World

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I would jaut get the single stroller and then wear your next baby. I only have a single stroller and thought about a double briefly since DD will only be 18 months when this next one comes along. but I wear DD more than use the stroller already anyway. (I prefer woven wraps and ring slings but I also have a Beco Butterfly II, like the Ergo but I find it way better - the Ergo is not my favourite carrier by far!)

When they are so little, wearing is nicer anyway Smile

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I showed him that! He is just weird. Thinks that I would allow the baby to fall or something.

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My DH was always afraid that the baby would fall out of a sling too! So far I haven't dropped one out of a sling yet! I had a snugli, which works good for certain stages. And I made a sling ring type, I used it some but it was a little confusing to put on. I also had a Hot Slings, I really enjoyed using it. It had several positions that you can use it in, and even works well for toddlers.

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Ya, I have a sling, a wrap and an Ergo. I have a Snuggli for DD too but I have since read they are bad for the baby's hips. Sad

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okay - my three cents!

1. I love to babywear. I want a ring sling for this new baby! I suggest you get a ring sling for infant stage and either become a wrapper, or get a SSC (like the Ergo) for older baby/toddler stage.

2. I have a Phil & Ted's double stroller. DS and DD are not quite 18 months apart. I found it essential when DD was an infant and I was going a place I didn't want to babywear. I still use it for places like the zoo, aquarium etc. I find it EASILY movable because of the compact size. I wouldn't choose any other double EVER! I also love that it's not a side by side because they each have their own space. I bought the car seat attachment as well which was nice if baby fell asleep in the car seat and we wanted to go on a walk right after we got home.

3. I LOVE having all the flexibility of a single P&T stroller, a double P&T stroller and baby wearing. I choose whichever fits for the place we are going and my mood for the day. There are some days you just don't want to babywear because it's too hot IYKWIM!

mostly I'd consider how close in age you are planning on having the next child. If you are having them 2 1/2 years apart or more, then the P&T might be an unnecessary expense. If you are having them 2 years or less apart then I do suggest a double stroller and I do recommend the P&T!

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DH would like to start trying the first cycle back after LO is born. This is the only reason I am considering buying a double stroller at this point. I am thinking it would be easier if I were just pregnant with twins this time (don't think I am though) then maybe I could get a longer break.

I think DH is feeling old. Not that he is that old but he is 7 years older than me, and this is what is causing him to want babies and want them all now.

(did anyone watch The Practice last week "When I said I didn't want any babies, I meant I WANT ALL THE BABIES" best quote ever.)

I went up to baby depot and checked out the Graco Ready2Grow and I like it, still torn as to if I want the P&T cause I like the way it looks.

also, I think I will have to stay away from thrift stores for a good long while otherwise our storage area is going to get full. I bought Bright Starts Bouncey thing because it was only $3.99. I am a sucker for things at a good price, even if realistically I know I won't use it for quite a while. It is really clean and doesn't show any wear. (see I am just as crazy as DH)

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