It was not that long ago that I was asking about umbrella strollers for Jordan. Now I'm trying to figure out what is the best option for a toddler/3 year old and an infant/toddler. My, how things can change.
I know you get what you pay for when it comes to strollers. My last purchase taught me that. However, there is just not any possible way that I am going to spend hundreds of dollars for a stroller. I just cannot bring myself to do it and I'm pretty sure my frugal husband would agree. So, I need some options and opinions on what you all think will work best. I'm all for stalking Craigslist to try and find a great brand for a steal. That is why I want to start looking now, just in case I can find a Cadillac stroller for less. Otherwise we may have to settle a bit.
I am thinking something like this? Not necessarily the brand but I like the idea of how this one works. It looks like it would grow with the kids (wow... kidS!).
I wouldn't even worry about it right now. I generally wore Andrew, and pushed Ava in the stroller for most of the first year. It was so much easier than batteling a double stroller. Even the smallest of double strollers are a PIA if you take it into the stores.
Once you can see how often Jordan is actually going to want to be in the stroller, then you can buy something. But the first 6 months, expecially. I wouldn't worry abpout it.
I only have experience with my Bob Duallie for strollers. It sounds like it's more than you want to spend, but it truly is my right hand for times I need a double. It.is.awesome! I mostly use it outside though. When we go places indoors (like a museum) I bring my umbrella stroller and the kids take turns riding in it. More often than not though, I'm pushing an empty stroller.
Hmm, good point. I guess I worry about the times that I have a sleeping infant in a carrier and not want to wake her. Plus, Jordan still thinks it's funny to cover her ears and run the other way when we are out. I do plan to BW as much as possible so maybe it will be easier than I think?
The fun part comes in trying to figure out how to grocery shop. I remember the first time I decided to take Andrew into the grocery store in his car seat. I had plans to have Ava ride up front, and put the seat in the basket part of cart. Only my dumb grocery store put cup holders in all of the carts, facing in the basket. So the only safe place for a car seat to ride you cannot get the seat into. Grrr! I had to walk all the way back to the car and get my carrier. from then on, I just decided even if Andrew was sleeping, and I woke him to get into the carrier, he'd most likely fall asleep once he was secured next to me.
I do have a friend who has a sit and stand, and she really likes it. She bought it way before her 2nd baby came along, because her toddler liked riding in the stand part so much. Whenever we all go to the zoo, all the kids take turns sitting in there.They think it's super fun. lol!
I also did a lot of babywearing for the first 6+ months. But I also used my double quite a bit (and still do) when we go places on the weekends (zoo, etc) that require a lot of walking. I didn't have the $ to spend on the BOB duallie, but if I did, I would have purchased it. Instead, I bought this one: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...uctId=11051737 I really like it, but it is a tad wider than the BOB and it doesn't fold up as easily or quickly as the BOB. For me, I wanted a side by side and not a tandem as I knew that one of my kids would not be happy sitting behind the other..lol.
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
Since you're trying to BW more this time around (can't wait for you to use your woven! ), I wouldn't fret too much about finding a double stroller for a bit. I'd actually even consider strollers that aren't meant for newborns b/c you could easily skip that newborn stroller phase. I love the strollers I have so much that I'm thinking I'm not going to bother with getting a double stroller whenever #2 comes along.
And of course play with any stroller before buying it if you can (you should be able to find just about anything in your metro area). Push it around with Jordan in both seats. Practice folding it and unfolding it. See if you can lift it up as if putting it in a car while pregnant (cause if you can do that now, you can do it with crying kids later lol).
These are kinda random and just caught my attention this afternoon:
Phil and Ted - http://www.albeebaby.com/phil-and-te...buggy-red.html
Britax B-Ready in doubles - Saw one yesterday and the mom really liked it she said. While I don't love the stroller, they are easier to find used and there are much worse strollers out there!
Baby Jogger City Select (though they keep values really well, so harder to find a great deal)
I like the price of this one! Don't know anything about it other than it has lots of options! http://www.amazon.com/Contours-Optio...8046311&sr=1-1
This one is different! I've heard you can find them cheaper, though I doubt if you'd find it used cause it's a bit "out there" for mainstream America. http://www.amazon.com/Kinderwagon-Ho...8045416&sr=1-1
I did look into the sit and stands and J is one that would not remained in the seated position. He would stand but then he would prefer to push the stroller or walk next to it or run away from it, .... so, I decided I needed something he couldn't jump out of too easily.
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
We recently bought one of these used. I haven't used it out of the house yet but just testing it out in the house so far I like it. Miles thinks it's great that he has a spot. We also got the infant carseat adaptar with it.
It folds up super compact, which is what I needed for my small car.
I have to be honest with you I borrowed one from my SIL and I'm SO GLAD I did. Why? Because I've just returned it after never using it. Michael wants to walk and does not want to be in a stroller. Not even last summer when he had just turned 2. He wanted to help push his brother. So glad I didn't spend hundreds of dollars for something never used. The only time I could see where it might have been necessary would be somewhere like a big state fair but haven't been in years and if I did go I wouldn't go alone. And even still I don't think M would ever get in.
Keep us posted on which one you go with. What do you want to use it mainly for? Going to the mall? Walks outside?