More Baby Gear… Stroller Dilemas
You know what they say about hindsight. Well, when it came to picking a stroller, we didn’t make the right decision for our family. As with everything else, I did a ton of research, got people’s opinions, test drove strollers, basically did everything right. We ended up with a Baby Jogger City Mini. And we loved it. I mean, really, really loved it. I would totally recommend it to anyone. It’s lightweight, folds up beautifully, the steering was lovely.
BUT, it’s a single stroller. We knew we were planning on having more kids someday soon, but we still bought a single stroller. I think we just decided to figure out the double stroller if, and when, it became necessary.
Here’s the deal. This totally wouldn’t be a problem if you space your kids out further than we did. With only 19 months between Alma and Harriet, I knew we would need a double stroller. I have friends who have added a standing board for their older kids, or just had them walk. Not an option for Alma. And we also like to use the stroller to go on long walks. I can’t expect Alma to walk the whole way, or want to strap a big baby or toddler to my body. This isn’t just for the grocery store or the mall. I basically have two babies to push around. Double stroller necessary.
What I wish I had known the first time around: There are stroller options that convert from single to double! What?! Ha! After doing lots more research, asking, test driving this time around, we came to the Baby Jogger City Select.
This stroller is ah-mazing. It can be configured a gazillion different ways. I’ll, again, refer you to the website so you can see all the beautiful things this stroller can do. I love that both kids can see out when they are both front facing. Since we go on walks, I like to use that time to show them the world. Especially when we’re down by the river, or downtown. I also love that they can face each other. I think they love that, too. I also really love that it can also be a single. This is good for quick trips, when I just need to have Alma contained, and can carry Harriet in my Ergo. The fact that it can be a single will extend the life, too, since we can keep using it when Alma has outgrown strollering.
The down side is that it comes with a pretty hefty price-tag. We were able to get it when they were offering a deal where you got the second seat for free. We were also able to sell our City Mini (Baby Jogger strollers hold their value really well!), so that helped a lot. I *wish* we had just bought the City Select single when we had Alma, then we would have just had to buy the second seat when Harriet came around. That would have stretched the life of the stroller for us.
Well, that’s my opinion, for whatever it’s worth. Nobody paid me anything to write this. I didn’t get any free strollers or anything. I just love the products, and wanted to share!
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