Dec
05
2008

  I Chose A Stroller

When I first found out I was pregnant, I read a lot of books, read a lot of websites, and started to plan out everything I would need. After about two weeks I got overwhelmed by it all and haven't looked into anything for months. But I had determined what I wanted in a stroller, and assigned Terry the job of researching it since I was getting a headache from it all. The main thing I'm concerned about with a stroller is how it handles on terrain, since when we take the baby with us on our walks, we're going to be pushing the thing over gravel, and if that's too hard then we'll push it through the fields (also extremely uneven). I think I'm something like four miles from the nearest sidewalk, so while we'll be in civilization at least once or twice a week, the rest of the days we're going to have a rural baby.

Terry gave me his report about a month ago, but I couldn't deal with it then, either. But today, I don't know why, I felt like looking into strollers. Terry concluded that our best choice will be the Bugaboo Cameleon, and while there are one or two alternatives they would definitely be inferior for our intended use. So I looked at the websites, read some more user reviews, and have to agree. The videos on the Bugaboo website clinched it for me-- they showed families pushing their strollers over gravel paths, through the woods, and even through the sand on the beach. That's what I'm talking about! I was also impressed with the video of the couple taking their baby on public transport throughout London, since Terry and I will certainly travel with the baby, and are accustomed to taking public transport ourselves (I even have my own Oyster card!).

The frame works with three different car seats, so I'm sure we'll go with one of them. We'll probably go with the Maxi Cosi because I like the way it looks better than the Graco.

The stroller is wildly expensive, but I just did a quick check on the Manhattan Craigslist, and there are TONS of used ones for sale for about 60% of the cost of a new one. I'll just pick one up my next trip to Manhattan, it should be an easy errand, especially if we drive up and I have the car. I'm still not sure if we'll go up there later this month, but I have to be up there for a doctor appointment in February so I'll get it then at the latest.