For your shopping and baby-registering convenience, I did a little research on the latest and greatest single strollers out there. Wow, this was so overwhelming! So much has changed since I was in the market for a single stroller.
While there are so many to choose from with super cool designs and features, I think the basic requirements of a stroller shouldn’t change much over time. In my opinion, as a new mom cruising around Charlotte, you need to think about the following things in this order:
How heavy is your stroller? You will be folding and unfolding this beauty several times a day and throwing it in your car often. If it weighs more than 20 lbs, I say skip it.
How does the stroller fold down? Can you fold it with one hand?
How bulky is it? Does it take up the entire back of your car or trunk? Your main stroller needs to be versatile for car travel, airplane travel and just everyday use. We don’t live in NYC so our stroller isn’t our car. We put it in our cars. Think about the places you go and how you travel, your stroller will need to be adaptable to those things, not you adaptable to your stroller. This is very important to think about before you purchase.
Consider the size of your basket when looking at strollers. While this isn’t as important when shopping for a double stroller, it is very important when shopping for a single stroller. You will be shopping and shopping often with your little one and you deserve a decent basket. Getting out of the house is your means of survival so you need to make it as easy on yourself as possible.
Lastly, test drive them all before you purchase. You need to make sure the height of the stroller “fits” you and your husband (many of them come with adjustable handles – yay, finally!). And you need to be comfortable with how it steers and drives. Do a one-handed test drive with a full cart and see how it does. Practice folding and unfolding it, if it is difficult, no matter how cool it looks, it will probably be thrown across a mall parking lot.
That said, here are a few of the new strollers I checked out online – remember, prices change daily due to sales and may be different than in local stores:
–The Rad by Valco – this one looks pretty cool and works for newborns and up. You can turn the base to face in either direction which I thought was a good feature. This can be yours for $475 and $599 if you want a fancy bassinet to boot. This weighs 29 lbs and is a little expensive so it didn’t make the cut on my list.
–Uppa Baby – this one has the same features as the Rad but weighs slightly less at 24.5 lbs and costs anywhere from $700-$800. Also didn’t make the cut for me.
–Phil & Teds Vibe – I like this stroller. It is very groovy, aerodynamic, and weighs 22 lbs. I can be flexible on my weight requirement on this one. It costs $600 and you can get a double kit for an additional $109.99 which is an EXCELLENT feature for planning for your future if you think you may have more kids. The only bummer about the double kit is that the smaller child always sits in the back and faces the back of the older child. I bet this would get challenging as baby #2 gets old enough to have an opinion.
–Bumbleride Indie – a very groovy stroller, weighs only 20 lbs but costs around $400-ish.
–Bugaboo Frog Stroller – also a very retro stroller with excellent features. But this one costs $759 and I think my husband would leave me if I brought this home!
–Orbit Infant System – this seems to be the trendiest of all. However, I was not very impressed. This entire system, which includes the carseat, base and stroller costs around $900-ish. Ouch! The carseat without a child in it weighs 24.4 lbs – this is insane. The stroller and carseat together weigh close to 40 lbs. I think you have to dissassemble the entire thing to get it in and out of your vehicle. Then to top it off, you have to buy a specially designed Orbit bag to clip on (yes, clip – this means, no basket on your stroller whatsoever) underneath the stroller. Maybe I just don’t get it?
–Maclaren Techno XLR – this is my favorite. Maclarens are the best overall stroller in my opinion. They are the lightest (since they are an umbrella stroller) and fit through any small shop you can find. They cost $350 which was pricey in my day when I was buying single strollers. But this seems to be the cheap route nowadays.
Mountainbuggy Urban – great off-road novice jogging stroller. Costs $429. I also looked at the Bob which was a cool off-road stroller. Costs $379. These two seem like good park strollers. If you’re a serious jogger, I think the best jogging stroller for you is the BabyJogger Performance Single with 20″ wheels for $350. I say don’t mess with a good thing here.
So my advice to you is this. No matter what you select, just know that you will probably buy at least 5 strollers in the life of your toddlers. Sounds intimidating, but that’s just how it is. I would recommend buying the Baby Trend Snap N Go stroller for a bargain price of $50 for your infant stage. Most carseats fit the Snap N Go and you will use this lightweight stroller with the biggest basket you will ever see for at least 6 months. Then promote yourself to a Maclaren. You will lose the giant basket. But the lightweight stroller will make you happy in the longrun. Actually, I think the Maclaren has a bar for the infant carrier to snap into. So you could skip the Snap N Go, although for that price, you could get both. Like I said, you absolutely have to test ride any and all strollers. The best stroller selections in town hands down are Shower Me With Love in SouthPark, Babies R Us and USA Baby.
Good luck and let us know what has worked for you!