Comments on: Ask Design Mom Week — Stroller Advice http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:19:27 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Samara http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-371550 Samara Sat, 04 Aug 2012 18:46:37 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-371550 Know this is a post for a couple of years ago, but just in case someone stumbles across it as I did here goes…
I have a Micralite fast fold. So great, especially now when other mms are having to invest in a second pram as their is too big and bulky now. Fab for summer too as it is mesh and nice and breezy!
Micralite are Soon to release what looks to be be a very cool alternative to a double buggy, one that can convert super easilyx back and forth between crashing one or two kids.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-11581 Jennifer Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:06:30 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-11581 I work for ebabyplace and these strollers sell like crazy. They are great for moms on the go!

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By: Mariah http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71089 Mariah Fri, 06 Nov 2009 03:11:53 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71089 Phil and Ted's is DEFINITELY the best for buggy's/prams. They are super expensive though.
Things that could make the purchase easier: they have a high resale value; if your planning on having a large family it will last forever.

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By: erica http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71090 erica Fri, 06 Nov 2009 01:34:47 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71090 i have the Toro also–and a Mountain Buggy Swift–and am a fan (city dweller).

one thing i've learned is that some babies don't like strollers. my 8 month old has always wanted to be in on the action. the only stroller that i think he'd be happy with right now is the Stokke Xplory because the seat is raised high.

considering i already own TWO strollers, spending another $1K is not an option! so my little one stays front and center in a soft structured carrier.

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By: Dress Code Gen II http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71091 Dress Code Gen II Thu, 05 Nov 2009 22:01:47 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71091 We are city dwellers and LOVE our bugaboo frog. We take it on walks, into NYC, to malls, into the mountains/beaches. It's easy to collapse and to maneuver. Although it's on the pricey side, we think it's well worth the $. :)

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By: Baby Bunching http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71092 Baby Bunching Thu, 05 Nov 2009 09:39:33 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71092 Stroller talk is my favorite topic! We over at Baby Bunching plan for doubles! You have to think about where you live, what you do now and what you THINK you might do when baby comes. If there is any way you might have a second child close to the first, invest in the Phil and Ted! I'll offer up our Double Stroller guide. Seriously, I wished I had thought of this. Although I really did love my Mountain Buggy Urban!

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By: rum sum mum http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71093 rum sum mum Thu, 05 Nov 2009 01:21:26 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71093 You may find you need several strollers for different purposes. We bought a Valco (over 5 years ago!) to use for jogging and with the toddler seat in mind (for baby No 2). It ended up being a little top-heavy and therefore unstable and difficult to turn with the second child aboard (although baby was SUPER-comfortable).
We bought a Phil & Ted e3 over 3 years ago and love it (it is still being used for baby No3). We used this in lieu of a car for 18 months (room for shopping, rugged enough for long walks, big wheels for uneven ground, storm cover and bundle-me's to survive Chicago's winter). It has travelled with us across the Pacific and back, been coast to coast in the US, been camping and been subject to a LOT of use. Perfect for transporting one or two kids.
I had a Maclaren frame for transporting the baby seat / carrier – very compact and handy for the back of the car with heaps of space for shopping underneath (but only room for baby… toddler had to walk).
Umbrella strollers are the best for one child on short 'urban' outings but hopeless for long walks.
Unless kids are the same age – avoid a side-by-side stroller. These are hideous to maneuver through doors and cumbersome when the first kid is walking and younger still needs to be wheeled.

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By: Tally Girl http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71094 Tally Girl Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:41:54 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71094 One more thing to look for: how easily does it navigate with one hand? So important!

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By: Tally Girl http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71095 Tally Girl Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:41:05 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71095 Things to watch for:

-adjustable handles (anyone who ever pushes it who is over 5'4" will thank you )
-folds with ONE hand
-stands on its own when folded
-fits in a trunk
-as light weight as possible for the size

Right now I have the Peg Perego Pliko P3, which I love (it has all the options above, and a step on back for older siblings), but I'm buying a Maclaren umbrella stroller next. The two should last through all my children.

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71096 Amy Wed, 04 Nov 2009 18:10:29 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71096 I just recently got a Kolcraft Contours Tandem Stroller as we are pregnant with our second. I am sooooo pleased with it!!! It can go anywhere….the mall, dirt roads, etc. It is easy to handle with lots of storage space!! BUT the best part is that you can turn the seats in different directions!! If the kids aren't playing nicely then you can turn one of them around!! You can take one seat out to make a single stroller with extra storage space, or you can take out the seats and put in infant seats. I got mine on Diapers.com for $186 shipped!! You can't beat it! I just posted pictures from our walk today on my blog if you want to see it! http://urbanpioneerwoman.blogspot.com/2009/11/thats-how-i-roll.html

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71097 Emily Wed, 04 Nov 2009 17:10:53 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71097 I bought three different strollers trying to find the right one. I wish we would have bought the Phil and Ted's Vibe first, it would have saved us money. If you are planning on having more than one child, it is an awesome purchase. Many times people will say when something is expensive that it is an "investment" well this would be the "investment" stroller. It is worth every penny. It can be used easily with one child, and we have found that you can easily attach a carseat in the front.
If money is an issue, and you have enough time, try saving a some money each month so that you can buy it by the time the kiddo arrives.

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By: michelle http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71098 michelle Wed, 04 Nov 2009 13:17:16 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71098 Wait until your child is born. I live in San Francisco and use my stroller much more than my friends in other places, but I wish I did wait until my child was born. I purchased a Peg Perego and found it a bit cumbersome and eventually switched to a Maclaren Quest, which I LOVE. I also had a BOB Revolution for jogging, but I sold it on craigslist after getting pregnant with #2. But now we have two kids and we have a Phil and Ted Sport, which I also love.

The first few months I found it much easier to have my child in a bjorn or sling anyway. Both of my babies slept great in them. Overall, I can't recommend Maclaren enough – I really do love their strollers. As far as having two kids, the Phil and Teds is great too.

Good luck!

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By: amyks http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71099 amyks Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:24:52 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71099 Urban buggy! It doubles as a jogger, folds up easily, has tons of attachments. It's not inexpensive, but it is sturdy and very durable.

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By: Ailen http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71100 Ailen Wed, 04 Nov 2009 09:35:52 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71100 We use the Simmons Pearl stroller and LOVE it! We've been using it since our baby was a newborn. I highly recommend it…it's affordable too!

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By: Ann http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71101 Ann Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:36:22 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71101 HUGE Phil and Ted ditto also! Such a smart stroller. We use it in our suburban home and on the road since we travel with our kids almost non-stop. My husband is an opera singer (I am writing this from Warsaw where my husband is singing with the Polish National Opera). The stroller is a great urban beast and easy to fold and get in a car. Too bad, costco.com had a deal on Phil and Ted strollers a few months back (stroller, extra seat and bouncy chair converter for $299). I had an e3 but got a new Sport and sold my e3 in one day for only $40 less than I bought it for. Phil and Ted also make a great port-a-crib that weighs 6 pounds and folded is about 1/3 of the size of a typical port-a-crib. It is very nice to pack your port-a crib just in a suitcase and not have it as an extra item. Costco on-line has these for just $99 (awesome deal! cheapest I have seen them for is about $160). Phil and ted also make a clever things called the Lazy Ted (mentioned it above with the costco deal)that makes the doubles chair into a bouncy chair, which is great for travel or small living spaces (less baby gear). I would work for Phil and Ted if I could, kind of changed my life. We use ours for jogging too, works great!

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By: Elise http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71102 Elise Wed, 04 Nov 2009 03:51:37 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71102 Although expensive, I splurged on the Bugaboo 5 years ago and it is the one and only stroller I have had. When #2 was born, I bought the skateboard attachment for #1. I love my Bugaboo and it has been worth every penny. I've used it for hiking, in the snow, on the beach, basically anywhere and everywhere.

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By: Laura http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71103 Laura Wed, 04 Nov 2009 02:25:05 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71103 There are so many kinds of strollers, and as was mentioned, it really depends on your needs. I tried at least five strollers and got rid of all of them, they were either too big (wouldn't fit in my trunk!) or too flimsy (McClaren's and all other umbrella strollers fall over)…anyway, I finally settled on a Joovy Kooper, and I LOVE IT!!! It is the perfect size, has all the features I want, looks super cool. If you want a little more high end, look into Quinny.

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By: @wowsolomom http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71104 @wowsolomom Wed, 04 Nov 2009 01:26:42 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71104 forget strollers!!! I carried two big boys in Nojo slings (til 5 months when their neck muscles were seriously developed) and after that, baby backpacks til they were nearly two! Because the babies / toddlers are close to your bodyheat and/or at your eyelevel (backpack), they are more secure, smarter AND content. Used these devices each and every time I walked, went in the grocery store, even in the house so I could get stuff done without worryin' about them gettin' into stuff…(not to mention that carrying them, in addition to breastfeeding, TORE the extra pregnancy weight RIGHT OFF of my frame – and I ate like a horse!)

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By: Carey http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71105 Carey Tue, 03 Nov 2009 19:56:07 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71105 Check out UPPA Baby. It's similar to a Bugaboo, but cheaper, and you get a lot more for the money!! The best part is that they've come out with a second seat that can be put on the stroller when you have the need for two seats. AND…if you ever need space for 3 kids, there's a boogie board that can be attached for the oldest to stand on! If you're near Boston, go to the factory and you can buy them for 1/2 price. We live in the city and it's been great for us so far!

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By: Em http://www.designmom.com/2009/11/ask-design-mom-week-%e2%80%94-stroller-advice/comment-page-1/#comment-71106 Em Tue, 03 Nov 2009 19:55:43 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=272#comment-71106 I would recommend looking at the babycheapskate blog because she did a review on strollers and got TONS of mamas' input and it's a perma link on the right side of the blog. It's very very helpful, imo. And we have the Quinny Buzz and LOVE it.

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