Before Alli was born I asked a tons of moms about their strollers and what they preferred. The three most important things that moms always said:
- Light weight because you’re constantly carrying it around, in our of the trunk and you need to take care of your back
- Versatility. I want my baby to be able to look at me, have an infant carrier attachment possibility, easy to take anywhere
- Quality. Sure you can purchase a less expensive stroller, but will it outlast your baby? If you don’t have to try to get least a mid range stroller.
- And the rest is preference, and what you use the stroller for.
With these things in mind I also needed to ask myself what my day to day would be like and what makes the most sense for both my husband and myself.
We have a dog, our beloved crazy Charlie, and my husband likes to go for jogs with him from time to time, and I would like him to be able to take Alli with him too, so a jogger was first on our list. I don’t jog much, but I do enjoy taking charlie to the park and the terrrain is always a mix.. so I needed good wheels and good suspension and a jogger did fit these two top preferences.
I asked close friends what types of strollers they have and why they love and hate them. Top two strollers people generally loved were their versatile strollers that they can snap whichever attachment and off they go…some brands that always came up (peg-perego, uppababy, bugaboo baby etc.) The second was a tri-wheel stroller. Not all three wheels are joggers, some brands: (baby jogger, Bob, mountain buggy etc).
The best thing we did was go to a baby store and test out the strollers. My husband doesn’t like to spend extra money on the bells and whistles when you can pay $x for everything you need. So a few of the $800-$1000 strollers were definitely out of the running for us.
We figured we already made up our mind that we wanted a tri-wheel stroller for manuverabilty, and after pushing around all the strollers in the store, we settled on a jogger! To be honest we probabaly had made up our minds about that before entering but I wanted to make sure we tried out other strollers.
We ended up with a BOB Revolution. We bought the 2015 model since it was on sale. I also love the BOB because I had already read a ton of great reviews on it. It also was easy to open and close and not too heavy for me to carry up and down from the trunk of my car. We do love it because the jogger is super easy to open, the wheels can come off, the wheels are air, so you just need a bike pump when they’re low on air. However, it is very wide…
So since we’re doing a bit of travelling this summer, I thought it best to also get an umbrella stroller. After a ton of researching I settled in the Summer Infant 3d Flip. The biggest reason? Because the seat flips and baby can face me!!! The only other stroller that does this, that I could find, was by Baby Jogger, but it was way too expensive for us to purchase.
I would say this is an average umbrella stroller. The wheels aren’t plastic, but they aren’t made with amazing rubber either. Actually, the first one I bought was really tough to open and the canopy had a button that didn’t work. So I went to exchange it for another one. I’m so glad I did because the second one I could open and close with more ease right away! The flip seat is amazing and my baby is much happier staring at us than the world at the moment.
The down side about this stroller is that the storage basket is tiny, but it does bother me too much as I can still hang my diaper bag around the handle bars. The trick is to hang it low after you’ve put baby in the seat. And since she faces us I have to take off the bag before we unstrap her so no chance of tipping for now!
I also love that the seat can fully recline so that the baby can nap comfortably. But I did notice hat when she gets older and wants to face outward, the seat isn’t as long, not sure how this will or will not affect our baby.
The cup holder is a JOKE! Other than a 500ml bottle of water I wouldn’t put anything else in it because it’ll most likely tip over. But honestly that’s out only complaint about it!
The canopy is massive and protects baby from the sun. Material is easy to wipe clean and it’s 15lbs in weight. Not the lightest umbrella stroller, but it has a shoulder strap for short distances is you needed to carry it.
For a stroller that my husband did not want me to get, even he was happy with it, especially since we took it on our recent Maui trip. He was ecstatic that we did t have to lug the jogger around! And Alli had lots of great naps in it. If you want to know more about this stroller they have a great you tube video about it.