The task of choosing a stroller for any new mom can be as daunting as picking out a new car. If you bring your husband or partner along with you to choose, you could be in the store for hours as you argue over features, colours, and options. I made a huge mistake picking out my first stroller.
I went to the store armed with limited knowledge of a stroller that I thought I had wanted. My husband had come across the website for the Quinny Buzz 3, a sporty looking European stroller that was nimble, could turn on a dime, came in bright colours, and had hydraulics (a huge selling feature for my husband). We did a quick demo of it in the store and ended up buying it as there was a tax free bundle sale, where we also got a basinette and a MaxiCosi Mico car seat. I did notice that the basket on the bottom of the stroller seemed a little small and made that point; however, my husband thought it was not a big deal. Boy was he wrong!
I used the Quinny Buzz 3 for about 4 months and noticed that as I became more active and went mall walking and for long walks outside, I turned into the human mule. I had a diaper bag strapped to the stroller, had a Mommy Hook with bags hanging off of the handle bar and had bags strapped across my body and arms. I could fit 2 small shopping bags in my stroller basket and it was full. I looked enviously at my other new mom friends who had large baskets on their strollers and could walk hands-free without their stroller tipping over. I kept nagging my husband and did some more research on strollers. My husband, who never usually came out with me during the day thought I was crazy, and he loved the Quinny Buzz 3! I secretly went on Kijiji and found the ultimate stroller that I had wanted in the first place, the Uppababy Vista, but he had said it was too expensive. I located someone who was selling a brand new Vista for half price and began to contact him. I soon got my husband involved.. he initially refused to buy a new stroller, but after seeing me struggling with bags strapped to me, he finally agreed to the Uppababy Vista. We contacted the gentleman and ended up getting a great deal on a new Vista. I was overjoyed! And we sold our Quinny Buzz 3 on Kijiji as well, so all in all, the Vista cost us about $550 new when it retails for $799 +tax. I was finally satisfied and I absolutely love my Uppababy Vista. No more complaints from me!
So.. things to consider when buying a new stroller are:
1/ Weight of the stroller: if you are alone, can you lift it and get it in/out of the car?
2/ Height of the handle bar: is it adjustable to your height?
3/ Basket size: trust me on this one, you will need a lot of basket space!
4/ Ease of folding and opening the stroller: some of them out there are really difficult and you want to be able to do this quickly in the middle of a blizzard or heavy rain!
5/ Wheel size: depending on where you live, the type of weather and terrain that you are walking on and how much you are using the stroller, you want large smooth wheels.
6/ Add on features: do you have to purchase a cupholder? Can you take off the seat and add on a basinette? Can you put your carseat right onto the stroller ? (a great feature for when your newborn to 4 month old is sleeping in the car and you want to quickly get them out of the car and into the stroller). Does your stroller come with a rainshield/ bugshield/ snowshield/ foot muff/ UV shield, or do you have to buy those things separately?
I think those are the most important things to look for and keep in mind that if there is a big height discrepancy between you and your husband/ partner, it may be easier for your husband to handle the stroller than you. So practice by yourself numerous times!
Hope that helps! Happy stroller hunting!