We are getting things ready for baby around here and it feels so great! I have entered my nesting stage of pregnancy which is a part I love. It can be frustrating though because the energy is just not there this time around, and some times I can’t nest when I want to. On top of that we kind of unknowingly entered what may turn out to be the busiest few months of our life. So many huge things happening for our family this year. All very exciting changes and blessings, but super stressful nonetheless. More about those later! There isn’t really much to buy this time around with this being our 4th child, just a lot of washing and organizing.
One thing I do need to buy before baby, is a new carseat and stroller. So can we just talk about baby strollers for one hot minute? I have spent so many hours in the past 2 weeks researching strollers and infant car seats and I still have no idea what to buy. I can’t even look anymore, my brain is fried. Why am I making such a big deal about buying a new stroller? Probably because the last 2/3 strollers we have purchased were terrible and I want to do it right this time around. I want to find the “perfect” stroller. Although I am positive that a “perfect” stroller doesn’t exist, surly I can find one that is better than my past strollers.
The reason we need a new car seat is because our infant car seat is almost 7 years old, and is no longer considered safe. The reason we are super pumped about getting a new carseat, is because the last time we bought a infant carseat/stroller combo we chose a safari animal pattern that still haunts me. There weren’t many stylish options 7 years ago! Isn’t it a beaut? And actually ours was the much older, even worse version of this pattern. Yikes.
So this time in the carseat department, I am going for functionality, and simplicity. No patterns. This means we will also get to buy new stroller! I feel pretty excited about that guys, can you tell? These days I would choose buying new baby items over buying a whole new wardrobe any day. I’m pretty sure my 21 year old self just died inside a little bit, but that is what my life is at the moment and I embrace it. Most strollers work well with an infant seat nowadays and if they don’t you can almost always buy an attachment for them to clip right in. This feature is a must for me until the baby is out of the infant car seat. I already have and adore my Maclaren Quest for when the baby is out of an infant car seat or can sit up, but until then I will need a new stroller.
These are the strollers we purchased in the past:
Enter….The Graco Duo Glider double stroller. Loved it at first because it was my first stroller that I could clip my infant seat right in, plus have another child in the front. As time went on though, it seemed to become bulkier and bulkier and it is the hardest thing ever to push. It took up so much space in our trunk when we would take it places and it weights a ton, so lifting it in the trunk was a challenge. Although there are many more, those are my main complaints about it.
This Baby Trend stroller we had in a lot older, single version. It was lightweight which I loved but very cheaply made. The front wheels cracked and soon after that totally broke off within the first year I had it.
My Maclaren Quest is my favorite stroller for the ages of 1-3ish. It is the best to travel with because of how light it is, it pushes effortlessly, and folds in a jiffy. Only complaint is that it doesn’t recline more.
There have been so many drastic improvements in strollers since the last time we were looking to buy one! Yay! Here are the strollers/carseats I am considering so far in my search:
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. hannahholzmann [at] gmail [dot] com
And now, no more stroller searching for at least a week. I’m spent.