Monday, April 18, 2011

The Stroller Saga: Decision Made

Well, the decision has finally been reached. After much teetering and tottering...see Parts 1 and 2...we, and by we I mean I, had a breakthrough.

I will admit that I was momentarily sidetracked by this little thing.

It has most of the features of the UppaBaby Vista that I love so much; second seat, etc. AND you can fold it with two seats attached, which in my mind is WAY better than the UBV. The really distracting feature though was the special that Babies 'R Us was running online for it - still is if you are interested! - "Online Only! FREE GIFT when you buy a Britax B-Ready Stroller! Choose from car seat, bassinet, or 2nd seat kit."

Um, free gift? The choices being an uber cute bassinet, awesome infant car seat or 2nd seat kit? Yes please.

But, ultimately my better sense prevailed.

That is because I had a revelation while walking the dog through our neighborhood last week. Our neighborhood is old y'all. It is full.of.charm. and we love it, but our house is almost 100 years old and there are older ones around to be sure. In any historic neighborhood you may notice that the sidewalks are less than even (and that is being generous).

As I envision our lifestyle and most of the places we will be taking baby (including around our neighborhood, which I walk quite frequently) I suddenly had a vision. A vision of me trying to push foam filled tires over the rises and falls between the concrete slabs making up the sidewalk, which can be up to three or four inches in some spots, thanks to tree roots. A vision of me swearing as I jostled a just went to sleep baby over a huge bump, or swearing as I ruined the expensive tires on a stroller (the reviews for both strollers had at least one person who complained about trying to get over a lip on a driveway or something).

Suddenly, it was clear. I needed air filled tires.

Insert this lovely thing.

A few solid reviews from friends, parent reviews online, and this technology

I was sold.

So, there it is. We are finally registered for a stroller. Whew.

This was made a little easier by the fact that we are borrowing a Chicco Key Fit infant seat from a friend who has one not in use at the moment, so that way we can just also register for our Britax car seat. It gives us a nice variety of options.

This is not to say that with the needs of a growing family we won't be getting one of those other strollers some day, which I still absolutely love, plus there is a rumor on the interwebs that some of these strollers may start offering air-filled tires as a swap out accessory option. That would be sweet.

Anywho, whew. Sigh of relief. Another decision made as the clock counts down.

29 weeks, 4 days along

...and I have no idea where we will actually put all this baby stuff. Ha.


  1. those strollers are awesome! great choice!

  2. SO glad you went with this one! It's the best purchase we made when we were preparing for Eliza! I hope you love it as much as we do!