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My Stroller Review

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A few friends of mine have just had babies and I found out recently that my sister is pregnant so I’ve been thinking about all the things I used with my son, who is now almost 3. I thought I would discuss the various strollers that we’ve used and let you know what I think. So here is my stroller review.

Baby Trend Expedition Travel System

Type: Jogging Stroller, all terrain
Steering: The best steering stroller I have ever used. You can seriously steer this thing with one finger. It is awesome. It takes corners very well. Just make sure if you are going to run that you lock the front wheel otherwise it becomes a pretty bumpy ride that is impossible to control.
Size: A little large because it is made so that a carseat can be attached. It also has the large wheels.
Portability:It is easy to fold up and throw into the trunk of the car however if your car is small you may have a hard time fitting it in or at least anything else other than it. We actually took it car shopping with us so we knew it would fit. We also took it to the airport with us which was a lifesaver when going from one terminal to another. It did well being thrown into cargo.
Comfort:Due to the ability to lay back or sit up and the fact that my son took several naps in the stroller I would guess it is pretty comfortable.
Accessories: The stroller came with a carseat as we got the whole travel system. You can buy it without though. The carseat could snap right into the stroller which was super handy when my son was a baby. It made getting him and any shopping items into the house a lot easier. It has nice big real tires instead of plastic ones. This however can be a downfall as they need pumped with air and there were a few times we would have to pump them up before going for a walk. One of the tires currently needs a tube changed. I do believe the big wheels definitely help in the handling. It had a shade cover with a see through window but I wish it were a little bigger. It has four decent sized cup holders and a small storage compartment near the handlebar and a decent storage net underneath the seat.
Price:With the carseat it will run around $200 which we felt was reasonable for a two in one. Just the stroller itself will run around $100.
Recommendation:We absolutely loved this stroller. I have a love hate relationship with the tires and getting a flat but other than that I would 100% buy this kind of stroller again!

We are currently using a Britax B Agile.

Type: Jogging
Steering: The steering is definitely not as nice as the baby trend. It has small rubber tires. It takes both hands to steer this one. The handling isn’t too great either and feels like it could easily flip if you aren’t careful on corners.
Size: It is a little smaller than the baby trend but still decently big.
Portability:It folds up fairly easy but you need to press a button and pull a strap to do it. It does take up a lot of trunk space but overall it is fairly portable without too much hassle and isn’t too heavy.
Comfort: It is well made and the restraint system is strong. My son seems to be very comfortable in it.
Accessories:It has a very large sun shade that is absolutely awesome. It only has one small cupholder where the child sits but it has an accessory bag attached that can hold pretty much any sized drink. (both of those accessories are sold separately and do not come in the box) I do like the bag alot. It has a small net storage also underneath the seat.
Price:This one costs a little over $200 for just the stroller, they also sell the travel kit with carseat for between $320-$350.
Recommendation:It is a nice stroller but for someone on a budget it isn’t worth the extra money.

 

Next We used a Babies R Us Easylite Convenience stroller

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Type: convenience,standard
Steering: the steering isn’t as nice as a jogger but works well enough for a walk or some shopping
Size:small only slightly bigger than an umbrella stroller
Portability:this stroller folds up nicely by pulling on a strap. It easily fits into the trunk. And is very light.
Comfort:Not as padded and my son is able to stop the wheels from moving by putting his feet under the foot rest. He has however napped several times in it.
Accessories:It has cup holders but they are pretty much worthless they don’t fit many drinks even some sippy cups are too big. It has a small sun shade and a small net storage area under the seat but it doesn’t fit much and my son puts his feet there so anything you put in there will get stepped on.
Price:$60 so more budget friendly than a jogger
Recommendation: We wanted to upgrade our umbrella stroller with something that would be easy to throw in the car and use it in stores and such without hauling around the big jogger. It does work for this but one reason for the upgrade was for storage and cup holders which could be improved upon in this model. If you don’t care about those things then it is a okay buy but personally I would pass on it next time.

 

Umbrella Stroller

Type: convenience, standard
Steering: the wheels can get a little loose making steering wonky but it is so light that for the most part it is easy to steer
Size:small
Portability:As portable as it gets. Easy fold up and fits most anywhere.Not super durable though.
Comfort:Bucket seating so kind of like sitting in a hammock. Not much support but my son has napped in it.
Accessories: none come with the basic umbrella stroller some fancier models have a small sunshade or a bag to hold your stuff in.
Price:$30
Recommendation:If you just want to put your kid in a stroller and won’t be walking through grass or anything and don’t need storage or cup holders then this budget friendly stroller is the way to go. It has many colors and patterns to choose from and if it does get a wobble in the wheel or bent up a little it is easy to replace.

 

Double Strollers

When my son was small my friend and I went in on a Graco Ready2Grow Double stroller

Type: double stroller, standard (similar to a sit n stand)
Steering: I have a horrible time steering this. It is heavy and I’m always kicking it while walking which is annoying. Turning is tricky for sure but to be somewhat expected with a double.
Size:pretty big even for a double.
Portability:It folds up but sometimes not very easily. It is big and bulky.
Comfort:you can attach two carseats which is nice for twin babies. The seats face opposite directions which doesn’t allow any socialization between children which may or may not be a good thing. It is similar to a sit n stand stroller and you can remove the one seat to reveal a hard plastic seat underneath. The plastic seat does not have a back to it and although we never used it, it does not look remotely comfortable but if you are a toddler that just needs a rest for a minute I guess you probably aren’t picky.
Accessories:it has two sunshades but they are super small and pretty much worthless. It has a net storage area in the bottom that is fairly large, we were able to throw in two diaper bags. It has a few small cup holders. And with a place to stand it technically has 12 riding options.
Price:about $200
Recommendation:it sounds good in theory but I feel there are better options out there.

Recently I got to use a Double BOB stroller

Type:jogging, luxury
Steering: steers great especially for a double stroller. Has real tires so some pumping up or tube replacement may have to be done.
Size:fairly large
Portability:it does fold up and is supposed to be good for hiking
Comfort:super comfortable bucket seats. Could definitely get some naps in this one.
Accessories:large net storage area. Two separate sunshades. Other accessories like handlebar storage and cup holders are sold separately.
Price:$500-$800+
Recommendation:I only got to use this on a walk and don’t have enough use to give an opinion but it was very nice. I have a tight budget but reviews from friends that have one are always positive. If funding is available I believe the Double BOB will not disappoint. It does have the seats side by side which makes it pretty wide which would be tricky for shopping trips in tight aisles. But for a jog or some offroading it would be amazing. There are single BOB strollers as well I just never used one.

There are many other options out there but these are the ones I have experience with. I’d love to hear your opinion on these or any other strollers that you love or hate.

 

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