Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stroller Search, part 1


My name is Naomi, and I’m a stroller addict. Although I only currently own two, I’ve spend a good proportion of the last two years, three months (and a good few months before that) checking out every Bugaboo, Quinny, and Mountain Buggy that crosses my path (and In Modiin, there are a lot of strollers). When we bought our main stroller, our Peg Perego Pliko P3, all that time ago, it seemed to be the perfect pushchair. It came with a bassinet and carseat which clipped directly into the frame, it was lightweight enough to carry up stairs (we used to live in a building with no lift), it folded and unfolded relatively easily, had a decent sized basket, cupholder, and best of all, had an amazing sunshade, perfect for our British-skinned baby. So two years later, did my Peg Perego complete package live up to my expectations? In a word, no. Despite being relatively lightweight the P3 is clunky to carry, and is very heavy to push a toddler in. That easy one hand fold definitely takes two hands, and even though I’ve got the hang of it now it’s certainly not the dream fold I was looking for. The two handles are great for hanging shopping (although this makes it even more awkward to push!) but they make it very difficult to push the stroller one handed, making it hard to hold my toddler’s hand when he wants to walk, or answer the phone. And whilst I can’t fault the bassinet (that raised backrest was a lifesaver for my reflux baby) the car seat was certainly not ideal. My son’s head slumped in it until 3 months, not great for a developing spine at all. My problem is, that despite having researched every stroller under the sun in the past two years I’m yet to find one with a sunshade as good as the Pliko, which takes a bassinet, and is relatively lightweight. And so, the search for the perfect stroller continues...

5 comments:

  1. Baby Jogger City Mini has the MOST GIGANTIC sunshade of any stroller, and the easiest lightweight stroller to push! Its really smooth. Best stroller EVER!!!!

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  2. But no bassinet! I loved the basinet in those first few months, Yonah slept in it at nights too, and I could see him him easily (so I could clean him up before other people noticed him being sick!)

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  3. you can buy a bassinet attachment for the city mini

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  4. I'm pretty sure that the bassinet attachment is for the other city series strollers but NOT for the city mini. But if i'm wrong, then the city mini really does sound like your best bet. My only complaints is that the basket is not super big and it's a little short for menachem. but you've already heard my complaints....

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  5. we dont own a bassinet, but I have seen a ton of them on the city mini here in Israel so its obviously available. What you can't attach to the mini though is a toddler seat. Its really ideal otherwise.

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