Tuesday, December 20, 2011

finally a stroller!

lucy's stroller finally came in this weekend!!!  i had been researching strollers since lucy was still in my belly!  strollers are such a major item i feel, your kids will sit in them for quite a few years and they can make or break a outing.  i knew before i even started looking that the most important things for me was that it was compact and lightweight and easy for me to handle.  i wanted to have the ease of being able to pop over to the grocery, mall or zoo without anyones help.
it took me a long time to make up my mind and they dont make it easy for you with all the different strollers on the market.  it basically came down to two major brands bugaboo and uppababy.  bugaboo had a small size stroller called the "bee" that i liked quite a bit but it was lacking in a few departments.  it had great maneuverability (one handed push) which is really important when you need your other hand to carry your starbucks frappa mocha caffeine junked drink!  jk honestly being able to have your other hand free is pretty nice sometimes.  it had beautiful colors to choose from.  and thats where it ended for me.  everything else were negatives.  it didnt have a large basket, did not have a snack tray?!  and the seat was really low to the ground so your child is really far from you.  also the seat seemed weird to me its very open and didnt seem to protect the child.
so then i read about the uppababy "cruz", which was suppose to be out in august and i thought perfect just in time for lucy!  well they kept pushing it back.  we almost gave up and went with the uppababy "vista" which is the perfect stroller that has everything!  the only problem is it was slightly too big and heavy in my opinion.  and thats why the company decided to make a mini version of its bestselling stroller.  well im glad we waited because the minute we put lucy in her new stroller, i kid you not she started giggling and smiling.  nate and i looked at each other and thought "whatever just a coincidence." well an hour later after cruising through the mall she was still all smiles from ear to ear.  we felt so bad as parents that we had crammed her into her car seat and snapped her to the "snap and go" for the last four months!  i really didnt know she would be so much more comfortable.  there were signs though, whenever she had been in the car seat for a bit she would start arching her back and making these grimacing faces.  i dont want to say anything bad about the "snap and go" its definitely worked for us the last four months while we were waiting on our stroller.  at only $50 its small, convenient and serves the purpose.  another stroller i wanted to mention that we also really liked a lot is a UK brand called mamas and papas.  they have really great strollers with big baskets and pushes great!

a few things that i love about the uppababy cruz:
1. its small, compact, lightweight without sacrificing functionality.
2. weight limit 50lbs vs the bee 37lbs
3. all kinds of accessories inluded: bug net, rain/wind cover, big UV protecting shade.
4. huge HUGE basket. we went grocery shopping yesterday and was able to put our entire wks worth of  grocerys underneath with room to spare!  you wouldnt think this is important but when you go shopping how do you think your going to be holding all the bags when your pushing your stroller?!
5. it fits in our trunk vertically so that it allows me to have more room and easier to lift the stroller out.
6. the seat lays flat so that it allows you to start using it from infant stage.

we are so happy with the stroller and so is lucy!

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