If you have little ones you understand what a necessity a good stroller is, as well as how much they can sell for (up to $1500!!!) So when you are buying one, whether new or used you are making an investment.
At this point I have used several strollers and while they all have qualities I like none of them are perfect. So I have decided to design my own stroller and here is what it would look like. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments section.
1. Lightweight. Most strollers are so heavy and then when you add in the weight of two children and accessories you are left with a backache trying to get that thing around.
2. Lots of room for storage. I love that my latest stroller has a big storage area underneath which is very handy especially if we need to go shopping.
3. Good sun protection. Is it just me or does it seem like the sunshades that are on half of these strollers are a joke? They only work from one angle which means you either have to buy something extra or use blankets to cover up your babies arms and legs (and even sometimes their face).
4. Easy to buckle belts. With my current stroller I have a heck of a time making the belts reach and they always get lost as soon as I put my kids in the seat. Very annoying.
5. Easy to clean. Oh the crumbs and sticky stains that plagued my stroller. While it wasn’t easy, with my Quinny you could take it completely apart and wash that sucker, although having a stroller that can easily be wiped down is also a plus.
6. There is a place for my stuff. I like that my current stroller has a parent tray for my phone, keys, coffee, etc. Very handy and convenient.
7. Good tires. I need a stroller that is easy to manoeuver but can still wheel through the Canadian winter. With my current stroller the wheels often get stuck in the snow so I have to pull it rather than push it (maybe they should sell stroller skis that clip on your tires and turn your stroller into a sled???Hmmmm) With my old stroller it was better because it had three larger wheels, but they were inflatable and always in need of more air or new tubes.
8. It folds easily. Most strollers these days (other than umbrella strollers) need to be disassembled before you can collapse them. I want one that folds down small but with the seats ON so I am not struggling in the parking lot to get three kids in the car in their car seats and take apart the stroller and cram it into my trunk with enough space that I can still see out the back.
9. You can attach car seats to it. With all my littles, they have preferred to be snug in their car seats in the stroller as opposed to a bassinet or the larger seats. Plus it’s so handy to pop the seats in and out of the stroller and in and out of the car.
10. It’s affordable. How is it that some strollers these days cost as much as a used car? Honestly, they really need to lower the prices on these things. My current stroller is really great and only cost me $400 new including tax and shipping. I paid twice that for my original single stroller for my son and it was a piece of crap (but it looked cool).
11. It comes with a sexy man like to push it for me…um, I mean my sexy husband pushes it for me? Yeah, that’s what I meant 😉