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Stroller (the baby kind)

Renault78law

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Judging from gdl's thread, there are a bunch of expecting fathers here. I'm stroller shopping for my own (due in May) and it's a little bewildering. I could use your collective wisdom. I live in Los Angeles - we don't ride the bus or take the subway. We drive everywhere and walk on paved sidewalks. Obviously, this is the style forum, so don't forget about aesthetics...Trying to avoid those rolling plastic 9 cupholder abominations. What stroller would you recommend?

Oh a related note, if you're aware of any good forums re baby gear, please let me know.
 

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You'd be surprised how useful the multiple cupholder abominations can be. I forget the brand but we had a rather nice one when the middle child was born, which was very quickly replaced when we found out that the youngest was on the way. The inlaws got us a graco or something similar and while it may not be pleasing to the eye, it's useful and serves it's prupose.
 

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For the first few months when the baby is still riding in an infant car seat, just get the lightweight Snap and Go stroller that you simply attach the car seat into. No need to transfer the baby from a car seat to stroller when he will most likely be sleeping. Afterwards, or for the rare strolls from your place, get a lightweight Mclaren. They are the best for the use you describe.
 

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When it comes to babies, convenience trumps all forms of purported beauty.

What I'm trying to say is there is a reason why they make these strollers with 9 cup holders.

Options that are useful:

Big rubber wheels- provides better roller, some even come with shock absorber.
Cup holders- the more the better, trust me
One hand folding/unfolding mechansim- also very important

Generally, if you are willing to spend about $200 you'll get a very decent product.
 

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let me talk to the wife, she did the research, and get back to you

but, yeah, cupholders are very important, as is the ability to drive with one hand, and the ability for your wife to fold it with one hand. the last may be the most important for you, in LA.
 

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Just had our latest son on the 17th. The best we've found for newborns is Baby Trend. The carseat detaches from a base that you leave in the car and it drops right onto a stroller designed to receive it. They make a good light stroller for the older ones too. We've found that the big prams are just a pain in the ass to manoeuver.Our Peg Perego is parked downstairs as a bassinette. Lighter is generally better unless you're looking for a running stroller.
 

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McClaren is the Range Rover of strollers.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
McClaren is the Range Rover of strollers.

Tried those too. Didn't end up buying one.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
McClaren is the Range Rover of strollers.

In what sense?

I have noticed that strollers go in waves - all you need to do to determine the official model is to go to an NYC playground in a nice neighborhood during the day and see what strollers the nannies have lined up against the park fence (sometimes, there are actual moms present, but they don't line up the strollers as neatly).
 

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In Westchester, at the "in" playgrounds, all you see are McLarens.
 

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Originally Posted by dopey
!!!! That was five years ago in NYC. Maybe the cycle has come around and I haven't noticed it, but Maclarens fell by the wayside as the stroller of choice several years ago.

Well, it's been three years since I paid attention, so maybe we are just two years behind Manhattan.
 

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Bah. Bugaboos are still the It strollers, and for good reason. They are sturdy, well-designed and a pleasure to push. I've never been impressed with McLarens.

The one knock against the bugaboo for your application is that it breaks down into two pieces, which makes it a little harder to stow and retrieve from the back of a car. Quinnys, which I believe are now available in the U.S., are one piece, can be folded and unfolded one-handed, and are pretty cool-looking to boot.

OTOH, if you are going to have an infant in a car seat, that's moot, since you will likely want a stroller that the car seat can attach to directly, and here the Bugaboo's design is actually an advantage because the right car seat will snap directly onto the bugaboo's frame without adjustment or modification.

I've had a Bugaboo for four years after going through at least six different strollers in the previous four years, and it's still going strong. Just make sure you get a compatible infant car seat.

Here's a mystery for the body: Why do Europeans, who don't have kids, nevertheless make all the best strollers?
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
In Westchester, at the "in" playgrounds, all you see are McLarens.

Originally Posted by grimslade
Bah. Bugaboos are still the It strollers, and for good reason. They are sturdy, well-designed and a pleasure to push. I've never been impressed with McLarens.

My baby is going to crawl out from his 13 yr-old hand-me-down Graco and beat the stuffing out of your little-Lord-Fauntleroys in their McLarens, Bugaboos or whatever.


Seriously, if your wife has friends or family, there's a stroller to be had for nothing -- it's not like the kid is going to notice!


Originally Posted by grimslade
Here's a mystery for the body: Why do Europeans, who don't have kids, nevertheless make all the best strollers?

I am sure there is a smart-ass reason, but right now I am not smart enough to think of it ...
 

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