This weekend, Shane and I went shopping for Johnny’s first (and maybe only!) stroller. We opted to avoid a bulky travel-system and went straight with a convertible car seat*. Even though the wind chill was -11 F the day we took our teeny 5 lb. 11 oz. newborn home from the hospital, I don’t regret our decision.
We don’t have extra space to store an infant seat that he’d probably grow out of in a month or so from now (if not already!), and we certainly don’t have space to store a massive stroller.
When out, we prefer to carry our son in our arms or in a sling. He seems to enjoy it! I know I do.
But we’ve seen that there are times when having a stroller would be especially handy.
For example, today I have a doctor’s appointment (just a checkup, no worries). Though I could try and hold him, it would be way easier to have a safe place to set him.
We tested a few floor models at Babies R Us. I knew I wanted an umbrella stroller, as they are the most compact. Some had storage options below the seat; others had cup-holders. Some had 5-point harnesses, higher upper weight limits, and reclinable seats.
For a moment, I eyed the fancy Maclaren Volo*. Ah, what a fancy umbrella stroller it is. I knew I could get it on eBay for about $85, too.
Still, that’s more than we needed to pay for our purposes.
We turned our attention to the cheapest umbrella stroller in the store. At $20, it even had a sunshade.
Say we use the stroller a dozen times. That’s more than $7 per time for the Volo, but only $1.66 for the cheapie.
We opted for the $20 stroller. We reasoned that we didn’t think it would get that much use, and that this model would be fine for our purposes.
I hope it doesn’t fall apart on us — replacing it would make our initial cheap decision more costly.
If I thought about it sooner, we could have tried to find a decent used model at a thrift store, yard sale or consignment shop. Oh well, missed that boat.