Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Too many options - advice needed!

For the past year I’ve been studying strollers in shopping malls and baby stores.  There’s a seemingly endless variety of models, colours and accessories.  So much so that it’s an overwhelming decision!

I've always had my eye on the Bugaboo, but I really can't justify the $1500 spend on a stroller (plus any accessories we would need).  I've looked at everything from Peg to Graco to Quinny and, most recently (because of a very convincing salesperson at the SnuggleBugz Milton store) the UppaBaby.  There's so many options it's mind boggling!

In recent months I’ve narrowed my choices to the Peg Perego Uno and the UppaBaby Vista strollers.  Here’s a bit more about each one from the Peg and UppaBaby websites:

Uno's reversible handle allows you to quickly and easily convert it from stroller to carriage, so baby can face you or face the world. Peg Perego's Uno is one incredible carriage and stroller. For bonding time with baby, the Uno can quickly and easily convert to face you in carriage mode by flipping the handle, lifting the footrest and attaching the leg cover.  The same is true in stroller mode, too, or you can flip the handle in the opposite direction and let your child explore the world ahead.  Smooth Zero Radius Turning in carriage mode allows effortless turning in tight spaces. Our Primo Viaggio SIP car seat (sold separately) can be attached directly to the stroller's retractable anchors. Its Travel System–compatibility makes the Uno number one for smart and stylish parents.

Uno Features:
  • Reversible handlebar has variable height adjustments and a detachable cup holder.
  • Travel System compatible. Our Primo Viaggio SIP car seat (sold separately) attaches easily.
  • Smooth Zero Radius Turning in rear–facing mode for effortless turning in tight spaces.
  • Large, handy storage basket.
  • Hood converts to a sun canopy with two–way zipper.
  • Includes a detachable zippered leg cover.
  • Tray with drink holder attaches easily to front bar.

From busy city streets to winding country roads; from an afternoon feeding the ducks in the park to retail therapy - the VISTA takes your child on the road in style. Designed to grow with your child, the VISTA is the ideal strolling solution from birth through the toddler years. It adapts easily to your growing family with solutions for a big brother or sister. There’s a lot for your little one to see – get out there and get strolling!

Vista Features:
  • Easy one-step fold—with or without the seat attached
  • Reversible seat and 4-position seat angle adjustment including new upright position
  • Push-on, Push-off easy to activate brake system
  • Welded and formed aircraft aluminum alloy frame
  • Includes both bassinet and seat—completely interchangeable and requires no fabric swapping
  • Bassinets fully lined with organic soybean fiber and cotton
  • Bassinet Pop-out ventilated SPF 50+ sun shade – an industry first
  • Pop-out SPF 50 canopy extension with 30% more sun coverage
  • One button telescopic handle-height adjustment
  • Added rubber bumpers to protect the stroller handlebar in standing position
  • Smooth rolling 'no-flat' foam and rubber wheels
  • 4-wheel shock absorbing suspension
  • Elevated seat/bassinet height brings you closer to your child
  • Removable bumper bar cover
  • Floating arch "no kick" rear axle
  • Red/green successful attachment indicators
  • Convenient zip-in weather shield and mesh bug shield included
  • Removable and machine washable fabric
  • Full-size easy-access basket and convenient cell phone pocket
  • Bassinet: Suitable from birth to 6 months Toddler Seat: Suitable from 3 months to 50 pounds.
I put this chart together (yes, I'm a total type A personality) to weigh the options:

Other Info
Peg Perego Uno
·         Price: $599 Cdn
·         Handy kids tray
·         Switch from forward to rear-facing without disrupting baby (handle easily flips)
·         No extra bassinet required – seat folds into a bassinet shape
·         Good-sized storage basket
·         No car seat adapter required

·         Limited accessories available
·         Not expandable for a second child – so a double stroller may be needed later on ($)
·         19.6 pounds
·         Available in 4 colours: grey/black plaid, orange/dark grey, brown/silver and red/cream 

(I like the brown!)
UppaBaby Vista
·         Separate bassinet eliminates need (when stand is purchased) for a home bassinet
·         Expandable for a second child with the RumbleSeat or PiggyBack (skateboard)
·         Super comfortable handle with height adjustments
·         High-quality material
·         Good-sized storage basket
·         Tons of accessories available

·         Price: $799 Cdn
·         Missing kids tray – means extra accessories required ($)
·         Switch from forward to rear facing requires the seat to be removed and flipped
·         Car seat adapter required ($)
·         Frame + Seat: 25.45 pounds, Frame Only: 18.6 pounds
·         Standard model available in 5 colours: red, sage green, silver, black, orange
·         Bassinet stand and hamper insert available

(I like the black!)

I’m definitely leaning towards the UppaBaby.  I love the versatility and expandability and from what I’ve heard from my friend T, it’s an amazing stroller!

What type of stroller do you have?  Do you love it?  Why or why not?

Update: after I wrote this post, I came across a great stroller buying guide from Vancouvermom.caClick here to sign up for their newsletter and receive a copy!

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