Babble Best Picks: Strollers
One of the biggest purchases for your baby is the stroller, riddled with safety, style, and status issues - as well as affordability, of course, considering some strollers climb above the $1,000 mark. The choices and questions are seemingly endless: How do you accommodate your newborn without wasting money on a short-lived purchase? What are the features you absolutely need? Are luxury strollers really worth it? Can you find a good stroller in the $100 range?
To make your search easier, Babble assembled and test-drove over 30 of the newest strollers - from lightweight umbrella strollers to all-terrain joggers - to find the best of the best for every budget, geographic location, and age group. Did we miss one? Nominate your favorite stroller here.
READERS’ CHOICE | UPPAbaby Vista
We unfortunately weren’t able to get our hands on the UPPAbaby Vista in time for testing, but seeing that it’s such a popular, well-loved luxury stroller (providing competition to our “Best Overall Stroller” category), we asked our readers for their input. Based on the glowing reviews, it seems like the UPPAbaby Vista is one of the best: One of our readers has been using her 2010 UPPAbaby Vista for almost a year, and this is her hands-down favorite for everyday use. As an urban NYC mom, she said the UPPAbaby has excellent maneuverability, even on the bumpiest of sidewalks, and an incredibly large storage basket that’s perfect for shopping. She also loves the SPF 50 canopy extension, simple foot-activated break, and extendable handlebars. Compared to other luxury strollers, the UPPAbaby seems to stand out for several reasons: First, it’s one of the only luxury strollers that can be folded with the seat still attached – the Bugaboo Cameleon, iCandy Peach and Stokke Xplory all have to be disassembled. Also, there are many attachments included in the price tag, including a bassinet, rain cover, and bug nets. But the biggest perk, in our opinion, is that the seat and bassinet sit higher than other strollers, which is especially important for rear-facing infants who we’d like to keep close to us. (We prefer our babies to see our faces, not our legs.) In fact, this was our main complaint with the Bugaboo and iCandy, and one of the biggest reasons our reader didn’t choose the Bugaboo Cameleon. However, unlike the Stokke, the seat height isn’t adjustable. There are some downsides to keep in mind: The stroller isn’t especially narrow for navigating tight spaces. Along the same lines, the heavy, bulky frame isn’t ideal for parents frequently using public transportation. For that, our reader uses the Baby Jogger City Mini (our choice for urban parents) or UPPAbaby G-luxe. Also, our reader had some problems with rain leaking into the canopy’s peekaboo window flap, even with the rain cover attached. Another downside that we’ve heard from parents is that the seat doesn’t adjust to a fully upright position (such as the Bugaboo Cameleon or Stokke Xplory), which some kids hate.
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