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We’re In A Serious Stroller Slump

Doesn't he look thrilled?

Doesn’t he look thrilled?

I have mentioned this a bit here and there in passing, but we’ve got a serious stroller situation going on over here. As in, my child hates it.  Every walk is a torturous battle of thrashing, screaming, and avoiding looks from worried passers-by who are wondering why my child is having a violent tantrum.

This has been going on for a while now, but since it’s been winter (wet!  cold!) it hasn’t been as much of a pressing issue. But now that it’s warming up and I’m itching to get outside and get moving, it needs to be dealt with.

We are the proud owners of the very popular BOB Revolution stroller. You know, the one everybody recommends and claims their child loves. And while I do think it’s a nice stroller, there is one (HUGE) fundamental problem. The seat is way, way too reclined. I mean just look at the picture – that doesn’t look comfortable, right?

So I’ve had this theory for a while that if we had a more upright stroller, Cullen would be happier. Even more frustrating, I see other kids in the BOB happily strolling along, not looking nearly as slouched or slumped as my kid. I assure you I have Google-d everything you can imagine, and I’ve gone as far as practically dismantling my stroller trying to get the seat more aligned.  No dice, although I have seen others complain of the same thing.

Today, I thought I’d test my upright theory, and I propped Cullen up with a down blanket behind him. For the first half mile he happily ate from his snack cup without a peep, and I thought maybe my simple fix was going to be the miracle solution. And then after about 10 or 15 minutes, the old Cullen was back. Thrashing, kicking, and acting like he was being tortured as we walked through our peaceful neighborhood.

The thing is, I’m not willing to accept that he just simply won’t sit in a stroller. While I know he is only 16 months old and doesn’t really understand bargaining or consequences, I also can’t completely give up on exercise or fresh air. My next step is to borrow a different stroller from a friend and see if he likes it better. I have my eye on a new one that sits much more upright, and if our test run is a success, I’ll start scouring for upcoming deals and stroller sales. Until then, we’ll be climbing the walls indoors, and not using the expensive stroller we already have!

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