Thursday, September 6, 2012

stroller pining

Now that twins are coming I realize that some of the baby products we have may to give way for new ones that accommodate two babies instead of one. Particularly our stroller.
We made do with a Baby Trend jogger gotten almost brand new off of Craig's List for $50. I coveted the Phil & Ted double strollers that everyone else in the neighborhood seemed to own, but it didn't make sense to shell out $500+ for a a fancy double stroller when we only had one child.
But now that there will be two boys who will need to get around the city for a few years (and a five year old who will undoubtedly want a ride too) I've begun the double stroller research again.
And you know what I've discovered? I still want a fancy schmancy one.
But which one?
Not that I want what everyone else has, but around here on Capitol Hill I've been noticing the Baby Jogger City Select tandem stroller. And I like what I see.
The downside is that, like the Phil & Ted, it too has a fancy schmancy price tag. Sigh.
Of course I've been making a list of reasons why we need to spend so much on a good stroller:
*as city dwellers we rely on walking a LOT. On the sidewalks, the Metro, museums, zoo... a stroller is like a second vehicle, except much cheaper
*because of small city spaces (Metro elevators and the like) it is necessary to have a tandem stroller (versus a side-by-side) and there are fewer options in that category that are well-designed and well-made and affordable at the same time
*with a good, sturdy stroller we would rely less on our car, thus saving money and the planet at the same time!
* it has gotten incredible reviews
*you get what you pay for, right?

What do you think? Be honest. Am I crazy and/or greedy? Or is this really a good investment?


Kim said...

Well, one good thing is that they hold their value well! After you use it for a few years, you can probably still sell it and recoup some of your $$$.

ginger said...

A DC mom of irish twins once raved to me that she loved her mountain buggy urban double because it was a breeze to could push her two kids over Hill sidewalks with one hand on the handlebar and the other holding her latte. I filed that in my head and purchased a single a few years later. True to her word, I can hold a preschooler's hand and push the stroller with ease. It looks like they make three doubles now. Her's was a side by side, but I don't know which one of the current models it would be closest too.

One said...

When Phinny was born I got a high end p&t, and frankly haven't loved it. I know lots of people swear by them, so I think mine is a lemon :-( in Denver I use a maclaren techno twin and LOVE it. It was $100 on craigslist in practically new condition - maybe you can find a deal, too? I leave it in the car all the time - it's compact enough that there's still plenty of room for groceries, etc., and easy to pull out for walks around the neighborhood. That said, I don't know that it's sturdy enough to fill the "second car" role that strollers play on the Hill. I suggest you test drive as many different models as you can, and then splurge for what you love. You'll certainly put some miles on it! Xo

MamaM said...

I think I'm going to get a double BOB (side by side seats)because I have loved my single one, want to jog and am not as pressed for space as you. I totally think a good stroller is a good investment and the good ones have good resale value, so you can still make a few hundred bucks back. Even better, get a used one. But just get a good one. Two kids and all their stuff will take too much effort to push with a crappy stroller. You want something that is as smooth and effortless as possible. It is worth the money.

Kumi said...

I agree 100% with MamaM.

Ye Stewart Clan said...

When you are on the hill, you need a good stroller. I lucked out by being the first to grab a used P&T's off of MOTH but the tires go flat a lot. But it is so versatile. Oh I'm so excited for you!