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Stroller Buying Guide

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no clue what things I needed.  I went to my local Babies R Us and picked out a few things I was told I needed.  I was young and I didn’t do very much research and the Babies R us worker didn’t have a lot of knowledge on which one was best either. I figured a stroller is a stroller and they all work the exact same, right?  They all have wheels, a car seat came with most of them, all made to put a baby in, so I just looked at the price, then looked at the color and pattern on the seat and just picked one.

It wasn’t until Carter got a little older, I started to notice that my stroller didn’t maneuver as well as some other peoples. It didn’t push very well on grass, I couldn’t take it jogging with me and it took up SO much room in my small car.  Whenever I traveled I felt like my whole trunk was taken up by his stroller.  So I started buying additional strollers.  I had one that came with his car seat, I had one that I bought for jogging, I had an umbrella stroller, and I had one that I would take to the mall and would travel with because it was more compact.  It was getting crazy that amount of strollers I had and was still frustrated that I didn’t have one stroller that could work for everything.

Along comes my second baby.  This time around I wasn’t going to make the same mistake.  I researched every double stroller there was on the market.  I took my kids to the store and put them in every one, I folded all of them, I lifted each one to see how heavy it was, I pushed my kids around in it, I tried pushing it with one hand. I was fed up with having so many cheap strollers and having so many cons with each one. I ended up getting rid of all of my strollers and I bought the single and double version of the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.  I cannot say enough good things about this stroller. I have owned the single and double for 2 years now and I haven’t felt the need one time to use anything else.

I have had a lot of people ask me advice on strollers and what a first time Mom needs.  My biggest piece of advice is to get a good stroller, carrier, diaper bag and carseat up front.  They can be more money at first, but IT IS WORTH IT!!  You will not regret investing in better items that actually work well.

The Baby Cubby created this guide, which I REALLY recommend looking through to find a stroller that works for you.  I really wish I had this knowledge when I was having my first baby.. It would have saved me a lot of frustration.   The Baby cubby is knowledgeable and can help you find what you are looking for.  They carry everything you need for a first time Mom or even a second time mom like me that is fed up with going to store that can’t help you!  They even have a track you can test out your stroller on different terrains… are you kidding me!! How awesome is that?

Their guid is a really good resourse of questions to ask yourself when you are trying to decide which stroller to buy… you can find more details about it here.
There are a couple of things that I tell people to look at when buying a new stroller.  
1. How easy and small it folds.
2. Look at the wheels (do they push on grass easily? can you jog with it? can rocks get collected on the wheels and create a bumpy ride? do the wheels go flat?  are the wheels so big that you can’t fit it in a mall aisle)
3. How flat do the seats lay?
4. What is the weight limit of the seat?  (my 5 year old still likes to get in the stroller at places like Disney world or when we travel and do a lot of walking)
5.  look at the accessories that go along with the stroller.  How easy is it to attach things like the car seat attachment, cup holders,  trays, glider boards and other accessories. 
6. Does it fit through a standard door– some double strollers don’t and it’s a pain. 
They have everything you need for your babies, toddler and kids from clothes, diaper bags, kid activites and toys and everything a Mom needs too.  They are an amazing resource for anyone that is trying to get through this crazy parenthood journey.   
For anyone that has followed my blog for a while knows I’m a thrifty shopper, so you know I would only promote things that I am very passionate about.  I am very passionate about my baby products and always getting the best price. I feel very confident that you will always be given a great price at The Baby cubby because they always price match (even Amazon!) and they have free shipping over $50.  
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Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions! 
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