As a first-time, somewhat more “musty” military mom, I have to learn most of the latest and greatest baby tricks of the trade by trial and error. Since most of my peers at work are men, and most of my girlfriends the mothers of college kids, figuring out where to earn deals has been tough. Just by luck, my husband embraces shopping for expensive baby gear with all the relish of picking out a 60 inch flat screen TV. Really, I’m not kidding. So he, my research analyst, picked out a couple stroller systems with the car seat, car unsuitable, and stroller from his internet queries and rolled out to our local Babies ‘R Us to do a test drive. His screening criteria: light, snazzy looking, bigger wheels, and non girly. My criteria: doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Jogging Strollers – Do You Really Need it?
The standard Graco Snugride systems were nice enough, and seemed pretty reasonably priced. We looked at the Baby Trend Expedition system as well, but discovered from one of the store associates that a lot of parents had registered for them and later returned them because they were too cumbersome. And then he tested the MetroLite system, drawn to the smaller, lighter, faster claims- I think it sounded like a featherweight boxer to him.
He liked it and asked me to go check it out for myself. Yes, all those things were gargantuan, and the Utopia color scheme was that substantial brown and blue that works for both boys and girls. The effect tag was surprisingly small, so it came home with me. It’s been in spend for the last five months and I’m still elegant blissful with it. We’ve taken it on a plane (I own most airlines as of now will check both stroller and carrier at the gate with no extra charges- take both when you are flying with infants!), we’ve taken walks, and it goes in and out of the hatchback of my Honda Element with ease.
The one caveat I will make is that if you enjoy taking your little darling on walks on anything other than the smoothest concrete, you can only go so fast before the wheels begin to shake. You won’t hasten into this on most casual walks, but if you are really trying to motor, you may want to invest in a jogging stroller (see that review from me). My appreciation of this travel system lead me to look at the smaller lighter Graco Travel Lite crib/playpen which I also found to be both great value and well made.
Runabout Triple Stroller Review
The Runabout Triple Stroller is the most space efficient, sturdy, safe, and adaptable multiple baby stroller on the market today (though this review is about their approved triple stroller, Runabouts are available with 2,3,4,5, and 6 seating adaptations as well). Along with this, it’s also the best jogging stroller of 2020. Its current sinful notice of about $785– with the airless tires, basket, and water bottle included it runs about $925 right now– may seem high until one considers that these triple strollers regularly resell on Ebay for 450-600 dollars (we resold ours two and a half years later for $585). Why so much? Because they’re worth it. Read More